Essay on Race and Civil Rights

1598 Words Jan 18th, 2013 7 Pages
Rights and Bytes: The Technology of Civil Rights

When speaking of race, it has been a popular factor in our society for centuries. In Steve Olson’s essay, “The End of Race: Hawaii and the Mixing of Peoples”, he discusses human race and its genetic future. He also discusses how Hawaii has a lot of intermixed races and cultures. When dealing with race and what people consider themselves as you can refer it to covering. Kenji Yoshino discusses covering in his essay, “The New Civil Rights”. He states, “To cover is to tone down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream” (Yoshino, 479). He also discusses about our how our society is forming into one big group for our similarities rather than differences. People are “changing” their
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Olson states, “The logical endpoint of this perspective is a world in which people are free to choose their ethnicity regardless of their ancestry” (Olson, 261). This quote supports the end of race because soon enough more people will be choosing their ethnicity without referring to their ancestry. In the future one can think of how our country will be more diverse than it ever has. When we have these interracial marriages that start making families, it will eventually lead to more mixed races. Olson states, “ According to the 2000 census, one in twenty children under the age of eighteen in the United States is mixed, in that their parents fall into more than one racial category” (Olson, 252). The rate of mixed children is growing and this is affecting them to be able to trace back to their ancestry. Olson states, “But the social effects of intermarriage are much more immediate than are the biological effects” (Olson, 260). This is true because with intermarriage happening, ancestry is hard to trace back biologically. Our country now is already very diverse and without being able to biologically trace race then it could lead to an end of it. Another thing one could think of is a world without race. There would be more equality and everybody would be in one massive group. Being in one group goes back to Yoshino’s idea of coming

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