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Our society is one in which everything, including its members, to be easily categorized and labeled.

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Our society is one in which everything, including its members, to be easily categorized and labeled. Race, religion, sexual preference, and ethnic backgrounds are just a small number of ways we discern between different peoples. It is human nature to want to explain and divide the elements of our world. However, this categorizing of parts can create a rift between peoples from different walks of life. This promotes ignorance and indifference. Labeling people in such a way skews our view of reality and removes objectivity from our perceptions. This leads us only to focus on our differences while ignoring all of the wonderful things we have in common. This hindrance of perspective is a product of our own creation: Institutional racism. In a society so skewed by stereotypes, it is often that the facts are taken very much for granted. For instance, in light of our recent attacks on the United States of America, many people harbor hatred and resentment towards people of Middle Eastern descent. ...read more.


In abiding be these stereotypes and not drawing our own conclusions we not only support institutional racism we support our own ignorance this subconscious decision to support helps to ensure that institutional racism will continue to survive and strive in our society. Perhaps the most disturbing fact about racism is that human beings have, in a sense, thought it into existence. We create it all out of fear and ignorance towards people who are just a little different than us. Thinking something into existence is an idea that many Native American cultures used to embrace. That is, before their culture was raped and destroyed be colonists. The Native American way of life vastly differed from ours in the era of colonization, most intriguingly in that there was no god or omniscient deity. The Native Americans lived in harmony with the land and thus had no concept of land ownership. ...read more.


Being that Toi is light skinned, with regards to other people of similar decent, and because of that she becomes subjected to many lewd racial comments. Perhaps if her skin where darker she would have been spared, regardless of the content of her character. Often times it seems she can almost ---------- society from two different perspectives. Realistically, the color of our skin does not change how the world really is, and skin color does not change what we see. It is what lies beneath that ultimately make up our perception. Our brain shapes everything we see, touch, taste, smell and hear. If we do not mold them in such a way as to eliminate our ignorance's, we are allowing for racism to flourish. Through tolerance and thoughtfulness we can crush the barriers that bigotry has set up and release the grips of racism on our society. Accepting each other's differences, as true signs of our individuality, we may be able to see how truly the same we all are. We cannot seek to understand every culture in out world, but we can seek to understand humanity. ] ...read more.

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