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Complete your Week 5 discussion prompts:
View this TED talk on racism, politics, and solutions and then answer the following
questions:
Prompt #1:
Do you think racism is predictable?
Which factor mentioned do you think plays a larger part in the prevalence of
racist attitudes: education level or geography/neighborhood?
Prompt #2:
What do you think of the solutions to the problem of racism that were proposed in
this talk?
How do these solutions address or fail to address the types of racism we learned
about this week?
Prompt #1
Good Day Everyone,
After watching the video TED talk on racism, politics, and solutions; I needed to understand in-depth what it all
means. As defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary the word racism means “a belief that race is the primary
determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a
particular race” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2019). Racism is the belief that that members of separate races
possess different and unequal human traits. However, the word race is used to classify people, and sometimes
race is a basis for differential treatment. According to the video race is predictable by several factors such as
income, religion, education, age, urban: rural, race, mobility. In the video Nate Silver the speaker talks how “
education and the type of neighbors that you have make racism predictable” (Silver, 2009). According to the
TED talk video; the answer is Yes, racism is predictable based on the general social survey conducted that
revealed that one key factor “ is the lack of interaction with people of other races” (Silver, 2009). Education is
the key to success. The neighborhoods will play an important role in the solution, but without education it won’t
matter if there is interaction if it does not happen with other racial groups.
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Prompt #2
Good Day Everyone,
Personally, I believe that racism, to some degree, is predictable. Factors such as education and
neighborhood have been found to be strong determinants of racist attitudes and beliefs. According to Silver in
the TED talk video he stated that some solutions are “diversity, interaction with neighbors, intercollegiate
exchange program(Silver, 2009). But are students ready for a change? According to a publication made by
Harvard College tittle Talking about race, learning about racism: the application of racial identity development
theory in the classroom states that “the inclusion of race-related content in college courses often generates
emotional responses in students that range from guilt and shame to anger and despair” (Tatum, 1992, p. 1).
Change does not happen overnight, and it takes time and a lot of work. Also, neighborhoods encourage greater
interaction between individuals of different races. This is likely to reduce feelings of prejudice and
discrimination. However, education about racism must take place in other for people to open-up to a solution.
Some of the solution that were propose in the video include street grids which would fall under
Institutional racism. As we learned this week, when talking about institutional racism, we defined it as a form of
racism expressed in the practice of social and political institutions. It is reflected in disparities regarding wealth,
income, criminal justice, employment, housing, health care, political power and education, among other factors.
The idea of street grids describes showed separation of neighborhood and some where streets were much closer
to each other in the community. Another proposed solution was the college exchange program; this would be a
cultural racism and maybe an individual racism problem. Because under cultural racism we recognized that “is
a concept that has been applied to prejudices and discrimination based on cultural differences between ethnic or
racial groups(Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2019). Lastly, Individual racism involves both racial prejudice
that could be a result from influences of previous generations and racist behavior in which a person acts on a
racial prejudice. In the video Silver also mention how he believes that when something is predication is
designable and if you understand that root cause of the behavior you can start designing a solution. So, I do
believe that his propose solution address the types of racism we learned about this week However, like
previously stated, the solution needs to be design.
References
Koppelman, K. L. (2017). Understanding human differences: Multicultural education for a
diverse America. Hoboken, NJ: Pearson Education.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (2019). Retrieved August 19, 2019, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/
Silver, N. (2009, February ). TED talk on racism, politics, and solutions. Retrieved November 24, 2019, from TED Ideas
worth spreading: https://www.ted.com/talks/nate_silver_does_racism_affect_how_you_vote?language=en
Tatum, B. D. (1992). Talking about Race, Learning about Racism: The Application of Racial Identity Development Theory
in the Classroom. Harvard Educational Review, 62(1), 1-25. Retrieved November 24, 2019, from
https://equity.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Tatum-Talking-About-Race.pdf
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REPLY
Good day,
I read your post and I have to say that to some extent I agree with you when you talked about racism being
predictable. Personally, as I have mentioned it on my post; to some extent I believe that racism is predictable. If
we are to base our opinions solely on the TED video; which stated that racism is due to “the lack of interaction
with people of other races” (Silver, 2009). Then, I do agree that is a major factor. However, I like to point out to
you that sometimes we lack the interacting for various reasons; such as geographic location, population, cultural
background, socioeconomic status, and why not our own ethical background. Do you think that education is a
key factor? If we educated people on cultural diversity the outcome will be very productive as people would
understand and recognize that racism is the lack of knowledge about someone else’s race. What do you think?
REPLY
Good Day,
I read your post, I also looked at the intercollegiate exchange program as a possible solution. Under this week’s
content we learned about different types of racism. Under this propose solution, cultural racism and maybe an
individual racism I believe can be consider a problem. Cultural differences between ethnical and racial groups
arise from individual racism and cultural racism. Do you think that because we are talking about college
students this would not be a factor to consider? Unfortunately, under a publication made by Harvard College
that talked about race, learning about racism, and the application of racial identity which stated that “the
inclusion of race-related content in college courses often generates emotional responses in students that range
from guilt and shame to anger and despair” (Tatum, 1992, p. 1). This goes to show that even college students
need further education about racism. I believe this is because even in our current times, racism is something that
we still see a lot. From our current events on the television News to social media that comes from people that
have powerful influences. What are your thoughts?

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