Reading this book was an eye opener. It showed me that everybody goes through struggles, not just African American people, but people different races, and even religion. I learned that it’s not okay to bully anyone. You never know what the person is going through at home and their current situation. Poverty is real and very despairing. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody. I enjoyed reading this book, and I suggest it to everyone. It is a real life eye
Documentary: Racism – A History: The Colour of Money provides a powerful illustration of the historical origins and basis of institutionalized racism. The six short episodes explore and chronicle centuries of European attitudes and practices regarding race and the transatlantic slave trade of Africans. It underscores how economics served as the driving force behind slavery. The documentary highlights that although slavery existed for several centuries prior to the slave trade, the concept of racism is rooted in the enslavement and exploitation of Africans for labor and capital gain. The documentary describes how the British’s development of the transatlantic slave trade for colonial America served as the catalyst for racism, not the reverse. As Professor James Walvin, Professor of History Emeritus at the University of York explained in the documentary, “the British don 't become slave traders and slavers because they are racist; they became racist because they use slaves for great profit in the Americas and devise a set of attitudes towards black people that justifies what they’ve done. The real engine behind the slave system is economics.” It exposes that the concepts and practices associated with racism resulted from those who sought financial profit. The British efforts to justify and sanction slavery and the exploitation of Africans for colonial work and expanded wealth created a hierarchy of races.
Reading the content in this book made me get a picture of what it was like to be a colored person in this time. My eyes were opened to the meaning of the word “nigga”. Nigga is such a derogatory term, yet now-a-days it is used by people so much. Kids in this generation use it as a term of endearment when they see their friends, or they say it when they are shocked by something. Frankly, I don’t believe they know how serious it really is. The fact that white people could look at a person and see less than a human being when they did nothing wrong distresses me. They (white people) treated them as if they were property and below them. Even though we don’t have racism to this extent
Racism Without Racists is perhaps one of the most eye-opening books i’ve read to date. Never before have a read a book and felt so much guilt and understanding, as well as a mix of both at the same time. The author, Eduardo Bonilla Silva, did such a great job of making statements and then backing them up with sufficient evidence to prove his point. After reading this, I feel much more educated and confident in understanding the topics discussed in the book.
Race and racism continue to exist in our world, and with the assistance of white privilege it becomes increasingly difficult to find a solution. Beverly Daniel Tatum’s book, “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” provides an understanding of why race and racism continue to operate in our world. Tatum effectively answers the question she poses as the title of her book; moreover, I agree with her perception of Affirmative Action and the word racist, but I do not agree with the definition of racism in her book.
During Reconstruction, Congress endorsed the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company in order to help African Americans adjust freedom. Nineteenth century newspapers informed and encouraged African Americans to deposit their money into this bank. Newspapers deceived customers into thinking that the bank was a safe and secure institution because it did not publish that the bank was failing until it closed. This failure shocked most depositors and led them to distrust the banking industry. Perhaps if the government made the necessary changes to ensure the safety and security of the banking industry at this time, they could have prevented future economic instability and panic.
The most significant parts of the book were the first and third chapters. Within these chapters, they spoke about the everyday racism experienced by African-Americans. Reading the blatant disrespect and stereotyping displayed within these stories was shocking. I can not fathom the strength and patience it takes to constantly cope with passive aggressive comments about race. Yet, not all the real world experiences in the story had passive aggressive comments and an example of this is the story on page 15. In this story, there are two instances of mistreatment. The first injustice happens when the neighbor calls the police on the young African-American man who is using the phone in front of the house. This is a more obvious racist action because neighbor assumed the African American man was dangerous. The second instance is when the friend tells the man to take his phone calls in the back of the house rather than the front. This is more subtle racism because the young man should be able to make phone calls wherever he pleases. This account is one of the many stories that illustrates the prejudices African Americans face everyday. I have been well aware that race is still a major problem in this country and this book is evidence.
On the other hand, the author, Charles M. Blow believes that it is very ignorant of Phil to think of racism as something “without malice” (Blow). The author portrays his upset toward this fact and believes there should be a change to how individuals, like Robertson view racism as something that does not exist in our society. These two perspectives from Phil and one from people with the same perspective as the author create a conflict in which they cannot agree and later becomes another issue for the
Throughout many of the reading this semester, we have encounter serious racism. In some cases the individual being a target of racism in turn exhibits acts of racism themselves. The anger that these character feels can cause them to label all individuals in a group as racist, which isn't fair at all. Some of the characters lose themselves due to racism. They try to fit to the ways of another culture that is more excepted than theirs.
In chapter 10 we learned about civil rights. While we have come a long way we still have a lot to do in order to improve our situation. There still discrimination and racial bias that restricts certain groups from living a better life. From this chapter, it’s clear that amendments and policies will never completely get rid of racism. In order to combat racism, we have to educate people and it has to come from within. With a lot of countries, they realize how there have been so many wrongdoings in their history and they acknowledge it through truth and reconciliation process or in the history books like Germany. While in America, we never really acknowledge it or talk about it which makes it hard to deal with the past and move on. This chapter
Did this book alter your understanding of racism as an issue in 21st- century life? If so, how?
These authors and artists all do an outstanding job at framing the topic to give insight of what racism is all about and hope to spark something in people to cause a revolution of how race defines a human. Racism is prominent all over the world, and is used by people in both major and minor scales. It is something that can not be shut down no matter how hard people try. Discrimination is always present and roaring throughout the globe. Governments have even stepped in to gain justice for colored people and the world still have trouble accepting their differences. It is astonishing to think that the inequality has been around since slaves were first used in America. Small steps by activists against racism slowly begin to tie the knot between races, however, if people do not start to understand the fact that a human is a human, then our chances to equality are slim to
The book stated that racism was nothing more than a psychological disorder that whites had. This disorder started at an early age and was basically embedded inside of us on both a conscious and unconscious level. It shocked me that this was said and it made me feel angry. Yes, us as whites do not know how it feels to be on the other side. We cannot understand, analyze or explain the basics of racism except for the fact that a lot of us are and none of us know why. We have no idea what it feels like to be looked at differently because of our skin. We do not know what it feels like to be declined the right to eat in a nice restaurant, how it is to use nasty bathrooms while others use clean ones, or what it is like to be told to move by someone of the opposite skin color so they can have your seat because you were not allowed to sit there. We do not know anything about racism except for its
I believe that the pitch of this article is the media and news in our country are ignoring the needs of African-Americans and other minorities. The complaint is many African-Americans have had many unfair and unlawful doings put upon them and they can’t do anything about it. The moment is the history of racism in the years since 9/11 happened. I think Biss makes it clear what she wants those three things to be in this piece by much emphasize of information on those three statements.
In today’s issues around the world, many are being judged on how people look. When you see the news, the first things you see are racial issues. We see police officers committing horrible acts of crime towards colored people. Many African American people are outraged because of the horrendous crimes these people commit and nothing is being done. Slowly we are losing innocent people because of their color. Another social issue is Isis. This too, is also a racial issue that 's killing a lot of innocent people around the world. In today’s world it 's changed a huge perspective on life; it 's made life for us human to remain alive and work together to help one another. Before starting this class, I’ve never read Baldwin and his skillful writing about his life back in the day till now when I’ve read Coates story about today 's era. A lot really hasn 't changed because racism has never changed throughout the years.