Posts Tagged With: discrimination

How To Use Your White Privilege

If you recognize your privilege, then that’s good for you but don’t expect a cookie for being a decent human being. With that being said, you can use this privilege to benefit people of color in the same ways that you too benefit from being white. Watch this 4-minute video to see how:

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It’s Not Over

We have a long way to go before non-white people can come to accept and recognize their own worth.

I recently came across “The Doll Test”, wherein psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark used four plastic, diaper-clad dolls, identical except for color. They showed the dolls to black children between the ages of three and seven and asked them questions to determine racial perception and preference. Almost all of the children readily identified the race of the dolls. However, when asked which they preferred, the majority selected the white doll and attributed positive characteristics to it.

The Clarks also gave the children outline drawings of a boy and girl and asked them to color the figures the same color as themselves. Many of the children with dark complexions colored the figures with a white or yellow crayon. The Clarks concluded that “prejudice, discrimination, and segregation” caused black children to develop a sense of inferiority and self-hatred.

But you know what’s especially fucked up? The same study was replicated in 2008.  Dark-skinned children still by far selected the white doll.  Repeatedly.

Although young, a child can determine their self-worth. Although naive, a child can sense where they stand in society. This topic of race, typically seen as a black-white issue, can be identified by those at the youngest of ages.

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You’re A What?

"I'm not a feminist. I'm more of a… humanist y'know? Coz I think all humans are the same and there aren't any differences between us so we should all be treated the same. That's just my philosophy"

Hmm.. is it now?

I am immediately distrustful of people like you.

In an attempt to not appear like a crazy "feminazi", some people will adopt the term "humanist" to convey their message that all beings are one and the same to them. But the fact is that this humanism philosophy is pretty stupid and the reasons for why are very simple:

1. Humanist is a made up term that is both lazy and disingenous. 
2. It downplays opression against women.
3. It does not acknolwedge male priviledge. 

Not all humans are on a level playing field. Humanism doesn't take into consideration inequalities and disparities. Black people experience their lives very differently from white people just as women expereince their lives very differently from men, just as LGBT people experience their lives very differently from straight people. There is inequality between races, between gender identities and between men and women. And guess what? The feminist movement seeks to rectify all these issues and more. That's why it was called "the feminist movement". 

"Humanism". Pfft.. don't make me laugh.

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Ring of Violence

Most people don't like to watch videos or read articles or do anything that forces them to come face to face with the sick realities of our world purely because it makes them squeamish and queasy. Why don't you grow a spine already. I recently watched this video posted by a friend on facebook. It's only 12 minutes and 18 seconds long. It's educational and very real so please watch it.

I feel embarrassed/angry/disgusted/devastated to know that this goes on in my country. It is still prevailing today even after measures have been  implemented to stop it although none of them have really controlled the problem.

Besides the obvious reason for why this video is so disheartening, there are other points that really struck out to me from this short documentary : dowry and bride burning.

Dowry is banned in India. The Dowry Prohibition Act has made dowry demands in wedding arrangements illegal but despite this law that has been placed to protect the women of India, it is hardly enforced.

Why is dowry wrong?

Firstly, huge dowry demands strain the finances of the brides’ parents, and could clobber their standard of living. Also, the thought of brides as commodities to be bought obviously appalls my conscience. I absolutely loathe the idea of one family transferring its wealth to another family and getting nothing in the bargain. Dowry claims to benefit women because when she marries 'into' the grooms family, her lifestyle needs to be sustained since she's now an extra mouth to feed, and so the grooms family demand she pay a bride price so that she can live under his roof comfortably. 

As much as I can see how this might apply to the lower class of India (but I'm not claiming that because they are poor, it makes it 'okay' or reasonable), how does this apply to a groom's family demanding dowry and are in the middle class to the wealthy class range in India? It is absolutely unnecessary, especially since most women in similar income classes are educated and can therefore contribute to her 'expenses' by herself. The fact that she is seen as an extra expense to the groom's family is sickening. This is marriage, not a transaction. Whatever the case or class may be, dowry is wrong. I cannot say that enough times: it is WRONG.

Secondly, because of dowry demands, parents do not want female children. There is a societal preference in South Asia for boys based on the fact they will bring in money unlike girls who will take out money from the family. The result? Female foeticides.

Third: If a groom is not satisfied with the dowry a bride has given his family, he may cast her out so he can marry someone else with a bigger and better bride price, or his family attempt to murder the new bride to make the husband available to remarry or to punish the bride and her family by dousing her in fire and calling it a 'kitchen accident'.

How, by any stretch of the imagination, is dowry still reasoned to be acceptable by the masses today? To me, if you stand for dowry, you stand for violence against women. It does more harm than good (if any at that).

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