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Essay on Ethnic Studies

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Based on Omi and Winant, the term race could be defined as "a concept which signifies and symbolizes social conflicts and interests by speaking to different types of human anatomy" From their own framework of democratic creation and theory of racial projects, Omi and Winant asserts that race is a topic of social structure and cultural representation that has been intertwined to shape the essence of racism. Racism was seen since the events of early English colonization of the indigenous people and the racialization of African Americans through slavery, all in which the United States is molded upon as a nation. Thus, this social structure of domination has caused European colonials and American revolutionists to create racialized representations, policies, and structures in order to oppress indigenous and black populations in their respective eras. The structure of a society is based on the idea of superiority and power which both "allocates resources and creates boundaries" between factors such as class, race, and gender (Mendes, Lecture, 09/28/11). This social structure can be understood in Andrea Smith's framework of the "Three Pillars of White Supremacy." The first pillar of white supremacy is the logic of slavery and capitalism. In a capitalist system of slavery, "one's own person becomes a commodity that one must sell in the labor market while the profits of someone's work are taken by someone else" (Smith 67). From this concept of viewing slavery as a method of capitalism, Blacks were subjected to the bottom of a racial hierarchy and were treated nothing more than a property and commodity that's used for somebody else's benefit. The second pillar involves the logic of genocide and colonialism. With genocide, "Non-Native peoples th...

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