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After thoroughly reading Race Higher Education and American Society I felt genuinely enlightened As clich as that sounds the article left me with a better understanding of what causes our society to function like it does But on a deeper level I felt somewhat ashamed of the extreme close-mindedness that seems to run rampant throughout our nation The argument that stood out the most and was the most interesting to me was The conclusion of most of us is that race does not exist as a biological phenomenon but rather that it is socially and culturally constructed pg 216 I wholeheartedly agree and support this argument its not that society finds the different pigment of ones skin taboo but more the various stereotypes one is in a sense branded with by society The author later explains that for the most part this form of discrimination is somewhat subliminal in that no one would deliberately admit to it Moses goes into deeper analysis by saying that stereotypes are based upon people associating certain innate characteristics to specific groups of people Furthermore I share the feeling of the author of how sad it is that we live in a society that is so preconditioned to the idea of fixed racial categories Ive noticed a pattern in history that makes up our country it is riddled with persecution but despite this it seems weve learned nothing I find it embarrassing that we could once be so ignorant to think that fellow human beings could be inferior based solely on the color of their skin and the location in which they reside Although this was not mentioned in the article nor have I read it anywhere else my hypothesis would be that darker skin pigments are a dominant evolutionary trait For those that live close to and around the equator the darker skin is a defense to constant exposure to a sun that is in a sense closer than
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