The article linked above caught my attention because of the title. But after reading the article, I found the results astonishing. I thought that this related to our in class discussion about the hypothetical walking down the alley situation and seeding a black man and a white man. Even if the black man is well dressed, studies have proven that most people, black and white, will be more frightened by the black male. Why is this the case? Why in the article did most people still choose the white person as a partner directly after hearing them call a black person a "nigger."
Why do you feel like people are more willing to tolerate racism than to stand up against it? Besides the obvious fact that it is easier, what does this toleration say about us as individuals? Are we being racist or are we behaving in the way that our culture, American culture, has shaped us to be?
Alain Locke introduces the term cultural relativism in “The Concept of Race as Applied to Social Culture,” which is the principle that says an individual’s human beliefs and activities should be understood by others in terms of that individual’s culture. Therefore, each individual is considered a product of his or her distinct culture. Besides the fact that we all are affected by living in America, but we are also affected by our individual culture which depends on our personal beliefs and activities. If I had actually been walking down a dark alley and was attacked by a black man then I would have reason to be afraid of every black male I saw if I happened to walk down the alley again. But would I have this same fear if the male was white and I had been attacked by a white male?
Also, do you think there is such a thing as one identifying with ONE culture? If the idea of cultural relativism is a product of the individual's experiences and activities, which may vary, does this mean that no one can officially claim one culture, without dismissing another?
I was also interested in the definition of the word "thug." We talked about the perceived definition to be racialized and the definition
(presently and historically) isn't. This is another example of how experiences in our culture have shaped us.
1. a tough and violent man, esp a criminal
2. (Historical Terms) (sometimes capital) (formerly) a member of an organization of robbers and assassins in India who typically strangled their victims