HIS 018 A09
Professor Oropeza & Professor Leroy
January 29, 2019
A Comparative Analysis of Black and Asian Racialization
Taking a look at Black racialization versus Asian racializations we must look at how each presented itself in society respectively. The way that each group was suppressed was distinct, and led to different present day outcomes. Asian racialization and black racialization are more different than alike. Black racialization took form in Black criminality, segregation, and Black violence, whereas racialization of Asians in America focused primarily on Asian immigration and citizenship rights.
Anderson’s book White Rage highlights just how black racialization presented itself in society after the Civil War. Anderson argues that black racialization has persisted throughout history through something she calls “White Rage,” which she states has been relentless as it has been brutal. This white rage primarily revealed itself through the perpetual violence, segregation, and criminalization of African Americans.
Anderson starts off with the Reconstruction Era. “America was at the crossroads,” she writes, “between its slaveholding past and the possibility of a truly inclusive, vibrant democracy.” Post Civil War, black racialization took form in violence against African Americans. The KKK formed, and we see the first forms of lynchings arise in this time period, and after the failure of Reconstruction, the South delved back into white supremacy. In efforts to escape these depredations, African Americans turned to the protection of the Constitution; however, African Americans were met with the Supreme Court repeatedly denying that relief, and thus began the legal segregation we know as Jim Crow. The Jim Crow Era was an era of...