Of the course of the unit my perception/definition of the words: racism, prejudice, stereotypes, and identity have been changed exponentially. At the beginning of the unit I thought that racism and prejudice was not present in my life, but now I realise that it is as present in my life as is speech because a lot of the time whenever I talk to a person either me or them make a stereotypical remark about a certain race, gender, and other defining parts of your external identity or what is above the iceberg. I say this because even though it is not traits such as race or gender that make up your identity it is sometimes what other people think makes up you identity. For example. A class mate of mine told a story about his or her mother experiencing extreme sexism and I realised how common things like this occurred in work environments (Did you know that there are more CEO’s with the name john than there are women CEO’s). This is one example of stereotypes and prejudice on a very high level.
How does race shape the way we see ourselves and others? Race shapes mostly the way others see us which in turn through society, social networking, the internet, and peer pressure shapes the way we see ourselves. But if you disregard this process race shapes us by pre-determining are stature and success or at least this is the view of your average white person in the 1980’s.
To what extent do our ideas about race influence the choices we make? They shape are decisions because sometimes race can either give you confidence and sometimes it can make you unsure of yourself.