The Root of Racism
by tcoop95 on February 17, 2014 - 11:27pm
“The Root of Racism” written by Raina Kelley, I found to be a phenomenal transparent article. Where she discusses her racist, prejudice thoughts on the African American race, to be specific on the famous comedian Dave Chappelle back in 1997, where she attended a barbecue in Los Angeles and came across him. According to Kelley she believed that Dave Chappelle was a (Kelley, 7/13/2009) “Crack crazed Crip out for honkey blood” just based on the color of his skin. Based on Kelley’s Social aspects and statements I can infer that she believes that her racist stereotypes and racist stereotypes in general are developed by cultural media and how all cultures are perpetuated.
For example, if one is to watch TV and the television is displaying a bunch of Italian men that are all in the mob and have a “shoot’em up bang bang” mentality, you can understand why someone would be a little nervous when approaching an Italian male because it may spark memory from when that show was being viewed. Kelley elaborated in paragraph four (Kelley, 7/13/2009) on how stereotypes begins to work in our operating system. Kelley’s purpose is to inform the reader on why we all attain racist thoughts to a certain extent. The main backing of the Kelley’s assumption is her own personal experiences with stereotyping. She used her experiences as primary source for her claim of stereotypical roots from cultural exposer. Do you believe this is where racism stems from?
Kelley RK, 2009, The Root of Racism, Newsletter LLC, Copyright of Newsweek, Vol. 154 Issue, p27-27. 1p