Remmers Memorial Fund established in to honor Dr. Remmers who had been head of the Division of Educational Reference and a member of the Psychology Department. In addition to the two recipients, the program will also honor our doctoral recipient who was not selected until after last year's event. Nomination criteria include consistent and outstanding academic progress as well as academic, professional, and leadership potential.
Subverting the Power of Prejudice: The Cost of Being Poor: If you have trouble accessing this page because of a disability, please contact the College of Liberal Arts Webmaster. Some content on this site may require the use of a special plug-in or application. Lillard Memorial Award H. Rejection often happens when individuals from privileged groups do not see themselves as responsible, in any way, for the conditions that other racial groups experience.
Many people are more comfortable believing that innate characteristics of racial groups cause the problems or successes that each groups experience, and some people even perceive themselves to be discriminated against when members of other racial groups demand social change to alleviate injustices. Whites who are economically disadvantaged, or who experience discrimination related to age, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, or other characteristic , sometimes see anti-racism as a denial of their own hardships. In extreme cases, oppressed whites may react so negatively to anti-racist critiques that they turn toward white supremacist or neo-nationalist ideologies to shore-up their low self-esteem see Paul Gilroy for a critique of British anti-racist education of working class youth.
People of color also sometimes oppose anti-racist perspectives when they have been convinced by the dominant culture that racism is no longer a significant, institutionalized problem. For people of color, becoming more aware of racism can be particularly painful and disempowering. In order to be successful, anti-racists must recognize the strength of dominant racial attitudes and ideology. Anti-racist education and discourse should be geared toward the forms of denial and dismissal that are most common in a particular context. Educational activities should include follow-up support to help people process new, sometimes disturbing, ways of seeing the world.
Resources that put a human face on the experience of racial oppression can be particularly useful. Focusing on the shared costs of racism and the shared benefits of ending it may be the best way to encourage inter-racial solidarity. When both whites and people of color recognize that ending racism is in their interests, they begin to see themselves as part of the long history of resistance to racism.
This sense of solidarity across time and racial boundaries adds meaning and a sense of hope to the difficult, and sometimes emotionally painful, process of recognizing and challenging race privilege and racism. Only by recognizing racism personal and institutional and actively challenging it, can we hope to overcome the racial divisions that inhibit effective problem solving and weaken progressive movements. An anti-racist orientation to social change can help organizations successfully challenge policies and practices that mask power, exploitation, and resource grabbing behind the guise of liberal individualism and national interests.
Efforts to improve societies are hindered by privilege, fear, and prejudice across race, caste, and ethnic divisions. As with gender divisions, other hierarchies intertwine to erode the effectiveness of organizations.
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