Do you think that race is a social construct? Race as a social construct exists everywhere you go, it is known by everyone. Race all comes about when you know that you are different then the people around you. People construct race socially. Socially it all happens when you are young and just starting to learn facts of life and learning society. We watched two movies that really got me thinking about how people that are different then me, get treated worse. In the movie "Imitation of Life", an African-American mother and daughter move in with a white family. "Fakin' da Funk", the other movie we watched, an adopted Chinese boy has black parents. I also read an essay by Sacks’, a Jewish woman, who wrote about racial differences in school, work and in the community. In this paper I will explain how society has constructed certain categories for different races.
In the movie “Fakin’ da Funk” there was a Chinese boy named Julian and he was different then everyone else in the new neighbor hood that they moved into. Everyone was making fun of him just because they thought that he was different, even though he really wasn’t. He knew everything that they did if not more than they did. He had a better knowledge
" But, he really meant that he wanted to go to Africa and learn about the natives and the way that they live. When he was out on a date with a girl and Julian said "that he wanted to learn more about his roots, by visiting his native country. Everyone has a special feeling inside that makes he or she different then everyone else and that is called individuality. Which meant that the people of New York thought that the city got dirty just because of the type of people that moved into the city based on their origin. No matter who you are, you are put into these categories by what people say and think about you. "In a neighborhood, peopled almost entirely by the people who claimed to have been driven from Poland and Russia, is the eyesore of New York and perhaps the filthiest place on the western continent. This just proves my point that wherever you go and if you are different then a person you will be treated differently just because you fit into a different category. With individuality come difference of people and comes different categories. He had lived his whole life as an African American and he knew exactly what it meant to be African American but to everyone else in the neighbor hood he was Chinese. When they went to school when they were young, when they went to work to try to get a better life and even when they went out in public they got put down. "Educational and occupational GI benefits really constituted affirmative action programs for white males because they were decidedly not extended to African American or to women of any race," which means they weren"tmt allow into jobs of some types and schools. Wherever the Jewish and the blacks went there was always someone that treated them differently. The only place where they didn"tmt get made fun of was at home.