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Choose one of Iris Young’s “Five
Faces of Oppression” and one level of Gordon Allport’s “Scale of Prejudice” –
define them in your own words, and then give an example from your own
experience of each type of oppression that you’ve chosen – something that
happened to you (either as oppressor or oppressed), or something that you
observed happening to someone else. Be sure to conclude your story with a
sentence that makes clear how the examples illustrate the oppression.
What does Berlin & Fowkes’
LEARN model (Listen, Explain, Acknowledge, Recommend, & Negotiate) do for
patient/healthcare provider relations? How can the LEARN model help to regulate
discrimination in the healthcare field (like the type discussed in the lectures
& TED Talks)? Please offer a story – either your own personal story or
something you saw/read – to clarify your answer.
A normal reaction of people when
first beginning to consider issues of diversity is to believe that social identities
do not really matter, that they treat everyone equally, and that they do not
see differences (“I don’t see color” etc.). We saw some of that in Jane
Elliott’s videos (I’m thinking specifically of the blonde teacher in The
Event and the blonde student in The Angry Eye). We also
see in the videos how that kind of belief denies and negates the truth of other
people’s experiences. Briefly explain how “not seeing differences” can
be more problematic than helpful, then tell a story about this sort of denial
and the harm (either actual or potential) caused by denying the truth of
someone else’s experience. You may either tell of your own experience or
something you’ve observed or read about
Alongside learning about oppression
& the various –isms (racism, sexism, etc), we have spent time discussing
privilege & how it can apply to many different areas, such as race, class,
religion, gender, sex, etc. How can privilege affect the ways that we treat
people, both in general & in the healthcare field? Choosing one area to
discuss (meaning don’t talk about race, class, religion, AND gender, for
example – pick ONE), talk about what privilege can look like in that area &
then how our perceptions can be affected by our own privilege (or lack
thereof). Please include an example to clarify your point.
What are some of the ways that you
can deal professionally with a patient or client whose views are diametrically
opposed to your own? How does an African American nurse deal with a wounded KKK
member? How does a Christian doctor handle a Muslim patient? What philosophies,
methods, or practices (cultural humility, checking privilege, being aware of
ethnocentrism, LEARN, etc.) would you employ to deal with a situation like this
& why would they be affective?
Explain what microagressions &
hate speech are, offering real-life examples of each. Then explain how the two
are different from one another (intention, affect, etc.) & why it matters
that we can tell the difference between them.
Think about the ways people usually
resist the notions that oppressions, such as racism or sexism, still exist in
today’s world (for example, the way people resisted Elliott’s workshops) &
explain how their negative reactions are often a result of privilege. How can
we better explain the notion of what privilege is to people who are so
resistant? Can they acknowledge oppression exists without acknowledging their
Drawing on the material in the
lectures & personal experiences, explain what unconscious bias is and
provide real life examples. Why is it important to acknowledge these
implicit/unconscious biases & how they affect our behaviors?
Explain what systemic/structural
racism is, using real life examples from the lecture material. What makes this
type of oppression so difficult to combat? How can those of us that have
privilege in certain areas work to undo/undermine structural racism?
In your own words, explain what
intersectionality is & why it is important in identifying both privilege
& oppression. Offer real-life examples of how intersectionality can work to
help people work against discriminatio