Originally Posted by uflrh9y
Oh my, I completely disagree. I assume by race hyphenate you mean like calling myself Cuban-American or African-American or Irish-American? It is not being proud of one's roots/culture/ancestors that cause racism. Racism is a problem of tolerance and acceptance. My calling myself Cuban-American is not what perpetuates racism.
Just out of curiosity, do you really think if African-Americans stop using that term right this minute it would change the feelings of people who discriminate and hate them for the color of their skin? I sure don't. You are putting a lot of responsibility for racism on the wrong people, IMO.
Well, maybe you misunderstand who it is that I put the responsibility "on". I am an American, what my ancestors were is something I only worry about when, as an individual, I am considering my own personal geneology. I resent being asked anything about my race, ethnicity, etc., on an application of any sort. I never ask anyone what their "race or ethnicity" is - who cares? The race-hyphenation thing was not thought up and used by millions of citizens on an independant basis. Not "joining in" on the use of it does not preclude anyone from celebrating their heritage. I am "mixed", so what? I don't like every single "member" of any race, including those I am a "member of"....I take people as individuals.
And, no I don't think that if the use of race hyphenation ceased right this minute that the benefit would be realized in the next hour. In ten years, yes - absolutely - I do! The adage "divide and conquer" has survived the test of thousands of years b/c it is true.
Just out of curiosity, do you really think that if "fill in the blank race-Americans" that are prejudice against other "fill in the blank race- Americans" continue the use of race-hyphenation, then it will change their
feelings? Your example was African-American. As the video in question demonstrates, no one race has a monopoly on racism.