Acaydia School AL Understanding Privilege Systems and Discrimination Student Response – Assignment Help

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Understanding Privilege Systems and Discrimination Response
1. What was your initial reaction when you watched the videos?
2. How familiar were you with this topic before you watched the video?
3. How would you describe your own personal identity?
4. What personal “Rewards’ and “Punishments” have you experienced in your
life by virtue of your personal identity?
5. How have you been “Programmed” to view others?
7. How can you use your personal “Bank Account” to create social change in
your work with children and/or their families.
After watching the videos my initial reaction was that I thought it was really
interesting how Peggy McIntosh began to realize the privilege she had received for things
she did not earn by being born white. I also thought it was interesting how she said she
prayed on it and would wake up in the middle of the night and wrote 46 examples of how
she is privileged. These examples she gave such as knowing if she gets pulled over its not
because of her race, that she is sure that if she moves her neighbors will be pleasant, and
if she goes shopping she knows she will not be harassed or followed. These were very
eye opening to read and really made me think about the struggles people of color
experience everyday and the ways I have been privileged because of my race or gender.
I would say I’m familiar with this topic because of everything that has been
happening in the world these days with people standing up against racism. Also, I come
from mixed cultures and my husband also comes from mixed cultures. My husband’s dad
is African American and his mom is Swedish. I have heard many stories from his
childhood and the struggles his parents went through for getting married such as their
family not approving and also the ways my husband was treated because he was “light
skinned”. Growing up my husband was considered black by his white friends, but not
black enough for his black friends. I would describe my personal identity as
multicultural. My mom is part Mexican and Native American and my dad is Jewish from
Russia. I would say I have experienced rewards financially growing up because my dad’s
family was very educated and they are doctors, lawyers, and business owners. These
expectations were passed down to my dad who is a successful business owner so growing
up we never struggled financially. Some punishments are stereotypes from being Jewish
such as being called a spoiled Jewish princess or jokes about my nose or greed. I am also
part Mexican but I don’t speak any Spanish so when we visit my mom’s family they
would say we were “white washed”. It was also hard as a child because I wanted so
desperately to fit in with one group, but I couldn’t because I was a mix of culture.
I think I have been programmed to view others with respect because of the fact
that I am a mixed culture. Some other ways I am programmed though come from my up
brining with regards to gender stereotypes. I was programmed to think that the man is the
one who should be the financial breadwinner while the mom/wife stays home, cares for
the children and takes care of the house. I myself became a stay at home mom after I had
my children just like my mom. I now realize I want a career of my own and decided to
break this cycle and return to school to get my degree and a job that fulfills me.
I can use my personal “Bank Account” to create social change in my future work
with children and their families my learning from the experiences I have gone thorough. I
will create a anti bias classroom that will teach children about culture and fairness.
“Learning about culture and fairness involves two dimensions: Children’s development
of a positive culture identity, and their comfortable, respectful interactions with the
cultures of others” (Derman-Sparks & Edwards, 2010, p.55). I will support these
dimensions by teaching in a way to increase understanding of differences, to be respectful
of different culture, and to actively challenge bias, stereotyping and all forms of
discrimination in school and our communities. By doing this I hope to help children to
feel supported, and connected to their culture. “A culturally consistent learning
environment requires teachers to learn about the rules, traditions, and expectation of the
families in the program” (Derman-Sparks & Edwards, 2010, p.61). I will apply this
knowledge by learning about my student’s families by developing a relationship with
them. This will help me to create an environment that is culturally consistent with the
children’s experiences.
Derman-Sparks, L., & Edwards, O. J. (2010). Anti-bias education for young children and
ourselves. Washington, DC: NAEYC

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