Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice
The study of racism, classism, sexism, and ageism has influenced my life because it has changed my perception and thinking towards certain aspects of life. It has changed my professional life as it relates to promoting and advancing the well being of young ones in the society. It has helped me to understand the diverse attributes that the young ones have, and thus enabled me to know the different ways in which they can be handled. Different families have diverse backgrounds, and this makes them to have different beliefs that have an effect on their children.
People interact with each other in many ways; different scenarios can be interpreted in different ways depending on the person interpreting such scenarios. Bias plays a crucial role in shaping the feeling of people in dissimilar ways towards certain scenarios due to their diverse attributes.
Early childhood professionals should understand the nature of privilege and oppression because they are likely to handle different cases in their professional lives. This will help them differentiate between different cases and treat them differently. The circumstances of various cases are different and knowing the difference between oppression and privilege helps the professionals to handle the cases effectively. One consequence of this understanding is that a professional is likely to be prejudiced because handling such cases will have an impact on his/her individual attributes. Children are likely to benefit from my work in many ways. Firstly, they will be able know different circumstances in which cases can be treated differently.
The study of racism has helped me to get insights into attributes of different groups of people and know actions they perceive as racially biased and those that they do not. Racial minorities that strongly identify with their race regularly report cases of prejudice and discrimination (Steward and Cunningham, 2015).
A police officer who is tasked with conducting random stops and inspecting motorists targets people from a certain group. This is because the officer believes that people from that group are criminals as statistics show that majority of the people who have been convicted of traffic offences originate from a certain group. This scenario shows that the officer is a racist because he/she has prejudice for people who come from a certain group. “Negative criminal stereotyping of minorities by the majority population is a reality that has been shared by many countries and cultures” (Williams and Stahl, 2008).
Secondly, an officer at the airport whose role is to frisk people does it selectively by allowing people of one race to pass without being scanned whereas takes most of his time to scan people from another race. People from certain groups are thought to be drug peddlers, thus much time is dedicated to frisking such people. “Racial disparities in arrest rates in the contemporary United States are more closely related to how young adults are perceived racially by others, relative to how they identify their own race” (Penner and Saperstein, 2015).
The study has enabled me to get insights into sexism and see how individuals and children are treated based on their sexual orientation.
A person is denied certain privileges that are enjoyed by others because he/she belongs to a certain sex. Mary is a girl who has finished his O-level examination and wants to serve in the military. She is denied a chance because the work that is expected of military officers at that time cannot be done by women. She is told to apply for law enforcement, which is open to people of all groups regardless of sexual orientation.
Dorothea worked as an inspector for Hercules for six years when her employment was terminated. On her application for group insurance coverage, she misrepresented the age of her son, who would otherwise have been ineligible for coverage as her dependent. This shows that the company dismissed Dorothea because of her age regardless of her capability to carry out duties that she was obligated to do. This has helped me understand the diversity of workplace and discrimination based on age.
John, a child from a low class family, is denied enrolment into a school that is thought to be of those who come from the higher class. John has performed better than most of the children who come from a different class and are enrolled in the school. The study of classism has enabled me to understand how the society is stratified into different social groups, and how classism is manifested in the real world.
A number of assumptions that I had about some aspects of life have been dispelled from my work in this course. My first assumption on racism that an act, which is racially biased should be overt has been dispelled. I have learned that a covert action can also be racially biased. My assumption that people view things from the same perspective has also been dispelled because I have learned that people have diverse attributes and view things in different ways.
Penner, A., & Saperstein, A. (2015). Disentangling the Effects of Racial Self-identification and Classification by Others: The Case of Arrest. Demography, 52(3), 1017-1024
Steward, D., & Cunningham, B. (2015). Racial Identity and Its Impact on Job Applicants. Journal of Sport Management, 29(3), 245-25
Williams, B., & Stahl, M. (2008). An analysis of police traffic stops and searches in Kentucky: a mixed methods approach offering heuristic and practical implications. Policy Sciences, 41(3), 221-243