In our unit on Race and Ethnicity, we will be examining material that illustrates that although race is not a biological reality—it is a social, political, and economic reality that is linked to a socially constructed concept of race. Use examples from the text to provide evidence that race is a sociocultural construction. Post to Discussion Board by Sunday, Feb. 26. In your answer comment on one of the following questions. Respond with a comment, question, additional info, etc. to at least 2 classmates’ journal entries. Select one:
1) Central to the concept of the American Dream is the notion that anyone who works hard enough will be rewarded. The idea is that anyone can “pull themselves up by their bootstraps.” How has this been made more difficult for people not defined as white? What is the long term impact of that denial? What difference does unequal access to resources (financial, social, and political) make in terms of your life opportunities? Be sure to use examples in your answer.
2) What is white privilege? Explain, providing examples from the text, or other sources. See the recommended text for this class.
3) Discuss the social construction of race in the context of the last presidential election. What does the election of Barak Obama mean for a discussion of race in the U.S.? Does his biracial identity alter the discussion of race? How? Is the U.S. a postracial society as many pundits have claimed? Why/why not?
4) Attend a Martin Luther King Day event and write up a review of it.
5) Attend the Women of the Middle East festival on campus this week and write a review and discuss the relevance of the event to our course.
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Triton Student Center, Brier Hall
425.640.1339, Ext. 7227
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Edmonds Community College will host a Women of the Middle East Festival 11 a.m.-5