Simon Cheng, Unit 1 assignment 3, Discrimination

I will choose Davis’ The Meaning of Freedom probably because I can understand this particular passage more than the others. The ideas that interested me the most is in the second paragraph of page 168: “Differently racialized populations in the……at the middle of the twentieth century.” Davis has brought the topic of racism up to a broader international level. The notion that racism is not simply about the white people look upon down the black people, it is about the introduction of new, or different, things. Such things not only include different races, genders, and classes, but also include different ideas, social norms, and even religions, as the author put up the concept of “Islamophobia,” and it “draws and complicates what we know as racism.” People have such instincts of discrimination because biologically and psychologically it helps us to learn about the world. However, such neutral discrimination gradually develops into stereotypes, and then racism rises from it. This idea of “international (neutral) discrimination” catch my eyes because I am involved in it because of the identity of international student, and my personal opinion about racism is similar to the author’s—the discrimination among different groups are not simply by their races, and it is a problem yet to be solved.

For the two other authors, I will choose Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, the author of Questions of Multiculturalism, and Toni Morrison, the author of Moral Inhabitants and Black Matter(s).

  1. Do you think the conflict between the white people and the black people in the U.S is the most severe racial conflicts throughout the history and around the world?
  2. How can governments (from all over the world) improve their education system on the topic of discrimination?
  3. Should countries and nations around the world consist of only one race?

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