Presentation on theme: "Teaching About Modern Racism Using Popular Culture and Social Media Professor Dwaine Plaza School of Public Policy Modern racism has evolved from an aggressive."— Presentation transcript:
Teaching About Modern Racism Using Popular Culture and Social Media Professor Dwaine Plaza School of Public Policy Modern racism has evolved from an aggressive prejudicial behavior to a more subtle prejudicial behavior. This type of subtle prejudicial behavior has advanced to a degree that is much more difficult to see, yet is regarded as more severe. This modern form of racism has entered the workplace and everyday life. It is particularly evident in popular culture and the micro- aggressions that individuals are exposed to (Its asking the question—where do you really come from—because you are brown and cannot possible be born in the USA and be American). The politically correct way to discriminate today is through a "polite" form of racism. In the past racism was easily defined by individual, institutional or systemic practices. Now a days modern racism have been naturalized in the psyche of people in the stereotypes that some folks hold and do not see as problematic.
Modern Racism– Halloween Micro-Aggressions An example: of Micro Aggressions in the Questions being asked An example of Micro Aggressions Across gender
Modern Racism in Video Games– Racist characters and role playing
Pseudo Scientific Racism Ideology Circa 18 th Century Me Skull circumference Shape of nose, height, phenotype, Hair texture all became external features for codifying and classification of Races.
What is “Race”? And why is it still so significant today? Rwanda Hutu killed Tutsis 1994 Nazi’s Killed Jews 1940 The pseudo science of the 19th century has left us with the legacy of racial classifications and giving us justifications in the 20 th century for atrocities like Genocide and other ways of treating groups not like ourselves like the “OTHER”
Racial Hierarchical Logic put the Nordic Ethnic group at the top of all groups
Within Europe there is a hierarchy of ethnic groups– in 1890s white was not what it is today
Intelligence Tests Linked to Eugenics 20 th Century Carrie Buck and her mother Emma Buck sterilized for the crime of being degenerate pregnant, unmarried and feebleminded
Stereotypes in the United States Stereotypes: Prejudices are based on erroneous or inadequate group images. Stereotypes May be described as pictures in our heads that we do not acquire through personal experience. In the case of ethnic stereotypes, distinctive behavioral traits of an ethnic group are selected by out-group members who exaggerate them to construct a shorthand depiction of the group. Self Fulfilling Prophecy Usain Bolt Michael Phelps All Asians are naturally smart
Who is part of the Dominant Group in the United States? The dominant ethnic group is the one at the top of the ethnic hierarchy, with maximal access to the society’s power resources, particularly political authority, and control of the means of economic production. The dominant ethnic group (WASP) is given the power to regulate the flow and composition of further immigration to the society and to determine the social treatment of other groups as they have entered the society. One drop Rule Applies to President Obama
Race Matters Poverty Rates in the United States
Race Matters in the United States-Health Care Access