Racism In Everyday Prejudice

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An Everyday Occurrence The concept of race has been used throughout generations of life to categorize people into dominant and subservient groups, which have also worked well as a tactic to keep inferior groups below their superior counterparts. If we take a look back on America’s history, this tactic of keeping inferior races down has always been existent from the moment of white colonization. Even though we don’t see lynched bodies, racial genocide, and slave plantations today, racism is alive and well in 2015 just as it was 200 years ago. Of course minorities don’t experience racism on such extreme levels, but we experience microaggressions, or subtle insults that may be intentional or unintentional, which carry underlining derogatory …show more content…
Educators that have a racial bias towards certain ethnic groups could negatively impact the academic growth of children as their education may lack key attributes for academic growth. Children of color that encounter racial bias in educational settings don 't realize the harmful extent of it until adolescence, where they can comprehend its malicious intent. An article called Social Inequality and Racial Discrimination: Risk Factors for Health Disparities in Children of Color states, children of color ages 3 to 4 years old are more likely to be shielded from racial discrimination and negative stereotypes by family members until they can comprehend it. “However, they are significantly influenced by parental attitudes and experiences concerning racial discrimination and by messages about race from macrosystem sources such as the media” (Kathy Sanders-Phillips, PhD., et al, pg. 3). As it is said, “racism is taught, not learned”, children are being taught to outcast children of other races, which only grows stronger as the child solidifies their racist mentality when they get older. Youth, 10 to 12 years old, are at the age where they become more conscious of the idea of equity, advantage, and disadvantage issues, and the article mentions, “Exposure to racial discrimination at this age can cause feelings of helplessness, demoralization, and discouragement” (3). As the youth mature into young adults, their concept of racial identity and racial inequality becomes more present in their everyday lives, “their recognition of membership in a devalued social group may cause anger levels to increase dramatically” (3). Although children of color are introduced to racial motivated disparities, they find coping methods to buffer out the negative incidents. Some coping strategies include creating a strong racial identity and pride, bonding with members of your race, distraction, assimilation, and more. The

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