Answer This Discussion Prompt And Write Replies To This Comments 2

View this TED talk on racism, politics, and solutions and then answer the following questions:

  • Do you think racism is predictable?
  • Which factor mentioned do you think plays a larger part in the prevalence of racist attitudes: education level or geography/neighborhood? Why?
  • What do you think of the solutions to the problem of racism that were proposed in this talk?
  • How do these solutions address or fail to address the types of racism we learned about this week?

Hello Students, after viewing the video, answer the following 4 questions using critical thinking and what you have learned from the video, chapter readings, and your past experiences of racism.

Do you think racism is predictable?

Which factor mentioned do you think plays a larger part in the prevalence of racist attitudes: education level or geography/neighborhood? Why?

What do you think of the solutions to the problem of racism that were proposed in this talk?

How do these solutions address or fail to address the types of racism we learned about this week?

Remember to respond to 2 of your classmates.

comment 1

This was an interesting video to watch. I agree with this speaker in that racism is predictable. According to Silver, there are several factors that predict racism such as a lack of interaction with people of other races and education. His research showed that racism was mostly seen in areas where diversity was essentially nonexistent. For example, when questioned about their vote many monoracial towns in the midwest said that race was a major factor in their votes. This proves that monoracial towns that lack exposure or diversity of other races significantly promotes racist attitudes.

I think that geography/neighborhood plays a huge part in the prevalence of racist attitudes. As Silver said, urban design really impacted the political views of certain towns, making them much more conservative in the end. Certain areas tend to home only one race, so when a town lacks diversity racist attitudes will form. Although education definitely plays a part in racist attitudes, mostly because those who are educated seem to put themselves on a pedestal, I think geography is a much larger factor in racism because it’s a long-term lack of exposure.

Silver’s solutions included more diverse cities for extended networking and intercollegiate network programs which promote exposure to other cities and races. I think thats a great approach. I don’t think it will be a swift change to the current racist attitudes in America, but it is an absolutely necessary change. These solutions address several types of racism we learned such as economic discrimination, racial segregation, and subconscious biases. I thought it was incredible that people were honest in the poll about race being a voting factor. Many people don’t admit it out loud because they don’t want to be called out as a racist. By sending kids in the intercollegiate programs to cities that are basically the complete opposite of what they are used to, such as New York kids going to Arkansas, they can be exposed to other cities, ways of life, and people. I also thought Silver’s idea of redesigning urban development so that diverse communication and conversation was promoted was great. This increases exposure for the younger generation and creates a more diverse, open area for everyone.

References:

Koppelman, K. L. (2020). Understanding human differences: multicultural education for a diverse America (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Pearson Education.

Silver, N. (2009). Does racism affect how you vote? Retrieved July 13, 2020, from https://www.ted.com/talks/nate_silver_does_racism_…

comment 2

TED talks are always so on-point and understandable. The speaker on racism, politics, and solution, stated that he believes that racism is predictable, and I would definitely have to agree. He compares the presidential system and states how people voted for Obama, because he was Black, and some people stated how they’re not happy with his color. Racism has been an ongoing issue for quite a long time, where many groups of people discriminate towards other races, thinking that their race is more superior. I think both factors, education level and geography, play a large part in the prevalence of racist attitudes. If I had to pick amongst one or the other, I would go with education level. Koppelman states that students of color are categorized under slow learners and are typically placed in vocational or remedial classes (2020). Statistics also show that higher education contributes more to white privilege (Koppelman, 2020). As years pass, education begins to play a bigger role in everyone’s life and when people get more educated, the more likely new perspectives could take place. For example, if an individual comes from a racist family yet practices higher education, they are more likely to build the new perspective against racism and not follow their familys’ perspective. In the TED talk, the speaker suggested that one of the solutions to this problem is the idea of studying abroad and living apart from their norm for a while. This would help students adapt to other races and individuals. I know quite a number of people that have studied abroad in the past and have loved the experience of meeting new people, outside of their community and not wanting to come back because of how amazing their experience was. Another solution that I would bring forth is the idea of taking time in educational courses to explain the severity and importance of racism and why it is absolutely not acceptable in school. Students and children should be exposed to more information and other races to adapt to different cultures and ethnicities.

Koppelman, K. L. (2020). Understanding human differences: multicultural education for a diverse America (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Pearson Education.

TED. (2009). Nate Silver on racism and politics [Video]. Retrieved from https://embed.ted.com/talks/lang/en/nate_silver_on_race_and_politics

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