Lynley Price Professor Burke GSWS 201 March 7, 2014 Being White Privileged As Wayne Dyer, an American self-help writer and motivational speaker, once said, “judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances” (Racism Quotes and Sayings 1). I have never been a big fan of racism, putting down, or even judging others based on their ethnicity. Some of my best friends are of different ethnicities, so while writing this paper, as a white woman, I was thinking a lot about how I benefit from “white privilege”. “White privilege” refers to a set of societal privileges that white people benefit from beyond those commonly experienced by people of color in the same social, political, or economic spaces (White Privilege 1). A key element of white privilege is simply not having to think about race, not having to think about my color and how people are going to respond to me
Since it is 2012 now, I feel that there have been genuine changes made to the attitudes of white people. I do hope that racism and white privilege are truly diminishing and not just being harbored by people. I can see positive changes in younger generations. I have had some younger African-American classmates that have never had an issue with racism and I think that is wonderful. I am extremely happy that they do not have to go through the hell that their former generations had to go through.
The motivation for passing as white woman in Clare's life does not mean that she feels that being African American is below being white, but she feels that passing allows her to escapes the struggles that most African American's faced at the time and she will further be able to endure greater economic and social opportunities. The way Irene only "passes" as a white woman when she feels is necessary shows that passing to her means that the color of her skin is something she can use to her advantage and doesn't fully respect her race. Though she is married to a successful African American man, she still feels that her high status in the black society is not enough as times. Through Irene's character, Larsen shows readers that passing as a different race can severely shred the dignity of a person. Irene is generally proud of being African American but when she passes as a white woman on occasion, you can tell that she loses some of her dignity since she feels as if she is sinking down to Clare's level.
Tanglewood Case 3 1) Position: Store associates Reports to: Shift leaders and Department managers Qualifications: All considered Relevant labor market: Western Washington (Region 1) Timeline: Continuous Activities to undertake to source well qualified candidates: Request employee referrals Post openings on company’s employment website Regional television, newspapers and radio In-store Kiosk Staff members involved: HR Managers Department managers Budget: $1,000 – $10,000 2) The best applicants are going to be the college students that will be able to work their way up the ladder. However, they will not get those applicants because they are not going to want to start at the bottom after spending a decent amount of money on their education. What they can hope for in this position will be hard working individuals that can’t afford an education, but want to be more than a store associate and is willing to put the time in to get the experience. Employee referrals is targeted and can work. It is given to each eligible person if they have completed a 90 day trial period.
Meanwhile some food service workers are claiming $12.85 an hour is not enough to raise a family on or even live in Pittsburgh. Such as Christoria Hughes, a food service worker who has been working at UPMC for the last 6 years, she claims the $12.85 sounds good but on paper its under $350 a week. Mr. Peaslee said his employees are being paid fairly and are receiving great benefits with plenty of career opportunities. Referring to the tuition assistance plan, pension and 401(k) match. However as good as all of that sounds, once again do not judge a book by its’ cover.
The case we will discussing references a situation in which the residents of a condo building are in disagreement in regards to the cleaning contractor and price of the services that they provide. The board has received a request to terminate a union contract in an effort to allow the condo owners to save money by contracting a different, less expensive, contractor. The estimated savings will be $35,000 a year for the 273 unit building. The current contractor has been in this building for several years and has not had any complaints from the residents for not completing their tasks successfully. This request has come at the same time as a negative force has impacted the economy.
The difference between me people in leaderships positions are salary, and their lack of brains." (Jack Parsons, personal communication, August 2007). My mother's response was: "They tend to do for the well off or whites better than the lower class or minorities except for welfare and in that respect blacks rule." (Kathleen Riddell, personal communication, August 2007). If you could resolve any inequities within your community, what would you change?
Academic achievement is devalued because of its association with the dominant and oppressive white culture. A contrary view notes that while both black and white adolescents may sometimes exert (or experience) peer pressure against being "nerdy" and working hard in school, this anti-intellectual norm is not usually racialized. Fordham and Ogbu reported on their observations from a single school. Several studies based on representative national surveys of high-school students have reached contrary findings. These have demonstrated that the differences between black and white students are negligible with respect to the value placed on education.
There is a term that negates opportunity most people do not hear about on a daily basis or perhaps not at all: “legal discrimination.” Throughout time, Affirmative Action has morphed into a program that deems it legal to hire women because they are women and minorities because they are a minority. Now, imagine what would happen if a company tells the federal government that it hired a white man because he is a white
When Kiana greeted like an equal and listened to me, which influenced me to question my initial perceptions. I began to view the situation as a learning experience rather a bad one. I was having a deep conversation with white people who didn’t immediately think the worst of me. My revised perceptions about the experience was that white people are caring, honest, and generally good