Victoria C. Plaut, a social and cultural psychologist, discusses in her article why it is necessary to use diversity science in order to properly address the ethnic and racial issues of our time. She also explains why color-blindness and multiculturalism are two ways to think about difference. Before reading this article, I defined color-blindness as a concept or word that we use as a deflection mechanism to avoid dealing with the problem. When it comes to race, I feel that society has decided that it is better if we do not notice if they are people of color or white, or if we do notice, that we do not talk about it.
Lizz Gage Service Learning Journal Entry #3 Due to my observations at my service learning setting with the Refugee Center, I have noticed that students with similar social identities and characteristics tend to stay closer to each other or associate with one another more than they do with students that are different from them. However, at my site, we are teaching children English, so they are in four different groups based on where their English is, or rather their language ability. The lowest level of English who need the most work are the Yellow Group, then one step above them is the Purple Group. I work with the second highest group, which is the Orange Group and the students that speak the best English and are most familiar with the language
Race has always been an apparent issue from many years past. How we define “race” depends on where and when the word is being used at the time. In the history of the U.S., the meaning of the word “white” referring to a human race, has changed over time. Groups such as Italians, Germans and Jews are more often considered as “whites”. However, other groups, mainly African American, Latino, Indians, Asian groups, have never been considered as “whites” in our society.
“The more things change, the more they remain the same,” these words written by Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr in 1849 still ring true today when one considers the state of racial relations in the United States. Our history as a nation includes moments of triumph in the areas of equality and awareness, and though we have come a long way since the enslavement of human beings, even today minorities within our nation still suffer the harsh reality of racism. Racism is a terrible problem; it is destructive and hurts society. “Racism is the belief that one’s race, skin color, or more generally, one’s group, be it of religious, national or ethnic identity, is superior to others in humanity”(Siddiqui).
In our society, children have been exposed to movies, television series and products, such as toys and video games that promotes misunderstanding messages about the roles and identity of people. Children are faced stereotypes as an early age where they have given some messages that portrays that look to be true about the distinction of people in the society in terms of race, culture and gender. Mass media is one of the big impacts on children whether the messages are intentional or not. One example that seems problematic in perpetuating stereotypes is the movies, particularly, Disney Princesses. Children love Disney movies, especially the little ones.
As stated by McBrien and Brandt in The Language of Learning: A guide to Education Terms, “A multicultural education helps students to understand and relate to cultural, ethnic, and other diversity. Multicultural education should be a process to work together and to celebrate differences, not to be separated by them” (Leistyna, 2002). Because a multicultural education exposes students to cross cultural beliefs and practices, it works to make sure each individual will have a better understanding to respect different cultures, which in turn reduces negative prejudices and stereotypes (Levy, Rosenthal & Herrera-Alcazar, 2010). By teaching diverse traditions and perspectives, questioning stereotypes, and recognizing the contributions of all groups
Although studies on ethnic identity are still relatively new in the research development community, there have been a number of important studies that reveal even children are aware of social bias despite being at a young age. In a recreation of the famous doll test done by Kenneth and Mamie Clark in 1939, Margaret Spencer (1988) revealed that most of the 4-to 6- year old African American children had a higher preference for playing with the white doll over the black doll as they did in the original experiment. The Kenneth and Mamie Clark test suggested that a phenomenon referred to as “the white bias” prevented African American children from valuing their own community as a whole. However, Spencer (1988) stated that 80 percent of the African
I have been sitting at my home-made desk all day, just wondering how to stand out to someone who will read hundreds of cookie-cutter essays preaching diversity and inclusiveness. Looking at me, you would think I am just like everyone else. After all, I am a white, heterosexual male with no grand experiences or adventures to tell. Growing up in a diminutive, unpretentious town in Western Kentucky where everybody knows everybody, one would think I am just like everybody. On the surface, there is nothing different about me.
Until recently, I did not know what I wanted from a school. I knew that it was not to sit in a dull classroom and regurgitate irrelevant information to receive an arbitrary number which somehow evaluated my competence as a person. I found no meaing in that. There had to be more. Now I know what I care about, but I could only realise what mattered to me when I lost it.