I experienced a cultural barrier when I was working down in the main floor as one of the service users was Indian. Trying to communicate with this man was a weakness for me as I had never been put in this type of situation before. I was aware that in his culture eye contact was considered disrespectful and I always tried my best
I can only imagine what it would be like to be a student who is culturally different from their peers at school and not even the teachers or administrators know how to properly act around students of different cultural backgrounds. I personally would not be fond of being in an environment that made me feel uncomfortable or negative in any way. While interviewing my friend Stephanie, I learned what it was like to go to a school that was predominantly people of her race and then have to transfer to a school that was predominantly white. We discussed our school related experiences throughout kindergarten and high school. The main focus of our differences was our race and how our experiences were affected by it. Stephanie shared about the experiences
Interracial relationships have always been controversial. Whether it is about families disapproving of the other individual or because of the different backgrounds that contain large amounts of racial tension. In modern US society, interracial relationships are viewed as very disputable. There are two different sides, which are those who accept it and others that completely oppose it. However, interracial relationships should be more accepted today because there is a lot more to gain.
This album is revolutionary, just like all the best art has always been; revealing the truth.”(Post 2) This portrays the true purpose of this page, to bring together different races and age group with music while showing appreciate to the group that brought light to an important issue. From her comment one can only assume that this lady was never a witness to any form of segregation or racism where she grew-up from. Perhaps she assumed that the way she was raised was the same for everyone around the world. She writes how the group, NWA, woke her up. To what exactly? The truth, which she wrote was revealed in her comment. The truth which she talks about, refers to the harsh reality of life expressed in NWA’s lyrics throughout each of their albums. This page is an avenue for fans to come and share, how this group inspired them, and introduced them to the truth. The woman mentioned in the quote did not grow up in Compton, or Harlem. She wasn’t raised in the “hood/ghetto”, she never had to deal with racism based on the mere fact that she is a minority; yet she was able to relate to the lyrics, to find the truth behind the words. That is the beauty of this Facebook page, connecting people from different backgrounds and opposite sides of the earth with one common interest.
Alex Kotlowitz’s There Are No Children Here is a documentary exploring life in inner-city Chicago during the late 1980’s. The book follows the lives of two African American youth, Lafeyette and Pharoah Rivers, who live in Chicago’s Horner Homes over the course of two years. It tells of a lifestyle that is a reality for many Americans and forces the reader to acknowledge a broken system that so many turn a blind eye toward. Kotlowitz does not sugarcoat the struggles and hardships that the citizens of the inner-city face every single day. The Rivers’ boys, like all the children of inner-cities, experience situations and know of unimaginable horrors that rob them of their innocence and childhoods. Lafeyette and Pharoah have to face and overcome many forces that can change their lives for the worst, such as: gangs and drugs, the social system, the Chicago Housing Authority, and the battle within them to give into the worst of society. Sociological concepts, including: racism, strain theory, and social stratification can explain some of the exploitation of Lafeyette and Pharoah.
This made me perceive myself as if I were subordinate or not enough, later on I found out that was not it; but for a while that was my battle. Daniel Munczek Edelman in his short academic journal also writes about the fear his mother had of him being different and not being able to speak the language (English), “My immigrant mother freaked out when I couldn't speak English at the beginning of nursery school.” (Edelman 59.40). His mother knew how hard it would be for him not knowing the language, how the difference of his culture would and could affect him. This article was written in two-thousand thirteen, it is a recent article proving that the differences in cultures are still relevant. His anecdote is essential because he gives background to what goes on in the differences of culture and examples of how culture has perceptions and how it can shape oneself. “My boss, half African-American and half white herself, jokingly called me "half-caste," insisting that I would one day admit that I wasn't totally white.” (Edelman 59.40) This justifies my point that the way we look does have an influence on the way others view “us”. Daniel Munczek Edelman’s boss did joke about his ethnicity because of the way he looked, he didn’t totally look like his other ethnicities and didn’t really involve himself
This is a good family movie that can show the viewer’s how some people prey on one another. This movie reminded me of the times my brother and I didn’t get along. It shows how different families are and how they treat one another. Sadly this movie also shows how family members can be so cold blooded. This movie duplicates real life situations where innocent People get hurt, family loyalty gets divided and couples end up in divorce.
In the April 2008 issue of Vogue magazine, harvested attention, by having LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers on the cover displaying an all familiar pose on the cover. The image was simple, 6 foot 9-inch black man, bearing teeth, dribbling a basketball and clutching Gisele Bündche a white woman in arm. Reaching over a million readers per month, the magazine perpetuated an age old stereotype. “The Black Brute caricature portrays black men as innately savage, animalistic, destructive, and criminal -- deserving punishment, maybe death. This brute is a fiend, a sociopath, an anti-social menace. Black brutes are depicted as hideous, terrifying predators who target helpless victims, especially white women.” Charles H. Smith (1893), Dr. David
I grew up with 3 white older siblings. The first time I can remember acknowledging someone as being “different” from me was when my sister (cousin) Chey brought over 2 of her friends that she called “The Russians”. I didn't really know what she meant by that other than the fact that we weren't Russian. They were older boys, and when they would come into my room I was excited because being the youngest, I didn't really get to hang out with the older guys much. In hindsight I realize they were just bored and wanted something to do, but in my eyes at the time, these guys could potentially be my friends. So they came in a introduced themselves to me and were all over the place. They went from checking out my toys, to my sound system, to my tv just playing with
I instantly realized that because of the assumptions that black men are violent that the people we came across feared us. I didn’t agree with how they reacted; yet I could understand where they were coming from. I girls ran into the closet gas station, and I looked at Jamal and said, “Lets just make the next turn, so it doesn’t seem like we’re following them.
A fascinating aspect of being Latino is that in one nuclear family you can find a child with a dark complexion and another child that can be categorized as white. My family was not the exception, due to several marriages of white and black spouses among my grandparents and great grand parents; I see all the colors in my nuclear family. I have a dark complexion and my sister that follows is white to the point that one of my neighbors used to call us “café con leche” (coffee with milk). We both have the same parents, but people look at us differently. My sister never had to deal with people looking at complexion as worst than other, she might have been prejudiced because of her gender, but I was always told that I should look for a dark skinned wife because my kids were going to ruin the family.
A large portion of highly contrasting Americans says that the vast majority are for the most part uncomfortable discussing race with an individual of an alternate race. The across the nation survey of 1,025 grown-ups was led landlines and cell phones, and for purposes of investigation, blacks were oversampled. The edge of examining mistake is in addition to or short four rates focuses for all grown-ups, five rate focuses for whites, and eight rate focuses for blacks.
Many people who date out of their race are likely to encounter tension and criticism from society as a whole. People tend to have a superficial understanding about interracial dating and forget about the true meaning of a relationship. What temerity is this, receiving constant stares and negative reactions, it is completely rude and ignorant of people.