Synthesis Post on Poverty and Race

OK, I now get why we read all of these articles and books before we go out to change the world. It ignites a strong passion within to go out and be a change agent. The only lens I can ever see these writings through is that of a relatively privileged white male. Unfortunately throughout the class we take the brunt of blame for the treatment of minorities and mistreating others. And rightfully so. There are so many points to make about these topics but a few poignant ones come to mind. The first point is I feel like it takes an incredible amount of self control to be a minority or a woman and not hate white men. White people have a terrible habit of lumping entire races or religions together. Take the current racial/religious climate in the world right now. Our President has never had to face a day of adversity a day in his life. I mean true adversity, not ‘having many successes’ which he treats as a sacrifice…which still doesn’t make sense to me. The man started off with a small million dollar loan from his father. I use the term small there lightly. He ran on a platform of hatred and bigotry, painting Muslims, Mexicans, and people who didn’t look like ‘us’ (which is hilarious because no one looks like him in the entire world) but managed to convince enough people that he will unite this country and still bring us together. I still see MAGA hats around but mostly read about it online. He is tasked with making decisions that will effect ALL Americans, not just the ones who voted for him and I think he forgets that. Within the now secret dealings of the GOP healthcare bill it will allow millions of underrepresented Americans to not have health care and die because they don’t have insurance. Why doesn’t anyone blame the insurance companies. Insurance companies provide important services to Americans but at what cost. Insurance executives are some of the wealthiest in this country and have people who literally can’t afford their services. They get rich off of other people’s misfortunes and especially poor people who can only afford to have bare bones coverage and get hurt. That can ruin lives while they are sitting on fat stacks of money. We as a nation pay exponentially more than any other country literally just to stay alive. I write about this to tie it back to myself and how this affects me. My parents are about to retire and were both Trump voters, solely because he was on the Republican ticket. When they retire they will be on Medicare and his latest budget had huge cuts to Medicare. Guess who will be stuck with the bill if they ever become gravely ill because there won’t be enough money in Medicare to help anyone. This current administration is literally like the perfect storm for all of the topics we have read about and discussed and policymakers who can further divides that have been built up and for years have been slowly coming together. It is extremely frustrating to watch happen to people I love across the board with an administration that refuses to get proximate to any issues. I can rant all day about this stuff but these are the issues that are closest to my heart because they affect those who I love. ┬áThe readings were great, thought provoking, frustrating, and SO easily translated to every day life in today’s world.

Gender Bias in Kids

This is something that I wonder if is pretty universal or just happened to be the case. I guess my point being that I find it odd that in one year these changes occur. I learned about development scales as kids grow up but it never included gender biases. Look at the emojis, look at TV, look at the way news is presented. It’s funny to me because I can relate just about any situation to The Office. There is a part when Kelly is applying to be Minority Executive in Training. Dwight says to her, “You can be the next Indian Bill Gates.” among a few other CEO’s. She says, “I can be the next Julia Roberts.” She wasn’t picking up what he was putting down and he gets frustrated but this furthers the point. Also, she isn’t a kid but from an early age young females are meant to revere actresses for being pretty and dolls instead of true leaders. Remember how much crap Meryl Streep got for for calling out our current President? People do this all the time but she was out of line apparently. I guess my point with the data in the group is just the stark contrast between the two years, I totally believe that this happens at some point in young kids lives.

Instructor Bias

Wow, I just got swept up into reading so many of the comments on this article. I don’t know if anyone else ever does this but it can be quite entertaining. People don’t even realize that their own biases are influencing their answers…or maybe they don’t care. Anyway, I never thought when I was a student that a professor or administrator would care to read these, especially if they were tenured. The questions were open ended and asked how I felt about certain things which rarely had to do with quality of instruction. Who is an undergraduate student to judge the quality of instruction? Can they qualify quality of instruction? Without discussing their biases about HS teachers its no wonder their thoughts continue in regards to race, gender, etc.

Female Emojis

This is honestly not anything I had ever realized. I use emojis but usually it’s the poop smiley face one that apparently is chocolate ice cream. I did notice with the most recent iOS upgrade that they added different skin tones. The professional ones are such stereotypical jobs for their given genders. Maybe it is so ingrained in my mind that I didn’t even know. Damn, biases you win again. This would be such a subtle change but if we change the way we talk about it we stand a chance of changing the narrative.

Secrets for Women Working in Business

These are not a surprise based on FFC and the other readings. I almost have complete opposite experiences in every meeting I attend. I kind of get impostor syndrome while the women leaders dominate the speech…a few to be exact. As far as the piece about women not getting credit fairly: there has been multiple times I have come up with ideas and had the credit stolen from me by my female bosses. I’m not blaming them because they are women, I’m just saying I can sympathize with how frustrating this is by experience. I wouldn’t be able to stand working in a place that systemically did this to me.