Breaking Bad Habits of Race and Gender: Transforming by Sarah Marie Stitzlein

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Over time, the beliefs of eugenicists trickled into school textbooks and popular rhetoric used in classrooms as Galton and his followers employed schools to institutionalize their racial hierarchies. Mid-nineteenth-century attempts to define racial purity and degrees of intermediateness led scientists to investigate which traits were transmitted to new generations over time and to what degree. ”35 Charles Darwin, writing slightly before and during the time of Galton, pursued the study of heredity, leading him to challenge the discreteness of race to an extent.

Adopting the current “no-races” view is not enticing for many because it does not aid one in navigating a world where race continues to operate in everyday life. This view is not reconcilable with their experience of the world as organized by and sensitive to the habits of race. Letting go of a category that still has significant effects in the world is hardly persuasive to many people. A Historical Look at the Making of Race 45 Many students struggle because they experience race as real, yet they hear slogans in school that deny race by touting the essential sameness of all people.

When we are honest with ourselves we acknowledge that a habit has this power because it is so intimately a part of ourselves. 30 Even though these bad habits appear overwhelming when described as such, we are generally not conscious of them, and they have no meaning for us because they are not connected to ends. Because we do not reflect on them, meaning is unable to arise from consideration of their consequences, shortcomings, and successes. Hence, they fail to be educative and to guide our lives in fruitful ways.

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