?Mary Nguyen
Student ID: 1641926
Short-response #1:
Option B
Work presented to
Maureen Robin Jones
World Views of Heroes and Heroines
345-102-MQ Section 00009
Vanier College
Monday, March 26th, 2018
In our racism talk, race is broken down into three sections comparing them to elements of a tree. These three components are called structural, institutional and individual racism. They, together, form the whole of the notion of race. Firstly, structural racism is the roots of the idea of race, where it all started and what has been fueling the idea of racism through all this time. It alludes to the fact that the disparities of our society work in a way to explain the categorization of racial groups and social classes. Society’s standards and beliefs reflect the impressions of mediocrity and supremacy, based on physical attributes standards and beliefs. Racism all started with colonial encounters where the concept of racial hierarchy was created to vindicate unequal power dynamics in order to enable a strong economic development based on oppression. Today, we still reap our morals and norms from the race notion. We, again, reach for the idea of Eurocentrism; a society centered on white culture. The second part is institutional racism which symbolizes the trunk and branches of the tree. This section is the body of racism and has the function of nurturing the idea of race, to keep it implanted in our societies, to keep the concept of racism present in the world. It represents our environment including all of our institutions which are part of the entire system our community is built around. One of the examples would be the magazine cover, where we can observe Michael B. Jordan with a white model. However, the position they are in on the picture refers to an old image of propaganda of black people as savage apes. Everything around us promotes discrimination and persecution; this is what keeps racism alive, we keep sustaining it. Finally, there is individual racism which is any particular act an individual would do based on racial privilege. Therefore, this magazine cover hints to the repression of the black community as it compares an influential public figure like Michael B. Jordan as a “savage.” These individual actions are basically the leaves of the tree that are caught up in the racist dynamics. Structural and institutional racism initially shaped their behavior; in other words, are formed by race culture. It is not necessarily the individual’s fault because society and history shaped them like this, the roots and influence of race are so profoundly crutched to our society’s structure that no individual can truly escape it. The concept of race, at first, was invented for economic profit, however even today, it is still used for power fights and suppression.

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