Ferguson: I had always thought of my self as a well rounded person, someone who understood others from afar or close, and always judged on personality. Growing up my best friend was African american living in a mostly white neighborhood; I never understood the discrimination between me and him. I never would fully understand what it was until Ferguson. I remember unbelievably well, sitting in my home when I get an email too look at the recent events My heart sunk. Ferguson was a MAJOR step backs for America and I am modified to call my self an American after it. The article is more then right, the bickerers I have caused over the news have usually ended in yelling. We have only made so many steps after that event, so many small one's of realization and horror. Our discrimination is still there and our disobedience to understand one another is harsh. The Ferguson issue should have opened everyone's eyes but if anything, they all shut them in hopes it would go away.
Racial Bias: This issue we have with discrimination against race's for skin color in jobs, selling, and trusting areas is blissfully unknown. We would trust to shake the hand of someone of our own race the opposed to another with out realizing that we do. We trust was is familiar and similar to our self's where I believe more then men who hire other come from. We are quick to judge by stero-type of skin and accent, the article telling about the boy being arrested did not shock me in the least. If anything I was numb to the fact, of course that happened, it happens every day with out realization. It is awful to understand it but when you do, you become a little bit more open minded to others and the trails they face at first glance.
Ferguson: To be honest, I hadn't heard of the Ferguson case, just that something really bad happened and I still don't completely know what happened or what to believe. My family leans more toward the police office, but that is because our family is a police officer, doctors, or fireman and "they all get the same crap" my dad says. However reading the first article shows me that he doesn't have the facts or understand the white privilege we have. I was mind blown to see that the differences between the minority and majority was amazing and the fact that this is about 50-60 years after the end of segregation.
Racial Bias: the racial Bias article was a good way to list specific examples to the "straight up facts" of the Ferguson article. It was interesting to read how quickly we are to make judgement of others based on race subconsciously. I was socked to see about the acceptance rate for the different applications and to see that African Americas with no criminal record get a yes as Whites with a criminal record. So it was interesting and I am curious where the surgeries were taken because it might be somewhere were racism is still high or somewhere were we think there is no or very little racism.
Furgoson: I thought this article was really interesting because I got to learn a whole bunch of different things I didn't know. Like blacks were less likely to get to go to school that offered high level courses but more likely to get suspended and expelled compared to white people. Just statistics like that got my interested on why that happens. Because I personally don't look at people and treat them differently.
Racial Bias; The first thing that got me interested was reading how we will willingly shake hands with our own race but not so much with other races. I don't know if it's because we think there the same race and we just think we want the same things, but I kept thinking to my self about how I see people and how I talk to them. I don't think I ever cared what people look like or there race. But then again we never think we do anything wrong.
Ferguson: I went to a public elementary school in Escondido, that was about half white and half Hispanic. I remember hearing really vile statements aimed at a lot of my Hispanic friends and classmates, but I always thought they were isolated incidents or outliers. It wasn’t until the Trayvon Martin trial that I became keenly aware of the fact that racism is still as prevalent and pervasive as it was during the marches in Birmingham. The statistics in the Ferguson New York Times article stupefied me, particularly the one about the wealth gap. There is a $104,000 difference between the average black household and the average white household! That fact seems like it is from a different era or planet. The fact that it is even higher than the wealth gap of apartheid South Africa makes me feel extremely ashamed. Per usual, I am also angered that these statistics are not even mentioned in mass media. Anyone who feels that racism is a thing of the past must read this article.
Racial Bias: I really appreciated the citation of different studies conducted on unconscious racial biases. The resume statistic (resumes with “white” names were 50% more likely to receive responses than resumes with “black names”) struck me in particular. Is the assumption that someone is black seen as a negative by the majority of employers? I would think that the high education on both resumes would outweigh any slight bias, but I guess it just shows how extreme it is. What is frightening to me is that the majority of the bigotry is unconscious. How can we combat something that is not intentional?
All of the examples the author included of racial favoritism was shocking to me. He initially states how blacks are more common to live in bad neighborhoods and go to bad schools, and I had a conversation with Mrs. Clark after school and we talked about the fact that they didn't chose to go to these poor places. It is Because there is racial bias in society that they have small chances of going other preffered places. It makes sense. Who would chose to have a bad education and live in neighborhoods where crime is frequent and It's dangerous to walk outside alone past a certain time? I found it shocking that because of their NAMES which have no connection to the personality of a person makes it so that they have fewer benefits in life.
It's brutal honesty in which most whites aren't comfortable talking about. I think its part of our white instinct to defend ourselves, and I found myself doing that throughout this article. I didn't like being stereotyped as super privileged and that i'm likely only to have one black friend. And then I realized, African American stereotypes are so much bigger and so much worse. How can I be as selfish to say that people should be concerned about white stereotypes? Our stereotypes are honestly nothing to be sad about. We are benefited because of our race in so many aspects of life, we won't know what it's like to be on the other side of the spectrum. I liked how he said that it isn't a white or black problem, It's an America problem. I agree and disagree. I don't think blaming anyone or anything will make this situation any less bad, it'll just make whites feel better about themselves. But! I do believe that America as a nation needs to address, recognize, and change racial bias. If blacks are more likely to have a less than satisfactory education, then lets change their neighborhood schools. Its easier said then done of course, but i believe there are things that can be done but whites just need to get off their podium of stubbornness and in some cases annoyance as well as ignorance, and realize that racial bias is still prominent in today's society.
Ferguson: I have previously known what the ferguson case was about, and was disgusted that the white cops would act lie that. It shows how much that racism is still real today, even though people will say that it is not. And, the article did open my eyes to the schools facts, and how black students are more likely to get suspended. So I guess having going to an accepting charter school for middle and high school, I never really noticed things like that first hand.
Racial Bias: I agree with the previous commenters, as the matter of "white names" versus "black names" and how that can affect your chance of being employed. And even with the Ebay statistic, this people would or wouldn't buy the Ipod, just based on the skin color of the hand holding it. I knew that racism was still prevalent, I didn't think that it would go down to little, almost insignificant things like hands.
Ferguson: I think that it is ridiculous to say that anti-white discrimination is a bigger and far more pressing issue than anti-black discrimination. However, that is a lot like what we talked about in class, how people try to pull sympathy towards themselves because it is difficult to admit your race has either privileges or suppresses another race. I was stunned to see the massive wage gap between the average white family and the average black family. That seems to large to comprehend. Just when we think that we are overcoming racism, numbers like this are brought to light. I know that in my daily life, I never think about racism or being racist to other people. Without looking at numbers or studies, and being white, I would say that racism isn't applicable in everyday life. I just don't see it. However, these numbers prove that racism is still obviously going on, but it is very difficult for people in my position to see.
Racial Bias: I completely agree with the notion that people instinctively make stereotypes when they are forced to come to rapid conclusions. These people may not mean to be racially biased whatsoever, but that snap initial judgement often cannot be helped. I was impressed by how that snap judgement and initial prejudice created such a wide range of discrimination examples. However, how is something like that changed?
Ferguson: This just further proves that whites are still oblivious to the fact that they think everybody is treated equally. This article pulled through with bold statements and facts to back it up, such as the average price of housing for blacks and whites. I don't think that it is all the white people's fault though, because everyone sees those commercials telling people about problems, but if that problem doesn't affect those people directly, they most likely won't do anything to improve the situation.
Racial Bias: I feel like it is true that people decide subconsciously what they want to do, whether they have bad intentions about it or not.
Ferguson: Its ridiculous to say these cases are getting to much coverage. This is a pressing issue and people need to know about it. People are getting upset because they think their are more important issue that should be covered. But as soon as one case starts to die down another is brought to light. This should show people how often african american discrimination is happening and how the police force need stop be retrained.
Racial Bias: The one thing that is not talked about enough however is how stereotypes are made. I do believe that stereotypes are racist but they exist because enough of a certain group of people fit these stereotypes. In many cases stereotypes can be very real. However cops should be the last people to use stereotypes but they seem to be the first to use them now a days.
People love to propose solutions to solve racially based conflicts, because, after all, if we just did this or that, that would eliminate the problem, right? No. This is an extremely complex situation that has numerous reasons for its continued existence. It's not something that's just going to go away in a day, or a week, or a year. We've come far since the 1950's, but we haven't come far enough. The most pressing problems are the ones that we white people never get a chance to see. The wage inequality. The fact that the US public school system is so unequal in the quality of education it provides. Where the houses are more expensive, the education tends to be of a better quality. The fact that so many people (even subconsciously) believe in the stereotype that black people are low-class, or that they're criminals, or any of the other ones out there. These are the problems that aren't even thought of by the majority of the white american population.
After reading both articles I was surprised to see the large gap in income education. What was also pretty shocking was the majority of caucasians surveyed said that whites believed that anti-white racism was a bigger problem than anti-black racism. However while reading them I came to a conclusion that everyone makes there own decisions and those decisions ultimately impact your future. The first article also mentioned neighborhood and the impact it typically had on a child. It had a very significant impact on me because when I think about where your born it too I think that it should not have as big as an impact as it was actually having. Breaking the tradition and getting educated is a choice your race is not dependent on that choice but a will to break the statistic. However, I can't help feeling bad for someone who's put into a situation where its difficult to not be another statistic. I think the debate on police offers being racist claim is completely ridiculous because you can't stereotype a whole organization and claim for them to be racist based on a few cases in which a police offer my be prejudice. I believe that Police offers alike share a similar goal to help the community but it becomes a fine line when they need to protect themselves and protect the public and telling the difference in an individual I could imagine is a very difficult task. However, the events in Ferguson need to be dealt with. Racial tension is a big issue to the community and to the nation but responding with violence is only hypocrite and hurt the community much more. Have a clear organized plan and ways to address the situation is what I believe to an appropriate response to a situation in which a single officer harms a citizen.
What I had to remind myself constantly during these articles is that that are speaking about (or blaming) the majority of white people as a whole, and not necessarily the individual. I kept having to think over my actions over my lifetime and confirm that I was not the horrible self absorbed beast that was causing this. And even then it is hard to say with a strait face that the inequality taking place is exclusively the fault of white people. I understand that certainly some was caused by them, and besides the incredibly racist fools that could not shut up, a good part of it was not intentional. All of the fear, or mistrust, or low expectations aimed at suppressed minorities stem from many things, like location, but I have to say that they all have some roots in stereotypes.
When I first came across the first article I thought "I have read this before". And I'm sure I have but that's not important. One thing I thought about the first article was that some of the information seem to be cited and some of it seem to not be. Some parts of the statistics they presented seem to be very stunning. And I don't really trust it 100%. Despite some of the information seeming off to me the rest of the information presented in the article I found very interesting some of it I already knew but some of the things I had never heard of. The second article seemed a lot more straightforward and "organized". But the information they presented made me really consider if I had any racial biases myself. The article really focused on the subconscious thought that forms racial bias. I would like to think of myself as a very non-biased person but some of the employers and people on the survey said the same thing.
After Ferguson: I think that it is interesting to hear the statements and all of the facts. I honestly have to say that I only got about a quarter of the way into the article, before I had to go and look up the original case. I have to say that while many people are complaining about to much coverage, I think that maybe there wasn't enough, because I had heard the name but I never really knew much about it. I found the statistics mentioned in the article to be very interesting, I really believe that there was a racial bias of some sort in the facts. My reasoning, is that when I was reading these facts, I kept getting the impression, "Oh this only happens to the people who cause trouble, who can't be bothered to work harder." I believe this to be something of a stereotype, because I have met some well educated persons, and than I have met many that I would much rather not discuss. Overall, I think that this is still a very serious issue that people need to take much more seriously.
Racial Bias: I have to say that after reading this article, some of the racial bias experiments were quite humorous. I had never noticed the lengths that white people go to, even if they are doing it unconsciously. I have to say that the article excluded how there are many people that fit the description of some of stereotypes out there, which inevitably continues to fuel these stereotypes. In the end, one of the things that I found shocking, but wasn't surprised about, was the resumes.
Ferguson: After reading this article, a lot of different perspectives now weigh in which were before unnoticed by me. Several points in this article shocked me, first starting out with the one about the average income of black and white families. The dramatic difference between the two is extremely upsetting to me because I feel like America should be past this by now. Equal pay to every race is crucial for the development of this country economically and socially. Another piece of information that shocked me was that out of 100 friends, a white person only has about 1 black friend. This made me reflect back to my own life and realize that I don't have as many African American friends as I do Caucasian. Something else that stuck out to me was how surprised the African American finance of a white woman when she threw away her receipt, not thinking that she will possibly need it for proof. You would think that after 50 years of supposed de-segregation that these racial stereotypes and prejudices wouldn't be at all as present as they are today.
Racial Bias: This article brought a lot of actual statistics of racial biased up and really enlightened me on how America's society is still so primitive. After reading about all of the countless studies done each one basically saying that the white community is almost always favored over the black community I have really seen how undetected, at least in my eyes, this form of racism is. When it was talking about fast and slow judgment, I was really interested in what it was saying especially because in complete honesty I have found myself using fast judgment a lot. Not necessarily in racial terms but in many other ways as well. I feel like if anyone were to say that they never use fast judgment and never assume anything of others would be completely lying to themselves. In order to fix the problem, we must identify it and learn how to combat it from there.
One thought that is still revolving in my head right now is that on average a white person only has one black friend. When I read this I started going through the list of my friends in my head and trying to figure out whether his applies to me, and I realized it does. I mean sure I know plenty black people but they are either old friends or acquaintances, no one that I am really close with or talk to on a regular basis. There was a point in time where this was different, where I was surround by black people. I grew up at a private christian school that was also a church, the church was considered a black church, where the white attendants were definitely out numbered. Even growing up in the community I did, I wasn't an exception.
When this article mentioned the gap in home value I began to think of what that would look like and I realized that even with growing up in the community I did I only remember being in one black persons home and they had a financial standing either higher or close to the standing my family was in at the time.
I feel that with practically each new paragraph of this text new thoughts and questions were running through my mind. I think I spent more time analyzing this text and having additional thoughts and questions than actually reading the text.
This text made me question myself although with this text I was questioning what I would do if I were in each of these situations. While questioning myself and trying to force myself to answer truthfully I realized that I probably wouldn't be any different. Even if I wouldn't realize I was doing it I do believe that in most of these situations I would have the same standing as the individuals in the study. It explains how people do this unconsciously through fast think and I think all of us reading this are think "No, I wouldn't do that. That is wrong." or at least hope we wouldn't, when really the majority of us would. At one point I even found myself rationalizing my theoretical action without even realizing I was doing it and with that knowledge I wish that the psychologists had purposed someways of countering this fast thinking/snap judgement because it really is awful and unfair.
After reading these articles I have come to the conclusion that is it all about choice. Thought these articles did not necessarily say it, that is what I have gathered from them. one of the articles talked about how on the news and media the topic is usually about race, and how some people thought it was getting to much attention. i think that if people made the choice, and opened there minds a bit they would see that everyone is the same. If people weren't so dang racist then this type of stuff would not be all over the news because it would not be happening. The other article talked bout how though stereotyping people is bad it did arise form some sort of truth. i don't personally think that you should judge people using stereotypes but whenever i meet someone for the first time i do make note on how they behave. a snap decision that decides wether i perceive them in a good way or in a bad way. I think that this is why stereotypes are made.
I always look at statistics that shock me, like (60% of white people believe racism against white people is a bigger problem than racism against African Americans.) and I just can't but wonder where people are finding this information. Who are the people being polled? Where do they live? I want to know why people carry the opinions they do. Also I want to know what I'm supposed to do as a student when I see inequality, or believe it to be a thing. Its so hard to speak out about something your not watching happening. I don't know any African Americans who I see suffering from apparent inequalities, and so I'm not sure what I could do about it.
I believe everything he said to be true for the most part but I do disagree with several things. When the journalist said that 70% of black citizens that do not have a degree are imprisoned, I was shocked. However he made it seem like it was the white folks problem, but even when Caucasian people go to jail would that mean its african-american people fault? Either way its the choice of the person whichever race, I'm not saying that all 70% had justifiable reasons to be jailed I'm just staying my claim as a whole.
I was shocked to know that the study they performed had some insanely racially biased conclusions. When he said that an black man who had no criminal records, had around the same chance of a white man with criminal records to get the same job. Racism is indeed here to day just from reading this article. The way the african-americans are treated in certain situations is sad, in California and where we live its hard to realize what goes on elsewhere.
Ferguson: Before I read this I have heard up a lot about this case and I really like and dislike it. In my opinion I would go for the brown side. When they were listing thing of what looks like we are still having this sederation but its put away and most whites don't see that. Reading those list opened my eyes to notice that most of those things were true becasue they are really noticable today.
Racial Bias: Just by the name I knew it was going to be very factual, This article had a buch of really good facts to prove that white privilege is still happeing today.
I thought the articles were interesting. Alf of the racism that was going on was kinda outrageous with how blacks got worse education and were punished more often than whites. It just goes to show how humans always want to feel in charge of something and in a way i feel that a lot of it was the whites wanted to be in charge of the blacks.
Ferguson case: I have been on Browns side because it is never acceptable to fatally injure an unarmed person. He could of used less than lethal force like a taser or a shot to the leg. Instead he pursued Brown, shooting him 6 times. This is a racial case, and all evidence points to the officer being guilty, but he never got convicted. It is shocking to see that whites think that anti-white racism is more of a problem than anti-black racism. When were whites prosecuted for their skin color? Its absolutely ridiculous that people have this kind of mindset.
Racial Bias: Wow, those statistics are sad. I'm shocked to see how people think just because of a "black" sounding name they are denied a job or an apartment. Racism is still here, people might not be open about it or as many people as they were back then. It is sad to see that many people's mindset have not changed over the course of the years. Like I watched an interview with the KKK and they use black people as a scapegoat for their problems, its the exact same mindset as Nazis, they blamed everything on the Jews and the Gypsies for things and problems they had nothing to do with it. I truly hope that our and future generations wont look at a skin color,race or name and judge that person based on those traits but on who they really are.
One of the first paragraphs reads "on average, believed that anti-white racism was a bigger problem than anti-black racism." which is a true statement. But it has many different positions in what it means to be racist. There are multiple sides to the debate of racial discriminations and it leads to BOTH white and black racism. There is no singular type of racism. The article about furgeson discussed some information on the wealth gap between white households in america and black house holds. There was some data presented (however the exact numbers were slightly off of a data analysis that i read prior in the year) the numbers were significantly different in the new worth of those families. About $105,000 difference, and that is significant, however it does have some data manipulation and is presented in a way that favors one side. It is bias, and it is not fully understandable in its current form, the same as most data. There are factors, such as homeownership, that change peoles perception of the data, and major exception to where people of minority groups are significantly wealthier than the mass of majority groups. Which brings up a few questions about the way data is use to represent white racism. Because traditions and property is passed down generationally, there is a lot of cross over between parents and children. That is the main reason for ethnic location and areas with high populations of certain ethnicities. Many people stay close to where they grew up and if their parents grew up in a bad neighborhood, and you grew up in a bad neighborhood, the chances of you staying in a bad neighborhood are larger. And this effects BOTH white and african american families. I understand that there are historical reasons that this is occurring, but many people are attempting to blame people today for it. I feel that the parts of the article such as the section that reads "One black friend tells me that he freaked out when his white fiancée purchased an item in a store and promptly threw the receipt away. “What are you doing?” he protested to her. He is a highly successful and well-educated professional but would never dream of tossing a receipt for fear of being accused of shoplifting." had a powerful message, but did not cover the opposite side and had a little bias. Blaming whites for misconceptions they learn from society and their parents is the same as blaming certain african americans for growing up in a bad neighborhood. Not everyone can control their ideas, and many people are taught things that they can easily unlearn and the it takes both sides to fix a problem like this and on this massive of a scale. That is what I thought about the first article. As for the second one, I had a little bit of a stronger attitude for it. When it comes to things, especially prejudice related topics, I hate being accused, or anyone being accused of things. And this article sort of accuses all white people of discrimination. Similar to the other article, I fell that the data was not fully applicable and did not support every part of the argument. Let me start of by saying that I know discrimination exists, and it is prevalent. But these types of articles pretend or present that there is only minority prejudice. All of the data presented here covers blank and white. but there are a million other prejudices and discriminations out there. and then reverse racism comes in with polices such as affirmative action. The main part of the problem is natural human recognition, the brain is evolutionarily developed to recognize and determine characteristics of objects and other animals. The prefrontal cortex it adapted to in a spot second analyze the visual data it receives and compute it to the primal areas of the brain to asses its safety for natural selection reasons. It all comes with association and humans spent 200,000 years developing it, it does not easily go away and people expect to be able to ignore it, but when the human eye sees someone who the media has stereotyped to be one way, they make assumptions. As a society, it is our job to determine the validity of those assumptions, but we can't easily stop the production of them. But tom them, we get argument such as the examples from the article. Some people use their assumptions to determine what they do. But a major issue that come from the recognition of that is the application of a sort of revese racism where non white people are given more privileges and advantages that white people. This is called affirmative action. There are good examples of arguments given in the article, but then there are examples of iPods not being sold on ebay because a black hand is holding them. Closing the article it states "There are some counterexamples: Data show that some places, like elite colleges, most likely do favor minority applicants."......elite colleges....this is huge to me, the fact that i don't have as good as a chance to get into an elite college because
i am white. This is affirmative action in the works. something that looked over. I understand the idea of it, we oppressed them and now we should help them, but it does not seem to be fair in judgement. Its assuming that all minorities are poor and all white are rich. I don't think its right to give priority to someone ver their skin color black or white. Because the bottom line is the SKIN COLOR DOES NOT MATTER. you can be rich, poor, smart, stupid, mean, nice, and every other characteristic and be black or white and it does not matter and would not have anything to do with it. One more thing this article brought up, there seems to be a fear that you will be accused of racism if you are white. And I have seen this first hand, last year my mom decided to buy two more houses. She went to rent one after she bought it and prepared all the documentation. She started to get application submissions and start interviews for the people, the second application she received happened to be from an African American. She met and interviewed him and received all of the paper work for his application, but the first application she received went through and she was legally required to rent to the first person to apply. And in doing so, she felt that the second renter might think that race played a role, and outsiders might think that, but my mother is the most tolerant and accepting person ever, however there was still that fear, and a lot of people have it. Even in writing this, I was not sure what people would think of it because its not a generic reflection completely supporting what the articles are saying, so there is the fear I might be accused of certain things. So that is what these two articles reminded me of and are me think of, sorry if this was messy and long, but I doubt anyone will read this.
I agree with you that racism towards the black people caused a lot of judging towards the white people, especially white males. Stereotypes about them often are made by their ancestor's mistakes. I liked how you brought the fact that history is making all white persons racist. If it continue going to that side, it can only cause a big rebellion of white population. And that is not a good thing because it will bring a bad spirits from past. However, judging by race or ethnicity or religion caused all wars that this civilization face. Hitler needed holocaust to express his hate towards different ethnicity. We don't need another type of "holocaust" (e.g. KKK) to realize that it went so far away. Therefore, learning about race segregation can help us to make better future. Once Americans realized that they are first Americans and brothers between their-self and then black or white or Hispanic or Asian, better days for all races are coming.
I agree with you in that racism towards people and placing the blame on a specific group creates a lot of issues. I can tell that this meant a lot to you, because you had a lot to say. But I think that when you said you doubt that anyone would read what you wrote, made me think of how even that could be applied to what happens throughout our nation. So many people have been raised to a certain set of "rules" or standards, that they are afraid to speak what is meaningful to them, because they believe it won't be acknowledged in a positive way. Overall, I really think that you made some really good points and Im glad that someone saw that there was a lack of one side or the other in these articles.
Nice rant Jack. I really enjoyed reading this.
Reading articles from tonight was really interesting. I learned a lot and find out some information and facts about gaps between two most dominate race in the US: blacks and whites. It is really scary how the difference between income of white and black families increased since 1960's. I liked how in the first article writer tried to find solutions for all these gaps. Education. But how can black boys be educated in the broken schools in their neighborhoods. That looks like endless problems. But there is always a solution. Instead of blaming society and everyday people for all racism movements happening today, we should start from ourselves. We need to clear our thoughts and mind. Find out what we actually think and reasons we think that. If we skip that step, "bad"society is going to build more bad opinions on our owns. We will be controlled by opinions of majority. At the end, society is consisted of individuals. Second article opened my eyes to the names, one simple thing that we can choose. It is really miserable that name is deciding your future or job. Young people are influenced so much by history and society about stereotypes. This is the chance for them to stop building it up on the surface that already exist and start reducing the gaps between them and their brothers.
Ferguson: Michael Brown's story is one that may have gone a bit too far. Shooting an unarmed person one time is bad, but shooting an unarmed person six times is just absurd. If was a cop, and I got myself into a heated situation, I would defend myself with my taser, not my gun. I just find it a bit extreme that a cop would do something like that to a teenager.
Racial Bias: Wow. Those stats are absolutely ridiculous. People aren't willing to be as generous as they could be if the person that wants help is black. That's really weird to me because when I go to the mall, I see black employees in almost every store, so I guess that doesn't have much of an effect in California. Or, just southern California. I would honestly help anybody if they asked me nicely or they looked like they needed it. It's ridiculous how many people think that black people will do something bad to them. One of my closest friends is half black, and I've known him for five years. I can trust him with just about everything, and he's a really nice guy. I guess some people are really paranoid because of what they learn about black people in school.
That is so ridiculous that people are "fed up" with media coverage of Ferguson! It is an important event and what people have to say about it matters. And the fact that some white people can say that "reverse racism" is a bigger issue than actual racism is disgusting. There are people who are mistreated on a daily basis for having darker skin and to be parading around saying that white privilege is more of a burden is arrogant and selfish. I was also blown away by the wealth gap between white and black Americans. I never would have thought that it would have been so wide and I really hope I see it resolved in my lifetime.
This article really opened my eyes to the influence race has over employment. I was not expecting employers to be more or less likely to hire people over how "white sounding" their name was. I was a little apprehensive about the part about doctors being more or less likely to recommend a heart treatment for patients based on race because some races are more or less prone to some diseases, so I think it might be tied to that. But the rest of it really shocked me because most of this is probably subconscious racism.
Ferguson: I'm kinda blown away at the fact that someone had the guts to say that anti-white racism was a bigger problem than anti-black racism. I know this will probably sound silly coming from me, because I am like the definition of a white girl, but when will white people ever be satisfied with what they have? I know personally, that I am not part of the stereotypical rich white family, no I am far from that, but I am still happy with what I have. Sorry about that little rant there. One thing that people are still neglecting to realize is that everybody is human, everybody deserves to be treated the same way, it doesn't matter if they are black or white . It deeply saddens me to think that people have different standards and expectations for each other based solely on race.
Racial Bias: It kinda makes me upset that this is still a thing, even today in America the so called country of freedom and equality. When will things ever be equal for a white man, a white woman, a black man, and a black woman? I heard a couple of days ago that women on average get paid 2 bucks less doing the same job a man would, so I wouldn't jump on and say this country is of equal opportunity for every gender or race. I wonder what makes people do things such as impose higher prices on things for a black person, or not offer a surgery to a black person. When will things ever be equal?
Ferguson: It shocked me to read this article and see that on average more whites are worried about anti white racism than anti black. I cannot comprehend this especially after reading that on average whites in America 18 times as much. I had to yes it was so big I had to reread it. What also surprised me was that whites on average have a longer life expectancy than blacks by half a decade. The wealth gap is only going to get worse since black students 3 times more likely to get expelled. This will worsen their chance of a education and as a result the wealth gap will get worse. Honestly I didn't know that racism was so bad in America until I read this.
Racial Bias: What really surprised me about this article was that a person with a white name but identical resume as a resume with a black name was 50% more likely to get a call. Also It said that someone with a white hand next to the I pod was more likely to be bought than if a black hand next to it. With the name I think it is really unfortunate that someone might be deprived of a job that they are qualified for just because of a name. To me that is definitely wrong and should be changed. But with the i pod I think it actually might be more subconscious which to me is more concerning.
Ferguson: It was interesting to read about the many sides of the Ferguson case. In my opinion Bill O'Reilly is one of the most idiotic reporters out there. While it is interesting to read about a different perspective, hearing how he believes black to white rascism in more serious that white to black rasicm was appalling. Another thing that disgusts me is how people are "fed up" with the coverage of Ferguson, as if it were to happen to their child wouldn't they want to get the message acros?
Racial Bias: It was interesting to read how quickly we are to make judgement of others based on race subconsciously. I was shocked to see about the acceptance rate different applications. I do believe that rascism exsists and affect us all daily, yet we don't always realise its exsistance. I hope that in my lifetime that I will be able to see racism erradicated and officially make it a thing of the past.
Ferguson: I think what we are learning about right now, is super beneficial to how we live our live from now on and the future. Like how the writer for the Ferguson article stated, it's gonna be ridiculously difficult to fix this problem of white privilege. I really enjoyed how he spoke about how it's something that people have to work on from the inside, funny thing is, that's how almost every problem is. You might be thinking well then let's solve this, the hard thing is if you say, "I now think that I don't have anymore privilege than my black friend." Well this also has to do with your black friend. If he cares enough to go against the stereotypes that exist for his race. Also, does everyone want to get on the same page of being tolerant, the rough answer is no.
Racial Bias: This article was actually really interesting! I thought it was really awesome how these people researched all these different situations where white privilege was taking place. The crazy thing is reading it, I could totally see it happening now, and it just being common. Most people just do it super lightly too and don't think much of it. That's what this is making me want to achieve, just being more mindful and not judging to people.
Ferguson: It really doesn't make sense to me when people say they are tired of hearing about Ferguson. Just because the media hype lasts only a few days doesn't mean the problem just dissapears. And it sickens me to think that people can treat the event like some over hyped movie, when this is something real that is happening in our own country. The statistics that this article brought up blew me away, and when there is an average 100,000 income difference between two parties based on race, people need to come to terms with the fact that racial discrimination and bias still exists.
Racial Bias: If these experiments don't make you really think hard about how racial bias still exists, then I don't know what will. Going from a sterotypical African American name on a resume to something as simple as the color of someones hand in a picture on eBay covers so many ways in which racism still exists. I did like how this article came from a neutral standpoint (not saying that the author was racist, just that the article started off very neutral and scientific) and then came to an educated conclusion at the end after many trials.
I think that the recent deaths of African Americans has America talking. Is the conversation productive? Is it going to make a difference in race relations? I know we have discussed it in my home-luckily, articles like we read tonight whether we agree or disagree to what they present, make us think. There are two things that these articles really bring to mind:
1. I remember back when we were reading about slavery ending and the congressman supported giving African Americans a small parasol of land and a small amount of money to build a house so that the freed slaves could get some “grounding” on their own-free from the white man’s power. Unfortunately, the government did not support it.
2. I find the presentation about slow and fast judgment very real. I was talking to my mom on the way home from school today about all kinds of racism and we remembered back to when we were at a wedding in a very small town in Idaho one summer. My grandma, my mom and I were being very silly and loud very late into the night/morning (we were singing, laughing, yelling, and just having fun). We were being irresponsible and not thinking about the other three guests connected to our room. The next morning, we were greeted by a big, tough-looking biker who just happened to be in the room above us. He said something along the lines of it sure sounds like you were having fun last night. We nervously said yes. The man was so nice, but my mom told me that her fast judgment was oh no because he was a biker. This story demonstrates how our fast judgment does play a role in how we judge people around us.
Ferguson: The first thing I thought when I read this article was 'Wow'. Many parts from this article reminded me of the Nap sack reading we did last night, the part of the reading I am referring to is when the woman throws her receipt away with out a worry that some one may accuse her of seal the high priced item she just purchased, while her fiancé is stunned by her actions, him being an African American man he always kept his receipts out of fear someone would accuse him of stealing. This section really reminded me of white privilege, and how I also just through out all my receipts once I get them. That part of the article was the most eye opening for me.
Racial Bias: In this article the part that really struck we was when the author started talking about an experiment he did with a partner where he sent out multiple job applications and the results were if you have a more 'White' sounding name you were 50% more likely to further talk to or work with the company. This made me this of a out tube video I watched over them summer where this man named Juan needed a job to support his family and he sent out over 500 job applications, and after getting 0 responses he resends them out except with the name John, and then he actually gets his calls returned by the same companies that turned him down in the first place. I thought these two things really showed me the relevance of the huge effects that white privilege really has in the real world.
Both articles were very interesting to me. The Ferguson case seems to have a lot of people talking and involved in it. Most of these people are African American, and the media is where all the talk goes around about different kinds of situations that just kept on causing controversy, that mostly based on skin color. I personally think that people should still be supporting this case. The second article really shocked me, especially the results the researches got from their tests. After reading this article I knew there was still racism being used. It is ridiculous how one judges other people just by their names. Even if it's a stereotypical name, they are still actual names that belong to actual people. Imagine if there were people who had stereotypical names trying to order something online and getting rejected just because of their name or race, that's a situation that I do not a prove of.
Racial Bias: To be honest I have no idea why this racial bias only focuses on just blacks, there are many other racial groups living in america as well. Racial problems in America aren't just problems between whites and blacks, there are many other racial groups that have certain problems with other racial groups. Also most of the problems that were brought up in the article weren't really problems, like does it really matter if a black person receives 21 percent less offers than a white person? Most of these studies are also focused to make it look like there certain racial injustices that exist, however there are many other factors in those situations that could have effected those outcomes. In my opinion this article was a very biased article that tried to make it seem that all white Americans are out to get black people in any tiny possible passive aggressive way. However the point made about the "fast thinking" discrimination is valid, every single person's brain is made to make very quick assumptions about people and things they see. Every single person judges the "book" by it's cover subconsciously, but it doesn't mean anything, people don't act on these assumptions most of the time, the solution to the problem of fast thinking discrimination is to think about the assumption a you made and make your own decision separate from the first thought using evidence from further interaction.
Ferguson: I have no idea why these articles keep posting these racial inequality facts, like the life expectancy of a black boy is five years shorter than that of a white boy, does that really show racism in America? No there are countless other factors that could be playing into the reason for this age difference other than racism in America. This article is also only talking about the problems of "racism" in America, just like the thousands of other articles saying the same thing instead of offering solutions to these "problems". I guess I'm just not understanding the concept these articles are trying to portray because I haven't experienced anything that these articles are describing.
After reading both articles I was shocked to discover the differences they both brought up with the statistics. I was surprised by these statistics because I never knew that there was such a huge difference in income of both groups. It makes me wonder what are the main factors that make this true in modern times. I know in the past it was very different and there was more of a reason for this gap. So it makes me think that there is something very wrong going on and its more than people being racist. I think it might have something to do with peoples perspectives of where they feel like they fit in society and how they handle certain situations.
I honestly wasn't shocked when reading these articles, I mean are they fascinating to read, absolutely, given the research found in both articles I found it particularly interesting to read. However, on the other hand I wasn't shocked because this is the sort of thing we've been talking about all week, and some in the past semester. All the reading did was introduce data to support the claim of "invisible privilege". These statistics also don't shock me because it IS the world we live in and if one looks hard enough they will see these things happening.
Racial Bias: Right off the bat this article dove into how we should consider different reasons for racism like the environment in which African Americans grow up in contrast to the general white public. And then flew in the statistics. Woooow I was astounded with the studies that Universities had conducted showed evidence that even though the civil rights movement ended and African Americans broke the chains of continued segregation, there is CLEAR evidence that discrimination and the fight against race judgement still goes on today. And what even more so got to me was the fact that even then when it seems obvious reading the studies, all of this is because of the fast thinking or the "snap judgement" that is subconsciously in the back of our minds that is shaped and created by stereo types and the environment that we grow up in. And I really found this interesting because when looking at the studies I was thinking "Daaamn, that's crazy!" but at the same time I realized that I got this thought from the people around me. My white side aka the school side of me was thinking this meanwhile my Mexican side was recalling personal experiences that I have encountered and other family members around me have encountered where these statistics and studies made sense and almost seemed obvious. This blew me away because in my own mind I had been able to differentiate the differences of my thinking around the two groups of people that I grew up around and just the idea that I was able to think both of these things unconsciously at almost the same time simply because of the people I've surrounded myself around since childhood continues to bewilder my mind.
After Ferguson: These facts are endless. And here I'm really just further agreeing that we need to pay more attention to this whole attitude about racism. I couldn't believe my mind when I read that "whites, on average, believed that anti-white racism was a bigger problem than anti-black racism." WHAT. Like I just can't understand how ignorant people can get in our society because of that veil of invisible privileges that they are too comfortable with to let go of even though others outside of the veil are trying to show their collective suffering right in front of them. And I can't agree more about how friends open our eyes. This in itself has definitely a personal connection to me and my life. I feel emotionally changed as a person just reading these articles.
I mostly agree to the points made in here that white men tend to gain more favor over black men, however I also believe that the New York Times is grossly exaggerating the level of racial bias in present day America. There are so many different things you need to think about before you simple claim that every American doctor prefers whites over blacks or that people placing bids on eBay prefer white men. The thing is that depending on where you go for these surveys you could end up seriously biasing your results. For example if you go to southern Texas I guarantee these are the results you are going to see as opposed to Northern California. A lot of questions could be raised regarding the validity of his evidence.
That being said I'm not saying America is perfect or that racism is non-existent. In fact racism is certainly still an issue, just not as big a one as the NY Times would like us to think. There are much bigger issues today in terms of prejudice that need to be worked on rather than racism. Perfect examples of this are sexism and homophobia.
I seriously disagree with this article, mostly due to the data again. It is outdated (from the 1970's, seriously?) it is very specific "Nearly 70 percent of middle-aged black men who never graduated from high school have been imprisoned." So people who never graduated high school got arrested. Unsurprisingly I believe it is safe to assume that demographic remains that people who don't graduate tend to resort to drug and alcohol abuse. While I disagree with the ferguson case I still believe in the overall message it intends to protray: there is a hidden racism in America, and it needs to stop.
After Ferguson: I think the reason why the racism seems to be "worsening" is because racism is constantly denied therefore it is being ignored. But with recent coverage on police brutality and racial discrimination in America it's sort of uncovering all the racism America has been hiding There's few people who step and say " hey that's racist " instead they refuse to acknowledge it and allow the issue to worsen. I also think that's the reason the whole " I don't see colour" is an awful way of trying to stop racism because it's masking all the struggles and hardships a person of colour faces and grouping them in with the majority while each race has their own problems that need to be properly faced and addressed and not ignored. The only way to truly end is racism is to not overlook someones color but accept it and appreciate that. And as the article states it's not a single job for individual races to solve but the country as a whole.
Racial Bias: There are many people who may not even realize they're being biased or discriminatory. It's been etched in their brains from such an early age that it becomes instinct. I think the blindness to this bias only allows it to manifest more into our society. And it's really not them to blame but rather the fact that as a country we have allowed it to continue.
Racial bias: I have always known that racial bias had existed and have seen it as a natural somewhat harmless thing. But I was so shocked and surprsed by all of the statistics presented in the article, I never thought that the color of skin or name would ever hold so much power in decision making. I wonder, how though, how did the black stereotype gain so much of a negative stereotype, because from what weve saw so far, thier strongest efforts in the 1950's was powered through nonviolent, peaceful protest. I just wonder how we go from that
to a scary stereotype.
In a previous post I read that the article was outdated and he considered it irrelevant and didn't agree with its content. However, although times maybe different now, we still see the same things going on, when I read the article, I was not surprised by it regaurdless of its time and would not have even noticed till now. Society is forever changing and we have come a long way since slavery and segregation, I believe that the subconcious bias will always exist but we will find ways past it, as people become more and more accepting and tolerant of those that may look down upon or disagree with.
What african Americans went through reminds me alot about the homosexual movement and effort these past few years, to get gay marriage to become a legal thing. And, I mean if we can go from making interracial marriages legal to homosexual relationships legal, I think that just represents itself in how much our country has changes and how it will continue to change for the better or worse.
Ferguson- This article was mind blowing for me, especially the data to show that the average net worth for a black houshold was around $6,000 while the average net worth for a white household was around $110,000 and about forty years ago this wealth gap has actually gotten worse. You would think the gap would be getting smaller as time progressed. A lot of the data showed in this article has made me realize that there is still a lot of stuff that needs to be changed in order to stop this white vs black war and get rid of the term "white privilege"
Racial Bias- The ferguson case must have been a very hard case to deal with for the court that ran it. Since it exploded in the media and it became less about what actual happened and more about the black community becoming sick and tired of white cops attacking them. It became more about race then the actually case and even in the end when the cop was proven innocent riots broke out. This reminds me of the O.J Simpson case and watching a video where a man said that "even if we knew that Simpson committed the crime, when he wasn't proven guilty it was almost like we won." That really bugged me and like I said for the court it is very hard not to be influenced by factors like these.
I think this is a really interesting article. At first, it sounded like the article at first was really biased (and I have no problem with that since I would get to hear a different view of the spectrum), but after reading it for a while I realized that the article brought up some amazing points. One of the things I found the most shocking was the quote by Rev. Jesse Jackson that said, "There is nothing more painful for me than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery — then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved." I was just absolutely shocked. While the article brings up the point that we should be paying more attention to race, I'd like to argue that because even if you're giving good attention or bias towards a certain race, that's still creating a type of segregation in peoples' minds.
First off, I really like the quote, "Rather than point fingers outward, we should look inward — and examine how, despite best intentions, we discriminate in ways big and small." It really sums things up and puts the fault at people who judge (consciously or not), rather than the person being judged. I think that this article is very well organized and it brings up some very interesting points. I like that they do bring up counter arguments, like Affirmative Action, but they didn't spend enough time doing so. I personally think that all prejudice, stereotyping, and bias based on race OR other demographics (like gender, age, origin, nationality, or sexual preference), is a terrible thing that is pulling this nation under while we are floating on the surface of balance. That being said, I do not agree with Affirmative Action-- we had a very passionate debate about it in Model UN. I think that just the fact that I have less of a chance of getting into a college than a similar applicant (except that he is black), is atrocious. Same with jobs. Yes, I understand that it is offering better opportunities to lower socio-economic people, but when they purely base it off of race- I think it is racist. I have an example:
If I am walking down the street, and I see two homeless men who are EXACTLY identical (including their possessions and money), except that one is black and one is white, and I choose to give $5 to the white man because he is white, you will probably agree that it is racist.
How is Affirmative Action any different?
I think that to eliminate racism and prejudice, we need to not try to boost up one demographic group because they were hurt in the past (yes it is unfortunate, and I feel bad), but we need to eliminate the thought of race all together. It is helping crumble the walls in society's mind that define someone by race. Even if it is for a good cause, it is still causing some sort of segregation, and I think most people would agree that most segregation is bad.
While I was reading the Ferguson reading and seeing the first example of racial bias I was just thinking Oh its gonna be another one of these. Where it was, but it did show some fantastic points.the one that got to me was the racial standard income difference of 104k which is an insane amount of money. As a few others said I didn't know much about the Ferguson case either and I guess it's too late to choose sides now. But this reading was very informative.
During the Ferguson case most of the minorities that are settled in America and even outside came up and spoke out about brutality on themselves. They said how it was unacceptable and the media that it brought was what took that case to another level. If you compare the start of the case to the end, you will be able to see the amazing amount of turns and word twisting that took place.
Ferguson: I was somewhat mad when I heard something like this happened. Even if he was shoplifting he was shot to death which is insane and unjust. It's ridiculous when people said that racism towards whites is more of an issue. I feel that perhaps verbal abuse towards whites may be an issue but aside from that Blacks have it tougher. Like that household difference is insane and people who say that brown deserved it haven't been in his shoes or known how poverty is for someone. This was kid who was unarm and was shot to death, it's just lucrative.
Racial Bias: So the racial discrimination within Jobs. I've been fully aware about. I never seen a black whose a doctor, dentist, or of higher position. It's like a stereotype that is common. You only see a successful black man if he dribbles or fiddles with mics. Boyz in the hood is a great movie which depicts this life style and shows that there different things that make life harder that is often unheard of among whites and other races.
Ferguson: When I had read this article, and they were demonstrating the differences between the privileges given based on race was shocking to me. Some of the things said in the article really made me think of how the people of the world view each other. Are people of different color or race more likely to fail? That's what I was getting from the article, the examples given of African Americans are more likely to become criminals. When I would think of some of the stereotypes of being a African American I would never imagine going deeper, what I mean is how people are able to take a stereotype and use it to explain a race based of that stereotype.It's sad that the education is being used against races and because the thought that, "well they are more likely to fail anyway" stereotype. It's sad that people have done this and that it has affected a lot of races even now racism is being viewed as a joke.
Racial Bias; This article went more into detail of a experiments or test to see the difference of Africans Americans vs Whites getting a job. This was an interesting test to see the difference and the likeness of one race being trusted more than the other. In this case it was whether African Americans or Whites. It made an interesting point about people not doing it intentionally but it comes naturally to them, some did not really notice the choices they made. It made me think of how everyone could be like this. Everyone has made a racist joke or said a stereotype to another race so it made me think of how racism has been around long enough and it's being brought up most of our lives so in a way it could have become a habit we didn't really notice. Although it's not an excuse to be racist in no way shape or form is this okay and people shouldn't have to be described by their race but by their character.
After reading this article I was very surprised. There are many things that I had no idea about. For example, hearing that an African American man was afraid to throw away a receipt because he thought that he could be accused of shoplifting. That is just amazing! It shows us the fear that a lot of African Americans live with everyday. For any white person I believe that they had never even thought about keeping the receipt so that they could prove that they had bought they item if questioned later. The article also talks about whites thinking that they were being discriminated against, "Indeed, a 2011 study by scholars at Harvard and Tufts found that whites, on average, believed that anti-white racism was a bigger problem than anti-black racism." I was very surprised when I read this because of the complete ignorance that some people have. They just feel sorry for themselves when there are people that have way bigger problems.
When I read the part about the craigslist ads for the iPods, one being held by a black hand and the other by a white hand, and the iPod being held by the white hand get more bids, I started to think why do people look at just the color of a hand and think that the iPod coming from the white hand will be better in some way. My question was answered not much later when the article talked about slow and fast thinking. It was very interesting to finally find out why quick decisions like buying the iPod coming from the picture with the white hand rather than the one from the black hand. It said that when we see a black hand we might think about a movie or advertisement we saw where the African American was the 'bad guy'. In a fraction of a second we want to buy the other iPod. We don't ask ourselves why we made that choice because it was done so quickly and we good that there was some reason we chose the other one and so we are happy and buy the one coming from the white hand. I think that the only solution to all of this is if everyone starts to question why they made that decision in a situation like the one with the iPods. The second thing that needs to happen is the people that control any type of media or a place where we get knowledge from needs to make sure that they are not favoring one race over another or putting one race in a worse position than any other.Places where we get information from and that can make us lean towards the iPod held by the white hand could be: books, movies, advertisements, plays, magazines etc... If all of the sources of information are unbiased than we will have to think when we want to buy an iPod and the unconscious racist acts will lessen!
Ferguson: The statistics in this article really opened up my eyes to the racial bias and the awful stereotypes that Americans can make up to make them feel better. What truly shocked me was that a black child's life expectancy is five years shorter than a white child's. I agree with Dylan L. in that in the beginning of the article it seems one-sided but throughout the duration of the piece it becomes clearer that the author is not biased but is simply informing the reader. The concluding sentence drew me into the author's point of view more than anything "...the first step is to acknowledge that the central race challenge in America today is not the suffering of whites."
This article was more intriguing to me personally. This part really got to me- "The same résumé was roughly 50 percent more likely to result in callback for an interview if it had a “white” name." How awful is this? The fact that a job interview can be dependent on your name or your race makes me wonder how the job market is dominated by white males. Think about it- what executives do you know that are not white? Even when watching 30 Rock, all of the executives are white. This ties into another research study in which Caucasian state legislatures "were found to be less likely to respond to constituents with African-American names. This was true of legislators in both political parties."
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