Race and Racism

Race and Racism
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  • Race
  • Social Evolution and Darwinism
  • "lawyer, doctor, "good citizen", "good grades", "hardworker", gentlemen, Well mannered
  • Stereotypes
  • basketball player, construction worker, street intrenched, lazy, agressive, poor mannered
  • “In our courts when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s the white man always wins” (Lee, p.224)
  • “ different groups of people who are physically and genetically distinguished from other groups” - Whittington-Walsh (2018) Race is a social construction that creates privilege or oppression based on if you are in an oppression (anyone who is not white) or privileged group (white) .The image above shows the the oppressed group and white group, based off their skin colour and hair texture.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Darwinism was created by Hebert Spencer who formed his theory from Darwin Evolution theory. He compared humans to animals, creating the expression "survival of the fittest" , stating that only the strongest would survive. He also made a connection between society and race, that being a simple society = a simple race. Above image shows Darwins Theory of Evolution going from Primitive to Modern.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • "Taking a group of people and labeling them all with the same, simplified, characteristics." Whittington-Walsh (2018) Stereotypes are linked with racialization that take characteristics and put them in racial categories. This creates Prejudice and discriminatory thoughts and actions.Above image shows stereotypes on two men based off their skin colour and hair texture.
  • References
  • . Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Introduction to Society: Processes and Structure     . Understanding the Sociological Imagination Whittington-Walsh, Fiona. (2018).University: Creative Commons Attribution.     . Rice Introduction to sociology: First Canadian editionLittle, William (2013).      Lee, Harper. (1960). To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • Atticus needs to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who allegedly raped a white women. Atticus doesnt want to take the case because he knows Tom will lose based on the fact that he's black but does it anyways. This results in the town not liking Atticus, even going to the extent of calling him a "N***** lover". This sis an example of institutionalized racism in the town of Maycomb.
  • Calpurnia is Atticus's Black maid. Though Atticus treats calpurnia appreciates her and isnt racist himself, this still shows an example of a stereotype for Maycomb in this time period. Calpurnia is a women which puts her in the kitchen, taking care of the kids and doing house work. Being black also stereotypes her to be a "slave" working under a white man.
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