STUDENT GROUP RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS ABOUT RACISM.

 

 

PLEASE READ WITH AN OPEN MIND. 

 

REMEMBER THAT ONE’S VIEW OF RACISM GENERALLY REFLECTS THE EXPERIENCE OF EACH INDIVIDUAL AND HIS/HER SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT.  THUS, NOT EVERYONE WILL VIEW OR EXPERIENCE RACISM IN THE SAME WAY.

 

 

 

1)      Yes, racism does exist.  It for African Americans vs. Whites and also
vice versa.  That also includes whites against all other minorities, because
whites are seen as having a lot of prestige, power, wealth and better living
conditions than most. A more openly seen form is the KKK, which was a more
obvious form of racism; one that also associated racism with harming other
people.  There are even people who don't outwardly appear to be racist, yet
they can been racist in their beliefs and/or attitudes.  And finally, job
opportunities (or lack there of) are a huge factor in discrimination. People
are constantly be discriminated or passed over for jobs because of race,
gender or ethnicity.

2) African Americans face a high percentage of discrimination.  As you
stated earlier in class they are running a close second after Hispanics.  
Also, African Americans are citizens of the US whereas some/most Hispanics
are not, so there is more evidence there of discrimination.

3) Some specific examples are also stated in question 1.  But also in the
job market-especially in upper management positions.  And that doesn't just
include minorities (women are also a part of the people being discriminated
against).  There are also a lot of minorities in poverty positions, because
of the lack of job available.  And also there seems to be less upward
mobility for minorities too.

4) Any society that isn't unified suffers.  No one benefits from abilities
of someone who is unable to demonstrate them.  Some people aren't give the
opportunities to perform, so they are left behind when it comes to jobs,
experience (all key factors for mobility).  Thus separating all people in
society from one another.

5) Most people are afraid of things/people who are different from
themselves, so the aforementioned people don't experience anything new or
outside of their comfort zone-which makes them somewhat unaware to their
surroundings.  Groups/organizations/firms need to become more inter-mingled.
 And even here at IPFW, college students need to stop segeragating
themselves (look downstairs in the basement of Kettler--it is totally
obvious!!). However, nothing is really going to happen until everyone comes
to terms with the situation!  Change relies on the individual-not the group!

6) Anywhere from family, social groups, media to social/economic status.  We
learned in Sociology that we are surrounded by people in our same social
class, which prevents opportunities for diversity.  We only see what we want
to see (whether it is good or bad).  Either way, we respond to what society
does.  Society then in turn has a huge influence on our behaviors, thoughts
and actions!

 


1.  We all agreed that there is an ample amount of racism in our country.  You see it everywhere you go.  We all hear people using racist words, even if they aren't trying to be racist, it still is.  You also see a lot of stereotyping.

2.  We believe that African Americans used to be the race with the greatest amount of discrimination, but now we think it is the Hispanics who deal with the most discrimination in our country.  For instance, when you go to a restaurant, you see Hispanics working in the kitchen.  You really don't see them serving.  Also, a friend of one of ours works in a factory and said that they put all of the Mexicans on one machine and every one that wasn't on different machines.

3.  Where do you see racism?  Everywhere.  In the news, at school and in your neighborhood.

4.  Our society suffers because of racism in many ways.  First we limit our knowledge of other cultures.  Instead of being ignorant we could actually learn about another culture first hand through someone of that culture.  Also we are limiting our life long experiences with people different from ourselves.  

5.  We thought of a few ways to help eliminate racism.  First, we need to become aware of the extent of our own racist views; knowing if you are racist or not is the first step to eliminating that characteristic.  We also need to educate the youth at a very young age.  We need to introduce them to other cultures and races.  

6.  What influences us to be racist?  The media is a good place to start.  Also your family and friends have a huge influence on your views of other people.  If you have racist friends or family members you are more than likely to become racist as well.  Where you grow up also has a huge influence.  Smaller towns tend to be more racist.  Take for instance Marion, Indiana.  To this day you still see racism all around.  The majority of white people live on one side of town and the majority of the minorities live on the other side.

 

  1. Yes, racism exists.
  2. The group most affected is women. Women of every race are discriminated against. When it comes to racial groups, it depends on what location you are in.  Different parts of the United States discriminate against different groups.
  3. The evidence we discussed was our personal experiences and the mass media.
  4. Society suffers because there is always a group that is being held back. 
  5. To reduce racism there must be less segregation in the workplace and less residential segregation.  There should be more laws trying to make things equal rather than making things appear to be equal.
  6. We learn to dislike people or a certain ethnic or racial group by how we are exposed to different groups. 

As a group we agreed that racism does still exist today. We also agreed that the group that is most often discriminated against is Hispanics. We have all heard stereotypes and/or derogatory assumptions made against a certain group of people. We also discussed that we either know of or have known someone that is racist and has made slanders against a particular group. Society suffers as a result of racism in several ways. Racism can result from fear of the unknown and if we do not give others a chance then how do we know what they have to offer society? Certainly much talent is surpassed every day because the race of an individual may prevent them from being offered equal opportunity. There are several ways that we learn to dislike groups of people which might include, stereotypes, slanders, tradition, religion, culture, family influence, peer-influence, media and negative encounters with a single individual from a group. Some methods that may be effective in reducing the instances of racism seen today are education as well as interaction among races.

  1. We all agreed that racism does exist. An example we came up with is that some people do not believe that races should intermix in dating.  This is not as big of a problem as in the sixties and seventies but this kind of racism still exists.
  2. We decided that African Americans are discriminated against the most in the U.S.  African Americans are stereotyped as being trouble makers and not as smart as other races and that leaves them at a disadvantage to other races because of the stereotype that is associated with them.
  3. The example that we used previously shows that racism still exists.  Families actually disown their children over dating someone of a different race.  Or some parents do not allow it.  In high school I was interested in a Vietnamese boy but he was not allowed to date me because I was white.  He was only allowed to date Vietnamese girls.
  4. Society suffers from discrimination because it prevents people from knowing really great people. An example of this is a black man and a white man apply for a job. The white man receives the position over the black man even though the black man is more qualified.  Society misses out because they are not receiving the best quality service over racism.
  5. We can reduce racism by teaching our children that this is not right and that everyone is equal.  Also punish those who act out in race crimes and make them into an example that it is not right.
  6. The way that we are brought up has a lot to do with if we are racist against certain groups of people.  If your parents are racist most likely you will be to.  Also, stereotypes of races often affect what people think about someone of a different race even before they ever speak to each other.


Group Discussion on Race/racism

       Discussion or debate is uncomfortable because of lack of knowledge and comfort knowing how minority groups feel

       Universities use factors such as GPA, SAT's, "race" for affirmative action.  People should be chosen based on skill with Equal access to technology and resources

       All schools should offer the same opportunities as a "gateway" for higher learning with a similar curriculum, maybe some kind of classes that will help for college classes  for higher education

       Professors can discriminate based on race "white people should do better”, sex: women are better at English, “men are better at math."  Political affiliation can also affect negative ideas

       Professors should assign numbers so grades are based on performance and content by individuals, ways things can be structured in order to prevent discrimination

 

 

Does racism exist?  Yes it does.

 What group is most often the victim of discrimination in the U.S.?  For the most part we choose Hispanics, because they have not had much success in this country and are often discriminated against when it comes to getting good jobs.  You don’t see too many Hispanics in jobs that offer good wages and a chance to move up the ladder, they are usually stuck with the lower paying jobs because they cannot get better jobs so they take the low paying ones and the people think they can pay them those unfair wages because they are Hispanic.

 

What evidence did you discuss that proves racism exists?  You can prove that racism exists just by talking to certain people, they will tell you racist jokes and say racial slurs.; as well as certain racist groups like the neo-nazis or the KKK.  Certain groups are also targeted as far as jobs go.  Also some people have a bias view point if they are racist or prejudice.

 

How does all society suffer because of racism?  Society suffers by not learning from different cultures.  There is no connection to the other groups of people because no one cares what they have to offer to the country.  Also the people that are being discriminated against may develop hatred of other races because they were hated against or may live a horrible life.  I think that can lead to more crimes and worse conditions for everyone. 

 

How can we reduce racism?  We could try to teach future generations that there are different cultures but they are good in their own ways and that even though they have a different culture that they are a part of the same country we are and we are all in this together.  Other than that there really isn’t any other way to prevent it other than preventing the nasty thoughts and racial remarks people say, which may never happen if it just keeps getting passed down from generation to generation.

 

How do we learn to dislike groups of people?  Family, parental views, mass media, history, or bad experiences with someone or some people from a different race/ethnicity.

 

How comfortable are you discussing race issues?  Very comfortable, I mean it is an issue even though it shouldn’t be, we should all just be able to get along! J

 

How can universities have policies that cancel out other groups?  Affirmative action is one thing.  For the most part it can do well for those that utilize it but it kind of is discriminating against those who are not of the race/ethnicity that the scholarship is for.  There has been a lot of discussion about affirmative action and there is the good and the bad that go along with it, but that is one the major things that a university can do as far as policies or you know vice versus, such as making it to where only a certain group of people could get it. 

 

How can these problems be resolved?  The universities could just change their policies or stop offering certain things to certain groups but to everyone instead.  They could stop asking what race you are when you apply so it is no longer a factor to begin with.

 

How can professors practice discrimination?  They can come in to class with their views and speak their views instead of being open and sharing everything.  They could discriminate against a particular student and some how alter the grades or do something because they do not want to see them succeed.  An example of this reminds me of the movie “Freaky Friday”  where the character Anna has a teacher that gives her an F on everything no matter how right she is or anything and it was all because her mom turned down this guy in high school.  Now it doesn’t have anything to do with race/ethnicity, gender, age, or any of that but he did single her out because of a past experience. 

 

How could we structure things to prevent that?  They could put the professors through a course or something to show how to teach without putting their views into it or something.  Other then that there really isn’t anyway to structure it to prevent it, or they could do away with contracts and just start firing people that discriminate.

 

 

 

 

Race/Racism Notes:

1. Yes, racism does exists For example just last year the affirmative action was upheld, there are numerous hate crimes that discriminate on certain groups committed each day, and there are still organizations such as the KKK and skinheads that openly discriminate and hate other groups.

2. The group that is most often discriminated against in the U.S. would have to be illegal Hispanic/Mexican people. They are given really low paying jobs and most times they are not even paid minimum wages. These jobs also require them to do hard labor in harsh work conditions. Also if they cannot speak English their children are placed in inadequate special Ed programs.

3. Racism effects all of society because it does not allow for meritocracy since only certain people are victimized. Also is does not allow unity, it creates class boundaries, and increases poverty.

4. Racism can be reduced through educated people and also groups like equality opportunity employers help to reduce racism in the work area.

5. Racism is passes on from generation to generation, which is known as the value system transfer. Parents who are active in the KKK will take their young children to the rallies and force them to participate by wearing the white cape. Young children are forced to witness certain groups being discriminated against and this is where people learn to dislike groups of people.

 

 

Does racism exist? Absolutely, in many forms.

 

What group is most often the victim of discrimination in the US? Supposedly Blacks, but It is probably Hispanics.

 

What evidence did you discuss that proves racism exists? The way that society as a whole treats people that are culturally different, and that have different values and beliefs.

 

How does all society suffer because of racism? Society suffers for many reasons because of racism. It causes divisions along racial lines and makes an us versus them when it comes to social issues.

 

How can we reduce racism? By treating everyone by the same standards and remove the counterproductive dis-incentive called quotas or affirmative action.

 

How do we learn to dislike groups of people? From families, school children, church groups, the government.

 

How comfortable are you in discussing race issues? Somewhat comfortable.

 

How might universities discriminate? By denying applications to certain students because of their race or creed.

 

How might that be changed? By removing the necessity to have a higher education to achieve success in our society that is causing a caste society in America.

 

How do Professors discriminate? By giving bad grades to people that they dislike or disagree with no matter their race.