Tuesday, September 2, 2014
How Race is Lived in America - Chapter Two Comment
As I was reading chapter two, I was struck by the way society can alter someone's racial identity. The boys followed in the chapter started out as very close friends in Cuba, paying no mind to the fact that one was black and the other white. As soon as they moved to America, however, they were thrust into separate racial groups and Ruiz in particular, it seemed, felt obligated to behave in ways his group told him were acceptable. He also experienced prejudice for the first time due to this racial group imposed upon him. In my opinion this shows that, at least in this case, race and racial identity are dependent upon the society in question and the norms that society sets up for each group of people.