Posted by Priyanka Sharma on
04 Mar, 2020
Urban racial segregation is one of the most underrated issues of this century. Most widely witnessed in North America (especially the US), racial segregation in cities shows up a variety of ways. But the evident of its form is the housing and urban planning policies that clearly draw a line between the privileged and the underprivileged. Such bias has existed in different cultures and nations in varying forms.
Whatever form such biases exist and in whichever part of the world, some strategies can be applied to deal with them and bring equality and justice in cities.
- Addressing both institutional and individual sources of prejudice and discrimination in the contexts and situations in which the participants in the program or activity learn, work, and live.
- Seeking to influence the behavior of individuals, including their motivation and capability to influence others, and not be limited to efforts to increase knowledge and awareness
- Dealing with the dispositions and behavior of all racial and ethnic groups involved
- Including participants who reflect the racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of the context and should be structured in such a way as to ensure cooperative, equal-status roles for persons from different groups
- Having the support and participation of those with authority and power in any given setting
- Involving children at an early age, and new entrants to organizations should be continually encouraged and reinforced.
- Being part of a continuing set of learning activities that are valued and incorporated throughout the school, college, or other organization.
- Examining similarities and differences across and within racial and ethnic groups, including differences related to social class, gender, and language.
- Recognizing the value of bi-cultural and multicultural identities of individuals and groups, as well as the difficulties confronted by those who live in two or more cultures.
- Exposing the inaccuracies of myths that sustain stereotypes and prejudices.
- Including the careful and thorough preparation of those who will implement the learning activities and provide opportunities for adapting methods to the particular setting.
- Thoroughly analyzing the learning needs of participants and on continuing evaluation of outcomes, especially effects on behavior.
- Recognizing that lessons related to prejudice and its consequences for any particular racial or ethnic group may not transfer to other races or groups.