Defining Racism - I Racism A David Wellman 1 defines racism as… Picture 1 2 Racism like other forms of oppression is not only a personal ideology

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Unformatted text preview: I. Racism A. David Wellman 1. defines racism as… Picture 1 2. Racism like other forms of oppression, is not only a personal ideology based on racial prejudice, but a system involving cultural messages and institutional policies and practices as well as the beliefs and actions of individuals. 3. Racial prejudice when combines with social power—access to social, cultural, and economic resources and decision-making—leads to the institutionalization of racist policies and practices. B. White Privilege 1. “means that if a person of color is the victim of housing discrimination, the apartment that would otherwise have been rented to that person of color is still available for a white person. The white tenant is, knowingly or unknowingly, the beneficiary of racism, a system of advantage based on race. The unsuspecting tenant is not to blame for the prior discrimination, but she benefits from it anyways.” C. Racism only for whites? 1. People of color are not racist because they do not systematically benefit from racism. And equally important, there is no systematic cultural and institutional support or sanction for the racial bigotry of people of color. 2. Passive Racism: more subtle and can be seen in the collusion of laughing when a racist joke is told, of letting exclusionary hiring practice go unchallenged, of accepting as appropriate the omissions of people of color from the curriculum and of avoiding difficult race-related issues It is easily self-perpetuated in our culture. 3. Active racism: Ku Klux Klan…any blatant, intentional acts of racial bigotry and discrimination. D. Race is a social construction 1. Racial identity development: a central focus of this book, usually refers to the process of defining for oneself the personal significance and social meaning of belonging to a particular racial group. 2. Ethnic group: is a socially defined group based on cultural criteria, such a language, customs, and shared history. ...
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course EFND 2120 taught by Professor Briandotts during the Fall '10 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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