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Black and White or Rainbow colors and Racial Tensions

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david corbie

on 5 November 2012

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Transcript of Black and White or Rainbow colors and Racial Tensions

How prevalent
is discrimination
in society? Eldrick Tront Woods, commonly known as Tiger woods, is one of the most successful golfers of all time.
In 20 7, Woods and his wife, Elin Nordegren, gave birth to a baby girl named Sam Alexis W ods.
Though many would consider him african american, Woods expressed his preference not to be identified as African American. Though people, like Woods, are of multiple racial backgrounds, they will be treated as african americans due to their appearance.
It is because of his skin color that he may be subject to the racist comments of those like Frank Urban Z eller.
Z eller, a professional golfer, who was playing in the same tournament that woods was about to win, referred to Woods as "that little boy" and say that Woods should not request that they "serve fried chicken...or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve" at the Masters next year. C N Le Racial Tensions and Living in a Color-blind Society Asian Americans Racism and prejudice are still alive in American Society
Racism is now expressed in "color-blind" terms because racists think racial equality has been achieved
Because Asian Americans have high socioeconomic status, playing fields are more equal so people think it's okay to make fun of Asian Americans Racism Today Work Cited: http://www.thesaudavoice.com/.a/6a00e55291ee8488330120a6efdb24970b-pi
Inniss, Janis P. "Black and White or Rainbow Colors: Tiger Woods and the “One Drop Rule”." Everyday sociology. 225-26. Everyday sociology. 8 Sept. 2007. Karen sternheimer. 17 Oct. 2012 <http://nortonbooks.typepad.com/everydaysociology/2007/09/black-and-white.html>.

Le, C.N. "Racial Tensions and Living in a Color-blind Society." Everyday sociology. 227-28. Everyday sociology. 8 Sept. 2007. Karen sternheimer. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Woods referred to himself
as "Cablinasian", in reference to his Caucasian, Black, indian,
and asian heritage.
The host of a nationally, syndicated radio show criticized
Woods and suggested that African Americans would reject
Woods unless he explained himself.
Woods later felt backlash for not explaining himself. "By rejecting the label African American, he has no
base upon which to stand"-Jesse Jackson.
At the time, the media described Woods as the
first African American and Asian american to win
a major golf tournament and various writers
quantified each aspect of his background. Tiger Woods excels at a sp rt that is synonymous with white
upper-class privilege.
The media constantly bombards the viewers with images of African Americans committing heinous acts.
Due to the fact that Tiger Woods had become the younger
Masters champion, African Americans were readily willing to use
Woods as a role m del.
His rejection of his african american identity seemed to be
an abandonment of the young, african american males that
needed a positive role model. The hatred against people of African descent was so prevalent in the past that having "one drop" of "black" blood was cause for subhuman treatment.
In pre-civil war america, any mulatto children were classified as black, as enslavers did not want to bestow humane status to this group of mixed race people.
The "One-drop rule" states that anyone with one drop of african blood is black. The persistent denial of non-African roots of African Americans and the "minority" roots of whites is a legacy of such racist ideology.
Society has become used to simple racial categories as an easy way of navigating the world.
Woods believes that his multiracial parents could not have produced a African American child. Woods attempt to construct his own racial identity is an example of the relationship between our own ideas and societal norms such as the "one-drop rule."
For going against the norm, woods received a variety of informal public sanctions, which is a reason why he has not publicly discussed being cablinasian. Usually we think of race as a fixed entity and presume that these classifications are "real" without thinking about their origins, functions, or consequences.
Racial classifications are seen absolute biological categories, rather than the social constructs they are.
Racial classifications will change and have changed over time.
Woods attempt to define himself causes us to wonder why racial categorizations in the U.S. are the way they are and why they change. Kyle Descher, a Korean American, was student at Washington State University
While walking to a bar with his roommate, a random attacker yelled a racial slur and sucker punched Kyle
Three titanium plates were added to his head and his jaw was wired shut
University of Pennsylvania's student run newspaper features a section "Where Asians Don't Belong" College Campuses Asian Americans have socioeconomic mobility and success in American Society
There is still hostility, exclusion, and discrimination
subject to offensive satire and attacks Black and White or Rainbow Colors
By Janis Prince Inniss There is a growing trend to ignore systematic racism and say equality has been reached Some resent the equality created thus far so they attack minorities Those who struggle economically are more likely to use Asian Americans as scape goats Presentation by
David Corbie & Leah Cosgrove
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