Social Injustice Against Minority Groups

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Gender inequality was something I was very much aware of early on in life. As a teenager, I felt that social injustice against minority groups was morally wrong and liked having friends who were a different race than me. However, it wasn’t until reading Peggy McIntosh’s during my social work undergraduate race and diversity class in 2006, that I realized how much privilege I had as a white woman. “As a white person, I realized I had been taught about racism as something that puts others at a disadvantage, but had been taught not to see one of its corollary aspects, white privilege, which puts me at an advantage,” (McIntosh, 1988). In that diversity course, I became educated on how being “colorblind” or having an illusion of race neutrality was ignoring a whole part of a person’s experience and had serious consequences in social work. As the author commented, “whites are carefully taught not to recognize white privilege,” (McIntosh, 1988) and I had to be taught that I did have privileges in society that were not of my own merit. In 2012, I grasped that my experience as a white woman was not universal, and was very different from a black or Latino woman, for example. Elizabeth Minnich exhibited, “whites are taught to think of their lives as morally neutral, normative, and average, and also ideal,” (McIntosh, 1988). As a Women’s and Gender plus Diversity major, I was in a panel discussion with a fellow student who is a black female. She was very swift in correcting my language in regards to feminism, and that the black experience could not be separate from a woman who is black. I was introduced to the workings of Michael Kimmel, who exposed that, “Only white people in our society have the luxury not to think about race every minute o... ... middle of paper ... ...ffer my child a culturally diverse learning experience. 5. “I can choose blemish cover or bandages in “flesh” color and have them more or less match my skin.” Here is also a product of our culture, because I did not distinguish that all my band aids in my life had been a peach color to match my skin. The color of the original Band-Aid was probably accounted for because its creator was white, and then all first aid products thereafter were made to match the skin tone of white people. To expand on this, the selection of make-up foundation products for dark-skinned people are second-rate to the light-skin choices. Matching a color to my skin tone, which changes throughout the year, is sometimes very difficult. I found this out when shopping at LUSH, which only have about ten foundation colors. Although some colors were tan, there was only one dark brown color. Only one.
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