Regardless of our individual views, personal beliefs, or different worldviews we are all affected by society’s values. We are all products of our environment to an extent. Although we may not consider ourselves the people who “associate race with the term thug” or “avoid the black guy when walking down the street rather than the white” those thoughts and actions have been engraved in our psyche. The social theorist, George Herbert Mead expounded on this “I versus me” theory. I is the person who exists before being affected by the social forces that impact the shaping of our worldviews. Me is the person who is a complete product of society, Mead says that we “play the game” of being the functional social being while the person that we are aside from the coercive forces is only shown in our personal , private sector.
While I do believe this is true for us, I think sometimes we refuse to admit that we are affected by social forces and stereotypes that are engraved in the media. We sometimes want to act as if we are beyond societal forces and we are barely affected by them. I think we do this because we are afraid that we may appear to be another naïve person who is a result of a society who bases of thought and belief is only a shallow rocky foundation not grounded in facts. I really think this is common behavior for whites simply because they are a part of the privileged group in universal existence. By serving as a member of a group of privilege , one is not forced to see things from but one point of view.
By acting as if one is immune to the social stigmas and stereotypes that we associate with certain groups, I believe this makes one feel as if they are superior or beyond the majority of individuals. In social measures, I think the term white privilege is so ironic because it is a privilege to be white as far as social status but it is so much pressure being white when one wants to rise above and beyond the social stereotypes and stigmas associated and constructed by white people.
While in class on Thursday I was thinking about how hard it has to be to come from a history of ancestors who have pretty much taken everything from others in some shape or fashion. While we are all entitled to our own personal opinions, this is mine.
Also , I am excited about our class coming out of our shells . FIIINNNAAALLLYYYY now its going to be a funnnnn semester ! See ya Tuesday!