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An experiment in understanding racism

Updated on September 27, 2015


(Wikipedia) Racism consists of ideologies and practices that seek to justify, or cause, the unequal distribution of privileges, rights, or goodsamongst, or otherwise exhibit hatred or prejudice towards, different racial groups. It is often based on a desire to dominate or a belief in the inferiority of another race. It may also hold that members of different races should be treated differently.

Enemy Imaging - A stereotype-a negative oversimplification--which usually views the opposing group as evil, in contrast to one's own side, which is seen as entirely good.

Dehumanization is the process of demonizing one's enemy making others seem as less human and not worth being treated humane. This can lead to increased violence, human rights violations, war crimes, and genocide.


The Effects of Racism

Yes for you and no for you. Impacting someone’s opportunities, career, and pay based on something they can not change happens every day. Failing to see other races and cultures as human creates different treatment regarding laws, prosecution, police brutality, and medical treatment from doctors and hospitals. A nationwide problem. It would be a sad tragedy to allow racism to tear the country apart. The problem of racism, enemy imaging, and dehumanization causes people to react and this experiment reveals that it does not take long to change the demeanor and attitudes. There are many ethnic groups and the United States has a racial and diverse population that includes many groups. The short of the situation is everyone deserves equality, opportunity, love, and to have a full happy life. Everyone should be entitled to the same opportunities and an individual should have a choice to happily pursue their life and achievement. The exercise contains a diverse group however it takes very little time learn that participants exhibit similar actions, behaviors, and attitudes when treated differently. If everyone treated everyone the same, then where would we be as a society when it comes to the issue of race?


Has race relations improved in the U.S.?

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The Truth of Racism

USA Today and NY Times Revelation

According to the research conducted by USA Today resources, using FBI arrest records, approximately 1,600 places with disparities in arrest rates more pronounced than that of Ferguson, MO. Research revealed, in 70 departments, from Connecticut to California African American people were arrested at a rate of 10 times higher than other racial groups.

The study also revealed, nationwide, African Americans are stopped, searched, arrested, and imprisoned at higher rates in comparison to those of other races.

USA Today also reported an example of the treatment of individuals according to race:

Allen and his wife, Shelly, said they have their own reasons to be mistrusting: Seven years ago, after Dearborn police shut down a party at a local banquet hall that got out of hand, officers brought their daughter and three other black teens to the police station. A white friend came with them because she had planned to ride home with the girls.

What happened next became the subject of a federal lawsuit: The girls charged that officers took the white teen to the lobby to call her parents but brought three of the black teens to the back of the station, where they were locked up and searched. When one of the girls asked why they were being brought in the back doors, one of the officers replied, "trash in and trash out," according to court records. None of the girls was charged with a crime. The suit was settled out of court.

New York Times Article Revealed:

For every 10 white men without convictions who got a job offer or callback, more than 7 white men with prison records also did, the study found. For every 10 black men without criminal convictions, only about 3 with records got offers or callbacks.

The Event: How Racist Are You? -Jane Elliott

***Be aware some of the language can be frank. Until we have these uncomfortable conversations more often we can not move forward and live in harmony with truth and make changes to make our society better. The goal of this experiment is to walk in someone else’s shoes and gain understanding. Watching this discussion and truths-along with the reactions of participants-makes it clear there are major issues when it comes to race and acknowledgement of treatment as well as understanding the lives of others who are the recipients of different treatment. We can no longer pretend that different treatment does not exist.

How Racist Are You?


What do you think of race relations today?

What can be done for society to evolve and interact with others in a positive manner?


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