Week 6 Notes
Week 6 Notes HDF 110
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WEEK 6 NOTES Racism & Its Effects Racism: any attitude, belief, behavior or institutional arrangement that favor one ethnic group or race over another Systemic: structures into society, not just in people’s mind Consider different race to be ranked as inherently superior/ inferior to each other, based on presumed shard inheritable traits, abilities, or qualities Forms of Racism Individual racism: individual acts of racial discrimination & bigotry (includes prejudice & bias) help to reproduce racial inequalities o More overt; easier to observe Racial microaggressions: daily (commonplace) insults & racial slights that cumulatively affect psychological well-being of people of color Institutional (intra-institutions): policies, practices, and procedure within any social institutions that have a disproportionately negative effect on racial minorities’ access to & quality of goods, services, and opportunities o Making racial inequality difficult to rectify o When racism is built into the institution, it appears as collective action of the population o More subtle; difficult to observe Structural Racism o Inter-institutional: interactions across space & time (generations) Racial inequality in housing—racial inequality in schooling— racial inequality in the labor market Across generations, this chain of events becomes a cycle Systemic Racism (Joe Feagen): accumulated acts of racism across history & throughout one’s lifetime o Gives primacy to history Racial oppression- deeply ingrained in our nation’s history o Encompasses: Daily microaggressions Deeply-seated inequalities (past & present) Anti-black ideologies Colorblind Ideology The disregard of racial characteristics when selecting which individuals will participate in some activities or receive some services o Idea of race in a social sense is real Racial ideology ignores or marginalizes people of color & distinctive histories, needs, experiences & identities Colorblind Racism I’m not a racist because…. o “I don’t see race/color” o “I didn’t own slaves” o “I have close black friends” Problems?? o Colorblindness is used as a means of avoiding the topic of racism & accusations of racial discrimination o Avoid talking about race & racism doesn’t make the problems (inequalities) go away o Rhetorical Strategies: Prefacing discriminatory claims with I’m not a racist, but…. Some of my best friends are black Projection: “I don’t mind of my daughter to marry a black man, but you have to think about the children.” o Critiques: Assumes we live in a “post-racial” world where race no longer matters Views racism at the individual level without looking at the larger social mechanisms in which racism operates Those who advocate a merit-based, race-free worldview do not acknowledge the systems of privilege, which benefit them Allows people to ignore the racial construction of whiteness, and rein forces its privileged & oppressive position Whether colorblind policies provide the best means of achieving racial equality remain controversial
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