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March 27, 2007

Race

While reading about inferential racism, it made me think about how my culture studies teacher told the class, “Everything is suspect.� In other words, just because people say something is a fact, and even if it’s supposedly been proven, there should still be doubt. Otherwise people will just continue to live their lives not questioning or achieving anything. An example would be how it was acceptable for Blacks to be taken to America to become slaves, not many questioned it at first, it was a part of life. Only afterwards are we able to see how completely wrong America was.

In terms of boundaries, I can only think of a couple examples where they could be considered being crossed. White rappers, for example used to be awkwardly accepted. It took a while for them to come into the industry. They aren’t quite seen as the same kind of rappers as blacks are, even now, and drifted off into a different genre of rap. Another thing I thought of during discussion is how my friend told me that people can create an all (choose your race besides white) school, but not an all white school. After thinking about this, I realized that it was completely different. When another race creates their own group, then they are seen as promoting diversity, or celebrating who they are, but when whites create a group, it seems as though they are racist. I suppose this is possibly a type of overt racism towards white people, but maybe not. In the end I don’t think that schools should be separated by race, anyways.

March 8, 2007

People Like Us

Personally, I found the video annoying. To me, the message was that there are cultural boundaries between class and race that separate us, and not only that, but that we keep it this way. I found this a little bit too obvious of a message. Also, it was asked that we think about the choices of clips for this documentary. I thought that the clips from both the rich and the poor were way too biased. In both cases there were extreme choices of people, and comments. I know there are people like this out there, but it makes it seem like all rich people are arrogant and hate everyone else, while they try to make people either pity or avoid the lower class. Underneath the documentary, I felt as though they were pointing fingers at people, but not addressing any type of solution. In my opinion, people are separated into different groups and classes and there is nothing anyone can do about it without brute force. One thing that the documentary completely left out is that although boundaries separate people into classes and groups, that doesn’t mean that people can’t and aren’t getting along with people from other classes. The video made it appear as though the different groups created by class separated us socially, but I don’t think it does. The video also made it appear as though rich people are more likely to not want to do with the lower class than the lower class not wanting to do with the rich, as if the lower classes for some reason all desired to be accepted and within the high class society. I’m not saying that there aren’t people like this, but more that the examples weren’t necessarily a good representation of the common values and beliefs of the American society.