What did you learn about identity, stereotypes, prejudice, and racism?
I learned that they all connect and link to each other. Identity is the start of prejudice, racism, and stereotypes. How you look, act, and behave, people then think you’re bad at every subject in school for example if you made a big mistake on an easy test. People will make stereotypes about you, and they could be linked to your race, and that’s prejudice. Sometimes, people prejudice other people without knowing.
In what ways did your ideas change from the initial lesson when we created word webs on the white boards?
I never knew what prejudice was before we did the lessons, so when we created word webs on the white boards, they make you think about what that word could mean, and in the end, you get a general idea about what those words mean to other people. I also didn’t know that identity could lead to prejudice, because I grew up in an environment where prejudice doesn’t happen much.
1. How does race shape the way we see ourselves and others?
Race shapes the way we see others and ourselves because they’re meant to tell the difference between people, categorise them into groups. Some races think they’re better than other races, so they see other people as inferior to them. If there weren’t races, I think there wouldn’t be stereotypes and prejudice based on race, like how people thought black people were dangerous.
2. To what extent do our ideas about race influence the choices we make?
To Dyer, racism caused him to think that being prejudice to black people was okay, so he didn’t try to stop it, he did participate in yelling insults at black pedestrians, and he played a part of a black person in a play. Our ideas about race influence the choices we make a lot, because we choose not to go somewhere at a certain time because this race will steal your money, or go to this place because this race will keep you safe. We choose to go places and bring a certain amount of money and things because that race there will gang up on you and threaten you to give them your money. We still use races today to put people into groups, we still suspect some races or groups in that place are bad.