the whiter the better

the whiter the better
I read in the autobiography of Malcolm X a thesis that was tought to black people and that is that the whiter a human, the better a person.
Malcolm conjectures that black people consider mulatoes better subconsciously because of that. this kind of stereotyping rule has ramifications even today. it may not be manifested in everyday life but take for example positive discrimination. I think that in order to show that certain companis do not discriminate, they hire a prototype of a minority which they are accused of discriminating. similar event happened to me while I was driving and was not obeyed by a driver next to me. I saw that there was a group of gypsies and I reasoned that that was the reason why they did not let me go in front of them because a white (the whiter the better) driver would yield. here I realized that subconsciously I also live according to stereotypes. similarly with women. There are many survey that women in fact are not worse drivers than men but they are told that they are and that is paradoxically the reason the drive probably with no such certainty as men. women do take these reproaches that are not based on any racional argument seriously. when I see a woman driving who makes a mistake I subconsciously vindicate her behavior on the basis of her sex. when a man does a mistake I subconsciously say to myself that he has a bad day or something irrelevant like. I think that these patters that we live by are very deeply rooted and must be actively and seriously analyzed and decomposed so that we are capable of seeing not so blurilly but clearly based not on stereotypes but on personal traits and qualities.


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Are women minority?

Woman are not very likely worse drivers than man – at least not inherently. They have been told they are and that is very likely the reason why they might actually be worse drivers. This statement shows the fact, that what we receive, what we are told is much more imporant than what is given genetically, inherently. This parallel can also be applied when dealing with the issue of race – although there is a biological difference between “races” eg. color of skin, physiological constitution (black people are predominantly physically larger and stronger than white– seen for example among bodybuilding champions). What is given is not as important as what we receive via education and societal relationships. Seeing woman as weaker is man´s viewing of the world – strenght for men is very imporant and thus men apply it also to woman. If the world was ruled by woman, empathy and sensitivity would be seen as a merit, and physical strenght would not be seen as any great advantage. Some women want to look strong, because strength is valuable in men´s world, if it was women´s world, empathy would be seen as valuable. Such striving weakens real women´s perception of what is important – showing that not empathy, but to look like men want women to look. This also corresponds very much with the objectification of women as men´s gadget. Woman beauty today is very much adored, but I am afraid that even women conform to this notion of being beautiful, but not in their own way, but in the way man like it – to be attractive for man, consequently as a tool for men´s pleasure. Some women tend to forget their beauty and rather look as men want them to look, because in today´s world man´s word is much more powerful, thus these women lose their real inner sense of what is good for them and rather conform to the mainstream viewing of women beauty.

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Minorities within states and nations

What happens when a minority starts to gain influence within a larger community or a state or a nation? When a minority group immigrates into a foreign state, the usual way is to create a community where these minority people gather. This is unfortunate but natural, one usually seeks sameness-group with same attributes, be it social (status) or racial/national. Social attributes are those which can be changed. One can transfer from one group into another, these communities are in my point of view natural, problem arises when one sees and seeks a community as a rigid unchangeable system – based on nationality or a color – in other words on inherent difference. This is usually the case with migrants – be it turks in Germany, Vietnamese in Czech Republic, or large Muslim communiteis in the suburbs of Paris. The greatest problem is in my view education. No more than 30 percent of Turks in Germany finish high school education. Majority of Turks work in menial jobs and Kebab-restaurants. This would not be a problem, but is this separation voluntary or not? Do they want to assimilate into the country which accepted and adopted them or do they want to retain they lifestyle which is very often not on good terms with the culture and style of the majority people? The country which accepts people into its land should welcome them in order to create a plural and multicultural society, but the immigrants should always be prepared to give up the customs not used or even despised in the (usually more civilised) country which accepts them – most notably the radical branch of sharia law which is still common in some Arab countires. Should we welcome immigrants as those who should partake on our inheritance or should we guard it against them? On one hand the migrants need a shelter from the richer culture, but on the other how can the dominant culture ensure that it stays so, in other words that it can guard itself against the minority which might grow into majority? Maybe this was the fear that white Americans had against black community. Considering the immigrant crisis, one sees the dichotomy between accepting them – inviting them and sharing our inheritance with them vs. not letting them in, claiming that what I have is my own and there is not a reason for giving it to others for free. In America, whites were never to accept black people and suddenly in the 20th century there was a great, maybe too radical a change, as even some black leaders claimed. I think that the most important thing is to see everybody not as a cultural object, but as an individulity which has inaliable rights-the same should be viewed by the coming,immigrant culture. The incoming people should always know that they will be sheltered when in need, but the right to individual freedom should always be kept, notwithstanding religion, gender or color of skin.

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