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University of San Francisco
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Chapter 4: Disrupting Prejudice: A Communicative Approach
Disrupting Prejudice: A Communicative Approach
You know, I'm rather dark brown and not tall. Every time I go with my assistant, who is Sweden descent, you know, tall, blond and blue eyes, to evaluate a job and negotiate prices, invariably people talk to him, see him in the eye and once in a while look at me, but keep talking to him. This is so even when at the end it's me who signs the contract and directs the job.
Being ignored, not being seen, is a social fact that occurs in real time everywhere to most people. As Mr. Argueta's story suggests, some individuals are blatantly ignored in ordinary, everyday conversation. As anthropologist John Ogbu2 discovered in his studies of ...