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Race is defined as one group of the populations constituting humanity Coon 62 Since the 1970s the conclusion has been stated that race is a social cultural and political concept based largely on superficial appearances The notion of race is so emotionally charged that objective discussion of its significance in relation to social problems is extremely difficult There are three theories that have been very significant in re-defining the term race throughout their composition This essay attempts to define the current North American concept of race among the African American culture and other racial notions that have been created throughout the configuration of the Post-Modernist Feminist and Post-Colonial theories Post-Modernism is a complicated term one that has only emerged as an area of study since the mid-1980s Post-Modernism by its very nature is virtually impossible to come up with one single definition though Post-Modernism in its totality is the movement in arts music literature and drama which rejected the past Victorian ideas of modern The movement contributed to the realization that art has no single meaning and overturned the problems with culture and language boundaries that cut away at arts meaning worth and truth Today the state of mind of the human world is called Post-Modernism since it is a multi-cultural era Racial Post-Modernism calls attention to those understandings that are shared across the boundaries of class gender and race To take racism seriously one must consider the plight of the underclass people of color a vast majority of whom is black For African Americans Post-Modern conditions have been and are characterized by continued displacement and despondency There is increasing class division and differentiation creating a significant black middle-class concerned with racism to the degree that is poses constraints on upward social mobility However this is also building a vast and growing black underclass that embodies a kind of walking rejection that manifests pervasive drug addiction alcohol abuse homicide and suicide Biddiss
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