AOS 1unit 4 journal: You’re probably more racist than you think

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Title  You’re probably more racist than you think
Date  16 June 2014
Author  Ruby Hamad
Publication  Fairfax Media
Key Ideas (Point Form)
  •  People claim that racism no longer exists in Australia, but merely a slip of the tongue.
  • People subconsciously discriminate against coloured people.
  • People don’t understand the using people skin colour as jokes is racist and that you need to follow and respect other people cultures.
Feature of Language  Use of language to exclude.

Using language to apologise, use of active voice so to accept the blame.

Aspects of the Course this Article Relates to.
  • analyse the effects of context on language choices
  • The relationship between social attitudes and language choices
My opinion on the Article’s comments.  Racism is still an issue in Australian society. The use of derogatory terms to put down others of different skins still occurs and even when terms such as “Black” are used in a supposedly friendly manner it is still racist as it showing a point of difference you have with your friend. Racism also goes beyond the words used and is shown in the stereotypes with hold for groups of people. It may be Jews or coloured people but by generalising cultures it means that we may be judging people before we even meet them.
Quotes  “In summary, it’s not about race when white people are favoured and it’s not about race when black people are degraded. Sounds fair.”

On the use of the word “darky”

^ “When using such words, it’s not intention that counts, it’s the effect they have. People targeted by such language are well aware it was designed with the purpose of objectifying them.”

“racism isn’t only about “hating” other races. It’s about the special status society still affords white people. Consider, for example, job seekers in Australia with an Arab or Chinese name need to submit up to twice as many resumes as those with an Anglo-Saxon name just to score the same number of interviews.”


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