Project #82103 - sociology discussion - Reply x2(150words each)

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Here is the discuession topic:(u dont have to answer #1&2, i finished it already, just for u to take a look)

Read the attached article, "Unpacking the Knapsack"

 In addition, read, I'm not Racist, I'm Color Blind! at: http://www.sociologyinfocus.com/2012/01/30/im-not-racist-im-colorblind/

After reading the articles:

1. McIntosh notes that, "As a white person, I realized I had been taught about racism as something which puts others at a disadvantage, but had been taught not to see one of its corollary aspects, white privilege, which puts me at an advantage."  -- Give examples of the following:

  --- Racism which puts others at a disadvantage

  --- White privilege which puts some at a advantage

2.  "There is no doubt that many people of color in the U.S. remain in disadvantaged positions...."  - Why do some members of our society refuse to accept the idea that racism is a factor (and it is a factor) in creating and perpetuating disadvantages? 

Here are  two of my classmates' posts: (reply each with more than 150words)

POST1.Whether or not people say racism is not an issue in America today, it is. Our society says they are equal but still face racial problems that are obvious to the eyes of everyone. Racism has been a problem in the past that has carried itself into the future by the actions of the people. To say racism does not exist is only providing a blanket over the truth that is hiding under it. “The night before the state primary elections, Obama’s Vincennes, Indiana, campaign headquarters was vandalized” (Carl 2013:42). Along with racial slurs that were said this act that was performed wasn’t sabotage towards Obama, it was an act of racism that is commonly viewed in society.  Minorities deal with a lot of discrimination in their daily lives and in the work field. Lack of respect, name-calling, and low expectations are all issues that minorities have to deal with. Recently with the elections coming forth there have been much talk about discrimination among the hispanics. Also for the past few months protest and riots have been set for the equality of blacks. “Studies show that whites find neighborhoods less appealing as the proportion of blacks and Latinos grow”(Carl 2013:49). The idea to find one place or environment more suitable because of the race of people in it is degrading. Whites deal with racism as well, not as extreme as others but they do too. The idea that every white person is racist or out to get rid of minorities is how they are being targeted as well. The percent of minorities in poverty, which are mainly African Americans, Indians, and Hispanics, is greater than whites. Though they are still provided with more privileges than the minorities. For example, they are more likely to graduate from college with a higher degree. Income inequality comes into play with racism because minorities earn less money and cannot afford to live in the same neighborhoods as whites. “One recent study found that although incomes are rising among blacks and white families, they are not increasing at the same rate”(Carl 2013:44). Members of our society refuse to accept the idea that racism is a factor because they don’t see it as one because they are not being targeted or they choose not to talk about it to create an argument. Whether a person is black, white, brown, or yellow being ridiculed for the color of your skin is a manner that needs to be address and fixed. 

POST2.  --- Racism which puts others at a disadvantage-

Despite the fact that in the United States overtly racist language has become socially unacceptable (Carl 2013: 46) racism in the United States still persists. It exists in more subtle forms like exclusion, discrimination based on stereotypes and bias media depictions of black people in the media.

Take for example the stereotypical images that are depicted in the movie Boys N the Hood (1991). In this movie black men are depicted as violent gang members that should be feared. Stereotyping black men as dangerous has led to the deaths of unarmed black men like Trayvon Martin, James Byrd Jr. and the victims of the unjustified police shootings like what we’ve been seeing played out on TV lately. This has put black men at a great disadvantage. They are racially profiled, wrongfully convicted and incarcerated at much higher rates than white men.

  --- White privilege which puts some at a advantage-

Whites do not have to fight to rise above stereotypes like the ones I listed above. Not only do minorities have to constantly overcome stereotypes but they also have to overcome their environment. One of the most important factors in determining income is education. (Carl 2013: 44).  Racism puts minorities at a disadvantage from the start. Whites are more likely to be born into safer neighborhoods and attend better schools. This sets them on a path to obtain higher education and better socioeconomic standing.

The rewards are also greater for whites than blacks. In fact the average college educated black family makes one-fourth of the wealth of a white family (Carl 2013: 49).  To deny that we live in a society in which racism exists, you would have to ignore the unfair distribution of wealth in America.


2.  "There is no doubt that many people of color in the U.S. remain in disadvantaged positions...."  - Why do some members of our society refuse to accept the idea that racism is a factor (and it is a factor) in creating and perpetuating disadvantages? 

I believe members of society that refuse to accept the idea of racism are in denial. They deny racism because it benefits them.  By believing they are “colorblind” and that racism doesn’t exist, they get a “front of the line pass” in a society that favors them. By denying racism whites get to hold on to the belief they climbed socially above others on their own merit.  This is another form of racism called, Laissez-faire racism (Carl 2013: 46).

Another reason whites deny the existence of racism is because if they acknowledge racism, they will be morally obligated to help fix this disparity amongst their minority brothers and sisters. They will have to give up some power and position to promote fair opportunities for minorities. The actions that would be required to make up for the advantages that are gained from racism andwhite privilege would require a bit of self sacrifice on the part of white people.

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