Instituitonal and Structural Racism (Participation)

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6 thoughts on “Instituitonal and Structural Racism (Participation)

  1. I agree what Rich Benjamin said, that we see society as a structural racism. Society would categorize the white from the colored race on public resources, schools, and work without reason in the past. In this generation, society still agrees with that policy but in some places we all get along and segregation is avoided. For Tim Wise it’s true that not only white people should have jobs because we doubt they would work in agriculture and other low-waged work places. That’s why people from different races come to America for work in agriculture and other jobs available. Society wasn’t only made for white, it’s made for other ethnicities as well.

    • I agree with what you are saying. Yes, our society does not have that same structural racism, but it still is there in some places more than others. BUt like you pointed out, that is why people come to America, to get a job that was not open to them elsewhere because of their race. Look around now, there is a great amount of diversity in certain work forces than there were in the past.

      • How does globalization impact the availability or the types of jobs available in other countries? Can we talk about immigration without talking about trade policy or globalization? How might race and nation fit here?

      • I agree that there is still some sort of structural racism present in our world today, but it is definitely not as prominent and socially/politically dominant as it was in the past. In the 1970’s, as Rich Benjamin began to allude to towards the end of his video on structural racism, there was far more segregation in different elements of our lives than there are today. For example, back then, segregation was so severe that even bathrooms and public places were designated by “white only” and “colored only” signs, when today you definitely don’t see that. Sure, in some forms of education and admission into certain schools, race is often seen as a form of tiebreaker when it comes to selecting students for prestigious universities. So while structural racism is still present in our world today, it is definitely not as obvious and severe as it was 40 years ago.

      • What about all the advantages and disadvantages that are not marked as such? You note the “tiebreaker” but there are inequalities built into system from moment one (which is key point for Tim Wise). Also, how does change happen? In other words, who took down the signs?

  2. Tim Wise makes a very interesting point when he says that everyone cannot get a college degree because society needs people to do all of the hard labor. However, people cannot accept the fact that some whites may be the most fit do some of this work because some black and latino students show better testing scores. And when he says that the average white students are considered better than the excellent black and latino students was shocking to hear because students should not be judged based on how they look or what their nationality is because that has no correlation. Just the fact that this is being done by institutions is depressing and should be fixed immediately.

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