Post #4 Mind Map

Sorry this took so long to post was very busy this week i’ll try to get everything in faster


Minelle Sarfoadu

4 Responses to “Post #4 Mind Map

  • Emily Rinkema
    4 years ago

    Hi Minelle–Your mind map gave me a lot to think about, but I was most struck by your comment that racism is impossible to end–that it’s a part of our history. I read that this morning before coming to work, and thought about it for my whole drive. It made me think about how much we are (or have to be) defined by our history, and that understanding and acknowledging that history has to be the first step to any improvement in ourselves and our communities and our world. It’s easy to look back at our history and compartmentalize it–to say, “that was then,” or “I had nothing to do with that,” or “things are so much better now.” But by doing that we let ourselves off the hook. Our past is a part of our present–it’s the foundation–so when a part of that foundation is based on intolerance, atrocity, racism, and oppression, it makes sense that our present will be shaky at best. Thanks so much for making me think this morning.

    • Minelle
      4 years ago

      You’re right our past is now our present and we do say a lot to cover that we’re being racist but all these saying just make it way worse because putting it in your head that you’re not doing wrong will make you more likely to do it again. Kids now aren’t taught be racist but some are and some are taught lock the doors when a strange black male walks by the car or all black people are poor and play basketball but not everyone is taught that’s way. Sadly, I’ve fallen down this road too of being racist plenty of times I’ve judged someone because of their color or if I get in trouble in class I’ll assume it because of my color although it’s not I’ve had this thought stuck in my head and it’ll be my first assumption. I try to not be stereotypical or racist because it won’t change anything but makes me stand out more. Thanks for looking at my mind map!!!

  • Minelle,

    Thanks for sharing your mind map. I think it reflects your desire to dig deep into this issue and try to gain a full understanding of it.

    Two aspects of your map got me thinking. The first was the bubble with the question “why can’t people understanding they’re being racist?” It made me wonder about how racism is addressed in schools. When is it taught? Is it only taught in history classes? If it is only taught in history classes, does that send the message to students that racism is a thing of the past? Or, does racism only get mentioned in school if there is a racial incident because teachers are mostly uncomfortable talking about it? None of these possibilities seem like the right way to address racism in schools to me.

    The second aspect of your map that got me thinking was the bubble with the words schools, businesses, and government. I’ve read some news articles lately about institutional racism, which is when racism is expressed by and through large institutions, like governments. So, for example, the stop and frisk policing policy tends to target minorities. And something I don’t know a lot about, but I’m curious to learn more about, is the practice of redlining neighborhoods. Basically, banks drew lines on maps showing which neighborhoods were risky to give out loans. And, those risky neighborhoods tended to be African-American neighborhoods. There is research out there that shows that this practice, though now illegal, has had many long lasting effects. Anyway, your mind map made me think about government practices that perpetuate racism.

    Is there an aspect of racism that interests you, or gets you really fired up, or that you want to better understand? Is there some part of racism that you think you can take action on to change?


  • Emily Gilmore
    4 years ago


    After we spoke and you shared your mind map with me, I cannot seem to get it out of my head (both our conversation and your map). At first I was struck by a seemingly pessimistic tone, particularly in our conversation when you mentioned how you believed there was no way to totally get rid of racism. I also realized it is my white privilege that allows me to believe with a little TLC (tender love and care) everyone can accept one another without judgment. Thank you for pushing my thinking. I do believe by understanding the history of systemic racism in the United States, we (Americans) can break down the remains of the inherently racist institutions and bring about lasting change and equity for Americans.

    I am so interested to see how you continue to frame your research and I continue to look forward to future conversations.

    Ms. Gilmore

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