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Systemic racism in America; at the foundation of the social contract and the significance of choice

Year: 2023

Presenter Name: Roxana Carranza

"In this paper I analyze the systemic treatment of people of color in America. I propose that America's social contract and individualism is rooted in racism by creating differences between races and seeing people of color as inferior. This in turn, creates an issue of separation on a systemic level. I claim that this issue creates a ""trickle effect"" where the individual adheres to the social contract and in turn allows the contract to continue to purport systemic racism. This I contend allows for ignorance in individuals as they are not educated in how their choices affect everyone on the systemic level. Therefore I propose the choice of the individual to challenge the social contract (as is stated that we have full right to do so in America's Declaration of Independence) and educate ourselves of the struggles that people of color face on a day to day basis.
University / Institution: Southern Utah University
Type: Oral
Format: In Person
SESSION D (3:30-5:00PM)
Area of Research: Humanities
Faculty Mentor: Gretchen Ellefson
Location: Union Building, PANORAMA EAST (3:50pm)