Intersectionality & National Identity in American Society

Intersectionality

The term 'Intersectionality' implies being related to or shaped by interrelations among the co-existing sects and races in a given society. Coexistence of different cultural mores, races, religions and classes has always oppressed or suppressed certain peoples of that society. Thus Intersectionality mothers many parasites; cultural racism, internalized oppression and prejudice being the most depressing. Particularly in the American society, the duality of color has badly impaired the race relations. In order to attain a true American identity we require social harmony and unity as a whole. Therefore without the dismantling of America's intersectionalities, America's national identity is never complete.

EXPOSITION OF INTERSECTIONALITY IN THE AMERICAN SOCIETY.

Intersectionality has been historically rooted in our society, surfacing on countable incidents and situations. To cite a handy example, every metropolitan market in our society has at least one American Asian female newscaster, as opposed to outright absence of Asian-American men from anchor positions (Hamamoto, 1994, p. 245; Fong Torres, 1995). Such a gender preference in Television News Broadcasting indicates racialization inflicted upon Asian-American manhood. It is believed that Asian-American men have a history of suppression. Their status has been subjugated by the white male and female and American Asian female dominance rendering them as "less successful, assimilated, attractive and desirable than their female counterparts (Espiritu, 1996). This exclusion from enjoying equal benefits of superiority of manhood as per the patriarchal system of unequal relationship existing between men and women makes us note down how the feminist directives ignore the power differentials among men belonging to different races. Conversely there are men not only women who have been feminized as part of oppression based on color. Intersectionality shows in such relational construction of gender and race. As King-Kok Cheung points out: "like female voices the voices of many men of color have been historically silenced or dismissed." Historically, the men of color have faced economic and political constraints as well as ideological racism which have completely battered their manhood. This has gravely distorted the true American image by creating deeply rooted conflict and divergence in the society since the evolution of America. Asian-American men namely Chinese and Japanese have substituted for female domestic in the American society; work which is associated with females especially in the east. This proves that in an American society men experience gender differently, based on their race and class. Another impression of Intersectionality came to be surface on the wartime internment of Japanese-Americans during the World War II. Ever since Pearl Harbor the Japanese man lost his bread earning decision making abilities as a head of the state and a schematic distancing between him and the coming Japanese-American generation incurably assaulted Japanese manhood. All this was aimed at dominating the white men and dubbing it as Americanized manhood. Currently the Asian-American man's image has almost diluted and dissipated in wake of post war restructuring of economy and the 1965 Immigration Act. Loss of authority and power has led many men to depression and anxiety.

Intersectionality exposes itself in the variations of the meaning of 'liberation' for various sects in the society today. To put an end to this racial oppression, us as Americans are required to assume collective self-respect and social justice for all. Only then can we achieve a uniform and singular American identity. This can only be done by unanimously acquiring wisdom mothering a voluntary implementation which we still lack. We need to have a new perception of racism through which we can define the differences in a welcoming and adaptable manner in our society. Our country's racial and ethnic landscape has diversified over time in such a way that we are bound to explore multi-dimensional frame work to accommodate the submerging and emerging, culture, ethnicity, race and nationality. Global changes in economy and labor force have left a profound impact on our country. Hence such an ever-evolving demographic sphere is perpetually compelling those struggling against racism in the search of their identities. Therefore the need to do away Intersectionality needs…