Representation | Definition of representation in English by Oxford Dictionaries

Representation | Definition of representation in English by Oxford DictionariesRepresentation exploratory article on representation has major focus on how the society handles racial issues. The author brings out the issue surrounding racial discrimination without bias but the media and the general public ought to clean their mindset for a forward moving society. The grouping is mainly based on color, origin among other factors; therefore, bring out vast gap between the white and other races.

According to the reading, the white are viewed as a superior class and are measured by any standards only set by them. White as a concept is seen as being separate and any race not white is placed under a category named ‘other’. The other categorization is judged from an invisible and normative position of white. This means that white is placed as the perfect benchmark to anything and black is seen as the other extreme. The general society has come to accept this as the natural way of life so much so much so white identifies with success and other racial color bring out negativity.  In the naming system there are ridiculous elements that lean on towards the white argument. Black spots for example are places on roads where accidents occur frequently. Black heads is the name given to ‘ripe’ pimples which are clearly white. On the reverse white names great things such as white collar jobs and white also signifies peace. One African president argued that for as long as white vehicles ride on black tires discrimination will never cease. The author brings out points of argument on how over time it has become ostensible that black as a race has been thrown to the opposite side of greatness.

Representation | Definition of representation in English by Oxford Dictionaries

How advertising and the public’s complains lean on to support the white classification only worsens the situation. Representation of white as is placed by the author is understandable based on how it came about. To be firm in the mind of publics there are many factors at play. Among these factors is the role of the media which portrays white as superior. A perfect example is when an English man dies it is news worthy but for any other race to match the same there has to be more deaths. The threshold is so high for some races such that it needs 500 deaths to get a news story (Spencer, 2014).

            A proper society set up would be where individual elements are judged based on their personal abilities and not on an already preset mentality. Certainly there is a black, brown or colored person out there who can handle a task better than an English man. A simple research on statistics of world problems will actually reveal that most problems culminate from white’s related situations. A perfect example is the AIDS virus which originally was in apes and ended on the human body through a white person. There are clear records of non white persons who have gone ahead to spearhead revolutionary changes in the society. Ben Carson a neuro-surgeon of world admiration is black, barrack Obama is a black leading the words super power country USA  are but a tip of the huge list. (Spencer, 2014); 4 place a very clear argument that identity is a work in progress, a negotiated space between ourselves and others;constantlybeing re-appraised and very much linked to the circulation of cultural  meaning in a society. Identity is even intensely political.


Spencer, S. (2014). Race and ethnicity: Culture, identity and representation. Routledge.