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Lecture 11

Lecture 11: Everyday Racism and Affirmative Action

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Vanina Sztainbok

SOCB53 – Lecture 11 (Mar. 26) Update on Head-Tax Restitution:  2006, Harper’s government made an official apology and gave $20,000 Chinese-Canadians who had paid the head tax or their surviving spouse.  This March: the B.C. legislature postponed a vote to officially apologize to Chinese Canadians Everyday Racism – Philomena Essed  “Everyday racism has been defined as a process in which socialized racist notions are integrated into everyday practices and thereby actualize and reinforce underlying racial and ethnic relations. Furthermore racist practices in themselves become familiar, repetitive, and part of the “normal” routine in everyday life.”  She was trying to think about the subjective part of racism. Peoples feelings, etc.  How individual acts are connected to large structures, systemic-processes.  Difficult to study and prove. Do a qualitative study. Saw commonalities between the stories of different peoples. Or it keeps happening to the same person.  Five Characteristics: o Reflected in different types of experiences o Permeates everyday situations  At work, school, stores, etc.  Cognitive: How they feel about it, why they feel that way etc.  Underestimation: people assuming that you are less competent.  Vicarious: It might not be directed at you, but you still feel it.  From reading: Blaming people of colour for their own stupidity.  Pathologizing:  From reading: When the woman pointed out that something was racist, it was redirected at her for being the one finding issues in everything. o Involves repetitive practices  Repetition: a similar scenario recurs across and within autobiographical narratives.  Racist because it resonates with something in the past. o Involves heterogeneous experiences o Involves specifications of general processes of racism  Linked to general processes of racism (structures, ideologies, discourses) o Supported by ideological and structural factors. Interactions support the existing racial hierarchy. o “For pr
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