Racism And Racism Essay

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White privilege and acts of racism are just as pervasive on a college campus as in any other environment. Students of color may be treated differently in a classroom setting from their white counterparts, not because of who they are or how they behave but simply because of the color of their skin. Racism can be the assumption that of the two people in the classroom, the white one is the professor. It is the split-second conclusion that a Latino student with a tattoo is in a gang, but a white student with a tattoo is military. Because these are unintended slights, they are not considered to be a problem because “…unconscious racism and the invisibility of whiteness allow the separation of intention to harm from actual harm…” (Case, 2012, p.…show more content…
It’s a right. But I think that is what “white privilege” is meant to convey, that whites don’t have many of the worries nonwhites, especially blacks, do… Other examples of white privilege include all of the ways that whites are unlikely to end up in prison for some of the same things blacks do… Probably all of the ways in which whites are better off than blacks in our society are forms of white privilege. (p. 5) This definition may help those who think white privilege is a myth to better understand the concept. These ideas and definitions lead to the important questions here, of how can a college continue the work of the Civil Rights era on the playing fields of schools which began with the integration of previously segregated institutions 50 years ago, but which has not been completed? And how does a society that claims to be fully integrated address the continuing problems of racist acts and language? Because of the actual harm that is caused by both intentional and unintentional acts of racism on campus, it is necessary to continue to experiment with ways to educate students (and professors) about racism, white privilege, and what can be done to eradicate it. Thoughtful teaching about racism and white privilege can provide the information through an active dialog between and among the participants such that they become aware of and are actively engaged in changing the current climate of racism, and thereby creating a campus

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