In Living Color
The discussion in class was very interesting even though the article was not, at least not for me. It seemed a little old but still had some good points that even seem to fit nowadays.
For our group it was pretty hard to come up with some good examples but that is probably because we are not really aware of those racial thoughts. They are present every day and that is exactly what makes it so hard to think of them because it just appears as being normal.
I went to a benefit show for a friend of mine and we had several artist performing. One of them was a HipHop group and since I'm taking a class about that topic, this type of music becomes more and more interesting to me. I was sitting between a bunch of people and listening to those artists performing. They were really good and I was enjoying their show. But nevertheless, I felt kind of akward tapping to the beat and smiling at some parts of their lyrics. Most of the people in the crowd were white and therfore acting more reserved but the couple of black people were really enjoying it.
That appeared to be totally natural. As I was talking about HipHop to a friend afterwards, she mentioned that she does like it but sometimes simply feels like she is too white in order to really be able to listen and to enjoy it.
I was able to relate to her statement and thought about it some more. It is kind of sad that some things seem to be reserved for a special group and in this case a specific race. I'm wondering if it is possible to overcome this and if so, how long it might take and what steps one has to take.