They exposed facts that were shocking and disturbing but interesting at the same time. This paper reflects on their responses, and highlights the similarities and differences in their racial identities and experiences.
When asked about their racial identities, Martha replied that she belonged to an Africa-American family; while, Priyanka was an Indian Asian. Both of them were unmarried, and were working in their respective workplaces. Martha did not seem to be very happy while describing her racial identity; and, it indicated toward her harsh experiences that she had to suffer from, just because she was a minority. It seemed like it was a bit uncomfortable for her to respond to the interview. Priyanka was confident despite the fact that she came like a stranger to this land, and studied and worked here. She did not seem to be very sensitive about her racial identity which revealed when she discussed if she was happy with her being an Indian Asian in a white dominant country. She responded that she felt proud of her racial identity, and that she was happy that the laws that protect minorities’ rights in employment gave her much security. This shows the effectiveness of the government’s steps toward providing spiritual and physical security to the minority ethnic groups in USA. Martha described that she also felt secured due to the anti-discriminatory laws. She felt quite sad on the behavior of the whites toward the African-Americans. She told that her parents had also had to bear harsh experiences due to their African descent. It is important to state here that anti-discriminatory laws have been very much successful in providing equal opportunities to the minority racial and ethnic groups in USA, so that the talent and expertise of minority racial groups does not go wasted just because they are looked down upon by the historically dominant group in USA.
Major factors that have shaped African-American identity