Whiteness as racial category that we learned from this week usually connects with racism and identity. Whiteness separates the people who are different like them in white. The white hegemony is also the thing that developed with whiteness. Whiteness theory treats whiteness not as a biological category but as a social construction. Also the Whiteness-privileging mechanisms work in several, sometimes paradoxical ways. We learn about whiteness in this week ,which could help us to know deeper about white in race and identity.
There is a very interesting topic that we learned this week from the lecture and readings is about the race, wealth and income. It seems that it’s the fact that although when black and white children come from families with similar income, but they are not at the same socio-economic level, the reason is because their family wealth levels are usually so different. From historically, black and white people received different levels of education, and their families have different economic status. Till now, those differences still exist even though the two different families receive the same income. Paying attention and study the problems like this could help people to recognize the problems here connecting with race and wealth in the society.
The interplay between individualism and racism is kind of complicated. While one thing that I want to talk about is individualism helps people to express their individualist opinions about race and ethnicity, while racism should gradually eliminate because people should not receive discrimination because of their skin color and culture. Individualism can help strengthening the society in different ways. With different development in economy, politics and other aspects in the society, racialism should gradually eliminate.