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Quoted: Oscar Hijuelos on Prejudice Being Skin Deep | Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture

Quoted: Oscar Hijuelos on Prejudice Being Skin Deep | Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture | Conflict and Prejudice | Scoop.it
Guernica: Even through your adolescence, you felt like an outsider, both with your family and in your neighborhood.

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It is sad that nowadays, your skin colour would define your life. For example, if you are not the same colour as the rest of the people, you would be boycotted. How people treat you, or how you treat people even, is being controlled by just a mere colour. Isnt that sad? People should not be discriminated against something that is not their fault. Humans are humans, whether black or white. No one deserves to feel insecure or unwelcomed just because of their skin colour. No one deserves to be treated with disrespect either.

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Identity Conflicts Aren’t Just for Mixed People. I’m Black and I Have Them, Too

Identity Conflicts Aren’t Just for Mixed People. I’m Black and I Have Them, Too | Conflict and Prejudice | Scoop.it
"To white Americans, I’m black. To black Americans, I’m African. To Africans, I’m Nigerian and to Nigerians, I’m Urhobo—my father’s ethnic group located in the Delta region of the country—although my parents are from two different ethnic groups. My mother is Yoruba... I get antsy when asked, “Where are you from?” and usually just blurt out “Nigeria” because it accounts for my name’s origins, which is often what the curiosity on the part of the person asking is about. But when people ask if I was born there and I explain that I wasn’t, it usually leads to follow-up questions... ...some people assume that I’ve always been here and want to know where in the States I’m from. I don’t really know how to answer that. Is it where I went to college? Or is it where I now live... Having traveled, lived and claimed citizenship in so many different places, I don’t feel entirely comfortable picking a simplified cultural identity. For now I’m working on ways to tailor my answers to suit the questions I’m asked, while keeping them easy to understand and still true to who I am."
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After I read this article, I felt very upset. People are people, they are all equal. Why should any country be ashamed of a black person being a citizen of their country? Other than the colour of their skin, they are every bit the same as us. They should not feel any less unwelcomed as the whites. The blacks should stand up for their rights, and not be ashamed of who they are. Only when they step out of their self pity and decide to make a change, then a change can happen.

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Woo Jia Xin's curator insight, July 13, 2014 7:25 AM

I think that it is not right that people find that using the word 'home' tasking. This woman in the article is born in America, but raised through highschool in Nigeria. To Americans, she cannot claim to be a native because of her English accent. However, she also cant claim to be a native in Nigeria as she was born in America. I think that people, when faced with such circumstances, should simply answer the question truthfully and not be afraid of their origins, without having to 'tailor my answers to suit the questions I'm asked' For an example, if she was to be asked "Where are you from?" in America, she can reply, "I was born here, but i studied in Nigeria."  

Yousuf Ponipo's curator insight, July 13, 2014 8:46 AM

In this case, the prejudice is against race, nationality and colour. Mainly, it was because the woman was black. In this world, most of the white people are against the blacks. This perception comes about no where but just the look and appearance of a person.

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Un-Fair Campaign

Un-Fair Campaign | Conflict and Prejudice | Scoop.it

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is in one of the least ethnically diverse regions of the United States and the university is partnering with other local organizations across that region aimed at highlighting structural advantages within society for Caucasians.  This campaign to make 'white privilege' visible has not surprisingly generated controversy and has made race and its impact of society an issue quite visible, to the discomfort of many.   The author of the book, "Colorblind," speaks about this issue on PBS as he argues that the United States is not in a post-racial society. 

Questions to Ponder:  In what tangible ways can you see 'white privilege' in our society?  Is this ad campaign a good idea?  What does the term normativity mean and how does it relate to this topic? 

Tags: race, racism, culture, unit 3 culture, book review and ethnicity.


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There is no logic as to why whites should be treated better than the blacks. It is society being biased and we could make a difference. A colour shouldn't define a person's personality, fate, or future. We should not be biased towards them but instead, give them fair and equal opportunities as any other people. I personally do not think racism should be a problem in the first place. What makes them discriminate blacks and make them lower than the whites in the first place? I hope something can be done about this.

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Nic Hardisty's comment, September 4, 2012 11:53 AM
I think that campaigns like this are extremely important in areas like Duluth (where the populations is 90% white). Per the website, 80% of white high school students graduate, as opposed to 25% of African-American students. This speaks to the massive obstacles that minorities face in trying to achieve social/economic/educational success. This campaign helps a population (with a relatively small voice in their region) convey the reality of their daily lives to the dominant, privileged population that surrounds them.
Jesse Gauthier's comment, September 4, 2012 11:56 AM
I believe this campaign is being made aware in the Wisconsin area of the U.S. because the population is primarily white. Therefore, this region may be trying to make its people aware of the fact that racism can still exist even though this region may be ignorant to this issue. And this region is not to blame for its ignorance because a vast, non-diverse racial community is all they are exposed to, and all they know.
Seth Dixon's comment, September 4, 2012 9:29 PM
I think some people feel that pointing out institutionalized bias feels as though the campaign is blaming them for simply being white. I had a special blue ticket to go to the front of the DMV line today and I was thrilled but it made me think about the others still waiting. There's an analogy in there but I don't want to force it.