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NURS 407 Discrimination for Immigrants and Minority Groups Questions

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2. In Oluo’s chapter 2, “What is racism,” the author writes: “We can get every person in
America to feel nothing but love for people of color in their hearts, and if our systems aren’t
acknowledged and changed, it will bring negligible benefit to the lives of people of color.” (p.
31). Explain what she means by this. Do you agree or disagree? Explain your position.
From my understanding, the author means that it is not enough if only individuals
recognize, support and love people of color; to combat the inequity for people of colors
appreciable benefits, we must also fight against systemic racial oppressions, which is the root
cause that needs changing.
I totally agree with her. In most instances, our values, including how we think about and
treat each other, are deeply impacted by our system. As an immigrant from China, a minority,
and a person of different color, I myself have experienced various occasions of racism and
racial inequity while I am here in the US. For example, I had to pay the involuntary tips after
paying for my meal bills because the restaurants or servers thought Asians often did not pay
good tips; I was mocked for my accent; a Caucasian male shouted “go back to your country
to me during this pandemic period; my white colleagues get more salaries even though we have
the same qualifications and very similar professional background. Despite my personal
experiences, I believe the racism and social inequity, which is expressed as discrimination and
stereotype against people of color, has already deeply rooted in almost every single field
systemically. No matter how beloved we are by our friends, families, or surrounding persons,
it does not change the fact that racial disproportionality and disparity do exist between different
races, in education, health and economy. Without changes, the system will continue

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emphasizing the stereotypes, reinforcing the gaps between races, as well as shaping people’s
opinions and values further in this way, since the social-economic system is dominated by the
privileged and/or majors. Especially many of the politicians, who own the power to change the
system, do not even believe systemic racism exists, thus refuse to take any actions. While in
the meantime, the ideas and perceptions against people of color are haunting the society, where
many people think that Asians are quiet and lack of interpersonal skills, which results in less
promotions for Asians to get into the management and leadership positions than others;
similarly, many people think black people are lazy and under-educated, causing that black
people have less opportunities to get hired than other races; comparably, many people think
Latinos are illegal immigrants, which induces that they have higher chances of being
questioned by police. All of these are discrimination or “unconscious bias” caused by the
system and how the society works. Being as a minor in race than the dominating Caucasians
will bring all the unsolicited judgement, from the system, by the color of skin. In order to fix
the issue of inequality in race, fighting for the acknowledgment and changing it up from the
system are required.
3. What is a minority? How do we identify a minority? Is a majority group based on
numbers or power? Explain.
From definition, a minority itself means a smaller number than the whole number. A
minority can refer to a social group that does not dominate in the total population of an existing
society, has a lesser number of people than the main group and cannot constitute more than half
of the political votes. The minority are usually different from majority social subjects in terms
of race, language, ethnicity and belief or other identity characteristics.

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Asynchronous Learning Activities 2. In Oluo’s chapter 2, “What is racism,” the author writes: “We can get every person in America to feel nothing but love for people of color in their hearts, and if our systems aren’t acknowledged and changed, it will bring negligible benefit to the lives of people of color.” (p. 31). Explain what she means by this. Do you agree or disagree? Explain your position. From my understanding, the author means that it is not enough if only individuals recognize, support and love people of color; to combat the inequity for people of color’s appreciable benefits, we must also fight against systemic racial oppressions, which is the root cause that needs changing. I totally agree with her. In most instances, our values, including how we think about and treat each other, are deeply impacted by our system. As an immigrant from China, a minority, and a person of different color, I myself have experienced various occasions of racism and racial inequity while I am here in the US. For example, I had to pay the involuntary tips after paying for my meal bills because the restaurants or servers thought Asians often did not pay good tips; I was mocked for ...
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