I think the way we talk about race can perpetuate racist ideals or ways of acting, even without individuals realizing it. The concept of race isn’t racist in itself, however it is the way we interpret race and appeal to it in our lives that creates racist tendencies. When we talk about how people react to things etc. we need to be careful what we present and postulate because it can be misinterpreted on both sides of the issue. I don’t see what necessarily wrong with describing someone as acting black or white, but problems can arise when we take these ideas more seriously. A lot of the texts we read are old and put forth ideas that are outdated and have since been disproved. I don’t think that we should necessarily stop reading these texts, however we have to be careful how seriously we talk about them and let them rest in our brain scheme.
I also think we are too quick to discredit the experience of the individual. We keep holding on to things that “most people do” etc. that, when we consider the individuals in the class are not what “most people do”. We are the upcoming generation; we were the children of the late 90’s and early 00’s now growing up. If we suggest that we aren’t more in tune or adjusted than the previous generation than we should just give up this whole race project now. With each generation, the problems related to race are going to fade, to a certain extent. When we keep playing with outdated ideas and buying into what old people think, then we will be no better than they are now. However, if we can talk about race in relation to our own experience then maybe we will overcome the obstacles our ancestors have put before us.