Racism And Racism

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Register to read the introduction… shopkeeper surveillance). In fact, this practice of suspicion (surveillance) by shopkeepers is such an ordinary occurrence that songs/satires have been written about them. For example, the lyrics from a song on YouTube states: “1, 2, 3, 4 too many niggas are in my store, I know you’re stealing, I know you’re stealing” (I know you’re stealing, 2008). Personally mediated racism and institutionalized racism also manifest themselves in the forms of disrespect, low expectations (devaluation), dehumanization, and scapegoating (Jones, 2002, pp. 10-11). To bear witness, one only needs to turn on the television, computer or radio, open a magazine, shop at the supermarket, or go to school. Tatum (1997) illustrates the ubiquity of racism to her students by showing them the film Ethnic Notions; this film chronicles the dehumanization of African Americans in popular culture from the period just prior to the Civil War up to the twentieth century. After which, “…students can’t help but notice the pervasiveness of racial stereotyping on television each night” (Tatum, 1997).Collectively, these two levels of Jones’s three-leveled framework of racism allow for an examination of school as a social institution, influenced by (U.S.) American society. Since racism is so commonplace, it is often viewed as a permanent and pervasive social construct that is inherent to social institutions (i.e. schools) (Delagado&Stefancic, 2001; Gillborn, 2008; Harper, Davis, Jones, McGowan, Ingram & Platt, 2011). Accepting or demonstrating passivity to a social system that yields to or ignores the presence of racism perpetuates the omnipresent social construct we attempt to evade; if you turn off the lights, the roaches are still there, you just can’t see them. Once the problem is illuminated, a revealing occurs whereby, the issue can be addressed. The premise of, if you can’t see it, it must not be …show more content…
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