Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race


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Someone decided to shre some of the jokes that they heard the other day, one of them asking “What’s the difference between a canoe and a Jew?” The punch line was that “one tips and the other doesn’t.” While Jews are stereotyped as being stingy with money, it’s jokes like this one, and others, that facilitate and encourage racism in our culture today.

Had it not been for this class, I would have laughed, hoped no one around me had been offended by it and moved on. After reading books such a “Racism Without Racists” and “White Privilege” I find myself noticing and actively trying to counteract racism and steroetypes when I encounter them. As discussed by one of the authors in “White Privilege,” we need to learn to be allies of minorities. It’s not about jumping down people’s throats and finding quick fixes, or even a way to make people keep their opinions to themselves. It’s about trying to change the systemic problems that have plagued our society for so many years. This class has taught me just how important it is to have an open mind. Having the answers is not the key, being willing to talk about the problems is muvh more benefical to society and individuals.


Written by lehnertsl

April 18, 2010 at 12:47 am

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  1. Wow. You said it perfectly. Jumping down peoples’ throat almost never works. Its the system of acceptance that we need to change. The fact that this kind of thing is considered funny is what’s wrong, not the person’s laughter. I find, as a white dude, that it is extremely hard to change my perception of what is funny so as not to offend other cultures. I wouldn’t like it if someone called me lazy, cheap, *insert random racial stereotype here, so I shouldn’t promote the idea that other people are this way.


    April 18, 2010 at 1:14 am

    • Agreed. The easiest way to know whether or not its offensive is to seriously put yourself in the other person’s shoes. I’m sure everyone’s heard it before but you really just should treat people the way you’d like to be treated.


      April 18, 2010 at 1:57 am

  2. Yeah I definitely am on the same page in the sense that this class has really changed the way I react to different stereotypical jokes.


    April 18, 2010 at 2:52 am

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