Academic Conversation of Racism

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Academic Conversation of Racism

Similarities in anti-racist and racist discourse: Dutch Local Residents Talking about Ethnic Minorities” is an article written by Maykel Verkuyten, Wiebe de Jong, and Kees Masson. These author participates in an academic conversation focusing on similarities of Anti-Racist and racist, more specifically on trying to teach us that we must understand Racist in an objective manner in order to find a solution for the ongoing issue of racism. This conversation involve many brilliant minds and opinions that lead up to a variety of conversation such as Discourse and the denial of racism (1992), Race, Ethnicity and community in three localities (1996), Preparing urban teachers for schools and communities: An Anti- Racist Perspective (1999),Anti-racist perspectives: what are the gains for social work?, and Anti-racism and the critique of ‘ white’ identities (1996), each scholar seem to revolve around the point that we need to understand the racist in order to stop racism. . In this review of literature, I will be discussing this academic conversation in further detail, focusing on the points made by the author that we must objectively understand a racist point of view in order to find a solution to fight racism.

“ Similarities in Anti-Racist and Racist Discourse: Dutch Local Residents Talking About Ethnic Minorities” (1994). This article is about the common values used by Racist and Non Racist, focusing on 3 principles, which are freedom, equality and rationality. The authors attempt to show that to stop racism, you also have to understand a racist perspective, and understand the similarities between racist and non-racist, the authors

does this by pointing out an experiment conducted in an old Dutch Neighborhood of Rotterdam, in which 2 groups ( mixed with Racist and Non Racist) met once a week for 4 weeks and discussed their opinion and belief on ethnic minority, discrimination and why they feel what they feel in a racist or non-racist perspective. The conversation brought up by the scholar is not focused on racist and condemning them, but demonstrates that in order to stop racism we must begin understanding the perspective of the racist, focusing on their personal environmental situation.

Denial is one of the first steps towards acceptance, but you can’t grow unless you accept the fact that you are in denial. The article Discourse and a Denial of Racism written by Teun A. Van Dijk ,does an excellent job breaking down the concept of Denial (act-denial, control-denial, intention-denial, and goal denial-91), eventually leading to an important point which is “…denial of racism often turn into counter accusations of intolerant and intolerable anti-racism” (90). This mean that denying that there is a problem can lead into a blame game rather than leading to core of the problem to find the solution. Words can at times come out of ours mouth, without us comprehending how negative our statement can be interpreted. Such comment can be assumed as though we are just trying to support a belief and that we may take an aggressive approach without considering the opposing sides opinion. For example stating “We are victims of immigration and we are discriminated against (116)”, these kind of comments can make those who represent a group look in a negative way although they meant well in a different position. They may deny the racist commentary, but in order to help the anti-

racist approach we must first help racist understand they are in denial and that they are commenting and seeing certain aspect in a racist manner.

In a global or even a local perspective, it seems that most scholars seem to acknowledge the fact that we need to understand racism first. In the article “Race, ethnicity, and community in three localities” by Julie Kailin, the scholar looks into 3 different localities (Bristol, Leicester, Tower Hamlets) looking into the existence of difference between groups based upon lifestyles,...
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