Essay 4

Ryan DeLuca

March 31, 2019

ENG 123

  1. Drown

Race has been an issue all around the world and there seems to be no definitive way to stop it. In my college writing class we examined multiple sources to try and come to a conclusion if race is even real and what ways people think about race that relate to reality and finally what it would take to put a stop to racism.

Racism was a part of history when the American constitution was being written there was slavery and suppression of people that weren’t white. Since then we have come a long way but still have some ground to cover. In my examination of race, I looked at the whiteness project to see what people close to my age thought about whiteness. Some of the words that people said were very eye opening one person named Connor who is white pointed out that he would have been in prison if he wasn’t white and thinks the reason the hammer hasn’t been brought down on him is because he’s white, Connor says “I always kind of knew that is I got in trouble I could get a lawyer, suit up, show up and it would be a slap on the wrist.” Connor has been arrested multiple times for possession of drugs but has never gotten charged or put in jail. Another person from the whiteness project named Wade who is also white has a different perspective, Wade seems to be ashamed of being white because of the awful things that have gone down in history because of white people, Wade says “The people that say the most awful things that ive ever heard in person are those people, are those white people that get drunk and sit at my bar and spout  off nonsense and makes me really disappointed that I have to be lumped into the same category as them.” Wade obviously knows there is a race issue and feels disappointed that he is categorized the same as those people that spout off nonsense. People around my age know there is a race issue everywhere not just in American, they are aware that they will have an easier time getting though the wild rollercoaster called life because they are white, so how do we accomplish a non-racist society?

One person seems to have the answer, his name is Steve Olson and he wrote an article about how mixed Hawaii is and if racial mixing would solve the problem of race he also talked about is race is genetic or if its mythological. In his article stated Hawaii’s high rate of intermarriage has painted the picture in our heads that in order for racial tensions to diminish everyone would need to be racially mixed. But Steve Olson proved this to be wrong. Olson says, “Despite the high rate of intermarriage here, ethnic and racial tensions haven’t really disappeared.” Although Hawaii has the highest rate of intermarriage people still think that there racial mixing is better than someone else’s racial mixing even though they all started in the same spot and more than likely have similar racial mixing. This makes the arrangement of mixing everyone racially would solve the race issue useless. People are raised to think that they have the best of the best even if there stuff isn’t that great, I’ve seen it first hand when someone thinks they something that is better than someone else’s and they flaunt it, same deal with racism people think there genes are superior even thought they might be prone to ingrown hairs or get a lot of hang nails.

One Reply to “Essay 4”

  1. One of the things I like about how your writing is evolving, Ryan, is how you tend to sustain your analytical attention to the evidence longer than you did when we first met.

    Here’s an example:

    “In my examination of race, I looked at the whiteness project to see what people close to my age thought about whiteness. Some of the words that people said were very eye opening one person named Connor who is white pointed out that he would have been in prison if he wasn’t white and thinks the reason the hammer hasn’t been brought down on him is because he’s white, Connor says “I always kind of knew that is I got in trouble I could get a lawyer, suit up, show up and it would be a slap on the wrist.” Connor has been arrested multiple times for possession of drugs but has never gotten charged or put in jail.”

    Nice intro to the quote, good paraphrase to give context.

    Notice, though, that just after that you jump to a second example for the WP. What if, instead, you brought some “material to think with” from one of the other sources. Olson, maybe, or “The Invention of Race.” From the podcast, I’m thinking of the John Punch incident. It kind of runs parallel to what Connor is saying. And Suzanne (from the podcast) makes a point about how “the story of race is the story of labor.” Maybe her point and the Punch story could help you interpret Connor’s testimony in terms of power? See what you can do.

    Good work!

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