In Tuesday’s lecture, racism was a major part of the discussion relating to our sociological imagination. As we looked back to the Civil Rights Movements and the injustice of crimes such as Emmett Till and the acceptance of Jim Crow laws, I realised these historic events were not that long ago. I cannot begin to imagine the lives of Black Americans at this time and the horrific events that went on. White people were seen as so superior that lynching, Jim crow laws and the Supreme Court ‘Separate but Equal’ judgement were accepted and never questioned. Although there is still racist views towards people of different ages, gender, culture, race and sexual orientation, there has been a lot of movement in equality from then. For example, there is acceptance of integrated marriages, women have more rights and gay marriage is legal in over 25 countries. Recently, there was a pride march in Dundee to show the positive stance against discrimination towards different sexual orientations. Locally, this is a huge step of acceptance for the LGBT community
Patriarchy was also a key part to the lecture. The equality and power of women was discussed in great detail. Women had always been seen as inferior to men and were given no voice. Even today women are given little recognition for their achievements. For example, in sport, the media do not show as much attention to the achievements and progress women are making, whereas men will usually take the sport headlines. The ‘Always #likeagirl’ advert shows the way in which “like a girl” can be an insult. When both men and women were asked to do certain actions like a girl, they demonstrated signs of weakness. However, when younger girls were asked to show these demonstrations, they showed strength and power. The video showed the gender inequality and the stereotypical views of women made by society. Despite this, there has been major changes to women in society in the last 1oo years due to women’s suffrage. From the hard work of the Suffragettes and Suffragists, women have been given their own voice. It is important for the next generations of women to be educated on the progress we have made and to understand the things women are capable of.
It is very easy to be stereotypical as society is constantly telling us what to think. Media plays a big part in this due to the way the portray groups of people. For example, they associate certain races with violence and associate genders with specific jobs or sports. In my profession, I feel teachers are stereotyped to females which comes from years ago when women would look after the children and men would be out working. Although this has changed in today’s society, this is still a common stereotype. It is important to step away from society’s stereotypical views and have a open mind. This is key in my profession to treat every child fairly to give them confidence and inspire them to be who they want to be.
Overall, this lecture showed me the movement we have made away from racism and patriarchy and the movement that is still to be made. I can contribute to this by having an open mind and disregarding society’s stereotypical views. It is important in my profession as a teacher to treat every child equally and there should be no judgement towards a child on their background, gender, sexual orientation, etc.