Week 7 : thoughts on white supremacy

As I read through the articles shared in the post, some ideas of the articles impressed me and made me think about a variety of things. When it comes to white supremacy culture, even though we don’t have the term, “white supremacy,” in South Korea, I could notice that the description of white supremacy culture’s characteristics is very similar to capitalism’s one. If white supremacy was a phenomenon happening only in the US, it would be a very difficult concept for me to understand. But, for now, it is an understandable norm to me, and its antidotes are also applicable to Korean society. And I found out that those antidotes to white supremacy could be life’s principles to anyone who wants to live in a society that emphasizes inclusivity. As I read this sentence, which explains one of the antidotes, “work to recognize the contributions and skills that every person brings to the organization,” I could remind of our class, in which all students can share their experiences and knowledge related to the topics to discuss.

Regarding the need of competition in the field of education, I’ve been thinking like “too much competition is bad. But, without competition, no better results are there.” I totally agree with the idea that we should be cautious not to value competition over collaboration. Instead, it seems like collaboration’s value should be more appreciated in this highly competitive modern society. Especially regarding the field of education, when students start to receive education in unequal socioeconomic status, emphasis on competition could deteriorate the academic performances of students who are in difficult situations and hardships. However, in terms of our market system, a lot of companies compete fiercely with other companies. So, we need to make sure that students know this competitive reality that they will face in the future. In this regard, competition value also shouldn’t be neglected.

1 thought on “Week 7 : thoughts on white supremacy

  1. Samantha Lilienfeld

    It’s so important to situate the topics and readings for today’s class beyond US borders, so thank you for surfacing this perspective. Perhaps we can discuss in class: What implications does US white supremacy culture have internationally? In thinking about white supremacy culture and racial capitalism in higher ed and at CUNY, what global framework do we need to include?

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