1. A normal reaction of people when first beginning to consider issues of diversity is to believe that social identities do not really matter, that they treat everyone equally, and that they do not see differences (“I don’t see color” etc.). We saw some of that in Jane Elliott’s videos (I’m thinking specifically of the blonde teacher in The Event and the blonde student in The Angry Eye). We also see in the videos how that kind of belief denies and negates the truth of other people’s experiences. Briefly explain how not seeing differences” can be more problematic than helpful, then tell a story about this sort of denial and the harm (either actual or potential) caused by denying the truth of someone else’s experience. You may either tell of your own experience or something you’ve observed or read about.
2. Alongside learning about oppression & the various —isms (racism, sexism, etc), we have spent time discussing privilege & how it can apply to many different areas, such as race, class, religion, gender, sex, etc. How can privilege affect the ways that we treat people, both in general & in the healthcare field? Choosing one area to discuss (meaning don’t talk about race, class, religion, AND gender, for example — pick ONE), talk about what privilege can look like in that area & then how our perceptions can be affected by our own privilege (or lack thereof). Please include an example to clarify your point.
3. What are some of the ways that you can deal professionally with a patient or client whose views are diametrically opposed to your own? How does an African American nurse deal with a wounded KKK member? How does a Christian doctor handle a Muslim patient? What philosophies, methods, or practices (cultural humility, checking privilege, being aware of ethnocentrism, LEARN, etc.) would you employ to deal with a situation like this & why would they be affective?
4. Explain what microagressions & hate speech are, offering real-life examples of each. Then explain how the two are different from one another (intention, affect, etc.) & why it matters that we can tell the difference between them.
5. Think about the ways people usually resist the notions that oppressions, such as racism or sexism, still exist in today’s world (for example, the way people resisted Elliott’s workshops) & explain how their negative reactions are often a result of privilege. How can we better explain the notion of what privilege is to people who are so resistant? Can they acknowledge oppression exists without acknowledging their own privilege?
6. Explain what systemic/structural racism is, using real life examples from the lecture material. What makes this type of oppression so difficult to combat? How can those of us that have privilege in certain areas work to undo/undermine structural racism?
7. In your own words, explain what intersectionality is & why it is important in identifying both privilege & oppression. Offer real-life examples of how intersectionality can work to help people work against discrimination