Analysis Of Whistling Vivaldi By Claude M. Steele

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Are we restricting ourselves or is society? It’s easy to believe that society restricts people in some form, however people choose to restrict themselves in life, because it’s morally smarter to not abuse racial stereotypes. In Claude M. Steele 's book Whistling Vivaldi, the author details his research and personal studies to provide evidence that identity contingencies specifically effect black and white people. Steele claimed that black students have psychological and academic incapability’s due to identity contingencies and identity threats. However, Steele concluded that these stereotype impediments were just a condition of life, people were unable to recognize how they restricted themselves from mental and physical achievements. In support …show more content…
It benefits white people, but the concept is like an invisible door. Steele’s research permitted him to theorize and experiment on the way conventional racial pressure on black and white students goes unrecognized within specific time periods. Steele describes identity contingencies to be "circumstances you have to deal with in order to get what you want or need in a situation" (3). This quote can relate to his own experience of segregation as a child or the way a certain races use their superiority to threat and limit other people in society. The discussion of white privilege in Crosley-Corcoran 's text was just a way to get others to understand that they don’t need to earn their rank according to civilization. Crosley-Corcoran redefines the term intersectionality where, "the concept…recognizes that people can be privileged in some ways and definitely not in others" (Crosley-Corcoran). A wealthy person can buy luxury items and experiences, but money cannot buy happiness. Racial benefits go unrecognized everyday but if a person wants to get by in life they must either accept it or use it to gains. Ethically, white people have been known to deny white privilege. But by being a black person that people constitute with being violent, black people fear being seen as violent so they have to adapt non stereotypical behavior which inherently enhances the theme of white privilege. Crosley-Corcoran supportively is reaccentuating the reasoning of how we don’t entirely choose our own identity, but sometimes white people unethically take advantage of the opportunities they are

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