Critical Reflection

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As a minority in race and gender, I am aware of the issues raised in the books we are reading. It could be overwhelming and frustrating, and most importantly depressing when putting all these issues under the critical theory lens. Although I still believe that everyone has the potential to make a difference, I do have a lot of doubts. After all, we are still facing the harsh reality after centuries and centuries of efforts collectively. Race, gender, class and sexual bias are undeniably there and everywhere. Is it due to the failure of our education system? What is it? With all these questions in my mind, I interviewed several colleagues to understand how they make sense of these issues The first person I talked to is a Chinese friend who…show more content…
We have worked together for more than 10 years and know each other very well. She is white, catholic and attends church regularly. She and her husband hold an extreme republic view and would jump to criticize the current president whenever that topic is raised. In my eyes, she represents a typical white supremacy person who shares many of Dorland Trump’s viewpoints. Her husband is working for a disability office as a medical staff. She is very upset about the broken system that does not offer support to those who truly need the benefit. She respects those who achieve success through hardworking and she supports Ben Carson because she respects him as a decent person. When I asked her whether she thought racism is a problem now, she totally denied it. She said it was a problem many years ago but now these black people just made this up. She dismissed the black life matters movement. She told me that she had worked with people of different race background and she treated them based on their work not on their skin color. I challenged her to picture herself as a black person. She admitted later that she was ignorant in racism. She told me that she was raised up in a very racist family who would never accept a colored person. When I asked her about gender inequity, she said she did not think so. I told her some facts and she seemed reluctant to acknowledge this. I am not sure whether raising the awareness of gender inequality would help the oppressed people because it will make them feel mistreated and unsatisfied. Rather, raising the awareness to the authority (they might already know this and choose to turn a deaf ear to the issue) should be more efficient because they are the decision maker and likely bring a change to the culture by taking the issues into the consideration. For ordinary people like my colleagues, many have insecure feeling about their jobs deep down, it is challenging for them to risk their job to a
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