Saturday, December 12, 2015

Blog Post #11

"The Roles of Allies as Agents of Change" by: Andrea Ayvazian  and  
"Combatting Intentional Bigotry and Inadvertently Racist Acts" by: Fletcher A. Blanchard

Blanchard's points were very clear, and he does believe that racial discrimination still exists in our society, or our world. In a sense he is argumentative about it because, in the beginning of the article he states that, "Your vocal opinions affect what others think and say...A series of experiments that I and my students and colleagues conducted demonstrate that racial prejudice is much more malleable than many researchers, policy makers, and educational leaders believe" (605). In fact, Blanchard uses so much power when he makes the statement, because yes it is true, and yes I do agree, racial prejudice is much more influenced than the researchers and the people that make these policies, they have yet to come up with a way of getting racial prejudice banned in fact thrown in the garbage, because WE are ALL equal, whether he's black and she's white, vice versa, we ALL stand on the same levels; which sums where Blanchard is coming from.

Ayvazian then speaks on the behalf of those who are oppressed in today's society, and how there's not many ways to "interrupt" this cycle of oppression. She also did state that, even aiming to make a change and interrupt that cycle, it's definitely not going to be easy, and definitely not something for someone to do independently, she believes that having an Ally is in fact, a great way to start to make changes. Where everyone comes to face these issues, and to take a stand from these experiences to not remain immobilized, take the role of an ally, to help make a difference. Which she mentions, "An ally is a member of a dominant group in our society who works to dismantle any form of oppression from which she or he receives the benefit" (598). 

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