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WGST 303 Day 7&8 Race & Racism
WGST 303 Day 7&8 Race & Racism
WGST 303 Day 7&8 Race & Racism
WGST 303 Day 7&8 Race & Racism
WGST 303 Day 7&8 Race & Racism
WGST 303 Day 7&8 Race & Racism
WGST 303 Day 7&8 Race & Racism
WGST 303 Day 7&8 Race & Racism
WGST 303 Day 7&8 Race & Racism
WGST 303 Day 7&8 Race & Racism
WGST 303 Day 7&8 Race & Racism
WGST 303 Day 7&8 Race & Racism
WGST 303 Day 7&8 Race & Racism
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WGST 303 Day 7&8 Race & Racism

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  • 1. Dr. Sara Diaz WGST 303: The *isms: Race, Class, and Gender Gonzaga University Dr. Sara Diaz WGST 303: The *isms: Race, Class, and Gender Gonzaga University Race & Racism
  • 2. Inequality for All? Prosperityfor whom?
  • 3. Response Question • What is meant by “triple jeopardy?” According to the authors, how should it be addressed?
  • 4. Intersections • Race & Disability • Shared history of Eugenics • The idea that the human species (referred to as race at the time) could be improved by selective breeding of people w/ desirable traits. • Assumes social traits are biologically heritable. • Advocated by biologists and medical doctors. • Nazism and the holocaust. • Unpopular since 1950 … but still present in a lot of our thinking.
  • 5. Eugenics • The idea that the human species (referred to as race at the time) could be improved by selective breeding of people w/ desirable traits. • Assumes that un/desirable social traits are actually biologically heritable. • At one time was widely accepted by biologists and medical doctors. • European variety of eugenics led to Nazism and the holocaust. • Unpopular since 1950, but still present in a lot of our thinking.
  • 6. Discussion Questions • How does eugenics shape our discussions of race and economic inequality today? • How does eugenics shape our understandings of citizenship? • How does eugenics influence our understandings of “belonging” and group boundaries?
  • 7. Discussion Question • According to Elizabeth Martinez, what has been the prevailing U.S. attitude toward Latinos? • Why do some people maintain that Latinos do not experience racism?
  • 8. Discussion Question • Why does Kibria argue that that the “model minority” stereotype is harmful? • How is it harmful to Asian Americans? • How is it harmful to other people of color in the US?
  • 9. Discussion QuestionsDiscussion QuestionsDiscussion Questions • Explain the fear of ambiguity Ferber talks about in her essay. • How does Ferber address the issue of ambiguity?
  • 10. Discussion Question • Why does Martinez argue we need to move beyond the black/white binary in discussions about race? • What is at stake in doing so?
  • 11. Discussion Question • Why/how are pan-ethnic coalitions formed? • What are some advantages and disadvantages of creating such coalitions? • What are some of the limitations of the term “Asian American” that Kibria outlines? • Can the same be said of terms like “African American,” “Latino,” or Native American? • What about “people of color”?
  • 12. Ambiguity • How have/do people dealt with racial ambiguity? • What is at stake when the boundaries are too broad? Too narrow?
  • 13. Boundaries, Community, Positioning • What are the criteria for membership in a racial category? • What are the grounds for being identified as belonging to a certain race? • How do racial boundaries suggest membership in a community? • How do the boundaries mark a community of persons who share more than simply an externally imposed designation? • What is the position of the group within the racial hierarchy? • How do groups relate to one another?

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