Race, Class and Gender Relations and Impacts

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Race, Class and Gender Relations and Impacts


Anderson and Collins’ statement that “this book is not just about comparing differences, understanding diversity, or describing multicultural societies” means that the act of focusing on particular differences and diversities discourages relational, inclusionary reckoning. The authors recognize that differences and diversities exist among various races and ethnicities. However, focusing on the ways in which the different races, genders, and cultures intersect is what improves the society. The inclusionary perspective of Anderson and Collins relates to the theory of intersectionality in that diverse races, genders, cultures and ethnicities intersect and interact with each other. According to Anderson and Collins, once people discern that class, race and gender are intersecting and simultaneous systems of meaning and relationship, then the different ways through which other categories of experience intersect in the society become easily visible (Andersen & Collins, 2010). The point that the authors are driving across is that despite the differences in religion, nationality, religion and sexual orientation that define inequality and privilege, it is these diversities that improve the society in the manner in which they intersect and interact.

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According to Gallagher, the term “color-blind” refers to the situation whereby in a setting where institutional discrimination and racism have been supplanted by equivalent opportunity, the mechanism for the achievement of upward mobility is only seen as an individual’s qualifications and not his or her ethnicity or color (Gallagher, 2003). In other words, color-blindness leads to a situation whereby the racial relations in the United States are depicted by a negation of racial inequality and the advancement of white privilege. According to the white respondents in Gallagher’s research, racial bias is no longer an issue, and the playing field has been leveled for every individual in the United States. In other words, their sentiments regarding race relations are through the lens of color-blindness. Color blindness plays the role of oversight or negation of the issues of racial prejudices, inequalities, and discrimination because it is now against the law for people to be denied access to public accommodations, housing and jobs due to their race. According to the white respondents, the failure of non-white citizens to obtain proper education, employment, housing and a middle-class lifestyle is the result of their