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Structural Barriers to Disaster Resilience: Race and Ethnicity II. Session 10. Session Objectives. To analyze the extent to which white privilege continues in the U.S. today To examine the structural effects of race on U.S. society

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Structural barriers to disaster resilience race and ethnicity ii

Structural Barriers to Disaster Resilience:Race and Ethnicity II

Session 10


Session objectives
Session Objectives

  • To analyze the extent to which white privilege continues in the U.S. today

  • To examine the structural effects of race on U.S. society

  • To describe ways in which racism results in hazards vulnerability

  • To suggest ways to reach racial and ethnic minorities with emergency and mitigation measures


Why does white privilege seem like a strange topic
Why does white privilege seem like a strange topic?

  • Tendency to think of racism as putting someone at a disadvantage

  • Less thought given to the advantages it creates

  • Results in special treatments throughout each day

  • Taught not to recognize it

  • Taken for granted


What are some daily white privileges?

Dealing with people in authority similar to self

Not likely to be singled out because of race

Neutral neighbors

Not being regularly viewed with suspicion

History is about people like self

Never asked to speak for your whole race

Others?


Segregation
SEGREGATION

  • Minority groups have historically been separated, or segregated

  • Hypersegregation describes U.S. today

  • Most blacks and whites live in separate neighborhoods or communities

  • This is especially true in the north



Ghettoization
GHETTOIZATION Metropolitan Areas

  • Isolation

  • Out of sight, out of mind

  • Easy to stereotype everyone who lives there

  • Separated from good jobs

  • Leads to further poverty

  • Upwardly mobile blacks now able to leave

  • Development of a permanent underclass

  • Hopelessness, violence, crime


Feminization of poverty
FEMINIZATION Metropolitan AreasOF POVERTY

  • Difficult for men to provide for families

  • Many families without male breadwinners due to

    • Outward migration for work

    • Military service

    • Prison

    • Desertion

    • Illness, injury or death


Political marginalization
POLITICAL MARGINALIZATION Metropolitan Areas

  • Isolated from mainstream politics

  • Limited chances to elect leaders

  • Makes it easy for needs to be ignored


Social vulnerability
SOCIAL VULNERABILITY Metropolitan Areas

  • Marginal land

  • Marginal housing

  • Environmental degradation

  • Poor schools/low education levels

  • Poor insurance coverage

  • Less access to disaster-related resources


Why is vulnerability based on racism a social justice issue
Why is vulnerability based on racism a social justice issue? Metropolitan Areas

Effects of institutional racism keep many minorities trapped in unsafe homes and communities


What can emergency professionals do
What can emergency professionals do? Metropolitan Areas

  • Know their communities

  • Utilize local resources

  • Target educational programs

  • Develop outreach programs

  • Incorporate special initiatives into response and recovery plans

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