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              If you have a connection with an individual what does it matter what their skin color is or where they come from, or what their race and ethnicity is? Race should never be a defining or primary factor when making or breaking a friendship. When I meet new people I have this color blind approach where I can easily speak to an Asian or an African American or any other individual of any other race about anything, simply because skin color is irrelevant to me. If I get along with an individual its because we share common interests not because of someones appearence. It’s amazing to say that each and every day we see the amounts of interracial relationships and marriages increasing. Something that once was frowned upon or looked down on is more openly being accepted, or is it?

          In the article, New Generation Doesn’t Blink at Interracial Relationships, by Sharon Jayson, we see how the new generation meaning individuals from ages 15 to 25 are less and less preocuppied with race when making friends or dating. This age group appears to be more open minded and tolerant of different races.

People are finding people with common interests and common perspectives and are putting race aside, says Knapick, 22, a May graduate of Indiana University.

Its nice to see that young individuals are thinking more openly about race and accepting others based on things they have in common or beliefs they share. Although I as well like to believe that everyone should take forth this colorblind approach when interactiing with people. Reality comes forth and I start to question if putting race aside as Knapick said is actually possible. An individuals knowledge and experience as well as interests have a strong correlation with their race and ethnicity. I say this because an individual of a specific race can have completely different experiences from a different race. Therefore how does a common interest or perspective formulate among two individuals that have two completely different lives. For example an African American middle class male compared to an upper class white male’s experience will certainly be different when pertaining to the education theyve recieved, the commodities theyve had, and the different resources theyve had access to.

Racial diversity is especially common in college friendships because that age group is exposed to a wider range of people, and college students have more opportunities to become friends with peers of other races, says Anthony Lising Antonio, an associate professor of education at Stanford University, who has conducted research on friendship diversity.

I believe Anthony Antonio’s statement is quite true. Being a college student gives you access to individuals of many different races especially in Hunter College. I can say that in my classes and just walking around the halls I have classmates from all across the world. This enriches my knowledge of different races, ethnicities and cultures ultimately opens up my horizons to trying new foods and customs. As well as gives me the opportunity to make strong relationships with individuals of a variety of different races. A negative side of college is that it can also isolate you from other ethnicities based on where is it that you attend college, depending on what the predominant school population race is in that particular school. Shocking to say this notion of a new generation ignoring race is causing researchers alot of concern. Reseachers from the Annual Monitoring the Future Survey, claim that instead of ending racial segregation and creating a colorblind society; this generation may be simply unconcerned or ignoring inequalities among races that still persist or in fact they are becoming comfortable with racial and ethnic inequality. 

Even though young people report having friends of other races, Forman says, those friendships don’t necessarily lead to a reduction in negative attitudes toward a racial group, because people view their own friends as an exception to whatever stereotype may exist.

Forman brings up a very important point we always think of our friends as an exception to whatever stereotype or judgement is attached to their race. Therefore these young individuals arent giving forth to the reduction of negative connotations attached to different races. Simply because they dont acknowledge that these discriminating stereotypes actually do exist and can be directly affecting someone they personally know. Possibly if individuals did see how stereotypes can affect someone they know they might make greater efforts to reducing negative attitudes towards any group of people.

Gallup Poll on interracial dating in June found that 95% of 18- to 29-year-olds approve of blacks and whites dating. About 60% of that age group said they have dated someone of a different race.Olivia Lin, 18, of Brooklyn, N.Y., is Asian; she’s dating someone who is Puerto Rican and says her family is “pretty open to it.”

 It amazing to see that 95% of 18 to 29 year old are approving of interracial dating. I once dated an Egyptian, my parents as well as his were very accepting. Of course our cultures and beliefs were very different and that brought hardship on our relationship but it did bring about greater knowlege of another culture that initially I knew nothing about. I am quite positive that interracial dating would not have been accepted so commonly among families 40 or 50 years ago. Clearly acceptance has increased a tremendous amount.

The fact that individuals are dating people of other races and the rate of interracial marriages are increasing, is reinforcing the idea that race matters less. In essence even though this new generation may have good intentions of being more open with different races and even accepting individuals with a colorblind approach, race will always come up in different forms. Inequalites, discrimination, and segregation although an individual may attempt to become oblivious to it will always persist. Its ideal to say that one day every individual of every race will be accepted and be treated equally to every other race but its a thing which is very difficult to obtain and sadly might never happen.

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One response

  1. I agree with you, I feel as though race and ethnicity aren’t as important to our generation, at least in NYC that is. I think this has a lot to do with the increase in interracial marriages and couples in NYC. It’s sort of like a domino effect in the sense that the more interracial couples people see around them the more people become accepting of them, which then lead to more people being open to the idea of marrying someone outside their race or ethnicity, which then again leads to the increase in the number of interracial couples. In today’s society it is completely normal to see an interracial couple walking around the city hand in hand. Even parents of our generation, who weren’t born or grew up here, have become accepting of interracial marriages because of how common it has become.