AT&D #41. Dominant Racial Groups

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Do you consider yourself part of the dominant racial-ethnic group or part of a subordinate racial-ethnic group in the United States? In what specific ways might your life be different if you were in the opposite group?

Based on what I perceive as the categorizing and defining of the various ethnic/racial groups in this country, (namely in standardized tests and job/college applications that ask for one to check off their ethnicity/race) as well as what society has determined what constitutes each ethnicity/race, I consider myself part of the dominant racial/ethnic group in this country. That is to say although I’m of Middle Eastern descent, I would describe myself as caucasian as the definition itself includes various peoples inhabiting Europe and the Mediterranean among other regions. I definitely think that my life would be somewhat different if I was part of any other group (including being part of a mixed background) because societies tend to discriminate against certain groups.

However, while I don’t think that negatively about the possible downsides of being part of any other group, I definitely can say that my life would be affected with regards to being stereotyped. An example of this is how some schools can deal with a student whose ethnicity correlates to a certain grade point average or performance when in some cases, students in those groups can overcome that stereotype and do well. On the contrary, if one comes from a racial background that is stereotyped as being smart, then a lot would be expected from a student of that group to perform well when some in reality cannot. So if put in that scenario, then yes, my life would be impacted.

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