Racism is discriminating a person basing on the color of the skin or the country where he is coming from. Understanding the concepts and fighting to eliminate it should be our daily activity. The fact is, it is difficult to trace its origin.
The university that is a center of integrations has people from various countries, and most of them are international students, and they come from diverse communities. The major theme that is suitable for discussion here according to my point of view is racism. The topic sounds good because understanding the concepts of racism will help these students from diverse understand and comprehend the concepts of racism. Understanding the concept of racism will enable them to fight racism in the university and promote peaceful methods of living. Most people in the university like me don't have a clue of what the theme is all about. Understanding much of it will enable us not to discriminate others and correct those students who discriminate. It is part of creating the peaceful environment around the university and the community in general.
My first arrival to USA is when I felt the effect of racism. I didn't understand it, but the way I was treated was enough for me to understand. When I allighted at the airport in the DC Washington, the officer who served me was a racist. He treated me badly because I am not the citizen, and that was the point of pure racism. People of same genetic tend to like one another, that is they integrate mostly together while people with the different genetic tend to discriminate each other, that is they do not one another. They identify one another by the color of the skin which is determined by the genetic material of a person. That is why you tend to hear funny names like blacks, Arabs and whites among others. The effects of racism are so many, there are negative and positive. The genetic between different races tend to bring the differences, and so it distracts peace but people with same genetics tend to attract one another, this is because they have one thing in common. The importance of this is that, people find friends through racism, two people suffering from racism tend to attract one another, they become social, and they start to develop their history. Many communities have developed to shield themselves from racism.
The impacts of the stereotypes are very many; they are both negative and positive. They play the significant role in determining the attitudes of people. Stereotypes do influence people within diverse groups. It can affect them positively by building them struggle harder to accomplish a positive characteristic or trait related to their cluster. They must feel the extra permitted brand of their own, or it may negatively influence them. Resulting in setting goals that can set them up for disappointment and; By the insertion of the devastating sum of negative anticipations. They also set racial tensions causing the effect on the individual attitude and lifestyle that makes most people take substance abuse.it can cause poor performances for those students who still study.
The Power of an Illusion validates how race is in cooperation with biological legend and a social discovery. The movie series exposes the past of the race, the "science" that warranted it and hints how these theories acquired. Like a manic grasp on our thoughts, in the conflict that while race might be a biological fiction, the costs of racism are very actual.
The splitting up of people into separate groups—"white," "black," "yellow," "red" peoples—has developed. It is so broadly believed and so deeply rooted in our psyches, that many people do not think to query its truth and reliability. This three-hour film challenges the myth of race by overthrowing the idea of race as biology, by tracing the idea back to its discovery in the 19th century
When the teacher was instructing on separating, he was trying to bring that biological thing.The blood groups, the color of the hair, left hands, and right hands, type of fingerprints are the biological concepts that are in relationship with the racists. It advances in genomics to validate the massive variability in racially defined groups that allegedly share common physical appearances. They links with the racialization of U.S. community to the historical developments that shaped modern North America establishment and settlement, slavery, immigration, etc. It discovers and examines the imitation of racial dissimilarity, as well as perceptions of racial change, in the modern past and, certainly, in the present-day. It successfully and conveniently anatomizes racial separation, stratification, pleasure and weakness, fierceness, dread, and fault in the United States.
The video film sequence is a tour de force. I find many criticisms, which are not important. I discovery two grievances here: Firstly, the notion of race as an "illusion," even one with "power," is ambiguous if not mistaken. Though not created from nature, racial variances, like any other communal groups, are very physical and real. To contain the term illusion in the sequences name is thus to flirt closely with the maleficent principle of post-racialism, also known as color-blindness, in my view. Second, the film is excessively concentrated on North America. While recognizing the international undercurrents of race, the films dedicate approximately total consideration to U.S. racial themes. It makes it more than comprehensible, but more proportional care to differences in ethnic structures, both modern and past. The film is still revealing and useful in telling us that even if a certain group discriminates another, then, there will still be discrimination inside that group
Racism is a bad habit in the society that affects all spheres of life. If racism manifests itself in the society, then a lot of challenges will be witnessed. Racism affects public administration. When a public officer in the public office is inclined with racism, he or she might not deliver the services as expected. He or she will tend to bias in the way he or she delivers services. The way a public administrator leads people is determined by the level of racism in him or her. For effective leadership in public officers, all the officers in the office are expected to be neutral and serve all the people equally. Racism is a bad thing and if the public administrators have the attitude of seeing others as if they are not from the same race with him or her, that public official may not deliver the services in an effective way. A public administrator is expected to serve all these people regardless of the race where such individuals are coming from. When the public administrator serves, people based on the race and culture the services from such public administrators will not be adequate. Such public administrators will tend to serve only those people from their races or cultural background.
For effective services to be delivered by the public officers, the public administrators should have cultural competency and characteristics of good governance. Cultural competency promotes effective delivery of services to an inclusive and comprehensive public. Goodsell says for the government to deliver effective services to its citizens; it should organize itself in indispensable, secure and civilized life (Goodsell, 2004, 11). According to Kristen, it is wrong for the public administrators to offer public services to few individuals only. The public administrators should serve all the people equally. We have seen cases in the United States where public administrators discriminate people during the provision of public services.
The government has made it requirement that all the government officials serving in the public offices should have a mastery of public administration policies. The general mastery is a hallmark of good governance that guides public officers on how to deliver the services effectively and efficiently. It is a requirement for all the public officers in the U.S to have and apply the public administration principles and policies while delivering the services in their respective public offices.
Racism in the society is based on levels and hierarchy. Racism in the society is rooted and most cases, it is found in the upper levels of the government. Most of the government officers practice racism, and this racism affects the society in general. We in the Intergroup Dialogue will have an influence on the society. After we have learnt the meaning and negative effects of racism, we shall transfer this to all students in the campus and thus the students may evade engaging in racism in the campus. This will be replicated in the society and at the end of the day we will have influenced the whole society. Racism will be a forgotten issue in the whole society. The Intergroup Dialogue also will an influence on stereotypes such as Native America, who are considered to be Indians and poor or Asian who are considered smart, short, white and they love work. Blacks from Africa who are considered treble maker, exceptional musicians and good in sport. At the end of the Intergroup Dialogue, all people will be regarded equal regardless of race or cultural.
In the film “White like Me," Tim Wise explores how racial whiteness and identity influence the lives of white Americans. Through his film, Tim examines how they influenced his life. He argues that in the America, people think that America was made for every white person like him. The privileges that are found in the education, employment and institutions of justice belong to the white people only. Through personal analysis and storytelling, Tim explains that racism in America is real and affects public administration. He concludes his storytelling by saying that to defeat racism is possible for all the people to represented and served equally in public administrative offices. Through watching the film we get to understand that systematic racism is real in the U.S. Systematic racism refers to the well –institutionalized patterns of oppressions and discrimination that cut across major economic, political and social organizations in the society. Tim tells us that racism in America follow the same pattern and emanates from such well-organized institutions. The White Americans do not follow public policies, but they just want to serve members of the same race leaving out those who are not from their race.
Tim talks about privileges as they are enjoyed by the white Americans only. This form of enjoying the privileges by the white people alone is a form of discrimination that shows that racism is real think that happens in America. The film shows that there is a lack of equality in America. Most of the officials in the government do not practice justice, but they only serve people based on the race. They think that America is for the white people only and thus the privileges should be enjoyed by the white Americans only. This is wrong in the public administrative positions as the public administrators should serve people equally.
The film is educative as it describes the systematic and institutional racism. It teaches us how racism is carried out in public offices and disadvantages of institutional racism in the society. The stereotype where the white Americans are to enjoy the government privileges alone is a bad habit in the society. A public administrator should show equality while dispensing out his or her public services. When I watched this film, I understood what has been taking place in the public administrative offices in America. I thus, would come up with strategies for addressing these vices in the public administrative services.
Questions while writing the paper
Skills and experiences that informed my behavior is that the racism factor is something difficult to fight.it is something that exists worldwide. Some parts of the countries tend to be more racist as compared to other countries. People are discriminated because of their color skin or the countries they come from. The best think that can be done to minimize the discrimination is employing well-trained individuals who will give the warm welcome to the visitors.
Main things you learned from this experience
The discrimination and splitting up of people into separate groups has developed to be so broadly believed and so deeply rooted in our psyches that many people do understand the origin.It means that it is difficult to eradicate the problem unless it starts with and individual or groups of individuals. For example the election of the President of USA, Barack Obama, he was elected on a pure basis without any discrimination.
My cultural competency continuum lies deeply in eliminating the discrimination. The effect of it from the day I arrived at the airport was bad, I did not like it at all. From Episode 1 the Difference Amongst Us inspects the modern science plus genetics that tests our common sense expectations.It shows that human beings can be grouped into three or four fundamentally diverse groups according to their bodily traits. From the movie, I can say it was good because it tries to explain to us that although we are different physically, it doesn’t mean we are “different” in reality. It shows those groups that they are still different irrespective of the group.
How participation in group affected personal prejudices and stereotypes
The individuals who were in the group came from different communities. It helped all of us a lot since everybody had a point to contribute. Most of us are in the group having been discriminated once in our lifetime on the university. The stereotypes had to change their perspective after realizing the impacts of the discrimination between the parties involved.
Impacts of social and cultural identity
My social and cultural identity has been changed positively, and I have to learn that discrimination was there long time ago, hence it is even very difficult to trace its roots. It gave me glued that I should not worry about what happened at the airport since it is a common thing around. Most of the group members had their stories also behind the discrimination. People who encounter discrimination should not be surprised, but they have to take it as an ordinary thing since it is a culture of other people to discriminate.
The concepts of the essay are the racism, oppression and discriminations. The paper focuses majorly on the racism in America. The Intergroup Dialogue that we formed in class was to address the racism in the U.S. Through the Intergroup Dialogue; we get to understand how racism manipulates itself in America. Racism has been a major issue that affects the stay of the non-Americans in the U.S. Through the film of "White like Me" I understood how discrimination has been taking place in the public administrative offices. The themes of discrimination and racism are important in undertaking the experiment. The concepts concerning racism that we have learnt in class are important in carrying out the experiment. The knowledge that I gained in class is essential because it assisted me while interacting with the group members. I already know that all people are equal regardless of the race and culture. Thus discussing, I understood myself as the same with other members of the group.
The Intergroup dialogue that we had was very crucial to me. The group consisted of people from different races and cultures. Through the study, I learned how people from other races and cultures view race factor. Through the interaction with people from different people from different races, I get to learn how to interact with people from different races. This will assist me in my workplace. I will communicate with people from different races and get to serve the equally regardless of their races and culture. The diverse and changing workforce in the society is an indication that workers in a workplace are coming from different cultures. Despite coming from different cultures, these workers should thus be able to work together and deliver quality services to all the people equally. The knowledge that I gained from the discussion and the experiment will assist me come to interact and work with people from different races and cultures in my workplace.
I understand the broader context of what I observed in the experiment through analysis of different races and stereotype associated with such races. I also realized how different races are viewed in the U.S. The films also assisted me to understand further the manipulation of the racism in various government and public administrative offices.
Racism is a bad thing that happens almost everywhere. Racism in U.S has been affecting the economy and the wellbeing of other people from different races and countries. Through the Intergroup Dialogue and the experiment, I understood the racism and its adverse effects further. The films also gave me deep understanding of the racism and how it has been manipulated in public administrative offices in the U.S. The knowledge assists to carry out my duties in my workplace diligently and serve all the people equally regardless of the race or cultural differences.