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Group 2 - Racism
Members: Lauren, Catherine, Daniel, Marcus and Colin
: How is racism different between generations and how do other generations react to it?
Daniel Havel's Research:
Source - What is Racism?
During the past 500-1000 years, racism on the part of Western powers toward non-Westerners has had a far more significant impact on history than any other form of racism.
he focus of racism is inferiority -- directed toward those who have sometimes been considered to lack even the ability to be evil (though in the 20th century, especially, victims of racism are often considered morally degraded).
In the second half of the 19th century, Darwinism, the decline of Christian belief, and growing immigration were all perceived by many white Westerners as a threat to their cultural control.
Colin Suarez's Research
Source- Racism, Nationalism, Tribalism and the Caste system: What they've done to the world in the last 100 years
: Racism is defined as the belief that one race of people are superior to another because of the race they are born into. The virus of racism may exist in the hearts and minds of millions around the world but when racism is acted upon, especially by a group of people, things don't just become dangerous, they become deadly.
: Today there are about 22 million refugees in our world who were forced to abandon their homes essentially because of nationalistic wars.
: African-Americans aged 12 and up are the most victimized group in America. 41.7 over 1,000 of them are victims of violent crimes, compared with whites (36.3 over 1,000). This does not include murder.
Catherine Farinas's Research-
Source-global issue website:
There has been much talk of Internet sites hosting hate material. Some groups such as
have gone as far as buying racist domain names so that real racists cannot buy these domains themselves.
One group of people that often go unnoticed when it comes to racism and discrimination are Gypsies. In Europe they have been persecuted to a similar extent as the Jews throughout history, including World War II and even now they are largely mistreated or ignored.
United States and Europe were against effective discussions of slavery reparations (and sent in only low-level delegates — a possible sign on how they really feel about this conference, and what it is about)
Marcus Ng's Research-
Source- Racism and American society
Often people of color are the last hired and the first fired. As a result, budget cuts, downsizing, and privatization may disproportionately hurt people of color. Furthermore, there is a growing shortage of manufacturing and other jobs that people of color have historically held. In February 1995 the unemployment rate for African Americans was 10.1 percent as compared to 4.7 percent for white Americans (Berry, 1995).
Many people of color have little choice as to where they live and pay higher rents for less adequate housing.
Although desperately needed, social services often mask symptoms of larger problems, such as racism, unemployment, illiteracy, and poverty. Social workers further empower the established system when their clients are not fully informed or encouraged to use entitlements.
Lauren Bellow's Research-
Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social, or political significance to a man's lineage
With racism, a man is judged not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors.
Racism claims that the content of a man's mind is inherited; that a man's convictions, values and character are determined before he is born by physical forces beyond his control.
1. Coach Knight (History teacher: Expert)
2. Keisha May (Soph. O'dowd)
4. Savanna Ullola (Junior MCHS)
1. Jason Cura (student at Moreau)
2. Eileen Yin (Student in Tennessee)
3. Emma O'Brien (Student in Pennsylvania)
4. Mr. Fernandez (Christology teacher) (Expert)
1. Casey Copeland (student at Moreau)
2. Dennis Gil (student at Moreau)
3. Milan Havel (Father of Daniel Havel)
1. Michael Fung
2. Byron Castenada
1. Mr. Baptist
2. Rigo Carvajal
3. Gabe Mulingtapang
4. Alexis Portea
1. How do you feel about racism?
2. What does racism make make you think of?
3. How are you affected by racism?
4. How do you see other people being affect by racism?
5. What race do you think is most affect by racism?
6. How do you think people who are older than you see racism?
8. How do you think society is affected by racism?
9. How do you think racism starts?
10. Where racism is represented in American culture?
11. How do other cultures see racism?
12.How do you think racism can be prevented?
13. Why or why not?
14.Do your beliefs affect how you see someone?
15. How far can racism affect a person?
16. Do you think racism will become stronger or weaker in the future?
Finding Images: Collin Suarez
Finding Music:Daniel Havel
Text Editor: Marcus Ng
Editing: Lauren Bellow & Catherine Farinas
Before doing the documentary, I didn't realize that people were so deeply affected by racism and how much it can change someone- Marcus Ng
Before doing this documentary, I didn't realize how common racism is beginning to become regarding minor jokes and how less common racism is becoming openly, regarding serious dislike of the certain race.-Daniel Havel
Before doing this documentary, I thought that racism was mainly centered in big towns or cities. I now learned that racism is everywhere and people of the same generation seem to have the same opinions and views on racism.- Catherine Farinas
Before doing this documentary, I realized that many people are affected by racism. Mostly African Americans and Latinos are affected. - Colin Suarez
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