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By Paul R. Lehman

This ebook discusses a number of points of race and its manifestations utilizing either educational and secular references, and finally provides a problem to the United States to acknowledge its race challenge by means of studying its present-day perceptions, language, and behaviour. themes mentioned comprise colour, normalcy, racial precedence, and slavery's legacy.

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The reason for this lack of wanting to be identified with a particular class is based on the common democratic idea of all people being equal. In an essay, “Media Magic Making Class Invisible,”3 Gregory Mantsios says that The United States is the most highly stratified society in the industrialized world. Class distinctions operate in virtually every aspect of our lives, determining the nature of our work, the quality of our schooling, and the health and safety of our loved ones. Yet remarkably, we, as a nation, retain illusions about living in an egalitarian society.

That discernment had to give the appearance of fairness to all whites, while making certain that boundaries of social class did not change. Change did occur, however, and the focus of the change settled on color and geography. The African was made black, Negro, colored, and a host of other inaccurate term employed as indicators of identity. What America did with respect to color was to make the color white symbolize superiority, normalcy, privilege, correctness, standard values and Christian values.

Today in America, the church, with all its influence, is still the most segregated social institution in society. No doubt exist that the church’s influences had a direct impact on the laws. Since the Constitution gave permission for perceiving the Negroes as less than human, to act on those beliefs was not viewed as unethical, immoral, or criminal. The Five Civilized Tribes during the removal from their lands made certain to take their African, African American, Indian slaves with them. The reason for the title “Civilized” in reference to these tribes was due to the fact that the tribes were encouraged to pattern their lifestyle after that of the European Americans.

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