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RACIAL IDENTIFICATION IN AMERICA Americans are unique in the way they describe and define race and identify to characteristics that other cultures view differently Genuine racial identity and integration is a necessary condition for eradication of white racism at both the individual and institutional levels Whatever the word race may mean elsewhere in the world or to the world of science it is clear that in America the categories are arbitrary confused and hopelessly intermingled America frequently confuses the ideas of segregation suppression and struggle associated with our history and imposes these ideas onto many black historical figures artists and people of multiracial color Because we live in a still-segregated world the truth is that many white Americans dont have the slightest idea what Americans of color go through with race and identity This is a dilemma in America today Langston Hughes is one of many African -American writers who is more than aware of this issue of racism He wrote a short-story called Whos Passing for Who Bohner 482 that implemented the significance of the color of skin Though racism seems to be dormant today it is still very much an issue that cannot be forgotten Hughes used a fictional story to light- heartedly portray the importance of ancestral knowledge and affects on our generation Hughes also portrayed how perception of skin color can really make a difference in a situation When the man was seen hitting his fair-skinned wife it was first seen as a black man hitting a white women not just a marriage dispute What would have happened to the man if she was really white Hughes also portrays how race is important Even though the woman was
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