Social Movement Draft

To start a social movement at UNE we need all three components of social change which is strong ties, weak ties, and social habits which kind of ties in with weak ties. You need all these concepts for a successful social change because it’s like a yin yang you can’t have the good without the bad. And that’s exactly what strong tie and weak ties are. Strong ties are when you have good friends in different groups no matter their race or type of income you have. Either way if you were in trouble or needed help, they would help you because they felt obligated to help a friend out. However, having a strong tie of friends doesn’t help change the world alone. That’s when weak ties come in because weak ties are acquaintances of friends from different groups and sometimes even people you don’t even know completely but that kind of ties into social habits too. Having weak ties causes a social peer pressure towards people to make them feel obligated to help because everyone else is doing it. This also falls into social habits because people will feel pressure to join even if they don’t want to because of the risk of losing their social standing. All these concept especially strong ties and weak ties help create a successful social change. By having strong ties start the movement, weak ties grow the movement, and social habits enduring the movement are all key components. Without these a movement will fail every time. This opens up a varity of people who want to be apart of this movement to bring awareness or to make a serious change. A prime example of trying to make a change is Kyle Korver who write an essay using strong ties when he wants to help make a change for not only his friend Thabo but for the whole black community. The weak ties starts to fall into affect when Korver explains how when ever people think of Klye Korver’s name he wants them to know that he supports the black community. This is a weak tie because when ever there is a fan of Korvers and they see that he supports the black community they might too. Also, to give you a visual on a social change actually working Rosa Parks is a great example of starting a successful social change just by staying in her seat when she was told to get up. Now every one knows the whole bus situation with Rosa Parks. However, Parks was not the only African American who was arrest for sitting on the bus. There were many more but they never started a social change movement like how Rosa Parks did because they didn’t have strong ties and weak ties. Rosa Parks was well invest into her community and let’s just say the cops arrested the “wrong” black person that day because that arrest lead to a change for the better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To start a social movement at UNE we need all three components of social change which is strong ties, weak ties, and social habits which kind of ties in with weak ties. You need all these concepts for a successful social change because it’s like a yin yang you can’t have the good without the bad. And that’s exactly what strong tie and weak ties are. Strong ties are when you have good friends in different groups no matter their race or type of income you have. Either way if you were in trouble or needed help, they would help you because they felt obligated to help a friend out. However, having a strong tie of friends doesn’t help change the world alone. That’s when weak ties come in because weak ties are acquaintances of friends from different groups and sometimes even people you don’t even know completely but that kind of ties into social habits too.

Anti-Racist Activism

I am not too aware of what kind of groups are already available on campus. So, besides the fact that I have read these papers, I’m not the best person to ask. First things first you need the social norm that exists and causes inequalities. Let’s create a hypothetical social norm as an example. handedness is kind of weird and at the most relevant so, it will make a good thing to arbitrarily divide the population with. We are going with the numbers that are saying right-handedness is 70% of the population and left-handedness is 30 percent of the population. I’m doing this because it makes the left-handed minority larger and a lot more significant within the population of UNE to be a problem. Now the social norm we should go with is something that Works in a minor everyday occurrence within life at UNE. So let’s go with food swipes into the cafeteria. Right-handed people get to use the card reader and get into the cafeteria quickly while left-handed people must input their student ID and wait until they find the corresponding ID. Despite how weird and bizarre this might be to us this is the norm in this hypothetical UNE. Now, who is inciting incident starter? Put your hands together for the amiable Jane Doe. Jane Doe has a lot of friends at UNE. She is part of 7 different clubs, 3 off campus, and, has 2 on-campus jobs. It’s easy to say that she interacted everyone on campus and is good friends with at less a quarter of them. And our good friend Jane doe just so happening left hand. A day comes by where Jane Doe isn’t firing on all cylinders. She is tried from all work she did yesterday and Is not in the mood to stand in line to get her soon ID church so she can get some food in the cafeteria she pulls out her student ID and goes up to the scanner and scans it. At first, nothing happens she walks in and gets to start eating her food, but she’s halfway done with her meal. One of the cafeteria staff comes up to her and asked her to properly get checked into the cafeteria. She is almost entirely exhausted from her all nightery studying applied hyper-baboon physics. She ignores them the card reader accepted her meal swipe the same way as if she had been, I checked in, so she continues eating her food. Eventually, the cafeteria employee called insecurity too remove her.  She’s eventually dragged out of the cafeteria and brought to security’s office with many people that know her seeing her being removed. This initial incident causes immediate action within Jane Doe strong ties. Her close friends Are very clearly outraged by this knowing current our hard work and dedication. Eventually, Her friends start to realize how BS the cafeteria System is, and they pass on this outrage to their friends and close associates. And everyone starts to Think about how this system has more Disadvantageous than advantageous. So, using the strong and weak connections that movement starts to form around Jane doe’s getting kicked out of the cafeteria. People start to boycott the cafeteria until it lets everyone use the card reader. As the cafeteria loses business students begin organizing Jenner nights where dorms get together and cook dinner together. Even though this is inconvenient people still do it because of social pressure. Even in this hypothetical scenario that is so unlikely that it’s more like a fantasy scenario you could see how movements from around events and persist the social expectations and pressure.

Essay 4 -Final

Ryan DeLuca 

April 7th, 2019 

ENG 123 

Dr. Drown  

Is there a solution to Racism? 

Race has been an issue all around the world and there seems to be no definitive way to stop it. I examined multiple sources to try and come to a conclusion if race is real and to see in what ways millennials and professional’s think about race. Now let’s talk about how people in the whiteness and blackness project both acknowledge…. professionals thought on race relate to reality and then think about what it would take to put a stop to racism.  

After watching and listening to a documentary called the whiteness project I was shocked to hear this is how millennials think about race, a lot of the speakers acknowledged that there is a bias towards white people but also take advantage of the perks of being white, they see the issue but it doesn’t seem like they try and stop it. One person from the Whiteness Project named Connor who is white pointed out that he would have been in prison if he wasn’t white he also thinks the reason he hasn’t gotten in big trouble is because he’s white, Connor says “I always kind of knew that if I got in trouble I could get a lawyer, suit up, show up and it would be a slap on the wrist.” Connor has been arrested multiple times for possession of drugs but has never gotten charged or put in jailAnother person from the whiteness project voiced his opinion on race his name is Wade, he says “The people that say the most awful things that I’ve ever heard in person are those people, are those white people that get drunk and sit at my bar and spout off nonsense and makes me really disappointed that I have to be lumped into the same category as them.” From Wades point of view, he is disappointed that he is categorized the same as white people because of the awful things that white people did in the past. 

After the whiteness project was created it was talked about a lot on the T.V and some people in the black community thought it would be cool to do the same style documentary but getting the opinions from black people in the black community the documentary is called The Blackness Project. The Blackness project is made the same way the Whiteness project was created minus the white people, it was created by interviewing black people and getting their opinions on what they think about race in American and what they think the issue is. In the Blackness project some shared their personal experiences of racial inequality, a woman named Verniece shares an issue she sees and experiences in the work force she says, “If you go into a bunch of folks, you’ll realize that we work just as hard if not harder, because often times my grandfather said you gotta be twice as good in order to get half the credit.” Verniece grew up in the racially divided America of the 60’s she experienced firsthand racial inequality especially in the work place, when she was growing up like Verniece stated blacks had to put in double the effort in order to get partial credit, we have come along way at combatting racial inequality in the work force, but we still have some ground to cover. The racial inequality among work places and other places has caused the black community to “Cover” their true identity and show a more stream lined, a more professional man or woman to make a statement. 

Kenji Yoshino is the creator of the concept of covering, Yoshino says people use covering to protect themselves and that’s exactly what a man named Ramon Ray has done. Ray is business entrepreneur he dresses business casual because he wants to look professional but that didn’t stop people from profiling him as “The Help”, white people also profile black men as “Menacing” or violent so to combat this he started keeping his distance from white woman in order to make sure he isn’t disturbing the peace just by minding his own business, Ray had to change is behavior to keep away from white woman in certain areas even though he is probably a nice guy and would greet them nicely with a smile. Verniece adds to this by stating, “I always knew that we were black, and I had an obligation and a responsibility to conduct myself in a most skillful way and that is one thing that I am grateful for and being raised in a family that was conscious of not only our selves but the society in which we operated in.” In order to maximize the chances of success black families had to raise their children with high standards set to ensure their children have a chance to break past the racial barriers. If raising your kids to the highest standards doesn’t seem to be breaking down racial barriers, what will it take for racism to be done with? 

One man seems to have the answer to racial division, his name is Steve Olson and he wrote an article about how mixed Hawaii is and if racial mixing would solve the problem of race he also talked about is race is genetic or if its mythological. In his article stated Hawaii’s high rate of intermarriage has painted the picture in our heads that in order for racial tensions to diminish everyone would need to be racially mixed. But Steve Olson proved this to be wrong Olson says, “Despite the high rate of intermarriage here, ethnic and racial tensions haven’t really disappeared.” Although Hawaii has the highest rate of intermarriage people still think that there racial mixing is better than someone else’s racial mixing someone may be mixed with people that have had power in the past or be related to royalty, some people think the more mixed you are the better you are even though they all may have started in the same spot and more than likely have similar racial mixing. This makes the argument that mixing everyone racially would solve racism, it really wouldn’t, a new issue would arise yes, we would all look alike but some would be mixed more than others and they would use that to their advantage. 

Alright so if mixing everyone won’t solve the race issue, we have here on planet earth then what will solve this issue? I personally think racism will eventually make its way out, with all the history and with all the knowledge about racism it will be difficult to end racism tomorrow this is something that takes time 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literature Cited  

“The Invention of Race | Specials.” WNYC, New York Public Radio, www.wnyc.org/story/invention-race/. 

Hauser, Christine. “How Professionals of Color Say They Counter Bias at Work.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 12 Dec. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/12/12/us/racial-bias-work.html. 

Yoshino, Kenji. “The New Civil Rights.” The New Civil Rights, pp. 479–490. 

 “Whiteness Project.” Whiteness Projectwww.whitenessproject.org/millennials. 

“The Blackness Project | Black Rose Production House” SkoVu TV, skovutv.pivotshare.com/media/the-blackness-project/72976/preview. 

deep story essay

Throughout this unit we have been discussing the topic of race and the deep story. The blackness videos, whiteness videos and article on this topic give us insight on how to gain understanding on these controversial topics. Both races have different experiences in their daily lives; white people will never be able to understand the experiences of black people and vice versa. As much as we try to understand the experiences of others who are different than us, we never will.

In the blackness project video Barbara said, “Race is a social construct, there is no such thing as race; we are all one race. And the ways we have been identified and separated over the years has been a way of further separating us, further creating boundaries; artificial boundaries that define one as black and define one as white. Race really has been a construct that has been manufactured and we don’t talk about that”. When boundaries are created between races it causes prejudice and inequality. Some don’t realize they’ve created these boundaries and until it’s addressed, race will always separate us.

Many interviews were conducted among black people and their experiences. One man, Narvell, experienced racism in a gas station parking lot when a middle-aged white lady started screaming racial slurs at him. The racial slurs didn’t affect him as much as her children being there did. When the children see what their mom is doing they will think its acceptable behavior and they will act that way towards people like him in the future.

The deep story in the blackness project revolves around the unfair treatment they experience.  Black people don’t only experience racism from peers and acquaintances, but they experience it from the law. Many times, when they are pulled over they fear for their life and end up dead for no reason. Their other experiences may be in court or any other setting that gives a white person an unfair advantage. White people rarely ever have to fear for their life due to a police officer or other figure of authority. Fearing this way will never be understood by white people.

When race started to be affected by institutions of power there is an obvious difference in thoughts and experiences. In the blackness project it showed unnecessary beatings and shootings by police officers. They believe that there is a lot of racism and assumptions made about people of their color. They are almost always asked to get out of the car and if they make the slightest move, their life could be taken away from them. There needs to be more education and guidelines made to stop these crimes from occurring. Nathan in the whiteness project believes cops are blamed for things that aren’t their fault; his example was Ferguson. This is an example that people from both races would disagree or agree with.

When they watched the whiteness project videos, their reactions were they’re ignorant. Their reasoning for thinking this way, they’re not black. They don’t experience the events they suffer through every day of their lives. In order for there to be an end to racism, people must not be oblivious to the actions occurring in this country. Many of the people in the blackness video want to move past the idea that they’ve been affected by slavery in this generation, instead we need to move forward.

Michelle in the blackness project quoted, “When we talk about African Americans before emancipation, it’s not available because it was never created and that’s heavy. It’s difficult to say in a society that didn’t feel the need to create those records to begin with, the best way to answer that is, no I’m going to find it and I’m going to take those stories back out of obscurity and remember them.” No one can change the past; however, we can set goals for the future and educate the younger generations.

In the whiteness project some of the participants had the same idea about slavery as some in the blackness project. Chaney said that because white people had slaves and tortured them in the past doesn’t mean this generation is as bad as they were. She believes we should move forward and “do good for your own race.” We are not the generation that created and are enforcing slavery, we want to create a future we can move past

The deep story in Hochschild’s article is somewhat different that the blackness videos idea of it. In her article she said that the deep story reflected pain. Someone could do everything in their power to do something correctly but still not get their desired outcome. The deep story is more related to the government in this article and not about the treatment of minorities. Hochschild explains that we are seated on an “ill-intentioned” government. What she means by this is the government isn’t concerned about its citizens but instead it’s self-absorbed.

Many of the Trump supporters Hochschild interviewed grew up poor and ended up being able to make a living for themselves and earn over $70,000 a year. Although the hate isn’t the same they still experience some for being a supporter. “The media tries to make the tea party look like bigots, homophobic: it’s not. They resented all labels “the liberals” had for them, especially “backward” or “ignorant southerners” or, worse, “rednecks.” This article shows that everyone is given labels they don’t like. They are discriminated against being his supporters.

There may never be an end to racism, however people should learn to cover up their thoughts like Yoshino explains in his article. Covering, as he defines it means “to tone down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream.” Learning to cover up your true self in order to save the feelings of others is something that everyone should learn to do. If people want to believe in something socially unacceptable, then it’s their decision. However, sharing it with the world is extremely unnecessary. If prejudice people talked to someone of a certain race they discriminate against they would come to find out they had no reason to in the first place. Ending racism is a hard topic to discuss because there are only so many things we can do to stop it. There will always be racist people in the world, but they might not express it. Younger generations then a cycle will start to be. It all starts when people who are racist realize what they’re doing.

 

Essay 4 – Final

Ryan DeLuca

April 7th, 2019

ENG 123

Dr. Drown

Is there a solution to racism?

Race has been an issue all around the world and there seems to be no definitive way to stop it. I examined multiple sources to try and come to a conclusion if race is real and to see in what ways millennials and professional’s think about race. Now let’s talk about how millennials and professionals thought on race relate to reality and then think about what it would take to put a stop to racism.

After watching and listening to a documentary called the whiteness project I was shocked to hear this is how millennials think about race, a lot of the speakers acknowledged that there is a bias towards white people. One person from the Whiteness Project named Connor who is white pointed out that he would have been in prison if he wasn’t white he also thinks the reason he hasn’t gotten in big trouble is because he’s white, Connor says “I always kind of knew that if I got in trouble I could get a lawyer, suit up, show up and it would be a slap on the wrist.” Connor has been arrested multiple times for possession of drugs but has never gotten charged or put in jail. Another person from the whiteness project voiced his opinion on race his name is Wade, he says “The people that say the most awful things that I’ve ever heard in person are those people, are those white people that get drunk and sit at my bar and spout off nonsense and makes me really disappointed that I have to be lumped into the same category as them.” From Wades point of view, he is disappointed that he is categorized the same as white people because of the awful things that white people did in the past.

After the whiteness project was created it was talked about a lot on the T.V and some people in the black community thought it would be cool to do the same style documentary but getting the opinions from black people in the black community the documentary is called The Blackness Project. The Blackness project is made the same way the whiteness project was created minus the white people, it was created by interviewing black people and getting their opinions on what they think about race in American and what they think the issue is. In the Blackness project some shared their personal experiences of racial inequality, a woman named Verniece shares an issue she sees and experiences in the work force she says, “If you go into a bunch of folks, you’ll realize that we work just as hard if not harder, because often times my grandfather said you gotta be twice as good in order to get half the credit.” Verniece grew up in the racially divided America of the 60’s she experienced firsthand racial inequality especially in the work place, when she was growing up like Verniece stated blacks had to put in double the effort in order to get partial credit, we have come along way at combatting racial inequality in the work force, but we still have some ground to cover. The racial inequality among work places and other places has caused the black community to “Cover” their true identity and show a more stream lined, a more professional man or woman to make a statement.

Kenji Yoshino is the creator of the concept of covering, Yoshino says people use coving to protect them-selves and that’s exactly what a man named Ramon Ray has done. Ray is a business entrepreneur he dresses business casual because he wants to look professional but that didn’t stop people from profiling him as “The Help”, white people also profile black men as “Menacing” or violent so to combat this he started keeping his distance from white woman in order to make sure he isn’t disturbing the peace just by minding his own business, Ray had to change is behavior to keep away from white woman in certain areas even though he is probably a nice guy and would greet them nicely with a smile. Verniece adds to this by stating, “I always knew that we were black, and I had an obligation and a responsibility to conduct myself in a most skillful way and that is one thing that I am grateful for and being raised in a family that was conscious of not only our selves but the society in which we operated in.” In order to maximize the chances of success black families had to raise their children with high standards set to ensure their children have a chance to break past the racial barriers. If raising your kids to the highest standards doesn’t seem to be breaking down racial barriers, what will it take for racism to be done with?

One man seems to have the answer to racial division, his name is Steve Olson and he wrote an article about how mixed    Hawaii is and if racial mixing would solve the problem of race he also talked about is race is genetic or if its mythological. In his article stated Hawaii’s high rate of intermarriage has painted the picture in our heads that in order for racial tensions to diminish everyone would need to be racially mixed. But Steve Olson proved this to be wrong Olson says, “Despite the high rate of intermarriage here, ethnic and racial tensions haven’t really disappeared.” Although Hawaii has the highest rate of intermarriage people still think that there racial mixing is better than someone else’s racial mixing someone may be mixed with people that have had power in the past or be related to royalty, some people think the more mixed you are the better you are even though they all may have started in the same spot and more than likely have similar racial mixing. This makes the argument that mixing everyone racially would solve the racism, it really wouldn’t, a new issue would arise yes, we would all look alike but some would be mixed more than others and they would use that to their advantage.

Alright so if mixing everyone won’t solve the race issue we have here on planet earth then what will solve this issue? I personally think racism will eventually make its way out, with all the history and with all the knowledge about racism it will be difficult to end racism tomorrow this is something that takes time. In order to ensure racism makes its way-out politicians need to stop using the word so liberally and calling every part of our economy racist in order to gain votes. Part of the reason it’s been sticking around is because politicians use it as ammo to help their political agenda which isn’t right. What I think would help with racism in America specifically is to have politicians stop using race as ammo to gain followers and power only to do nothing about the issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literature Cited

Hauser, Christine. “How Professionals of Color Say They Counter Bias at Work.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 12 Dec. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/12/12/us/racial-bias-work.html.

Yoshino, Kenji. “The New Civil Rights.” The New Civil Rights, pp. 479–490.

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Will racism end?

Joseph Abely

Dr. Drown

English 123

15 April 2019

Will Racism End?

In both cases regarding race each side seem to come an agreeance on the fact that they are not treated well. For an example on the Whiteness Project Alfredo a young white male who is registers culturally as hispanic says, “I identify as culturally Hispanic.. but what color am I? White, and I feel like I am treated that way sometimes…”. This is different in which Alfredo being white wants to be accepted as his culture, hispanic, but seems to be neglected that opportunity due to his skin color. This next example gets to me the most and I am sure it will get to you as well; in the Blackness Project a young African American female named Nacole was just about to have a baby and was talking to her boss about the newborn and family leave policy at the company, and he responded by saying, “Who keeps your job because you just had a baby? “Oh well why don’t you just leave him in the cage because that’s where he will be when he gets older”. With this response not only did it shock everybody in the workplace and everybody who soon learned about it but it shocks me and should shock you as well. It should not only shock you because of the rude remark made but because of the nature in the boss for saying that.

Actions like this make you wonder how and why and how any human with  some sort of authority thinks like that. It should also make you scared for the fact that that statement said would be even a thought let alone said out loud to the individual in a professional setting. With that being said the Blackness project also talk about having to deal with this in everyday life.  The deep story of people speaking in the Blackness Project film is about how these individuals deal with and continue to deal with racism in everyday life. These people being interviewed were extremely passionate about the message they were attempting to portray about racism in the world. The people in the film were trying to get the viewers to understand that their experiences with racism is harmful and completely and one hundred percent unnecessary.

In addition to these facts about racism and how it still affects our world today famous author Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a book called “Between the World and Me” which is rich with information regarding racism and how Coates learned to grow around it. On page 9 of the book Coates said, “All of this is common to black people. And all of this is old for black people. No one is held responsible”. In my opinion this is the most important quote of the book and the whole semester worth of writing. Coates being a critically acclaimed african american author just made the truest statement of a lifetime by saying that quote. When Coates says, “No one is held responsible” that should be the real eye opener for us. That clearly means that racism was not caused by anyone alive at this point meaning it dates back forever and at this point in the worlds time black people are used to it. After realizing that it makes me extremely upset due to the fact that in my opinion racism will never end. It has been going on since humans have started keeping records which can date back to the early Mayans, Incas, and Aztecs who also kept slaves.

With facts like these coming into play and realizing that the world is going to hit another economic struggle in the future can we really have confidence in society to end racism? Also I do not know about you but in my eyes since racism has been always apart of our society ity always will be due to the fact that even if in five-hundred years the world has no idea what it is, it will always be apparent in our literature and records and most importantly our history and in the early 1900’s and how hard we worked to overcome that struggle and how we are still working to overcome it today.

 

Works Cited

Coates, Ta-Nehisi, and Klaus Amann. Between the World and Me. Reclam, Philipp, 2017

Informal essay 2

Throughout this unit we have been discussing the topic of race and it’s existence and its connect to the deep story. The  blackness project videos, whiteness project videos and Hochschild’s article give us insight on how to answer what they are.

In the blackness project videos, the deep story is about their unfair treatment of races.  Barbara said, “Race is a social construct, there is no such thing as race. We are all one race. And the ways we have been identified and separated over the years has been a way of further separating us, further creating boundaries; artificial boundaries that define one as black and define one as white. Race really has been a construct that has been manufactured and we don’t talk about that” because these boundaries have been built around the races it creates more hatred and gives race a reason to continue existing.

Narvell experienced racism in the parking lot of a gas station. The lady acting out at him repeatedly called him a nigger and was unnecessary racist. His reaction wasn’t hate but more frustration. We are now in a generation where racism is starting to disappear and when he had an encounter with a racist person her children were listening and will teach them this kind of behavior is acceptable. If this kind of behavior continues then future generations will continue to act this way.

When they watched the whiteness project videos, they believed they were ignorant. Because they’re not black they don’t experience the events they suffer through everyday of their lives. In order for there to be an end to racism, people must not be oblivious to the actions occurring in this country. Ending racism is a hard topic to discuss because there  are only so many things we can do to stop it. There will always be racist people in the world, but they might not express it. If one person realizes the effects it has on minorities, then a cycle will start to being. It all starts when people who are racist realize what they’re doing.

Black people don’t only experience racism from peers and acquaintances but they experience it from the law, which is why the civil rights act was created, which Yoshino explains in his article. When authority figure are present, many times when they are pulled over they fear for their life and end up dead for no reason. Their other experiences may be in court or any other setting that gives a white person an unfair advantage for no other reason other than the fact that they are white. Because racism is such an important topic in the world, many people of different races were interview on the topic.

The deep story in Hochschild’s article is somewhat different that the blackness videos idea of it. In her article she said that the deep story reflected pain. Someone could do everything in their power to do something correctly but still not get their desired outcome. The deep story is more related to the government in this article and not about the treatment of minorities. Hochschild explains that we are seated on a “ill-intentioned” government. What she means by this is the government isn’t concerned about it’s citizens but instead it’s self absorbed.

Many of the Trump supporters Hochschild interviewed grew up poor and ended up being able to make a living for themselves and earn over $70,000 a year. Although the hate isn’t the same they still experience some for being a supporter. “The media tries to make the tea party look like bigots, homophobic: it’s not. They resented all labels “the liberals” had for them, especially “backward” or “ignorant southerners” or, worse, “rednecks.” This article shows that everyone is given labels they don’t like.

If there is going to be an end of racism there needs to be an end of political hate, because I believe that is the root of the problem. Many people are assumed racist because of their views when they’re not. If both parties come together they can stop it.

Essay 4 – Revised

Ryan DeLuca

April 7th, 2019

ENG 123

Dr. Drown

Is there a solution to racism?

Race has been an issue all around the world and there seems to be no definitive way to stop it. I examined multiple sources to try and come to a conclusion if race is even real and what ways people think about race that relate to reality and finally what it would take to put a stop to racism.

After watching and listening to the documentary called the whiteness project I was shocked to hear that this is how millennials think about race, a lot of them acknowledged that there is a bias white being more favored over blacks one person from the Whiteness Project named Connor who is white pointed out that he would have been in prison if he wasn’t white he also thinks the reason the hammer hasn’t been brought down on him is because he’s white, Connor says “I always kind of knew that if I got in trouble I could get a lawyer, suit up, show up and it would be a slap on the wrist.” Connor has been arrested multiple times for possession of drugs but has never gotten charged or put in jail. Another person from the whiteness project voiced his opinion on race his name is Wade, he says “The people that say the most awful things that I’ve ever heard in person are those people, are those white people that get drunk and sit at my bar and spout off nonsense and makes me really disappointed that I have to be lumped into the same category as them.” From Wades point of view, he is disappointed that he is categorized the same as the drunk people who speak gibberish at his bar Wade probably reaps the benefits of being white without knowing but if he had any control over it he would probably give up those benefits.

There is another documentary that was created in response to the whiteness project called The Blackness Project. The Blackness project is made the same way the whiteness project was created minus the white people, it was created by interviewing black people and getting their opinions on what they think about race in American and where they think the issue is. In this documentary some shared their personal experiences of racial inequality, a woman named Verniece says “If you go into a bunch of folks, you’ll realize that we work just as hard if not harder, because often times my grandfather said you gotta be twice as good in order to get half the credit.” Verniece grew up in the racially divided America of the 60’s she experienced firsthand racial inequality especially in the workplace, when she was growing up like Verniece stated blacks had to put in double the effort in order to get partial credit, we have come along way at combatting that issue, but we still have some ground to cover. All of this racial inequality among workplaces and other places has caused the black community to try and change the way they are portrayed by covering their true self and showing and over the top very professional clean as a whistle man or woman as a statement. A man named Ramon Ray has a story it is about his as a business entrepreneur, he dresses business casual because he wants to look professional but that didn’t stop people from profiling him as “The Help”, white people also profile black men as “Menacing” or violent so to combat this he started keeping his distance from white woman in particular in order to make sure he isn’t disturbing the peace just by minding his own business. Verniece adds to this by stating, “I always knew that we were black, and I had an obligation and a responsibility to conduct myself in a most skillful way and that is one thing that I am grateful for and being raised in a family that was conscious of not only our selves but the society in which we operated in.” In order to maximize the chances of success, black families had to raise their children with high standards set to ensure their children have a chance to break past the racial barriers. If raising your kids to the highest standards don’t seem to be breaking down racial barriers, what will it take for racism to be done with?

One person seems to have the answer, his name is Steve Olson and he wrote an article about how mixed Hawaii is and if racial mixing would solve the problem of race he also talked about is race is genetic or if it’s mythological. In his article stated Hawaii’s high rate of intermarriage has painted the picture in our heads that in order for racial tensions to diminish everyone would need to be racially mixed. But Steve Olson proved this to be wrong Olson says, “Despite the high rate of intermarriage here, ethnic and racial tensions haven’t really disappeared.” Although Hawaii has the highest rate of intermarriage people still think that there racial mixing is better than someone else’s racial mixing someone may be mixed with people that have had power in the past or be related to royalty, some people think the more mixed you are the better you are even though they all may have started in the same spot and more than likely have similar racial mixing. This makes the argument that mixing everyone racially would solve the racism, it really wouldn’t, a new issue would arise, yes we would all look alike but some would be mixed more than others and they would use that to their advantage.

Blackness Vs Whiteness Project (Revise Draft)

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Kuomar Fitzgerald  

Professor Drown 

English 122 

11 April 2019 

BLACKNESS VS WHITENESS PROJECT 

Many people are unaware of the police system and how they treat African American. Specifically, white people are usually the ones unaware and sometimes ignorant about the situations that goes on between white cops African Americans and usually these situations or altercation ends up in the African American demise. 

In the Whiteness project and Blackness project there were some comparisons as well as there were differences. In the whiteness project a lot of people felt that the color of their skin is the reason why they get ahead in life. Most of them realize that this is wrong, and society should not be this way, but it is. I remember one guy from the whiteness project named Nicholas say that him being white was an advantage that he had over other races and he would use that advantage to get a job that he wanted. “When I got my job, for example, I walked in there, and I just looked clean cut white person, and they hired me -pretty much because of that-and it’s just-small things that no one really notices -but life is a little bit easier being white, I think” (Nicholas). Now I don’t blame him for thinking like this because I do the same thing. Being black has its advantages too sometimes and when the moments right I use that advantage that I have to get ahead.  

 

 

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However, not all those videos I agree with during the whiteness project. There was a couple of guys that explained how they fell about race and it was like listening to ignorance itself if that word could be a person. Bryan from the whiteness project said, “And it’s always pointed out that the white cop hurt the African-American kid or – you shouldn’t be doing anything wrong that’s my point on all of it. You got shot in arm, you got tackled -don’t do anything wrong you won’t be – I haven’t” (Bryan). What I find ignorant about this comment is that not all African American kids who are hurt by cops commit a crime. Most of the time it’s an itchy trigger finger dirty cop who’s out to hurt African American kids because they have the power to do so.  

In the blackness project film, it conveyed how people felt about race, racism, and people in general. Willie from the blackness project explained how racism affected his life big time and how everything that he did had to be done accordingly and efficient or else it would lead to an issue for his parents. He also explains why the black youth doesn’t understand the importance of racism. Willie says, “We look at young people today, young black Americans and we as older black Americans say why don’t you understand the struggle. What happen what blanked it all out how could you not see how you could not have heard because it is not their struggle” (Willie). It’s because this is a new era and the problems that he had faced with racism back then is not as much of a problem for the black youth today. Young Bryon is a prime example of racism not being as much as a problem to him as it was to the old man. Bryon explain how he had never really thought about racism simple because he hadn’t really experience it. Bryon say, “It made me feel weird, I just feel weird because I guess there aren’t things that are discussed and if they aren’t discussed around me” (Bryon). To give some more context about this quote Bryon was talking about racism and how it made him feel. Clearly, this is something that Bryon didn’t  

feel comfortable about because this is nothing he experience and if someone was being racist toward him, he probably wouldn’t notice because racism wasn’t a problem he grew up with.  

 

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In the whiteness project certain people felt that it was never the police fault when bad things happen to African Americans. I remember Nathan from the whiteness project explain how he thought it was not the police fault when it came to what happen in Furgerson. “So, I feel like white people are misunderstood and they are put into bad situations like that- like Ferguson, McKinney, and all that” (Nathan). Which I find very ignorant and disturbing that people could make these assumptions without really doing any research to understand importance of what is really happening. However, in the Blackness project people find the police system to be unjust and unfair just by showing videos of what cops where doing to African Americans. One person said that we as a black community have to start policing ourselves, so these cops don’t end up hurting us. He was explaining that black people have to help and make each other better so these white cops don’t have to find their way in the situation.  

The origins and current functions of racism started in 1640 in the colony of Virginia. At that time John Punch who is an African and two other men who were Dutch, and Scotsman ran away from their servitude. They were all caught and as punishment the Dutch and Scotsman got four more year of servitude and John Punch was sentenced to labor to his “master” for the rest of his days. This act that the judge decided for these men created the birth of racism. The only way I believe racism could end is if the system does the same thing that happen to John Punch. Which is make an example and set up some consequence out of the next cops that feels need to take another African American life because he has the power too. 

Informal Essay

Both races have different experiences about how they experience race and how it shapes their daily lives. White people will never be able to understand the experiences of black people and it’s the same way around. As much as we try to understand the experiences of others who are different than us, we never will.

In the blackness project, there were interviews among black people and their experiences. One man, Narvell, experiences race at a gas station when he was in the parking lot. A middle-aged white lady started screaming racial slurs at him. The racial slurs didn’t affect him as much as teaching the younger generations does. He explained in an interview that she did this infront of her children, and when the children see what their mom is doing they will think it’s acceptable behavior and they will act that way towards people in the future.

Race in the United States has been a problem for centuries. Many of the people in the blackness video want to move past the idea that they’ve been affected by slavery in this generation, instead we need to move forward. Michelle quoted “When we talk about african americans before emancipation, it’s not available because it was never created and that’s heavy. It’s difficult to say in a society that didn’t feel the need to create those records to begin with, the best way to answer that is, no I’m gonna find it and i’m gonna take those stories back out of obscurity and remember them.” No one can change the past, however, we can set goals for the future and educate the younger generations.

In the whiteness project some of the participants had the same idea about slavery as some in the blackness project. Chaney said that because white people had slaves and tortured them in the past doesn’t mean this generation is as bad as they were. She believes we should move forward and “do good for your own race.”

When race started to be affected by institutions of power there is a obvious difference in thoughts and experiences. In the blackness project it showed unnecessary beatings and shootings by police officers. They believe that their is a lot of racism and assumptions made about people of their color. They are almost always asked to get out of the car and if they make the slightest move, their life could be taken away from them. There needs to be more education and guidelines made to stop these crimes from occuring. One guy, Nathan, explained that he believes cops are blamed for things that aren’t their fault; his example was Ferguson. This is an example that some people from both races would disagree with.

There may never be an end to racism, however people should learn to cover up their thoughts like Yoshino explains in his article. Learning to cover up your true self in order to save the feelings of others is something that everyone should learn to do. If people want to believe in something socially unacceptable, then it’s their decision. However, sharing it with the world is extremely unnecessary. People who believe that way should communicate their thoughts to the person they hate because they will come to realize they had no reason to.