Racism Within Racism
This weekend I watched an old episode on race from the Tyra Banks show. She has been conducting a piece called the "Focus on Race Series". This episode can be found at http://telepicturesblog.warnerbros.com/tyrashow/2007/02/focus_on_race_series.html. One particular part of this episode was discussing racism within one race. Tyra interviewed a black man who felt he was cursed and felt hatred toward the black race. She also talked to a white female who hated the caucasian race, and an Indian who felt disgust for her own culture. While these stories were confusing and hurtful, it showed that racist stereotypes feed on not only other races, but within their own.
I have first hand experienced racism between Mexicans concerning bilingual or English speaking only. This racism is a strong example of how negative stereotypes effect everyone. Social construction is unsolvable when one race or class cannot overcome stereotypes. The most interesting case to me, was the African American man who truly felt disgusting. He could not even look at himself in the mirror because of the shame he felt. Tyra had her makeup artists make him appear caucasian to see if he would feel any happier about himself. The whole day he was overjoyed to be removed from his dark skin. These illusions of a better life hold equality back. This episode was just a brutal reminder of that fact.