Socialization Of Racism

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Racism does not exist in a vacuum. It does not wield a mind of its own, nor does it act in the absence of human control. Racism is a mindless phenomenon, and people are the vehicles that drive it forward. The future of humanity rests on collective strategies designed to purge the fallacy of racism, a forlorn idea based on simple color differences. What if racial differences became a source of celebration and inclusion? Group differences should highlight man’s grandeur, not its folly. Thus, changes must emerge at an individual, familial, societal, and global level. By enabling shifts in mindset and perception, society can eliminate racism. For years, racism has been a topic of discussion among leaders and politicians alike. Racism, defined, …show more content…
The socialization of racial bias presents a challenge to anti-racism advocates. So, how does one go about combating racism? Simply speaking, one must identify its root causes. Socialization is defined as a lifelong, process, by which beliefs and ideas affect psyche, behavior, and culture (Handel 89). From birth, infants are gendered, per se, and given gender-specific names, clothing, and mannerisms. People, are therefore, socialized with predefined traits, perceptions, and roles. In fact, socialization happens to all members of human civilization. The social context of prejudice and discrimination because of race or ethnic background is common throughout the world. It is also one of the primary means by which prejudice is embedded, taught, and experienced as well. Therefore, racial bias is more than a feeling. Rather, it molds social customs, norms, and belief systems alike. Like gender-related biases, racism may seep its way into values, structures, and media as well (Handel 89). This is proven by social experiments done at Stanford University. In a study, test subjects were shown white and black convicts, who committed the same crime (Inzlicht & Schmader). Empirically, people were more likely to apply long sentences to black convicts, than white convicts-even though their crimes were identical. This is a premium example of a socialized …show more content…
Equality, rights is what is being denied. This is relevant as to why institutions deny people equality, due to race. In some cases, denial is used because racial discussions are uncomfortable for most. Society had standards, and expects something out of all of us, and when someone/something is different, society tries to push it out. Racism has been something that goes way back. The denial of color, itself, absolves the dominant race the brunt social responsibility. Naturally, if someone denies the presence of race, they also ignore the suffering of marginalized groups (Inzlicht & Schmader 91). In a state of denial, one is not required to challenge the vehicles of bias or discrimination. Racist ideology was eventually of course carried to its extreme in Nazi Germany. Therefore, racism, is sometimes, expressed as denial, rather than hatred. Historically, some institutions, laws, and policies have exploited colorblindness for personal gain. According to the Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, affirmative action policies support victimization (Inzlicht & Schmader 91). While he believes in colorblind policies, he also denies the economic and social drawbacks effects of racism. Therefore, colorblindness, strangely, limits diversity and supports racial hierarchy. This tactic is both learned and embedded in

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