Everyday Racism

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Race-based clubs and groups are usually not technically allowed to discriminate against people of a different race wanting to join the group, however there is the question of whether or not their membership would have positive or negative effects. There are notable concerns associated with a person joining a club they don’t belong to. There are, however, some conceivable benefits to having a diverse group of people in a club. In Everyday Feminism, Michal Jones discusses the recent surge of support across campuses in the US for racially exclusive clubs and safe spaces. Jones argues that safe spaces, especially for Black people, are necessary in the wake of increased violence and blatant discrimination toward Black people. With this in mind,…show more content…
Will the outsider’s presence be detrimental or beneficial? Perhaps, their being there will bring in different experiences and beliefs that diversifies the group’s collective learning experience. With the inclusion of different kinds of individuals, there is a possibility for community growth; the outsider could also learn a great deal about the experiences of the club’s cultural/social group. There are, however, issues that could arise from an outsider’s presence in a space that was not designed for them. For example, should a white person wish to enter a black safe space, this could cause some unsettlement and resent among the group members. The presence of an outsider could make members feel uncomfortable with being completely honest, resulting in censorship. Black people would end up having to censor themselves in spaces that are designed for them to share and receive support from community members, people who share their experiences. Also, even though a white person could learn from being in these spaces, it could be a burden on members. Community members seeking resources for healing and support shouldn’t be required to teach an outsider about their experiences as a black person; it just simply isn’t fair to burden someone, without their consent, with informing an outsider…show more content…
Should a person want to join a group that was not made for them, they will have to overcome some obstacles; possible resentment, exclusion, questioning, etc. They would also have to decide whether or not they are willing to risk being the reason for censorship or discomfort among the group. If it were my choice, I don’t think it’s worth the risk; safe spaces, created with the express purpose of providing support for a certain group that I am not a part of, are not somewhere I would want to insert myself. The possible benefits I would gain would come at a cost to the entire group, which I think is a selfish and grossly unfair price to
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