The Education of Racism

by Oliver on October 21, 2016 - 10:15pm

From my perspective, racism is the results of ignorance and I am not the only one who thinks that way. Ignorance does not mean a lack of intelligence, rather something you do not know. The only solution is to learn what you do not know, so color-blind people can be taught and learn that racism is not something of the past.

In the news article I read, a teacher name Brendesha Tynes, researched what kind of people were more offended by images from racially-themed parties where participants dressed and act as racial stereotypes and caricatures. She discovered that the person who rated highly in color-blind racial attitudes, mostly white people, had a lesser reaction to those images. Also the majority of white people had mixed feelings towards those picture rather or not the picture bothered them and also some of them were not even bothered by the picture. In contrast people who were low in racial-color-blindness had more things to say about those picture and they were kind of angered by them too, some of them even said they would “unfriend” friends on social media if they would have to post the racist pictures. When I said that color-blind people are ignorant it is because they believe that racism or race do not exist, like Tynes claims in the article, they believe that people should move on, and seeing race is inherently wrong from their view. Also I found interesting that she said that white people are educated and socialized not to talk about race. But the point I particularly like from her paper is that she is insisting on the fact that elementary school and college should offer mandatory courses on the issue of racism and multicultural competence, and text should cover a more comprehensive view about the culture and history of African-American without just focusing on the culture and the history of white people. People need to know that race is still making the life of some people harder and that media as a shaped attitude toward “race”.

In my class of race and racism, we covered the topic of color-blindness but with this text the expression is clarified further, because of the example she gave in her article and what words she is using in it to describe what it means for her. Also I agree with her point about establishing courses to teach a bit more about other cultures. It is correct to study about White Americans’ history but since elementary school I have been studying the topic, a little diversity would not be refused.

In conclusion, it was prove in the article written by Tynes that there is a link between color-blind people and racism. Therefore it should be a priority to teach children about other cultures and not just their own.

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