Submitted by B.Matthews on November 13, 2016 - 8:49pm
The role of societal privilege in the definitions and practices of inclusion by Karen Geiger and Cheryl Jordan (March 2014) study investigates the effects of inclusions upon those with societal privileges. The purpose of this study is to illustrate the societal privileges within the practice of inclusion. The authors do this to fully comprehend the meaning of privilege and to discuss the difficulties raised by this study.
Summary: Patcher, Bernstein, Szalacha and Coll’s study investigated the way children perceive racism and in which situation they observe it, as well as the effects of discrimination and racism on them. The main hypothesis was that there is a positive correlation between children’s awareness of racism in their environment and their health condition, particularly if they are part of a group that constitutes a visible minority. The participants were children between 8 and 18 years old.
This article from the Montreal Gazette highlights an issue with a Dollarama Halloween decoration, more specifically, a black severed foot shackled in chains. A customer left a message with the stores head office requesting the decoration be removed because it could be interpreted as racist. Some people agreed with this customers action, while others deemed it to be too ‘politically correct’ or an over reaction.
I was clearly not as familiar as I thought with the term "race". I had a very focussed idea on this subject and I had never thought of the million ways we could approach it. I knew about this way of dividing people into categories, but I quickly realized and learned about those categories that we call race, and the fact that they may be illogical.
It’s simple, isn’t it? We can see the things that make humans different from each other. Hair texture and color, body proportions, and skin tone. These differences are so obvious and easy, how can they be wrong? Well, they can be wrong because ‘races’ are not as black and white as people may think. By just using traits that are convenient to our eye, we create categories that are very subjective and not at all concrete. Since the traits we like to use are not consistent, the lines between ‘races’ become very blurred.
Submitted by Alexis96 on September 13, 2016 - 11:50pm
Growing up, race was never a concept that I fully understood because it simply confused me and so I never really bothered to touch on the subject due to its sensitivity. Belonging to the Caucasian ethnicity, I never really experienced such issues that come with racism, so touching on the concept of “race” and how it impacts our society was never really a concern. However, through; personal experiences that my friend has been through, Jared Diamond’s article called “Race Without Color” and class lectures, I will be discussing why race is so arbitrary.
Submitted by AlisonD on September 13, 2016 - 7:48pm
In the article “Race Without Color,” Jared Diamond (2016) argues that the concept “race” is not scientifically valid since it is based on subjective variables decided by the dominant group of society (para. 5). I agree with Diamond that the term and concept of “race” is a social construct, meaning there is no biological evidence that we should even have them term.
Submitted by Brand.Stark on September 12, 2016 - 8:34pm
Throughout the course of history, the differentiation and classification of the Homo sapiens species has played a crucial role in the success and achievement of those who have written it. Alas, for we all know, history is written by the winners, but what if almost half of the contestants that ever tried their chance at that glory were merely disqualified based on eye color or length of one’s fingers? Would we not scream for injustice, demand equality or even retribution on the behalf of all those unfairly condemned?