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According to Blauner the similarities in white and black perceptions are Whites focus historically on negative black behaviors 86 disagreed with the Rodney King trial verdict see race as an expression of racial conduct dont see it as a as some larger pattern of racism institutionalized or not see racism in the past not the present that racism doesnt exist anymore see progress in the scale of integration the size of the black middle class is emphasized by whites demonstrate the progress of blacks as a reason for why racism doesnt exist anymore whites see race as a periplural reality believe that everybody should assimilate into one society whites prefer the old fashion definition of race and see race as fiction Black tend to view the verdict of the Rodney Kind trail and not the trial itself believe in a system of institutionalized racism in effect today double standards disillusioned with the concept of integration concerned with those blacks left behind see a negative assessment of progress or change see race as central importance are constantly reminded of their racial appearance by non-blacks favor keeping races different and ethically separate ideas feel powerless black tend to like the view of the modern inflated definition of race that whites are part of a social structure that is inherently racist see race as a social reality and see how they were brought to this country involuntarily yet others who have come voluntarily to this country fair better economically better in the long run My perceptions of race in America is that currently it is used as a powerful folk taxonomy of races that our categories take on a reality beyond that which is warranted and we use them as cues to tell us how to think about other groups of people and how to treat them Historically we can all too easily confuse culture and biology and this effect can even be seen in scientific
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