Racism is all around us, whether we like to admit it or not. We often make assumptions about other people; whether they are smart or dumb, speak a certain language, or are more likely to commit a crime, just because of what they look like. This is often known to us as stereotyping, a problem that is bigger than ever. More often than not, we tend to see Asians as the smartest race among us, blacks as “ignorant” and more likely to commit crimes, etc. Is it even fair to put labels on people just because of the way they look? A question that should be obvious to answer, might not be so obvious to some.
Stereotypes are often the main criteria for comedians in their jokes, the center of conversations among people in school and on the streets, and often taken very lightly. But is it really humor if it hurts? I don’t think that America could ever be post-racial. As long as individuals are allowed to have their own thoughts and opinions, it could never be possible. Whether we admit it or not, we can be judgmental and critical without hesitation. With access to communication such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, becoming a post-racial society would be close to impossible. Toure expressed in the article, that it wasn’t expected for the black guy to go skydiving because that “wasn’t what black people do.” There seems to be little to no room of interpretation in regard to what certain races should be doing, and what they should not be doing. With this frame of mind, America will never become post-racial.