Racism And Sexism Essay

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There are many problems with our society as it is today. The amount of racism and sexism people whom have to deal with it face, is prevalent, and relentless with every person they encounter. Everyone gets a level of respect when they meet another person. Whatever the factor: age, gender, race, clothing, you compare them as either better or worse than you. However, they are very important factors in a conversation. If I meet with an older white male, I have to earn my respect, as really everyone else does too. I would say from face value alone that that is the most respected person based on first impressions. Something called “White Privilege” is responsible for that! Being that White people are predominately in a seat of power over minorities, and we were founded as a country by Europeans, (writers note, see bottom) we are given privileges others are not. Another experience white people have that others do not is called is called “hidden bias”, where we don’t even realize we favor certain races over others. In this essay I will further explain what each term means, as well as discuss personal experiences of how I can relate, being a teenaged white male.
I took a test today to study how my unconscious mind views African-Americans. Personally I didn’t think I would favor the European race over the African-American race, come to find out, I don’t favor the European race much more, but there is a difference. I think the test is a nice wake up call. People should be aware of their hidden bias’s and address them to make them less prevalent. I try not to judge, someone before you get to know them, but the truth is that everyone does, it’s very significant for our survival and has been since the beginning of time. Back to the test, assuming the test is the same every time, it’s made to make you mess up to expose your bias’s. First it makes you associate African-American’s with the left side, and people of European decent with the right. Then It makes you associate bad with the left side, and good with the right. After that, it puts both words and images in the same test. It might Show a white person, then say the word wonderful, then show a black person, then show the word naughty, and show a different person after. Not only are you constantly switching from right side to left side, but you also have to dissociate the negative words, with any preconceived judgements you have about the opposite race. The first part of the test is made to unveil any bias’s white people have towards black people, where the second part is made to discover any bias’s black people have against whites. A person unbiassed would see it for what it is and nothing else. I think the only way to fix our bias’s is to take the test over and over, maybe 2 or more times a day, for a good period of time. I believe this because or brain has years of teachers telling us how white people have been in charge of things much longer, that we owned black people some 200 years ago until...

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