Friday, November 02, 2007

Perception and -isms

Share any "Ahas" (revelations) or "Hmms" (curiosities) you may have encountered when considering your own (or another student's) perception and stereotypes we discussed after Crash.

This may include stereotypes regarding race, age, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

9 comments:

HTMet said...

The movie showed how all people have sterotypes. Even the cop who left his pertner because he thought he was so racist, ended up being prejudice and shooting the black man that he picked up. EVen if someone believes they're not, they make generalizations and stereotypes

Stitches said...

One of the "ahas" I had during the stereotype activity that we did came in the form of a question... Why does our sexual orientation have to have a moral connotation?
What is it about being different from the accepted norm that makes people "evil" and "morally deficient"?

J.Malone said...

When we did the after activity, I actually (without mentioning specifics) received a notecard that had the exact same prejudice as I had. I wish now that I had chosen to share mine because one of the problems with the notecard that I received as that it made no justifications, whereas the most extent of my own was filled with justifications. Still, it is nice to know that someone in the class feels the same way as I do.

By Mary!!

J.Malone said...

One "aha!" moment that I had was when I was reading my persons card. I realized that, as a lifeguard, I've been trained to watch for people who look suspicious and to make sure that they won't do anything stupid. For example, if I see a group of black kids walking into the pool area, I immediately put up a red flag so that I know to watch out for them. I know it's unfair, but I've been trained to, instead of not judging a person to quickly to actually judging a person so that I can know if they'll stay safe.

Posted by Julian

Kaci said...

While doing the stereotype activity I had an “aha” moment. When I was first trying to come up with a stereotype that I have, or had I could not really think about one. But after reading and talking to other people about their stereotypes I realized that I had the same one at one time. My aha is that most of my stereotypes are based on experience, especially from one of my experiences that was really out of my comfort zone, but at the same time it lead me to other similar situations that changed the same stereotypes.

StarD said...

one thing that really intregued me was the fact that alot of people actually talked alot about mexican steriotypes. Sure we get it but when everyone does it, it just isn't helpful afterwards. I guess the steriotype of the Mexican race is really strong in this culture of white domination...

KellyR. said...

One "Hmms" that I discovered through the activity that we did in class was the fact that I wasn't alone when it comes to stereotypes. That everyone has them we just all have to over ride them.
-Kelly

Dani said...

even after i did the list of biases and stereotypes I had, I still hated the persian? guy (who "shot" the little girl). But during the movie I really started to use sense perception as a way of knowing. Especially afterwards, walking in the hall I was super-aware to what was going on around me and what everyone was saying.

A-Dog said...

I know we've talked about how everyone has steriotypes that we try to deny and while watching, this realization became a hmmm moment for me. Especially in the beginning, though the steriotypes are pointed out, it makes you realize how apparent and natural these are. Yet, one thing that still makes me ponder is how people can critisize others for steriotyping and then go and fulfill the steriotypes. That's just blatent hypocracy and I'm not understanding the logic behind that. Perhaps it could be some sort of emotional rebellion or something...?