Berry 2settles for Puerto Rican, “PATRICK: You can put Puerto Rican.” (Gilman 8) and I wouldsettle for Caucasian, but just as Puerto Rican is often not an option, neither is Caucasian.Race issues has surrounded me for most of my life which is primarily why I donot believe that this play has in anyway impacted my views on race in America. Theanimated television show, South Park, has a character whose name is Token. His name isToken because he is the only African-American in South Park, making him the token black kid. For most of my life I have been the token white kid. Halfway through highschool I was forced to switch schools and one my first day of school I thought to myself “What’s with all the white people.” Due to the environment I surrounded myself with, Iforgot that I was not African-American.For most of my education I have been one of very few Caucasian students in theschools I have attended. I grew up in a town that has large African-American and Latino populations. As a child race is not an issue unless it is pointed out. As a child, I oftenforgot that I was the Caucasian kid. I have grown up in environments where race canfreely be discussed because it is not an issue; it is a slight difference in the melanin levelsin our skin.In the play, Ross says to Sarah, "Most people are just racists. They don’t knowthey’re racists."
think that this is a true statement. I know many people that based on thestatements they make and the opinions they hold they would be considered racist but theydo not see themselves as such. This has become a fact of society, but this play did notmake me realize this. My interactions with our species revealed this fact to me.Racists exist. People are classified by the amount of melanin in their skin. Theseare two unfortunate facts of life. I think that people should be able to freely discuss race