Video: Mellody Hobson: Color blind or color brave?
Black women wanted to succeed in the business world at all levels but many companies refuse to hire them due to color blindness and sometimes racism so they asked companies to be color brave and accept other minorities, then two major companies began to have black female CEO's as more and more black women were accepted into the business world.
Human Geography: Chapter Five
The Big Heart
Essay Question: What do The Big Heart and Human Geography: Chapter Five have to say about how an identity is formed, and how it can change over time.
"Be unique, by a [insert product]" is a common line used to sell cars and clothes alike. To many, one's identity is determined by how one acts, looks, and by what their beliefs are, but this is not all there is to identity. Identity is how we and others define someone. It is much more than physical belongings. It is a meshing of the experiences, emotions, connections, and rejections we have throughout our lives, and because of this it is constantly changing. One's identity is also different at every scale across the world stage, with people of different areas viewing others by larger and more broad terms such as nationality or ethnicity. Identity is also how someone associates sexually and in terms of their gender. While some may refute identities' ability to change, and state that people cannot change their identity after a certain age, this is not the case. Human Geography: Chapter Five proves how identity can change by identifying the processes through which identity is formed, some of which are also key roles in changing existing ones too, and by showing how this identity manifests its change in different scales across the globe. The article The Big Heart, by Tony Perrottet, then shows a modern example of how the city of Houston and its residences are changing their identity at every scale right now.
Though it happens to everyone, identifying how identities form is crucial as it allows for predictions of how the cultural landscape of a region will change and why it has before. According to Human Geography: Chapter Five, identity can form through several different methods, which all can contribute to changing an already existing identity as well. One important way that identities can form is through the process of identifying against another group of people.
Almost all of these vectors for change can be seen occurring in Houston right now in the modern day. For a very long time, Houston has been seen as a very white, Republican, conservative, and sometimes down right xenophobic city built off of the oil industry which boomed there for the longest time. This identity was actually true for a while, as many white Americans worked in factories and oil refineries across Houston, however in recent years this perception could not be farther from the truth as Houston, and more importantly the people of Houston, has changed its identity from that of a primarily white city to that of one of the most diverse cities in the nation. Studies by the Kinder Institute of Urban Research have found that the most equitable location for
This example, along with the explanation of the underlying processes which cause it, are a clear cut example of how identity is not a rigid and defining aspect of a person and place, but rather a fluid definition which is defined by many different factors at any given time. Identity is not just defined through what a person wears, but how they act, as well as by their nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexuality, all of which are subject to change at different times and for different reasons. This distinction of identity as a fluid definition is important, as it allows for us to look at how we define others and whether that definition is correct, or if, like Houston, the identity has changed. It tells us as a world to always challenge our views on a person and place, as it may be that a person truly has changed.
Extra Article and Mormonism and Homosexuality:
"To bar a gay man or woman from communal acceptance and access to religious practice is hopelessly misguided." - Observer News
Homosexual Mormons wanted to have homosexual marriage and practice their faith but recently the Mormon Church has banned married homosexual members as well as their children from going to Mormon churches so the homosexual Mormons were forbidden from practicing their faith, then they decided to march on Mormon churches protesting the rule prohibiting married homosexuals from practicing the Mormon faith.
Extra Credit Video:
This is a perfect video showing how someone's identity can be both religious and homosexual despite perceived conflicts. It shows how someone can have a multi-faceted identity and how each part can interact with the other, for example the man in the video is both very religious, Mormon, as well as homosexual, meaning that he will not be able to marry another man and must live a celibate life.