Internalized racism for white people creates feelings of superiority and empowerment. It may result in an exaggeration of status on multiple levels from individual to institutional.
Internalized racism causes people of color to begin to have negative feelings toward oneself and to dislike others within the group. It may even cause feelings of embarrassment and separation. People of color may even blame themselves for the oppression they face. People of color may even come to believe that they will only have privilege if they abandon their own identity in order to appear more like the dominate group.
Children seem to be more comfortable and tend to migrate towards those that are similar to them, rather than dissimilar. …show more content…
Another ism discussed is fundamentalism, which is the strict adherence to spiritual beliefs.
These two isms seem highly connected and can explain various instances of egregious behavior in recent history. If fundamentalism is the strict adherence to spiritual beliefs and utopianism is certainty that those beliefs can result in an ideal world, then this can lead one to believe that those with different beliefs are a problem. Examples of this can be found in devastating parts of history. Hitler and his quest to eliminate those of Jewish faith, the attack on September 11th, or even the suggestion in the current election to halt the immigration of those of Islamic faith. These examples demonstrate fundamentalism as either a strong belief, or a strong fear in something other than what you believe. This fear may even be based on the extreme fundamentalist beliefs of a smaller group within the larger one, that becomes associated with the whole group incorrectly. This fundamentalism, or fear of another 's fundamentalism, is then compounded by utopianism and the belief that your belief structure is the right one, and eliminating others who don 't align with those beliefs will result in a better …show more content…
In Black racial identity development, the immersion/emersion phase typically involves surrounding oneself with things that represent Black racial identity and to avoid things associated with white identity. In White racial identity development, the reintegration phase is characterized by the desire to align with other whites and potentially even anger toward people of color. These two phases are similar because they involve the individual aligning closely with their own racial group and rejecting the