Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Talking points #9: "Combatting Intentional Bigotry and Inadvertently Racist Acts" -EXTENDED COMMENTS

Sorry for the late post! Had to wait for blogs to be posted so I could do extended comments.

I am going to be using Heather's blog to discuss Blanchard's piece, "Combatting Intentional Bigotry and Inadvertently Racist Acts" through extended comments.

Heather states, " Blanchard argues that racism is not just an intentional act committed by 'mean spirited' people but also acts committed out of lack of knowledge. She explains that most kids entering college have had little to no exposure to other races and are not sure on how to act and end up making 'racial mistakes.'"

Blanchard states, which Heather discussed in her blog as well, that there are three different "codes" of preventing racial harassment on college and university campuses.

Heather states in her blog about these codes:

-The first attempt is focused on punishing the few "mean spirited " people but the language used is not as clear as it could be and makes enforcing this code difficult.

-The second "code" focuses on "civility" which teaches tolerance and acceptance and leaves the punishing to the administrators instead of influencing each other to not act in a racist manner.

-The last "code" is a broader scope than dictated by state and federal regulations and focuses on both intentional and unintentional actors of racism. But still fails to look at the reasons of racist acts. Blanchard believes to be successful aspects from all three codes should be compiled into one new useful code.

Heather finishes off her post about "Combatting Intentional Bigotry and Inadvertently Racist Acts" by saying, "Encouraging multiracial friendships and exposing naive students to students of color can help to strengthen the knowledge base of students and decrease the incidents of race."

I found Blanchard's piece interesting and Heather's post interesting as well.

I went to a private Catholic school the last year of high school and most of the school's population consisted of white upper-class kids. And when anybody who didn't fit into the mold of what they were, they looked down upon others. Most of the kids had nice cars given to them as gifts and when a small percentage of other students who didn't have cars or didn't have nice things it was a huge deal to them. I think that exposing kids like that, and any kid really, to different people of different races, different religions, different ethnicities, different social classes, etc is a good way to fight racism, by everybody coming together and although there are differences, they can be accepted.


  1. i think we all have similar perspective of what both authors are trying to say. i really liked how you put your own experience to show that this is really an issue we don't address.

  2. Yeah, I think we both have similar ideas on the schooling with the private schools. It needs to be known at an earlier age for everyone to accept and not question things