In this course I learned a great amount about society and how people, including myself, are trapped in the norms and ways of current portrayals of minorities. By using debunking, a way of looking at both obvious and surface-level and the less obvious and deeper explanations for social behaviour, we were able to look at both reasons for racism, the obvious, as well as the not-so obvious and deeper explanations.
Before this course I truly believed that although racism is still alive and well, I didn’t realize how alive it is still. Way back in the day nobody could even talk to a black man for you would become “infected” nowadays, blacks and whites are commonly seen engaged in relationships, just as other cultures are. Living in surrey, you hear a lot of racial slurs such as “Hindu”, and “brown”. Well yes, that person indeed has a brown skin colour, however, you cannot tell for certain just with your eyes whether a person is in fact “Hindu” or not. For example, I have a good friend who has black skin pigmentation. However he isn’t African, he is Muslim. Just by looking at him you wouldn’t be able to decipher that. What I am getting at is that this course has really opened my eyes as to how society is a highly judgemental place in which people get caught up in the common prejudices they forget about their own real opinions. I’m ashamed. I really thought (maybe it was just wishful thinking) that racism was depleting. However, as I have learned, racism is just being hidden by timid bigots. People who in fact hold racist prejudices but are too afraid to vocalize them. It’s strange to think that people of majorities, whom have “power” and “rights” are too chicken to say how they feel. (I’m not saying this is a bad thing). After all, since Martin Luther King, minorities have slowly and progressively vocalized how they feel, even if it results in their punishment, or worse, death. It is not easy to stand up for what you believe in when there aren’t any people who agree with you, and those who do most definitely aren’t powerful and often don’t even speak out. Sociology 1125 enhanced my understanding of society in general, but especially in regards to different races and minorities. It only takes biting into one bad apple to fear trying another potentially bad apple, even if the likelihood is very slim. I think every person, like every apple, should be given a chance. Honestly you will never know if someone is indeed a “bad apple”, or truly an amazing person if you automatically put them into a vain racially prejudice category that you and society have created.
The whole course overall made me get rid of my personal stereotypes that I didn’t even realized I had until I learned about them and realized that I too had fallen into society’s norms and started forming prejudices. I’m really glad this course not only explained the discrimination upon minorities, because I already knew that, but also explained fairly in depth about the different ways people discriminate, even if they aren’t vocal or outspoken about it. Overall racial and minority prejudices and discrimination have to go. Sadly I don’t think it will ever be completely gone. For in my opinion (call it pessimistic if you’d like, I call it realism) there will always be at least one person on a “white male” power trip in which they think they are above everyone else.