Griffin wanted to experience the differences between the white and black communities, a line that no one else attempted or perhaps even thought to cross. Moreover, the supposed differences seemed too large a deterrent to confront or fix. The news that someone had actually tried caused a volatile reaction amongst some outspoken white Southerners. There was a very dark period of time directly after the experiment, filled with even more distrust and racism, but it wasn’t purely due to the fact that someone had the guts to pull this off. It was the realization that everything that they had been conditioned to think or react was in fact just a shield to control the what was the “inferior” race in their eyes.
President Obama’s recent use of the “N” word in an interview, “Racism. We are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say “nigga” in public” (Zaura, Deena),shows that although racism is somewhat silent it still exist in large number across the states. There should be no reason for blacks to use the racial slurs that were thrown at African American men, in a sense, to strip them or their humanity to be used on a daily bases. There are far too many other terms of endearment that African American’s can use towards each other that have a lessened pressure of the word to it.
Yet, there were times when whites were discriminated against, too. Many high society individuals segregated against blacks, as well as individuals of their own race due to their social stratification or relationship. Mr. Dolphus Raymond was a white man who was an outcast, because of his relationship with a lady who was black. "Jem," I asked, "what's a mixed child?" "Half white, half colored.
People that fall under the legalistic fallacy think that removing racist laws ends racism in everyday life. This suggests that people are only racist because they follow the laws that are in place. This is not true because de facto racial discrimination continues to exist in the United States even after racist laws are removed. The tokenistic fallacy suggests that since some people of color are successful, racism no longer exists. The suggestion that racism is eradicated because a select few are successful is harmful because it ignores all the other people of color that are struggling.
The very rights that were provided to them after the emancipation and during the Reconstruction era were being suppressed by people who felt that they did not deserve it. This suppression came through the establishment of Jim Crow laws, and anti-black violence. Whites had feared that blacks could have a lot of influence in the political sphere, and thus used violence as a fear tactic to prevent blacks from voting. Literacy tests and poll taxes were also used as methods to keep blacks from voting, particularly because many of them were not educated or could not afford to pay the taxes to vote. The passing of Jim Crow laws also fueled the political and social
Many people in the South believed that African Americans were not as good as white people. They believed that African Americans lied and were not to be trusted. Atticus states in To Kill a Mockingbird, “you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption--the evil assumption--that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women.” (Lee, 208) People thinking negative about African Americans like that could have easily affected the way Lee thought of African Americans. The lynchings that happened in the South are another
Many white collar workers get laid off, and they have everything to offer for a job. People in today society feel as if the blue collar workers had a good education and did everything right bad things would not happen to them. But this is not the case. The last reading is Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor published in 1965 and was taken from her short story collection. This reading is about a older women and her son riding a bus to go to the Y for classes to get back on the healthy track of life.
Almost every day, as the Logan kids came to the Great Faith School, a school bus from the Jefferson Davis School for the white kids came. For the white children’s amusement, their bus driver would splash the black kids with mud. On Little Man’s first day, he cares so much about his cloths, and is experienced, so when the older kids tell him to get in the ditch, he doesn't. The bus comes, and he gets all dirty. Little Man is furious and sad about his clothes.
The first thing Peggy McIntosh discusses in her paper is that in her own experience men tend to agree that women are disadvantaged but they do not agree that men are over privileged. There are denials that surround male privilege that allow male privilege to go unrecognized. This brings her to the conclusion that if male privilege goes unacknowledged then more than likely white privilege has gone unacknowledged to. Just as males have been taught not to recognize their own privilege she has been taught to not recognize her own white privilege. She goes on to explain that she sees her white privilege as an imaginary knapsack in which she has all these tools to help her through life.
Ignorance is encountered in many forms from inside and outside of black race. I've found that the best way to overcome it is not with indignant outrage, but with careful and sincere redirection. On a basic human level, nobody wants to be told that they are wrong; however, if you are skilled at addressing the thought, rather than the person, you are capable of creating a lasting impression and teaching moment that will last generations. One of my best friends is white (cliché of the decade) and we have a plethora of conversations on race relations. Now, I've found that he's much more sensitive to bouts of racial insensitivity than I am, and he's ALOT more inclined to confront people about it!