Sociology 1510 final paper
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Starnes, Breanna December 4th, 2015 Sociology 2070.01 I. My first impression of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria” was an overwhelming sense of what a Black woman, and minorities in general, feel. As a White woman in the majority group in the United States it is impossible to completely understand how minorities lives are, but because this book wasn’t written wearing rose colored glasses I can at least try to understand. I completely agree with the definitions of racism and prejudice in the book, I don’t see how anyone could disagree. I also love how the definitions of racism and prejudice are stated in the book because many people tend to confuse the two. Tatum uses nothing but facts and logic to support it as well. Something that the book explained that I really love is about the conveyor belt (Tatum 1997; 1112), I had never thought about it in that way until seeing the words spread in front of me on the pages. In the book it explains how privileges that aren’t thought to be associated with race really are; I didn’t realize before reading this that they correlated, I had always thought that each privilege was an individual privilege unrelated to one another. One particular part that struck me was children’s thoughts and views on race. Especially where she talks about her Tatum’s peer telling him that he was black because he drank too much chocolate milk (Tatum 1997; 3335), and when the white little girl at the store asks why Tatum’s son was so dirty (Tatum 1997; 36). I guess I had forgotten the many questions that lingered in my mind as a child because my parents failed to explain, and how as a parent you must find a way to explain. Not yet a parent I haven’t had that experience explaining race to my child. As a whole, what I have read so far, this book is and will continue to be a huge eye opener. Many of the things I read about in the book were things I already understood, however I felt as if I have learned so much so combined with my previous knowledge on the subject matter I feel that this book will make me even stronger in my beliefs as an antiracist. II. After finishing the book, I feel that my first impression of the book after, only reading the first two chapters, was completely right. I have learned a lot, and been introduced to a lot of new ideas. While I feel like I understood racism for the most part, I feel that I now see racism in a new light after finishing the book and looking back to my reflection. With what I’ve learned from the book, I believe I have better knowledge on the subject and can be one of the White people actively walking in the opposite direction on the conveyor belt. (Tatum 1997; 1112) III. While reading the book I was constantly mind blown by Beverly Tatum’s life as Black woman and Black women’s lives as a whole; I had always known that Black women experienced sexism and racism but I had never really understood the extent of what they go through, even in their daily lives. One particular passage that shocked me was where Tatum talks about a young black woman who started experiencing racist comments from her White peers in junior high (Tatum 1997; 68); It hurt me to know that women of color have to face this kind of discrimination on a daily basis. Many of my friends and family believe that if we don’t talk about race problems, they will go away; I had never been too sure if this was true or not, but I disagreed. Now, I know I was right for disagreeing and making it a point to talk about these ongoing problems anytime the opportunity. Throughout all of Chapter 10, Tatum talks about speaking out about racism and explains that if we don’t it only hurts our society. (Tatum 1997; 193206) Reading this, I know now that I need to be active in this. When I first saw the that the title of our book was “Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” I was a little confused and thought that it wasn’t exactly true. I come from a small town in East Texas and went to a school with less than 1% Black students so I hadn’t ever seen it myself firsthand. Know that I understand the title’s question and can answer it, I’ve learned that it is true, and that there’s a reason for it. Tatum explains that as adolescents they are trying to find their racial identity and actively helping one another figure it all out all while experiencing racism and oppression from just about everyone, from peers to teachers. (Tatum 1997; 5253) In our textbook, “Recognizing Race and Ethnicity” we see the term unconscious racism explained as a flaw in the justice systems, and everyone’s mind. Unconscious racism means that we, without even thinking about it, associate race with negative connotations. (Fitzgerald 2014; 306) This is reaffirmed in “Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” when Tatum’s son is riding with her in the car and locks the door when he sees a black teenager running down the street, claiming that maybe he had even stolen something. Tatum is quick to step in after to explain that it was uncalled for and all in his head. (Tatum 1997; 4849) I am so glad that I read “Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and was able to learn so much. From this, I have learned how to fight racism, and not contribute to the mess it causes. This book will continue to influence me for the remainder of my life. References Fitzgerald, Kathleen J. Recognizing Race and Ethnicity: Power, Privilege, and Inequality. Boulder: Westview, 2014. Print. Tatum, Beverly Daniel. "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": And Other Conversations about Race. New York: Basic, 2003. Print.
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