How I Would Make A Difference…

There are many ways an individual can make a difference. In schools, communities, and many other places around them. I have began by making this blog and sharing my thoughts and ideas.

I would begin with staring after class awareness groups, where people can come and just share their stories of maybe some incidents that have took place in their lives. This will allow everyone to hear from one another and have more of an understanding. The people who attend these groups will also make a difference by just talking to their friends about the group and what happened in one session maybe. Maybe if someone is really influenced they may also take a step forward and do something similar within their community or at their school, or their friends/siblings.

Also others ideas are to first being with making small differences like within the family and the circle of friends. Then go on and try making a difference within the community, by going to the temple and spreading the word, put up flyers that caught attention. From there the word goes around and people are talking and simple, some sort of difference is being made.

Personally me and my family are anti-racist, we believe everyone is the same and everyone has feelings. Canada allows all ethnic backgrounds to enter the country, it’s the least everyone can do – accept one another.

I would also like to volunteer at junior schools, where there are young children who are all vulnerable. If people begin to make a difference within the youth then for the generations to come, it will be much easier to see a anti-racist country.

Indivdual vs. Institutional

 

There are two kinds of racism acts:

1.     Individual Racism

Consists of obvious acts by individuals that harm other individuals or their property. For example; a boy causes harm to another student in his class by punching him. This type of action is usually publicly criticized.

2.     Institutional Racism 

More harmful than individual racism to more minority-group members, but it is not recognized by the dominant-group members as racism. Some individuals and groups discriminate whether they are extremists or not.

These individuals and groups operate within a social setting that ensures racial dominance. The social setting includes laws, customs, religious beliefs, and the stable arrangements and practices through which things get done in society.

In My Opinion

Explanations of Racial and Ethnic Inequality

Different racial and ethnic groups are unequal in power, resources, prestige, and presumed worth. The basic reason is that power derived from superior numbers, technology, property, or economic resources. Those who hold superior power in a society (majority group) establish a system of inequality by dominating less-powerful groups. This system of inequality is then maintained and continued on through social forces. I learned this last semester in one of my classes and also did a presentation regarding these issues of power and superiority.

Speech – An Easy Way of Understanding

This is a speech presentation that I believe is a clear statement of the arising issues in today’s society for the youth to understand.

A Beginning to a New Start

I found this video to be very clear and concise as to how things should be, not only in Canada but globally. If youth begin to realize what is right and wrong any generations to come will be anti-racist.

The young population can make a difference. If they try.

The Globe and Mail- Study

A higher proportion of second-generation visible minority Canadians reported experiences of perceived discrimination than first-generation visible minorities, according to a 2007 study.

Perceived Discrimination by Race and Generation (graph)

The study, based on an analysis of 2002 Statistics Canada data, found that the children of visible-minority immigrants exhibited a more profound sense of exclusion than their parents.

The study found that 35 per cent of recent immigrants of Chinese origin reported experiences of perceived discrimination, 28 per cent of South Asians, and 44 per cent of blacks, compared with 19 per cent of whites.

http://restructure.wordpress.com/2009/06/17/second-generation-visible-minority-canadians-are-more-likely-to-report-discrimination-compared-to-their-parents/#more-5080

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/article736345.ece

What’s the Cause to all?

DISCRIMINATION

  • Prejudicial treatment of a person or group. Although related to prejudice, discrimination refers to behaviour rather than to subjective feelings. Discrimination results when individuals or groups carry through with their prejudice and preclude members of other groups from gaining access to resources, rewards, or privileges. (McMullin, 83)

dis·crim·i·na·tion
noun
 /disˌkriməˈnāSHən/
discriminations, plural

  • The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, esp. on the grounds of race, age, or sex
    •  victims of racial discrimination
    •  discrimination against homosexuals
  • Recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another
    • discrimination between right and wrong
    • young children have difficulties in making fine discriminations

http://www.google.ca/search?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&q=define%3Adiscrimination&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=82189l83014l0l83159l7l6l0l0l0l3l199l741l1.4l5l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1366&bih=664&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=iw#hl=en&safe=off&sa=N&q=discrimination&tbs=dfn:1&tbo=u&ei=wsjJTu3bGcqJgwfB9YVj&ved=0CDEQkQ4&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=10539f2b624eed6&biw=1366&bih=664


This picture is an indication of discrimination.^