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


I agree with this post because stereotypes do exist and it goes on every day. I can say I have witnessed it and have done it myself. I felt she was too critical on thinking Dave Chapelle was”crazed cracked crip out for honkey blood.” I thought that was very harsh to say. I do get though she was stereotyping him for a gangster because that has been said over history. Over the 19 years I have been living, black are stereotyped as rappers, very athletic, have rhythm, uneducated, never will get anywhere, gangsters, thugs, wear jeans that ‘sag’ to their knees. For whites I hear they are pretty much the opposite. It does not mean each stereotype is true because white people can be thugs... I feel people stereotype each other because of the history of our country. Blacks were slaves for about 500 years. So it comes from there that blacks are look down upon. I really don’t want to be biased and look like I am coming at white people but this is what I have seen over my time. This is how blacks are looked at from the outside in especially from another race.

Your article summary is very concise and interesting. It definitely makes us think about the roots of racism, as well as, based on Kelley, why we all have racial prejudices and racial stereotypes. However, regardless of where racism begins and why it occurs, I believe that society has to change and combat this unjust social phenomenon. While doing research, I discovered that last March 21 was the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. As a result, hundreds demonstrated in Montreal against the Parti Quebecois’ proposed “Charter of values”, which demonstrators argue is a form of racism and xenophobia that will lead to widespread discrimination. While I do agree with Kelley when saying that cultural media fuels racial stereotypes and prejudice, I believe it is equally important to put emphasis on the widespread actions, demonstrations, and protests that have taken place and continue to take place in order to combat racial discrimination, such as the one previously mentioned. I hope the article suggested broadens your knowledge of racism insofar that it provides Montreal’s approach to such cause. Here is the link of the article:

In the article The Root of Racism, the article talks about peoples extent on racism and how people have very different ways of defining racism. Some people can be very racist and others not racist as much. It is true that today many people despite the fact that we are now in the 21st century and that racism can still exist despite the numerous changes that have occured in recent years. Though, the only thibg that I would change about the article is that I would find more information, maybe a map of where racism is still present. Such as this link here.

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