Who are you is yourself identity, the way you look at yourself and your relationship to the world. Understanding this, allows you to examine who you are and more importantly, create who you want to be. Identity to me would be everything, your culture, your race, where you’re from, your language and so much more. Its defines who you are as a person and what you could be. Our basic need for a sense of control, drives us from our sense of identity, of who we are.
One of them is socio-centrism which is the focus of the topic. Human socio-centrism conceptualized most simply as group egocentricity. According to oxford dictionary socio-centrism is defined as dominant or principal focus on society or the community, rather than the individual. Socio-centrism thought basically operates from two central tendencies: i. Be in quest to get what it wants without considering the right and needs of others.
The article WHITE PRIVILEGE, COLOR AND CRIME: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT, is an important article concerning whiteness. But it did lack the experiences of others such as white males and male African Americans. The information is only restricted to white females and female African Americans. Despite this evaluation, the article did a great in describing what white privilege was and offer activism to combat this bad race relations. Lastly, the documentary White Like Me, was very informative.
The Outsiders make the readers think about if it is right to judge people because of social class, their family and how they look. The further you get into the book the more you think of the hardships of people judging you. There are multiple ways people judge you that are shown in the book such as family/friends and social class/ income. This reminds the reader about the civil rights movement, which is around the same time as when the book takes place. At the end of the book you get the message that being prejudiced is not the right thing.
The Critical Race Theory’s framework is a tool to assess how structural inequalities and social institutions produce an oppressive and discriminatory environment for minorities in America (Salas et al, 2010). The Theory’s use of critical thinking helps Social Workers understand and identify the target problem, and to examine how people’s history and culture have influenced, or been influenced by, past and current policies that create inequality in America (Suet et al, 2007). It also encourages Social workers to be aware of their distinct privileges, disadvantages, beliefs, values, biases, and stereotypes that they hold, so they can understand how this affects the work that they do with their clients. It is essential to apply all this knowledge
This continues to be true in many cultures were older adults are held in high regards. (Todd Nelson Pg 208). It is important for social workers to be aware of the effect the negative stereotypes can have on older adults. According to Jocelyn and Patricia (2006) gerontologists have argued strongly that negative and often ageist attitudes may be at the root of the worst problems that can affect older people. Social workers need to develop self-awareness of their own views on aging and how these negative stereotypes can affect their practice.
During apartheid, white identity was schematized as power over the blackness of the rest of the population which was segregated. The essay through a literary analysis and a close reading of the text ought to bring out this white identity as conveyed and described by Gordimer. In the text, the white identity was expressed through fear and self-enclosure of the whites from the colored people with the use of allegories and representations. In the text, Gordimer depicted the white family always trying to better their lives by fearing and protecting themselves from the black environment. In this perspective, Lazar supports, “In ‘Once upon a time’ the narrator suggests that white identity is validated through self-enclosure, fear of the other”.
Patricia Hill Collins’ “Black Feminist Thought” discussed the importance and power of the black feminist thought and black feminist critique, what she called the “matrix of domination”. Collins argued the critiques offered two main contributions: (1) they provided another way of looking at oppression through an intersectional lens, and (2) black feminist thought acknowledges and centers around the voices of black women, even in a field of predominantly white scholars. She argued that a subordinate group experiences a different reality than a dominant group and interprets that reality different than them; it is the connection of what a person does and what he or she thinks. This idea reminds me of how a dominant group, Whites, make assumptions about a subordinate group’s, Blacks, life experiences. Whites cannot explain those experiences of Blacks simply because they are the one group who caused the pain and suffering of Blacks, what they have experienced and are experiencing, from acts of discrimination, stereotyping, and prejudice.
Although, from a psychological point of view stereotyping help human brain to comprehend this world the prejudiced image built in it is can change a behavior of a person towards others. Brent Staples in his essay “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space” and Judith Ortiz Cofer in her work “The Myth of the Latin Woman: Just Met a Girl Named Maria” both revealed the problem of racial discriminations of ethnic minorities in America. Despite the fact that both authors described their own life experience and emphasize the necessity to ruin the existing stereotypes they presented different ways of solving the
Basically racial discrimination is significant social issue in the United States, which framed by long haul social development. It is truly distinctive to tackle by executing of a couple of strategies. An arrangement of approaches on law, livelihood, instruction and wellbeing ought to be elevated to give a more attractive circumstance and environment for various races. Different ways which demonstrates that issue of racism is a humanistic concern is that racism is the point at which you make another person feel excluded from their group or society. This exclusion is generally made when minorities are spoken to as outside and subsequently diverse.