Race and Racism Group 545 (Fall 2015)

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The central question explored in this class is: 

Does the mainstream media enhance or hinder our understanding of the concepts of race and racism? 

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by marianesoucisse on October 23, 2015
  Halloween Costumes: Who Ever Thought They Could Have Racist Meanings? 

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by John Snow on October 22, 2015
In Kirsten West Savali’s article (The root, June 2 2015), the author argues about the ambiguity that surrounds our social media and the touchy subject or racism. She starts off by quoting Malcom X from one of his speeches where he says that if you believe everything said in the media, you will end up despising the despised and supporting the oppressors. The author uses this example to depict the time when black people did not have the same rights than white people. As for today, she feels that the situation did improve, but that racism is still in people’s minds in a more implicit way.

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by salma bella on October 21, 2015
The article "Discrimination During Adolescence has lasting effects on body”, published by Northwestern University on Science Daily (September 9th, 2015), addresses a study that links the level of cortisol, a stress hormone released by the body, with the accumulation of perceived discrimination over lifetime. In fact, researchers have followed white and black adolescents from age twelve to 32 by measuring the discrimination they perceive as well as their levels of cortisol for seven days when they became adults.

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by S Aziz on October 21, 2015
“This Is When Racial Bias Begins to Impact a Child’s Empathy for Pain, Study Suggests:” An article written by Macrina Cooper-White who claims the empathy one feels in regards to another’s pain depends on one’s own racial bias, even when it comes to a child. The author states that previous research has shown that White people sweat more when they witness a White person suffering than when it is a Black person, and that a number of doctors prescribe stronger pain medication to White patients compared to Black patients. She affirms this unconscious bias to be a racial empathy gap.

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by kimfsp on October 21, 2015
In the BBC article "Daily torment of racism in the classroom" published on May 23rd, 2012, Divya Talwar discusses the racial discrimination a year 9 student, Khadeja Fahat, has had to face at school in Wilmslow, Cheshire. Certain of her classmates have verbally and physically attacked her. She has been labeled as a Terrorist or a Taliban, associated with the 9/11 attack and has been punched once in the ribs by a pupil all due to her appearance.

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by mollymoo on October 21, 2015
In the article “His Name Is Cayden: Online Racists Taunt 3-Year-Old, Get Shut Down” by Ed Mazza for the Huffington Post, the author describes an event wherein a man named Gerard Roth posted a picture of himself and a young boy (named Cayden) onto Facebook in May of 2015. Being that Roth is white and Cayden is black, and since Cayden was looking a bit sheepish in the photograph, the post received several ‘jokingly’ racist comments, including references to slavery. The author then explains the shock of both Roth and the child’s mother, Sydney Jade, at the racist comments.

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by anthonyamato on October 20, 2015
Get the Hell out of Here: No mixed couples allowed

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by Mr.Awesome on October 20, 2015
 cbc radio show Friday September 18, 2015 Mi'kmaq elder calls Harper's 'old stock Canadians' offensive and racist  

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by mimeault.eric on October 18, 2015
In the entitled, “‘Black’-sounding name makes people imagine a larger, more dangerous person” written by, University of California – Los Angeles, (Science Daily, October 7, 2015), the author explains his results to his experiment on seeing what names do to a view of a stranger. The author wanted to find how someone perceives another person’s height, size, and masculinity and as well as social class. The author took over 1500 participants do an experiment where they would read two scenarios, one with a ‘black’ name and another with a ‘white’ name.

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by SPuiesht on October 17, 2015
            In “Michael Jordan says he was racist ‘against all white people’ as a young man”, published on May 7, 2014 on NewYork Daily News, Bill Price states that Michael Jordan, an American former professional basketball player, that he remembers being racist against all white people when he was a teenager. Also, according to www.news.com.au, back in 1977 when Michael Jordan was a student, he recalls a girl calling him by the n-word. Jordan rebelled and threw a soda at her. From this moment he really considered himself racist.

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by BrianYoKim on October 16, 2015
                In the article entitled "White Privilege Needs to Own up to its Existence" published by Lauren Messervey through Huffington Post on September 22, 2015 discusses the absence of caucasians and their understanding of the privileges they were given at birth. Messervey gives a brief explanation about the concept of privilege and what it means to be on the advantaged side. She then brings up a controversial moment that occurred after the 2015 Prime Time Emmys ceremony where an African American actress named Viola Davis won best actress in a drama series.

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by tkt on October 16, 2015
In his article ‘Anyone can be a white supremacist. Just ask Raven-Symoné’ published in The Guardian, October 14th, Steven W Thrasher argues that anyone can perpetuate white supremacy and maintain institutionalized racism, even African-Americans. The author states that Raven-Symoné’s idea of refusing to hire someone because of a ‘black sounding’ name explains why black unemployment is twice as high as white unemployment.

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by YacineAitSlimane on October 16, 2015
In her news article entitled “Torrence Collier, 11, says he faces racism, extreme bullying in Westport”, published on June 11, 2014 on CBC News, Lindsay Bird depicts the exasperating life of little Torrence Collier, an 11 years old year boy from Newfoundland who is victim of extreme racism and bullying at school. This 5th grade student is the only black child at St. Peter’s Academy in the town of Wesport. The author says the racist incidents includes racist comments and getting bullied every day by the other white students.

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by Lucas Killam-Goeb on October 16, 2015
      In the article “14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed arrested for beginning homemade clock to school.” Rich McCormick explores the incident that occurred in Irving, Texas on the 14th of September, 2015. Ahmed Mohamed had been arrested at his school due to his teacher confiscating a homemade clock that he had made the day before. The author explains the device was simple, made from circuit board, a power supply wired to a digital display inside of a casing with a digital screen on the front. Although when he showed his clock to his teacher, she confiscated it from him.

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by Jade Fulton on October 16, 2015
In the article, ‘’Where are you from? Is clumsy, but not racist’’, published on October 10th, 2015, Deena Douara claims that we have more issues with our prejudices rather than our visions when looking at racism. She also questions the statement ‘’Where are you from’’, as not being racist, but rather clumsy since it is usually based on a racist prejudice.

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2 years 11 months ago

This post fascinated me because of the pain and anguish that comes to those who have suffered racial and other forms of discrimination. This pain and anguish has got to cause grief and grief is not a healthy emotion. Thus I was really excited to jump into this article.
The article was a little disappointing because it was too broad. It really didn’t get into any specifics about how health is affected by discrimination. It wasn’t a very scientific research though it still has its merits.
It was fascinating though that the study was conducted in Spain. We are so in tune to everything American that it was refreshing to see something done in another country. In another maybe weird twist to that statement, it was interesting to see that there is discrimination in other countries besides America. No discrimination is good. After the last election though, one would think that is this day and age only America is racist.
The post could have been a little more specific as to what immigrants were discriminated against. Were the immigrants Muslims, Syrians etc? This is important because is there new racism in Europe? There has always been hatred amongst certain people but are there new ones fermenting? This is important because this fermenting must be stopped. Get it before it grows. We do not need a new round of hatred.
If these immigrants are war refugees there should be a marketing campaign to awaken the host countries’ people’s humanitarian nature. Show them their immigrant’s war torn land and how the host country is giving them a temporary home or a new home. Most people want to help their fellow man.

2 years 11 months ago

This article caught my eye because we are supposed to be color blind as far as a person’s skin color. Thus whiteness should be invisible. To paraphrase Martin Luther king Jr.’s speech: he dreamed that one day a man would be judged not by the color of his skin but by the character of his heart. Thus, when I saw the title I was drawn to it.
After reading the post I realized that this post was about kids in a race research project who thought that their whiteness was invisible. It was disappointing that they feel that way. Sure it is important to be proud of one’s heritage but to be completely oblivious to other people’s heritage and skin color is a little disheartening .It was troubling to see that the children has trouble talking about other races.This seem that these children were insulated from the outside world and to be wary and suspicious of other races.The children also had trepidation that when they leave their town they would have no sense of other races.
Diversity was an issue in this post. That was very unsettling.The students said that their community was diverse but could not give any examples of it.
After high expectations for this post through no fault of the poster, I came away very troubled and with a sense of woe after reading it.

2 years 11 months ago

This was a very intriguing article.What drew me to it was the term “white privilege”.I must confess I know nothing of this white privilege.I always thought the term “blue blood” meant privileged and I was just curious as to when privilege came to a whole race of people.
After reading this piece,I also was confused as to what was meant that black people people’s goals were achieved but the rewards did not measure up to white people's rewards.This is a little vague.vague. Aren't one's goals and rewards a personal thing? Thus,how can you compare black people goals and rewards to white people’s?There is an adage that say you are comparing apple to oranges and I think that fits this post.
I enjoyed this post in the fact that it stresses the undertone of racism that black people have to face Racism is an obstacle. I agree.Obstacle are meant to be overcome.I find it admirable that racism obstacle have been overcome.JackIe Robinson is an American hero who deserves all the accolades he receives.There are countless others who have faced the gauntlet of racism and have prevailed.We still have a long way to go though.Take heed progress is being made!

2 years 11 months ago

This post made me think about an issue I hadn’t considered before because I am not a female but it does pose a big issue in today’s society which is what drew me to this post. Abortion has always been a sensitive topic because as said in the post, not everyone can win. I believe that abortion should be allowed because every woman should have the right to do what they feel is best for themselves. Yes, abortion does take the possible life of someone away but if you are not in the right circumstances to provide for that child then they could end up having a really hard life. Also, when thinking about abortion the decision is obviously not taken lightly so if someone feels as though abortion is the right decision then they put a lot of thought into it and really assessed what’s best for them and their unborn fetus. It makes me think about individual freedom and human rights. No matter what type of law or restrictions concerning abortion was to be put in place, I do not think that it would have an effect on people’s opinion on final decision making. At the end of the day, you have put in mind that it is their body and any decisions concerning their body, once again is theirs to make.

2 years 11 months ago

I was drawn to the text based on the title "6 guys one handbag". It and immediately made me think about "the man-box" . Then I was exposed to the picture which gave me a more visual conception on how I can relate this to "The man box". In society men are the ones that carry most of the social weight when it comes to relationships with the opposite sex. In society men are seen as the ones to pay for the girl's attention. For example, if a man doesn't pay for the movies or the bill at a restaurant they are not "men". Like you said in your text " women are only going to be interested in a guy if he buys her a Versace handbag...". This is also very degrading to women also, the image shows one girl and 6 guys, perceiving them as "gold diggers, sluts etc..." And it shouldn't have that message, women and men need to be perceived as equal. I watched a Ted-talk about how men are pressured into the idea of being a man, if you cry you are not a man. Society pressures men into this idealistic definition of "a man" that's why I said that men are forced to pay at the restaurant etc... Yes such a ions are seen sometimes as gentleman like, but some women tend to take it to the extreme just as men tend to think that values can be bought by materialistic objects. I believe to if the man box is to stop, the image and demanded women ask for men must change so. That's goes visa versa , as men must also learn to the value of women, both side must stop demanding and start doing it for the opposition willingly, because it is the right thing to do.

2 years 11 months ago

First of all, what drew me to this post is how the catchy title is relevant to our modern society, along with the shocking picture. I did not realize that such a high percentage of women were depicted in such a sexual manner through social media and advertisement. Also, I find it very interesting to learn that these kinds of messages are intended towards women, but also men. However, I personally found the first paragraph to be missing content, as the same issues were mentioned often, and lacked a more profound analysis. I would suggest, instead of repeating the same things in other words, developing more the main argument with more precise examples and statistics. On a more positive note, I found this article to relate in many ways to my personal life. As a kid, being exposed to such explicit publicity can form negative mentalities regarding women and simultaneously on the status of men. It is important, even at a young age to have positive influences and not have negative images influence such a critical part of the development in one's childhood.

3 years 1 week ago

Being that this is an issue that seems to be happening, basically on a weekly bases in the U.S, i find the topic to be so much of an interest. Yes all life's definitely matter, but you see the black life's matter tries to focus more on trying to protect and acknowledge the life of the African American population or black community that seem to always be targeted by our society in a negative way rather than in a positive way. Being an African Canadian male I find i so hard to talk about this subject on a neutral tone. Words cannot describe how crazy it is that every time someone that is obviously of a minority group find themselves treated inequally by the authorities or high ranks of our society compared to the white community- with No disrespect. When a black man dies, or are killed by the cops it is incredibly how fast the media are to portrait the victim as a evil while trying to defend the aggressor and finding multiple ways to justify his or her actions. Even more I can feel the pain of the family, as I can relate. Many blacks in other words no longer trust our the police force for any protection whatsoever and I completely understand why. I remember in my race and racism class, watching a video where the male of African decent talk about how he saw is childhood limited by his parents just like many other black kids. Not because the parents had no love for them, but rather them loved so much and need that no matter how good of a person they were or our good they were raised, that the only thing that our so called modern society saw was a walking m, breathing target because of our skin tone. I would definitely want to learn more about your subject.

3 years 1 week ago

This article was drawn to me because it makes me very upset. I feel the title of this blog post is a product of the media. My background of 40 years of being a political junkie shaped my reaction to this. The media has an agenda. They media claims to report the news but most of the time they want to make the news.
The media promulgates this race hysteria. Some may say that I am a conspiracy nut but violence sells. The media loves it when there is bodily injury. There is a saying in the media circles hat says; if it bleeds it leads.
When the autopsy report came out of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson MO., the media ignored the fact that Michael Brown was not shot with his hands up.
There were no stories of this miscarriage of the truth.
No, the media saw no value in reporting this and they let it go by.
The Baltimore policemen who were indicted for shooting a man were all acquitted or charges dropped because there wasn’t enough evidence that they officers acted in malfeasance.
You saw this report on page C-7 of The New York Times.

3 years 1 week ago

As a foodservice professional for over 40 years, I felt it my duty to read this article. That is why my back ground shaped my reaction.
It was not easy to read this article as it was very disturbing.
I might be naïve bit I have never harassed or had anyone under my supervision harassed.
I am not saying that it does not happen, there are charlatans everywhere.
The article espouses that sexual harassment by managers is rampant in the industry. If it is, it is news to me. The people doing the harassing probably are not veterans of this great foodservice industry and they should not be judged as the industry as a whole. Food service gets a bad rap In the United States alone; 14 million people are employed in the foodservice business.
If you feel that you are sexually harassed by anyone: report them. There are plenty of resources private and public to report to.

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