Racial Strategies Term Paper

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Racial Identity Development

Which stage best represents your current racial/cultural identity development, using one of the models discussed in class.

Under the Racial and Cultural Identity Model, there is focus on five different stages (i.e. conformity, dissonance, resistance / emersion, introspection and integrative awareness). This is also called the Hispanic-American Identity Development Model. The one which best represents my identity is resistance and emersion. This is because it questions standard beliefs and often contributes to challenging these ideas using a number of techniques. The most notable include: questioning why someone should be ashamed for who they are, sociological / psychological forces associated with discrimination, extreme anger at cultural oppression, the rejection of the main ideas from contemporary society and members of the dominant group are viewed with a sense of suspicion.

In this case, I feel that the system will often seek to oppress someone who is challenging standard beliefs. This causes me to focus on the way an individual is impacted by these attitudes and how it influences them. Once this occurs, is when I have a better understanding of what is happening and the way this will impact their behavior.

Which experiences have led you to this stage of identity development? Use personal examples to illustrate different stages/statuses of your racial/cultural identity development.

The experiences which have shaped this stage of development are focusing on past experiences. They are based upon how racial attitudes are embraced and the long-term impact they are having on stakeholders. For instance, in one situation I seen someone who is of Latino decent by being associated with the traditional stereotypes (i.e. they worked menial jobs and lacked any kind of education). This made me feel a sense of anger, as he was someone who supported himself through law school. Once he became older is when, people still embraced these attitudes in spite of the fact that he had his own law firm.

In many different ways, I began to reject these views. This is because I…

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Racial / Cultural Identity. (n.d.)

Cripin, C. (2014). Social and Cultural Identity.

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