different racial and ethnic groups
- Birthplace FT RILEY,KS
- Current job or source of income ARMY BENEFITS
- Racial identity BLACK
- Nationality US CITIZEN
- Gender/gender identity &/or expression FEMALE
- Sexual orientation -STRAIGHT
- Religion/faith/spirituality NON DENOMINATION -CHRISTIAN
- Socio-economic class MIDDLE CLASS
- Physical/mental abilities-HEALTHY MINOR INJURIES HIP BACK FROM THE ARMY
- Definitions: 1. How do you define the following terms? • prejudice • discrimination • institutional racism • bigotry • racism • white privilege • stereotype • individual racism • oppression
- Early Experience and Contact: 1. When, and how, did you first learn that there were different racial and ethnic groups in this country? 2. When did you become aware of people being treated differently because of their racial background? How did you learn this? 3. Describe your first contact with a person of a racial or ethnic group different than your own. What was the nature of the contact and/or relationship? 4. What was the racial and ethnic composition of: a. Your family b. The neighborhood you grew up in c. The elementary school you attended (students, teachers, and administrators) d. The junior high and high school you attended (students, teachers, and administrators) e. Your closest friends f. Your parents’ friends g. Your parents’ co-workers h. Your primary service providers (doctor, dentist, etc.) e. Your community service providers (police, fire, town leaders, etc.) Note: Consider the frequency of contact, how close relationships were, how you got along with them, what you thought about the people you knew who were from a different racial or ethnic group than your own, and how you felt about members of your own group.
- Current Experience and Contact:
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At present, describe the racial and ethnic composition of: a. Your family b. The neighborhood you currently live c. The university you are attending (students, teachers, and administrators) d. Your closest friends g. Your co-workers h. Your primary service providers (doctor, dentist, etc.) e. Your community service providers (police, fire, town leaders, etc.) 2. In your workplace: a. What is the racial make-up of the staff? What kinds of jobs are different racial groups in? b. If gaps exist, how do you explain this? 3. What makes you feel comfortable with people of different racial or ethnic backgrounds? Uncomfortable? 4. Talking about race: • When was the last time you talked about race or diversity? • In what context did that conversation occur? • With whom? (within your own race or with mixed racial groups) • How often do you have conversations about race? • What feelings come up for you? (in your own racial group or in mixed racial groups) 5. How informed do you consider yourself to be about the history of racism and the struggle for civil/human rights? To what extent did you learn/study about this? 6. Do you think of yourself prejudiced? Racist? Why or why not?
- Attitudes about contemporary racial issues: 1. In general, what do you think about the experience of people of color in this society? That is, what do you think about how they are perceived and treated? 2. Data documents that people of color are at a disadvantage in virtually every social indicator (employment, education, healthcare, housing, media, criminal justice, poverty, etc.). How do you explain this inequality? 3. Do you think there has been progress on issues of racial justice? Give examples, yes or no. 4. There is a growing focus on multiculturalism in the United States. Do you think that there is a need for this? Why or why not? 5. What are your thoughts and opinions on: • Immigration • Public assistance (welfare, etc.) • Bilingual education • Affirmative Action SW409 Dynamics Of Racism And Oppression 29 • Racial profiling • “Reverse discrimination” • Crime • White privilege F. Images of racial groups: 1. What person of color in the United States do you admire most? Why? 2. Name at least two white people (historical and current) who were/are anti-racist activists? Name at least two people of color (historical and current) who were/are anti-racist activists? (besides Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.). 2. In your opinion, how would you describe the representation of the following groups in the news media (news reports and programming, newspapers, etc.): • Whites • Latinos • Native Americans • Blacks • Asians • Arabs 2. For the groups listed above, how would you describe their representation in the entertainment media (movies, TV, cartoons, etc.): 3. There are many words used to describe different racial and ethnic groups. For the groups listed above, how many can you think of? What terms do you usually use – within your own racial group? In a racially mixed group? With family and friends? 4. For the groups listed above, identify 3-4 stereotypes for each group. Which do you consciously, or unconsciously, believe? G. Personal Identity: 1. Have you ever thought about your own race/skin color? What does it mean to you? 2. Do you usually think of yourself in terms of your race and/or ethnicity? If so, why? If not, why not? 3. What does it mean to be a person of your race in the United States? How has that impacted on your life, positively and negatively? 4. What is something positive about your own racial group? Negative? 5. How do you feel about other members of your own racial group? 6. How often are you the only, or one of a few, of your racial group at: a. at school b. at work c. in social settings d. in community settings SW409 Dynamics Of Racism And Oppression 30 7. Do you feel confident in your current ability to work effectively as a social worker with all racial/ethnic groups? What concerns, if any, do you have? H. Social change 1. What would be the consequences (ie costs) of acting against racism? With family? With friends? At school? At work? 2. Do you currently challenge racism? If so, how? If not, why not? What holds you back? 3. What are your feelings about the changing racial demographics of the United States? What is your vision of what society would be like if power were shared equitably between all racial groups in all aspects of society? I. The interview experience 1. What was it like to answer these questions? 2. What questions surprised you? What questions would you add/ leave out? 3. .What questions did you find particularly helpful? Not helpful?