US Society. The terms acting white are used these days to insult someone that is not living by their stereotype.

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Marlene Loyola

Professor Goldbar

English 302

February 28, 2012  

“Acting white”

The United States has come a long way since the times when we had segregation of races ((Buck 644). Many people have fought for equal rights for people of all races and ethnicity. It is safe to say that everyone in this country has the right to achieve anything they strive for, and that their cultural background is not something that would impede them from being successful. Regardless of this however; in the United States we have the impression that white people are still more privileged than any other minority race. We often find that within minority communities they discriminate or look down upon anyone whom is trying to get out of that community or social class. Primarily people whom grow up in the ghetto have to strive hard to make it out of poverty into better living situations. A lot of people in these types of communities try to take a less ideal path to success through things such as drug dealing and stealing. However there are those whom chose the more conventional path to success by going to school, and getting educated so they can progress and have more opportunities in life. Education opens up many doors for people striving to achieve their goals in life, but it’s sad to see that when a young black male or of any minority race, is progressing well in school he then becomes an outlaw of the community. Those people are the people that society accuses of “Acting White”. There are also those people that society views as “trying to be white” or claim, because they don’t want anything to do with their stereotype. The thought of “acting white” and “trying to be white” are so close that many people seem to think that they are the same thing. Some people seem develop these ideas because they believe that only white kids have a good chance of education, and because of the racial inequality in the past years, making them more valuable to society.

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Minorities have a view that only white kids do well in school, therefore if you are doing all your work and you get good grades then you are trying to “act white”. It’s usually taken as an offence; it’s not something that most minority races would like to be called. Many people deny “acting white” by any means possible, in order to not look as if they are distancing themselves from their peers. In doing this “acting white”, people get the negative impression that you think you’re better than the rest of the community. This results in hate being directed ...

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