We’ve discussed the individualism of the U.S. culture. Yet the dissidence to that notion is that American Capitalism is a team sport. So how can a bunch of individualist form strong and competitive teams? This is an example of the Chess rules they inject into our game of checkers. Many of us don’t quite understand how to play this capitalist game, and we end up at the bottom rung.
As we fill out an employment application or hand over our resume it is a question that we ask, “May I join your team?” Yet the gatekeepers have a particular type of person they are looking for in each available position. If they are looking for a running back and you are slow… If they are looking for a Center and you are short… If they are looking for a person with a bubbly people person personality, and you are a introverted tech person…
Each team has a gatekeeper. The gatekeeper’s job is to screen people from entering or exiting their team. For example, a human resources manager is a gatekeeper for the corporate team. They have a list of all the qualifications for each position, they manage the corporate culture and personality traits that are required for entry. Another example of a gatekeeper is a high school math teacher. The grade that she assesses you earned in her class is gatekeeper responsibility that determines if you move up, get to graduate or if you gain access to college.
Life is filled with gatekeepers, and many people don’t realize this fact until it is too late. They have failed in the eyes of many gatekeepers and find themselves underqualified to join teams that grant the reward that we desire.
It is easy to get the impression that American culture is individualistic and lose the idea of the team effort. The first and most important team that anyone will be a part of is family. If one is born into, or creates a strong family team environment, they have an advantage. Yet, often times parents team building skills are contingent upon the family team they were raised in. It is to the advantage of each young adult to objectively assess their childhood to accentuate the positive and admonish the negative to ensure an expanding legacy.
The second team a person enters into is one that is designed by the government. Thus through this team government has the right, option and power to influence all citizens’ outcomes. Schools are funded and managed by government employees. Their focus is education of the 3 r’s (Reading, Writing and Arithmetic). So there is a delineation of responsibility between the first team and the second teams impact on the lives of our youth. The family team is responsible for prepping students for academic success. The second school team is to create the academic success. Read more
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The study of the existence of racism is a sociological conversation. Yet the answer to racism in America does not exist within the field of sociology. The discussion may lie with political pundits, yet the answer is not within political science. Economics is the leading cause of racism, yet correcting economics will not end racism. This is why a person’s economic status does not resolve his exposure to racist activities.
Sociology studies what is happening and why. Political science is the game of power grabbing. Economics is the study of how society accumulates and distributes its scarce resources, and in America there is a positive correlation between being Black and being poor. Yet knowing Black history will not change the future of racism. The real answer to racism is within the field of psychology. The Psychology of the 310 million American minds is where the answers are.
So what is the psychology of racism? It is the psychological possession of an inferiority or a superiority complex. Read more
1867 to 1965 The slave system was replaced by Jim Crow laws which limited Negro’s opportunities to grow financially by way of institutional lock-out of prerequisite assets and knowledge.
Prior to slavery, African tribal warfare and intertribal indifference was exploited as Africans captured other Africans and offered them to European slave traders at the coast of Africa. On these slave ships were hundreds of Africans who were not Africans by “Nationality.” To the contrary, they were a variety of country/tribal persons with vast differences in cultures and beliefs. They may have united given their common servitude, or they may have been mortal enemies throughout their lifetimes regardless of their captivity. Read more
Dear Econ 4 class, I’ve taught this course for about ten years now and one of the topics of current U.S. economic system is the institutional racism that is woven into the fabric of this nation. The writing is more on the wall than ever within those ten years. I don’t really feel it is my current job to teach you that racism exist. The main reason for that is two fold. Firstly, if you don’t know it exists by now, there is nothing I can do or say that will make you change your mind. Secondly, if you do feel as if racism does not exist, and thing everyone who believes they feel oppressed is crazy, that mere thought process is evidence to the fact. So this year, I will be considerate of those who wish to not deal with or live in ignorance of the factual historical and current phenomenon.
So for those who say that the two most powerful men in America are African America stands as proof to the contrary, I say, if that is what you choose to believe, be my guest. Read more