The Artificial Subjective Assembly Line

Like a lovely bouquet of sunflowers, perfectly arranged to capture the essences of happiness and joy. Human beings have been grouped to present a specific stereotypes. A bouquet of sunflowers are grouped into one totalizing vase with a bow tied to perfection. However, the florist didn’t notice that one flower had a drop of water trickling from its bright leaf. Another’s steam was slightly bent to the right, while the other was dancing restlessly with the wind. However, the yellow of their leafs made the florist think that they were all the same. What the florist failed to realize was how beautiful each individually were.

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From the moment we are born, we are labeled and totalized by our gender, race, and numbers. As infants, we are given numbers so that the government can legally identify us. Numbers like social security numbers, birth dates, time, and weight. “This baby was born Dec. 23 at 4:00 p.m and weighs 8 pds.” We are assigned and label by numbers before are parents can sign their signatures on our birth certificates. Then of course, we are given names. The name that our parents decide to give us can determine whether or not we are worthy of a high paying job regardless of how much education or experience we have. In contrast, in Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, Juliet says, “what is in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” This means  that something can be given any name but the substances of that thing would never change. However, American society has decided that a name determines the substances of an individual. Employer’s estimates the substance of an individual by their names.

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According to Yasmeen Muqtasid, author of Finding a job while having an “ethnic” name, “resumes and applications with names more commonly given to white Americans were 50 percent more likely to be contacted for job interviews than those applicants with names more associated with black Americans.” Somehow employers believe that they have gotten it down to a science on how to determine whether someone is “ethnic” or white. If your name is Robert Frost, then you are white but if your name is Abdul Rockefeller then your are of ethnic background. However, what employers seem to forget is that a White girl can easily be name Shanique Jones and a Black girl could be name Erica Smith. Racial prejudices surround us everywhere. Muqtasid says, “It has also been found that employers download resumes from applicants with “white names” – such as Molly and Daniel – 17 percent more often than those of applicants with “black names” like Maesha and Darius. Some speculate that it is not about race but that names are indicative of social background. Either way, assumptions are being made independent of a person’s capabilities.” Social background? Our names are now determined by our social backgrounds. Social background basically means the environments we grew up in. Say if you grew up in the “ghetto.” Employer’s are going to assume that your name will be Aikeem or Raqesha. In contrast, a “suburban” name would be Emily or Michael. Our names have become another way of totalizing people into one but separate groups. The main way that people are assembled into groups is by race.

Of course we know that race plays a major role in determining who we are as people. Respectively, race has nothing to do with or individuality; race doesn’t even exist. However, American society has placed such high standards on what it means to be White and lower standards on what it means to be Black. Furthermore, somehow American society has tried to categorize people into two races when they are multiple races in the world. Have you ever applied to anything and had to check the ethnic box that closely applies to your ethnic background? Black? White? Other? How do they expect you to check Black if you are from Nigeria? Someone from Nigeria may want to identify themselves are being African. And what does “other” mean? The way in which humans are seen is by color and not by their uniqueness. It is as if humans are made and altered to fit nicely into America’s box.

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Ford had one of the first assembly lines. It was faster to make cars using the machine assembly line instead of a human assembly line. However, society seems to have established their own assembly line: The Artificial Subjective Assembly Line. To create the perfect car, it needs one thing to operate: the engine. To create the perfect human, it needs one major component to move: the brain.  As  humans move throughout society, are ideas are crafted to think in colors. Society is similar to the brain being passed down the assembly line and designed to think that race and gender are real. Society has ingrained certain values, aesthetics, and logic within the center of our brains. However, society has not taken away our natural predispositions. No matter how much society tries to take away our individuality, we always find a way to express ourselves.

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