I truly enjoyed reading Jessica Drew de Paz’s story. I’ve heard and read many inspiring stories on individuals who come from minority backgrounds, but never stories on white Americans. It was definitely different and refreshing to hear Jessica’s story. Jessica described white privilege as being oblivious to the effects of a person’s racial background. It wasn’t until Jessica was in graduate school that she began to recognize white privilege.
The major thesis in this book, are broken down into two components. The first is how we define racism, and the impact that definition has on how we see and understand racism. Dr. Beverly Tatum chooses to use the definition given by “David Wellman that defines racism as a system of advantages based on race” (1470). This definition of racism helps to establish Dr. Tatum’s theories of racial injustice and the advantages either willingly or unwillingly that white privilege plays in our society today. The second major thesis in this book is the significant role that a racial identity has in our society.
Three months ago, when I first identified myself as a critical thinker, it was one of the first times I have consciously considered my privileges and oppressions as they pertained to my identity as an able bodied, straight, middle class, light skinned, cisgendered, Mexican American woman. I briefly mentioned that although I am often mistaken as all white, I am actually also Mexican, and it was not until college that I became more interested to learn about this disclosed side of my family and their culture. My dad was also my mom’s step¬¬¬brother, and although he passed away over three years ago, his side of the family is still very much connected with my mom’s side because my grandma, and his father, remain married to this day. Because of this,
Internalized Oppression of Latinos Racism is a topic that is constantly being discussed each and everyday in political, economic and social settings. It seems that there are different notions of what constitutes as racism, and boundaries have been established to determine what is classified as a “racist act” and what isn’t. Although America has attempted to convince itself that it is living in a “post-racial” society that has not been the case. Racism and oppression has been internalized into racially oppressed groups and has been continued, as seen through the Latino community.
Culture orientation paradigm acknowledges that culture differences and rules exist. Learning the cultures difference, norms, and rule will help prevent misunderstanding, embarrassment, and anger when groups are perceived to be a way that they are not. A person can study the differences in a culture and can be educated about a particular group. But still might not be able to provide adequate support or meet the cultures and group needs because of additional factors.
Spencer’s main thesis is how an individual’s race, gender, religion, social class, and/or ethnicity have an effect on such person’s privileges and whether they will be oppressed from equal opportunity. Spencer explains that if one does not fit into societal norms, such as being white American and Christian, for example, then the result will be that such people will be oppressed from equal opportunity. Spencer explains that people who are of different race, gender, religion and/or social class, people will often experience discrimination, as a result of racism. For example, power and privilege are often held by white American’s in the United States and if someone does not fit that class, often times, people are treated differently than what
Personal Identity and Managing Personal Values Who I identify as, the groups that I belong to, and the values I have will knowingly and unknowingly attach a level of privilege and power that can and will impact my professional identity and the work I do as a professional. The purpose of this paper is to examine how my identity could impact my work as a social worker, how my personal values conflict with my professional values, and to recall a time when I reduced the participation in oppression. The groups of which I belong can impact my ability to help individuals and communities in a number of ways.
Federico Fellini once said, “A different language is a different version of life.” Fellini was an Italian film director and screenwriter, whose many films include a combination of memory, dreams, desire, and fantasy. Now considered one of the greatest films of all time and his masterpiece, “8½” is about finding a sense of meaning in life despite its being difficult and fragmented. One of the main ideology it deals with is the alienating effects of modernization. Fellini is showing how modernization affects ones’ society as a whole and can completely change a person as it did the protagonist in the highly influential film.
INTRODUCTION The following statement by Steve Biko “The greatest weapon in the hand of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed” is a summary of the unjust world we live in today. This statement shows the circulating power in a Manichean world of oppressor and the oppressed. In a quest to liberate themselves the oppressor is confronted with the illusion of “false consciousness.”
English as a global language We can’t deny that English has become an international language for communication between all mankind , it is the common language between most of the countries , English is a global language which is spoken as a native language and a second language in most of the countries , and we noticed that people who use English as a second language are way more than people who speak it as a native language , it is taught in every country in this world , it is using as a medium language of understanding between the teacher and the learner , you can see it in banks , supermarkets , in road signs and in international web pages, it is the language that you see and hear every day, so speaking English become a must , also we can’t ignore the fact that English is the language of global communication at medical , tourism , trade and other elements of language use , So English is so important in our various lives aspects. So in this essay I am going to discuss the reasons of how English become a global language and is it a good or bad thing? and what is the advantages and did advantages of spreading of English? There is a lot of reasons that helped to make English a global language and one of the most important reasons is policy , the west colonization for the countries had helped English to spread and distribute by imposing the language and the west culture on the colony countries , so we can say it is all because of the strength that the west had on the world
In the essay “The Common Elements of Oppression” from Suzanne Pharr’s book Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism we learn about the different types of oppression. While watching the film Milk (2008) many of those elements of oppression are being strongly depicted. Throughout this piece examples will be given on how the film depicts three of those elements as described in Pharr’s book. The three elements of oppression that were the strongest in the film are: a defined norm, stereotyping and isolation.