After reading a portion of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, where she discusses the concept of mass incarceration as a tool of social control, I began to think about the current state of racial hierarchy and castes, as they are present in American Society. Specifically, this made me question my individual status in this hierarchy as a non-white individual. As such, I believe that my experience growing up in the United States has been relatively free from racial discrimination or influence from racial hierarchy structures. However, this does not mean that I believe that American society is color-blind, in that I am aware of such social phenomena and recognize it as a problem that has been the cause of grave injustice throughout history—specifically, American history. Interestingly, however, I was not aware of a racial hierarchy until around the time I came to college where I took courses that educated me on the phenomena. Up until that point, I had assumed that such a system (New Jim Crow) had died in the 1960s with the rise of the Civil Rights Movement. I was completely unaware that the system is built in a way to work against specific racial groups—as they serve as a means for social control. What is the reason for why I retained this thinking for so long? In my opinion, my ignorance to this issue is because my family (myself included) is not white (not black either) and yet has not endured the injustice of such tools of social control. In essence, I think it was this that upheld my perspective that saw American society as ‘colorblind’. This analysis has led me to the conclusion that racism in America varies with the race that is subject to said discrimination. In terms of African Americans, racism is institutionalized—inherent to the criminal justice system, where the foundation of the system is racially biased and oppressive to particular peoples. In this regard, the ignorance as to the nature of racism that results in racial profiling and prejudice against African Americans by the criminal justice system perpetuates the color-blind acceptance by other peoples. This ignorance is supplemented by the fact that other non-white individuals such as myself—who may be discriminated against—are more likely to experience variants of racism that do not hinder ascension up the socio-economic ladder because such racism is not institutionalized (not inherent to the system) but at the discretion of individual people. In doing so, this phenomena combined with recent events, such as the election of President Barack Obama leads people to be more inclined to believe that American society is color-blind. Ironically, it is the color-blind attitude that perpetuates the problem, because people are then reluctant to discuss racially related issues, and thus the problem forever remains, because it was never even discussed to begin with.