“Clarence Thomas is right about race”
Over the last few years, it has become increasingly apparent that some members of society hold the importance differences and making differences known. While watching television, listening to speeches, and scrolling through the Internet, we’ve seen and heard sentiments expressed that have not just acknowledged these differences yet have exaggerated them. As many of us have previously seen race as a less prominent issue in today’s society, the article proposes that it is starting to gain momentum again. In thinking about this new issue of race one tends to think that there has been a rise of discrimination and hatred, yet this issue is primarily caused by people who seek out differences.
In the article written by Ruben Navarrette about Clarence Thomas, the only African-American in the Supreme Court, made remarks that point out the one of the main issues when it comes to race. In his interview with Clarence Thomas, Thomas pointed out the new “trend” or “condition” of people when he said, “Now, name a day (race) doesn’t come up. Differences in race, differences in sex, somebody doesn’t look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive” (CNN). His statement does not mean live ignorantly or cluelessly. Also his statement does not mean not notice differences, yet rather he tells people to acknowledge them yet not make these difference the center of their lives. By constantly making differences known and viewing oneself as different than the rest, it creates a foundation for disunity and conflict by causing people to more defensive and sensitive about the subject. In a way it also dehumanizes people because society focuses on their differences rather than the fact that they are people too.
Yes, there are many differences that exist in our society. Yes, discrimination still exists. It also true that by emphasizing and overly exaggerating a difference/problem it increases it. As many people today seem to move toward making changes in society like legalizing same sex marriage, it is essential that we not only focus on the differences but also the similarities. Through these similarities, opposing groups can see each other as individual beings, as opposed to just members of a group, and can then begin to sympathize with them by the recognition that they are a part of the larger group of human beings.