Being African American, my attributes have significantly impacted how I view people based on color, race, religion, and gender. Equally, I have experienced the world as a place where individuals are segregated based on color in which the African American populace are the most affected. According to various studies, Americans major sin was that of slavery which later grew to racism (Davis, 2016). Racism is in the form of racial terrorism and discrimination and has existed in the community I live since independence. For instance, people of color encounter various forms of discrimination regarding police brutality, job applications, and salary payments (Sherr & Jones, 2014). Blacks staying in the suburban regions are highly to be treated unfairly by the authorities and harassed compared to their counterparts in urban areas.
Most of the blacks in the place I live have experienced racial insults and negative comments from people that believe their color is superior to others. The rich blacks have been involved in ethnic violence since the white individuals deem them to be people that engage in unscrupulous activities (Davis, 2016). Based on the concentrated forms of discrimination, the majority of the blacks have shunned from interacting with the police and receiving Medicare for fear of being victimized. Additionally, black Americans have been segregated based on infrastructural development since most of the places occupied by blacks have the least employment opportunities. Notably, African American children have minimal chances of acquiring quality education compared to white teenagers (Caldwell & Hyams-Ssekasi, 2016). The employed adults receive fewer wages than the white personnel for a similar occupation.
How I Would Experience the Community I Live in if I would be of a Different Race, Class, and Gender
Waking up to be a person of white origin will give me the privilege to enjoy the benefits and immunities from biases and the discrimination accorded to the people of color. Being a white will enable me to interact freely with individuals of my race without feeling insecure and provide me with the ability to purchase or rent a house in places that I can afford (Sherr & Jones, 2014). Equally, coming from a dominant group will not only make my children acquire quality education but also prevent them from police brutalities and harassment.
Based on my change in race, I will view the community I live in as the drivers of oppression and inequality. The perception is due to the activities enhanced by the whites that deter the Black individuals from accessing materials or attaining the freedom to pursue happiness. The white superiority has been used to develop rules that enable the white populace to easily gain resources in the society thereby, inhibiting the success of the blacks (Sherr & Jones, 2014). As such, the African American population has faced numerous forms of violence facilitated by the whites ranging from intimidation, insults, and ridicules.
Marginalization and powerlessness are the other types of oppression promoted by white dominance as they define the cultural history, connotations, and principles of the Black society. Furthermore, whites influence the kind of meanings and values that are to be omitted from the African American culture. Considerably, the African American populaces have significantly experienced stigmatization based on the cultural differences enhanced by their counterparts.
Caldwell, E. F., & Hyams-Ssekasi, D. (2016). Leaving Home: The Challenges of Black-African International Students Prior to Studying Overseas. Journal of International Students, 6(2), 588-613.
Davis, L. E. (2016). Race: America’s grand challenge. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 7(2), 395-403.
Sherr, M. E., & Jones, J. M. (2014). Introduction to competence-based social work: The profession of caring, knowing, and serving. Oxford University Press.