Book Analysis: Is Everyone Really Equal

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We live in a world full of many societal issues. The aspects that determine whether one will have a successful or unsuccessful life is due to their characteristics such as race, gender, and social status. It has been embedded in society that we live through the system of social stratification. In the book Is Everyone Really Equal, zlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo’s exigence is to express the following issues and to encourage the reader to work upon changing the world through critical social injustice, oppression, power, and community. The issue with social injustice in our society is that everyone is segregated among groups. Throughout history, humans have been divided into different social classes from lowest to highest. People in the working…show more content…
Racism is a type of oppression that one group of race is more powerful than the other. Whites are the the dominant group and Colored people are the minoritized group. Colored people are categorized as “bad” and white people as “good” which influences their opportunities in the real life world, such as jobs. There was a test to show how embedded racism is in society. Kenneth Clark and Mamie Clark, two psychologists, devised an experiment using two types of dolls: black dolls and white dolls. They put two dolls on a table in front of an elementary school child and the black children chose the white dolls over black dolls. They described the black dolls as “bad” and “ugly”, which shows how strongly race affects the development of children how strongly race affects the development of children, which is an example of internalized racism. “To separate [some children] from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that way affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone” (Bown v. Board of Education, 1954). This shows how internalized racism affects a child’s mind and can discourage them from opportunities in the future because of the skin they were born it. There was another experiment in 2005 by an African American Teenager, Kiri Davis who made a documentary called A Girl Like Me that repeated the Clark’s doll experiment. As…show more content…
This means that if you do not act a certain way a White person does, you do not fit in the societal norms. Throughout history, Europeans force For instance, slavery in the United States have been a popular method of exploitation. “Slavery in the United States was the legal institution of human chattel slavery that existed in the United States of America in the 18th and 19th centuries after it gained independence and before the end of the American Civil War (wiki). The fact that it was legal for Whites to own another human being because the color of their skin is seen as inferior shows the institutionalized racism and power they had over another human

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