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Professor Phillips Interpretation & Argument Synthesis Essay Rough Draft Against Manipulators Research Question: Do Racial Majority/Minority Groups Consciously Discriminate One Another to Benefit themselves? People wish to live in a world where they center their values on the society’s norm. The intuition teaches that residing in the normative values of the society assures some level of social stability. So much as people want to set their behavior in a ‘right’ way that they strive to define normality, acceptance, and taboo. However, while finding difference in others and distinguishing ‘my way’ and ‘my people’ from them are accepted as natural human tendency, whether doing possibly so in a deliberate calculation is a matter of question. When the topic comes to racial Othering, it becomes a question in which the Othering works accidentally or intentionally, that whether Othering is warfare or a phenomenon. There is no doubt that a race group that conducts the Othering benefits itself by bringing together the members cohesively. Yet, in a social context, the difficulty arises as Othering against one racial group—especially the minority people—, while causing an often faulty racial imagery, overlays their actual racial characters. As historical affairs proved the Othering process to be deadly harmful such as Nazi’s discriminating against Jews or whites treating blacks as inhuman, scrutinizing the intension-based Othering is significant to keeping peace in our society. Among six authors, (Chon Noriega, Edward W. Said, W.E.B. Dubois, Richard Dyer, Ruth Benedict, Suzanne Oboler,) Said, Dyer, and Dubois view that racial Othering is covertly conspired by the dominant group, lining their ideas that Othering is a result of deliberate attempts as to their benefits. On the other hand, Benedict, Noriega, and Oboler respond that Othering is just an undevised phenomenon restricted to perception problem, an accidental prejudice that can be fixed with enlightened perspective. Major approaches to the
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research question take three stances: Said and Dyer who believe in the manipulation of struggle over race. Benedict and Noriega who see that racial Othering is inadvertently charged fallacy.
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