Racism Assignment 3

by GianLeNinjaDeKonoha on November 16, 2016 - 12:33am

Summary:

 

Heinze and DeCandia’s study investigated the relation between prior believes of students about white privilege and racism and the results after a whole semester studying multicultural psychology. The goal of this study was to see how and why the students’ answers to the questionnaire would change after taking the course about white privilege. The study was conducted on 104 students from the class that were all white and that accepted to take part of this study. The students were asked to complete grids according to what they find to be true to false about racist comments. Also, they were asked to identify themselves as being white or of another race. After a whole semester, they were asked to answer the same questions and the results were taken and studied. The first main discovery of this study was that students were now able to notice and tell how differently they were treating as a white person compared to a minority of black people. Furthermore, the authors proved their hypothesis by finding that racism exists along a continuum. A lot of the students also with the course of the semester realized that they were in fact racists, which was previously denied by them. This harsh punch of reality also lead student to be a lot more open about their racial and their understanding of race and racism was much enlarged. One last finding was that during the semester, many started to doubt about their identity as a white person. Concluding this study, there were some limitations since it was only possible to get the point of view of white people

Response:

In my opinion this study was a great idea. It was very interesting to see how people change once they are educated. As we saw in class, white privilege is very present in or society and it is way easier to spot if you are a minority. White people even though white people are the main focus of white privilege, they do not see it as clearly as black people of persons of a minority group. This study is very good and very strong because it was made over the course of 4 years and really passed people of all classes. There were rich white people and poor white people but both experienced the same changes throughout the semester. The drawbacks of this study were that only the white people’s perspective were studied and there was no other input by other races or people of different colour.

 

Heinze, P. & DeCandia, G. (2011). Assessing the Learning of White Students on Themes of White Privilege & Racism. Multicultural Education, 19(1). 20-23. Retrieved form Proquest online database.

Comments

Regarding this post, I was first drawn to it because it was one of the first to be presented to me and that no one has posted a comment on it yet. I was curious to look at it and to look if there were something "wrong" about it. However, I believed that the only thing missing concerning that post, is a catchy title. I have read the first couple of sentences and I decided that this would be the post that I will write on. My reaction while reading was that the article of the students was very educative and I was also surprised by the fact that it has been conduct in a class of white people. Moreover, I was attracted by the goal of the study; the researchers wanted to compare the questionnaires at the beginning and after having taking the course. Overall, the post written by GianLeNinjaDeKonoha was very clear and interesting. I can relate this post to one of the subject that we have covered in class, which was one of my favourite; White Privilege. I think that this subject would deserved more attention from course. Like we have read in Peggy McIntosh article, white privilege is a package that we often don't realize we have. To finish with, I didn't felt the need to go read the article of this student since it was very well described.

This was one of the first posts that I saw and is the initial reason why I decided to click on it and read it. I think the study that you chose was really interesting. I think the findings of the study were really important and something that all people should think about. People definitely aren't aware of the things that are going on until they are educated about them and told about it. I think it shows something that even children were able to see that areas that they were privileged in and could see their racism. I think your article is really important for people to read because it shows how people change one they are educated about something. I agree that white privilege is something that is present in our society today and I also think a lot of people who are white don't fully understand the mpant their privilege has on other people. Because they aren't a minority they don't understand the struggle other people face because of their skin tone or background. reading about a study like this can open people ideas and have them think about their own privilege and how they can maybe then use that to help other people who need their help. Just to get more people to read it I think in the future you should try to come up with an eye catching title. I know personally when i scroll through all the articles deciding what to read I look at the titles first and then decide based on the ones that interest me. This would draw more people into reading your article and it is something that would be really beneficial for others.

This was one of the first posts that I saw and is the initial reason why I decided to click on it and read it. I think the study that you chose was really interesting. I think the findings of the study were really important and something that all people should think about. People definitely aren't aware of the things that are going on until they are educated about them and told about it. I think it shows something that even children were able to see that areas that they were privileged in and could see their racism. I think your article is really important for people to read because it shows how people change one they are educated about something. I agree that white privilege is something that is present in our society today and I also think a lot of people who are white don't fully understand the mpant their privilege has on other people. Because they aren't a minority they don't understand the struggle other people face because of their skin tone or background. reading about a study like this can open people ideas and have them think about their own privilege and how they can maybe then use that to help other people who need their help. Just to get more people to read it I think in the future you should try to come up with an eye catching title. I know personally when i scroll through all the articles deciding what to read I look at the titles first and then decide based on the ones that interest me. This would draw more people into reading your article and it is something that would be really beneficial for others.

I found students progressively learning about themselves and changing their viewpoints on their own based on what was going on in the class to be really fascinating and drew me in. I really liked how they both made the students more self aware and also go on with normal education. I actually also really liked the concept of taking a test in the beginning of a class and then taking a similar one at the end and just being able to see that progression/differences is mind blowing at least in my experience because although I’ve only experienced it a science course that just shows me that I learned concepts or problems that looked like a different language but to be able to clearly notice a difference in your outlook in the world is incredible.

I was drawn to this post because I find white privilege an interesting topic to discuss about, and I wanted to see what this post was more about. My overall reaction to this post was a mix of a couple of things. I was shocked to find that while reading this post, that some white people at the end of the study/course realized that they were in fact racist and that they admit to it. I believe that this study is a topic that should have more publicity to get society's attention on white privilege. I appreciated this post/study very much; it's not everyday that you see people getting educated on something like white privilege and developing more of an open mind to race in general and seeing how much they change for the better. This course seems like a powerful course that I would be interested in taking myself. I am a minority myself, a Hispanic, and back in my town it is very diverse and urban. When I began attending URI I noticed that all of the white people said that URI is extremely diverse, but if you ask any minority student they will tell you the complete opposite. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, and it isn't, but I have never been in environment where I was entirely surrounded by so many white people until I started attending URI. At my own orientation I was the only minority in my group besides my orientation leader and I felt pretty excluded from everyone. It was a cultural shock for me in many ways, to see how their perspective and ways of life are completely different than minorities. One of my closest friends who I have known since we were 14 years old attends URI and she went random for roommates, she ended up with two white girls and they didn't get a long at all. My friend explained to me how they genuinely don't realize that they are racist, I've witnessed myself the way they treated her. My friend called them out on it and called them racist and they practically lost their minds and immediately began denying that they were racist as soon as my friend flat out called them racists in the middle of their fight. I feel like, because everyone knows that being a racist is looked down upon, many white people choose to block out the fact that they could be racist. I'm sure that if they took a class on white privilege, they would have a raw harsh reality about it and possibly change their ways and have more of an open mind.

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