Race and Racism 545 Fall 2014 (A. Nouvet)

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Champlain College, Fall 2014

This course will introduce students to the concept of race from the perspective of biological and cultural anthropology. The first part of the course focuses on the distribution of human biological variation and compares this variation to contemporary ideas about race. The second part traces the historical development of the concept of race, the role that slavery, colonialism and science have played in the dissemination of the belief in race, as well as modern ideas of race. The third part of the course will explore the reality of racism through case studies from various countries, with a focus on Canada. A consideration of the effects of white privilege and how racism can continue to exist in democratic societies will also be undertaken.

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by vansoccer on October 26, 2014
The article “’We’re in this until the Name Changes’: Debate over Washington Redskins More Intense than Ever”, published by the National Post and written by Joseph White. The author begins by stating that aboriginals, as well as other people, think the famous football teams’ name, Redskins, is racist towards Native Americans. Though the argument has come and gone, it is now as intense as it’s ever been, to the point of being forced to make a decision in the near future.

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by azizzagoyette on October 25, 2014
            In the article “With Black Students, Some Schools Are More Ready to Punish Than Help” by Piazadora Footman, illustrates some problems regarding race is schools. It states that there are inequalities between some races, where, for example, Black children get punished instead of helped when in need of extra help. The author goes on to explain why she states her argument. Her son Xavier started to act up in school and was constantly being punished at school.

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by fceram on October 24, 2014
      The article “Discrimination associated with mental health woes in black teens: Racism a common ‘toxic stressor’”, written by the American Academy of Pediatrics, was published in Science Daily on May 3, 2014. This article stresses how racial discrimination does have an impact on the mental health of non-white youth, especially African-Americans and Afro-Caribbean. The authors reinforce the idea that adolescence is a critical period where identity is being developed which is why it is of great concern.

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by PamelaBoudreau on October 24, 2014
The article “Experiences of racism associated with weight gain in African American women, study shows” by Boston University Medical Center in the Science daily from March 4, 2014 explains a link between obesity in African American women and racism. The article demonstrates racism being associated with a higher risk of obesity among African American women through lifetime experiences. The article also shows that racism causes stress which makes the victim have an unregularly metabolism which causes the accumulation of excessive body fat.

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by anniedubeee on October 23, 2014
In the article “Company Sells Native American Headdress, Says It’s Not Racist In The Worst Way Possible”, in Huffington Post, by an anonymous author, on October 1st, the reader is introduced to the DollsKill Company, new Halloween costumes. Like many other companies, the author argues, some of their apparel falls under the cultural appropriation. The disturbing costume in question is a fringed feather headpiece, which is made to portray an Aboriginal person in traditional attire. An anonymous email was sent to call out the blatant racism.

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by kanyewestsego on October 19, 2014
            The article “It Has Been 47 Years since This couple Helped Redefine Marriage” by Emily Thomas in the Huffington Post from June 12th, 2014 discusses an early case of interracial marriage between whites and blacks. People should not be restricted to who they can love based on race or color but how they personally feel about the person. The article examines a couple in 1958 that fell in love in Virginia but the problem was Mildred Jeter was a black women and Richard Loving was a white man.

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by nalmaghrawi on October 19, 2014
The article “Racist signs are popping up all over Saguenay, Quebec” by Stephanie Mercier Voyer in VICE news from August 7th, 2014 explains how the small town of Saguenay has grown to be increasingly racist. It explains the presents of racist stickers appearing around Chicoutimi that were given out by the Federation des Quebecois de Souche. The FQS stated that their main reason for doing this was because they believed that the presence of these religious groups it has impacted Quebec’s most valuable institutions. The campaign mentioned the restriction made on halal and kosher foods.

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by Addes123 on October 16, 2014
            John Kass wrote an article called “Teacher’s lesson about racism offends his bosses”. This article is about a well-known and respected history teacher, Alan Barron, trying to teach history to eighth graders. He was showing a video about ‘black faced’ people in the 1900s, they were in fact learning about racism. An administrator saw this clip and suspended him due to this incident, and it was not said when he should be back.

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by Georges Melki on October 8, 2014
In light of the course and its designated subject matter, the article “Tim Uppal, Multiculturalism Minister, Victim Of Racist Incident” in the Huffington Post’s Canadian Branch from the 9th of September, 2014 details how Tim Uppal and his family were the victims of a racist incident. Taking to Twitter, he had this to say: “"So this actually happened tonight...A woman leaving the tennis court looked at me and my wife and said 'are they members? Why can't they play in the day - they don't have jobs'.

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by kanyewestsego on October 5, 2014
In the article “Civil Rights Act: Colorado Springs woman’s prejudices evaporate through experiences” by Caro; McGraw, posted on July 2, 2014 states Lucy Bell lost her prejudices towards minorities. Bell grew up in North Dakota, a place where racism is often felt towards the native population so she always held these prejudices. She went on to become a school teacher and surprisingly to her she taught native students. This was an eye opener to her as she saw injustice and how wrong racism was about their culture.

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by vansoccer on October 1, 2014
The article “The one place in Canada where racism is still tolerated: native reserves” by Jonathan Kay in the National Post from September 22nd, 2014 explains that Kahnawake, a native reserve in Quebec, is enforcing a racist law. This law’s goal is to remove any non-native residents who live in the reservation. Kay states that people have left threatening messages to those who refuse to leave. Kahnawake is financed by big public transfer payments, meaning, the Canadian government is funding a racist community.

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by nalmaghrawi on October 1, 2014
The article “Rhetoric of racism, from Ferguson to Palestine” by Nadia Barhoum posted in Aljazeera on September 4th, 2014 explains how there are parallels of shared experiences between many African American and Palestinian people. It compares the recent events that took place in Ferguson, and in Palestine this past summer, the shooting of a young innocent black man named Michael Brown, and the killing of over 2000 Palestinian people.

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by Melissa93 on October 1, 2014
In the article “Achieving Diversity in Police Ranks No Easy Task” by Allen G. Breed and Sharon Cohen in the ABC News from September 14th, 2014 explain the lack of diversity in police’s all around. One police named Bill Carson from St-Louis suburb of Maryland Heights noticed a diversity problem. In a department of 79 officers, there are just one black and one Hispanic officer. In most areas, there are rarely more than two black and one Hispanic officer’s. Most officers worldwide consist of mostly Caucasian men. If someone is not a white male, they are considered a lower rank.

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by Emily24 on October 1, 2014
 The article “Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist” by Nicholas Kristof emphasizes the idea that although many consider themselves none racist, they still act in a way that actually is. The author believes that the major issue is not racism itself but instead the people who believe themselves to be moderate and non-racists while acting otherwise. Through the use of evidence taken from surveys and experiences, Kristof proves that although some strongly believe in equality their actions suggest otherwise.

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by 1030735 on October 1, 2014
The article “'Human Zoo' Exhibition Featuring Black Actors In Cages Shuts Down After Protests”  by Pricilla Frank on: 09/24/2014, Speaks of nothing more than the title explains, a human zoo (That being an exhibit of humans usually displaying cultural differences between Europeans of Western civilization, and non-European people around the 19th and 20th centuries). The recent display of the human zoo that was named “Exhibit B” was demonstrating Africans Americans using a human zoo as a representation of them throughout the centuries.

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by LP on October 1, 2014
The article “Racism on the Rise in Australia: migrants report cultural shift” by Cosima Marriner in the Sidney Morning from April 6, 2014 explains the current situation of racism in Sydney. Racism is becoming very common is Australia, from being harassed on public transport, not getting a job interview to regularly being asked about your origin and when did you move here? A survey done by the Scanlon Foundation has shown that the percentage of discrimination against skin color has increased by 7 percent since 2012.

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4 years 11 months ago

Your topic is really interesting and I really enjoyed reading about the article you chose and how a utilitarian would judge this situation. Looking at this case from a virtue ethicist, we can say that Emma Czornobaj is a “good” person, as she shows signs of positive traits, which Aristotle calls “virtues”, such as compassion and friendliness. However, one could also argue that compassion and friendliness towards animals such as these ducks she stopped for are different than the compassion and friendliness towards humans, causing a problem as to whether or not Emma Czornobaj is really a “good” person or not from a virtue ethicist's point of view. Hence, a major flaw in virtue ethics is it’s incompleteness as it may need to rely on another theory to help answer certain questions like the one mentioned above about whether or not Emma is a “good” person.

4 years 11 months ago

Your post was very well written and descriptive. You gave multiple view points on the euthanasia debate which made for a strong post. Deontological ethics is the belief that by rule if your intentions are believed to be moral when you act than it its morally correct based on duties and rules. In this case, Canada should not pass a law on making euthanasia legal or not and leave it up to the reasoning of the individual to do what they believe to be moral. Morality is not based on consequences.

4 years 11 months ago

Your post is good because it is straight forward and to the point. It address the issue, explains it, and then your opinion is given. I believe that these big companies must do what will bring the most happiness to the largest amount of people. In the long run, harming the environment will bring pain to the planet so I take a utilitarian point of view and believe that making companies environmentally friendly would be the best decision because it will bring happiness to everyone long term.

Reply to: Inspiring Woman
4 years 11 months ago

Inspiring women
Your title was really appealing which made me want to read the rest of your work. Virtue ethics is a theory supported by Aristotle and Socrates that focusses on defining what is a good life and what makes a good person rather than questioning what are good acts. It relates to your news summary since Virtue Ethics would consider Linda Solomon’s act as ethical since she did it by pure generosity and generosity is a positive character trait which make her a good person.

Reply to: Bullying kills
4 years 11 months ago

You touched an important issue since bullying is a major problem in our society and many people prefer to not talk about it (but it is important to inform people). The theory of Deontological Ethics fits well with the issue of bullying since deontologists focus on a duty to avoid or practice certain actions. Many people look at the issue of bullying from a deontologists point of view since they believe that we have a moral duty not to bully. Even if bullying one person helped five others, bullying is always bad. Bullying is immoral and each and every one of us have a moral duty not to bully.

Reply to: Homelessness
4 years 11 months ago

I think your summary touched an important subject in our society. Homelessness is present in practically every city in the world and it is a subject that is sometimes put aside since many people have the false belief that homeless people are in that situation since they do not work hard enough like everyone else. From your post, I think that you are looking at the issue of homelessness from a Utilitarian point of view. Utilitarian theory aims to create the most happiness and pleasure and looks at the consequences of acts instead of the motive, which fits well with your approval of the “Homeless Bill of Rights”. Giving access to food and shelter would increase the overall happiness of a lot of homeless people so it is the best thing to do.

5 years 3 weeks ago

After thoroughly reading your post, I can clearly see some ethical dilemmas being raised. Although Makayla could have received treatment for her cancer and ultimately have survived, she ended up dying at home while receiving traditional treatments instead. An ethical question that could be asked here is: “Is the ultimate survival of an individual more important than their traditional beliefs?” Makayla ultimately chose to follow her tradition instead of continuing with chemotherapy, which had way better chances of keeping her alive…Some may say this is moral, and others may disagree. This was a very intriguing post to read because it somewhat relates to my latest post about allowing young children the right to die, which is the reverse of yours, but still ties-in with the whole “to live or not to live” dilemma. Check it out if you’re ever interested: http://newsactivist.com/en/news-summary/flacks-ethics-winter-2015/should.... Overall, great post! :)

5 years 3 weeks ago

I strongly agree with Amelie E-D that we should not trust Nike. The post was very well written and straight forward to the point which was good. Nike is a company who mass produces their products in factories outside of America so they can lower the workers conditions and treat them horribly. The problem with Nike is they do an amazing job of advertising their product so most people want to buy their products but do not know how bad their production system really is. This creates an ethical dilemma where people want to save money to buy their products cheap but do not want to support the poor working conditions that take place in the production of the Nike product. Do they value their saving money or stopping poor working conditions in other countries more? Many would think the decision is a simple one but disappointingly most people choose to save money.

5 years 3 weeks ago

I am going on a volunteer trip overseas next year, so topic like this one really interests me. Your explanation of the problem and its effects on the workers was really clear and precise. The problem you are describing brings a dilemma since many people agree that things need to be change and the companies who hire those workers are doing really bad things, but on the other hands, many also agree that without those companies, men would not have a job and would not be able to feed their families. The dilemma is to choose between the health of the workers or the health of the rest of the family.

5 years 3 months ago

I believe that your analysis of this issue was spot on. I do agree that hockey is an emotional sport, and many of the fans are bound to get emotional as well, but racism has no place in hockey. Fantastic players have originated from all places and races of the world. There is no race in hockey that is superior that another and therefore race should not be used as a weapon to emotionally injure a player who has excelled.Subban once told a reporter that “As far as I’m concerned, I’m looked at as a hockey player. If people want to be ignorant and want to look at me as something else then they can. I’m a hockey player. I’ve played hockey all my life. It’s a sport that I love and I’m not worried about anything like that” (Article Below). This incident was an example of people made uneasy by being beaten and tried to reassert their dominance by putting Subban down using one of the only weapons they had left in their arsenal. This not only resulted in those involved to look foolish but also showed how some people react when their dominance is threatened. Subjects as delicate as race should not be used against players of any sport because their race does not help or hinder them in any way and therefore has no relevance in the world of sports.

Article: http://sports.nationalpost.com/2014/05/02/boston-bruins-take-right-step-...

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