On Wednesday we talked about Essentialism and how it ties in with Rosanne's remark "Poor white trash". As Bettie states, whiteness is referred to the middle class. The assumption is that when whiteness becomes a 'problem' it needs to be named and the problem "trash" meaning in poverty or poor. One thing I'm curious about is when other races use terms like "ghetto" or "fob" (Fresh off the boat). The word ghetto is often used by Blacks and the word fob is used by Asians. It's interesting because when we think of "ghetto", we often think of black people and how it immediately ties in with "poverty" especially when it is used to describe something or someone. Same thing goes for the word "fob", used to describe asian immigrants. When the term is used, immediately we think of asian immigrants who cannot speak English. These are all examples of essentialism because we assume these characteristics are tied in with the identity race. As for the unmarked identity, these racialized term are both assumed of a lower class. Although I liked the fact that Bettie talks about identity and identity markers in relationship to essentialism, I would of liked it if she also talked about how these terms are seen from other cultures and races.