WISP Assignment 2 Prejudice and Discrimination Benjamin Liew S10045866A Wong Wei Kiat S10046214A Poh Perng Jie S10046652J Quah Pei Shing Emily S10048567D
Part A: What Was not right With the USA In 1991?
History from 1990 to 1992 Los Angeles Riots of 1992
Video of the beating of Rodney King ( African-American)
53 people killed
Thousands were injured
Transition from Slave to free states Civil War in USA in the past -Bleeding Kansas (Border War) 1854-1858 African Americans were in slavery since 1607 in North America in Virginia (both white and black) In 18th century slavery was applied mostly to Black Africans
What triggered the “race” riot in LA? Scars of long history Unsettled hatred from the past Lack of mutual understanding Lack of proper communication between each races
Low standards of health care access and delivery Institutional racism Discrimination in housing Education Policing Criminal justice and employment Social Inequality of African American
Prejudice leading to discrimination
In a poll by yahoo, it is proven that at least 40% of white Americanthinks negatively towards the blacks.
-the whites just hates the blacks- what ever the blacks does, the whites will never treat them differently.
Other factors Critical positions in the Government are all held by non-African Americans Voices of African Americans are silent by the majority White thinks that the blacks are slowing down their economy and causing unwanted problems to the country
PART B – What about Singapore in 2009?
Singapore facing ageing population Technology advances, longer lifespan Elderly, pregnant women, gender Slow working speed, constraints Feared retrenchment Tough finding a job after 50 years old
Since 1970s, economic was unstable from time to time 2001, 2002, unemployment rose to 5% 2002, 54 year old Malay women desperate for job Knew multi-languages Near retirement age Singapore faces economic crisis
4 months maternity leave for mother
2 months leave for father
Companies wary of pregnant women
Not sufficient income to support the child
The predicted future Singapore will be prosper Standard of living much higher Higher taxes Higher school fees More people are struggling to cope
The election 2042, election of government Older employees vote for government who can solve unemployment problems Experienced remain in company Inexperienced remained unemployed Youngsters at disadvantage VS
People lost focus in life Money spend on smoking and drinking More people start joining gangs People do not see the need to study Get quick cash through unlawful ways Youngsters start discriminating older people Pregnant women struggles to proof to be productive at work Social fractions and divisions
If left unchecked, could make the imagined future of 2061 a reality?
Part c: What can We do to prevent The imagined future Of 2061 from Become a reality?
How to minimize social divisions? Promote racial harmony in country as a nation together
Through Government promoting the advantages of a multi racial nation.
Residential community singing the same tune as the government to promote and plan events that stress on importance of racial harmony.
How to minimize social divisions? Educate students in schools about cultural difference and tolerance
Having culture exchange in school during festive seasons.
Learning of each different races’ culture and origin.
Practice tolerance and patient attitude towards each race.
Promotes the unity of all the different races to come together to defend Singapore as a nation.
Protect each other when one fellow Singaporean saw another being bullied or took advantage of.
How to minimize social divisions?
Problems and challenges Global influences
Terrorist attacks on the people
= may create distrust between Muslims and other races in Singapore.
= Other races from other courtiers that come to Singapore to work but do not share the same harmonious attitude as fellow Singaporeans.
Problems and challenges Ageing population/low birthrate
Government promotes life long learning where people don’t stop learning
Attractive incentives and privileges to encourage more younger Singaporeans to get married and give birth
More laws to protect the elderly
How to successfully implement the solutions? Support of community and fellow Singaporeans
Parents teaching the young ones the correct attitude and correct values
Individuals showing care and concern for each other in a community
Look beyond age, skin color and religious differences
How to successfully implement the solutions? Individual must do their own part
Live out what is being taught
Being genuine to all
Discourage any act that will harm the unity and understanding of people
In Summary Problems of discrimination and prejudice will always be around. No matter where you are or any country you are in. Teach and live out the genuine attitude and correct values. Make the world a better place to live in together.