Race and Racism Fall16 Gr.544

About this class

This course will introduce students to the concepts of “race” and racism 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” and the role that slavery, colonialism, science and the media have played in the dissemination of this concept. Students will also be introduced to the concept of white privilege. The third part of the course will explore the present-day reality of racism through case studies from various countries, with a focus on Canada and the United States. Special attention will also be paid to the effects of racism on children and adolescents. 

by meg52 on December 11, 2016

Meghan Oberg

December 2, 2016

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by bndayishimiye on December 10, 2016

This article is very interesting. Since I was born, I have never heard of force marriage but in this article. This article shows the beliefs and culture of people from Congo which it might be relevant to a lot of people especially people from Asia.

This article mentions how a lot of girls in Congo committees force marriage because they lost their verity. Parents and communities believes that a girl should stay virgin until they get married and when they have sex before then, they get kicked out of the house and in the community as well.  


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by Mass02026 on December 9, 2016

During the process of applying to college, students are greatly influenced by the media. One thing specifically that has been studied is the effect that media coverage of college scandals has on the amount of applications that particular school will receive the next year. Too much surprise a significant decline in applications was recorded. When negative information comes into the limelight, students are going to pay attention. Access to the media is literally at student’s fingertips. When students receive this kind of information they are very responsive


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by cec7795 on December 9, 2016

The article I choose to write about takes a look at if the time we spend using the internet and technology infringes on how we spend our free time


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by Richmond Huot on December 9, 2016

The negative image of video games that is being displayed by the media is definitely over the top but with how adament they are about it, it really does make one question how much is too much or is it fine just like any other hobby or sport.


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by Kaela Schumann on December 9, 2016

This article researches the effect the use of the Internet has on people being interested in different cultures. The research is conducted mainly on Europe.


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by kayla_bourbon on December 9, 2016

On the excel table above, I compared the unemployment rate in US veterans of different nationalities in six of the largest cities in the country. Before I conducted this research, I never would of put veterans and unemployment in the same category because I found there correlation bipolar. I blatantly assumed that a US veteran would always have some form of occupation or job status until retirement. What’s most surprising is that some of the final results were expected, but there was some demographic evidence that I didn't see coming.


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by Julia on December 9, 2016

With the holidays fast approaching we often think of it as a time for indulgence, neglecting diets, and enjoying meals with loved ones. However some people, children in particular don’t have this luxury. In both developed and underdeveloped countries children face nutrition deprivation. In a study by Zhang and Hayward, the long term effects of childhood undernourishment on cognition are exposed.


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by BLMayotte on December 9, 2016

Most admit that stigma does surround those who are mentally ill and prejudice can follow these individuals. Despite this knowledge, the connection between perception, mental illness, and gender is usually not addressed. Though many are unaware, the gender of an individual has a major impact on other’s perception of their illness.


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by samtighe55 on December 9, 2016

Poverty in America is one of the biggest issues plaguing our country. According to the following table, thousands of people are suffering each day and it plagues more aces than others


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by Bayleaf42 on November 17, 2016
In França and Monteiro's (2013) research set out to observe racist or racially-biased behaviours amongst younger and older white children within a group dynamic. In this, we will only be observing the first of two studies in this paper. The hypotheses that the researchers had come up with were that the white children would be more likely to be credited than their black counterparts in general, and that older children are more likely to display egalitarian values than the younger kids when rewarding others where accomplishments were similar.

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by SimDes07 on November 15, 2016
Ibrahim Mohamad Karkouti’s (2016) study investigated the effect of predominantly White institutions (PWIs) on educational experiences of African Americans students. The main hypothesis of the study was that higher education institutions tend to have a conservative culture and discriminatory recruitment policies that create racial issues concerning the enrollment of African Americans students and their experience as college students.

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by Haleyduncan98 on November 14, 2016
Racism Experienced by the Australian Indigenous Population

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by CastanheiroA on November 14, 2016
Ariana Castanheiro   Racial Microstressors, Racial Self-Concept, and Depressive Symptoms among Male African-Americans during the Transition to Adulthood Summary

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by Noemielongpre on November 14, 2016
Patcher, Bernstein, Szalacha and Coll’s (2010) study investigated at which frequency children see or are in presence of racism. The hypothesis of this study was that racism could have negative impacts on the health and development of a child, but also on his emotional and psychological reactions.

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by Ycheng on November 14, 2016
In Denton Callander, Christy E. Newman and Martin Holt’s (2015) study talks about the sexual racism on social media in the LGBT community but more precisely at men that identify as gay or bisexual. They check if there was any correlation between the attitude towards sexual preference, multiculturalism, sexual racism, ethnicity, education degree and sexual identity. It was mentioned in the article that people who had a preference towards certain ethnicity or a “no dating rule” towards a certain ethnicity is considered as sexual racism.

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by PaulRaphael on November 14, 2016
Paragg’s (2015) study investigates the inability of mixed-race individuals to identify fully as “Canadian.”

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by Emile David on November 14, 2016
    Is Sexual Racism  Really Racism?  

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by camilleouellet on November 14, 2016
Caughy, O’Campo and Muntaner’s (2004) study observed the relationship between how African American parents experienced racism and on how was their preschooler children’s mental health. The authors also examined the influence of the families’ neighborhoods on the two other variables named above. The authors hypothesized that the African-American parents’ experience of racism and how they responded to it had an effect on their children’s development and mental health. They also wanted to study if the neighborhood’s conditions had any influence on the other variables.

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by James Coyle on November 13, 2016
Caughy, O'Campo and Muntaner’s (2004) study examined the relationship between African American parents who have experienced racism and the mental health of their children of pre-school age. The main hypothesis of the study was that parents who self-reported experiences of racism would have an effect on the development of their children socioemotionally through the effects of their strategies of racial socialization. The participants of this study were predominately African American, but the study also included European Americans as well as mixed race people.

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by AlisonD on November 13, 2016
In Amy L. Tobler, et al.’s (2012) study “Perceived Racial/Ethnic Discrimination, Problem Behaviors, and Mental Health Among Minority Urban Youth,” the researchers investigated the frequency and intensity of racial and ethnic discrimination experiences and their association to problem behavior and mental health (p. 337).  The researchers hypothesized that the frequency and intensity of racial/ethnic discrimination experiences has a relationship with the health and behavioral outcomes of adolescents (Tobler, et al., 2012, p. 339). The study took place between October 2008 and October 2009.

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by NickG on November 13, 2016
Amina Chaudhri and William H. Teale did a study called “Stories of Multiracial Experiences in Literature for Children, Ages 9–14” (2013) and the study wanted to see stories of multiracial experiences in literature for children. The study is looking for racial discrimination in books that children read (9- 14 years old), the studied books for children that are based on a multiracial main character. The study starts by showing that literature is a tool for people and kids in order to build an identity, which is most important for children.

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by hunter_c on November 13, 2016
In 2008, there was a survey conducted by Grossman and Charmaraman regarding the issue of racial-ethnic centrality (the degree to which people identify race as an important and crucial part of their identity), white privilege, and what it means to be white. Their sample size was 793 white teens (ages 14-21) from three different high schools in the New England area, and approximately 50% of the participants were female.

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by Mariam Mikhail on November 13, 2016
In his research, Ignatius Samuel interviewed 54 African American male adolescents measure the impact of culture on their perspective of help-seeking behaviors. He found that these individuals are less likely to seek help from mental health services especially if they were anteriorly involved with the juvenile justice system. The researcher chose male adolescents between the age of 15-17 that are either still receiving mental health services or that received help in the past.

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by Thormaclennan on November 13, 2016
Swartz, Arogundade and Davis’ study (2014) focuses on the reflections of 164 students in a South African university in Cape Town, on their own personal experiences with the social structures and historical contexts of “white privilege” or any sort of un-earned advantages or disadvantages they feel that society gives them based upon certain attributes, either race, gender or sexuality. The study investigated the relationship between perceived experience with either societal advantages and disadvantages with race, gender, sexuality, etc.

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3 months 1 week ago

Thank you for choosing a topic that not many people talk about. This is a topic that is very important to me and speaks to me. I remember hearing about that story with the dog being dragged behind his owner’s truck. I was so upset when I heard about that, after that i went to hug my dog. How can people be so cruel? I see post about animal abuse all over my Face book and each one breaks my heart. Your post was very interesting and actually taught me a couple of things. I didn’t even know that the maximum penalty a Canadian can face is six months in jail and that they have to pay $2000 fine. Your post was well written and right to the point, you put the important facts and did not put any useless facts.

3 months 2 weeks ago

Your article is very well written. It is very clear and easy to understand. I loved your title, it really stood out when I saw it and it got me very curious. A problem that I have with your post is that there’s no background information on Zimmerman case or the effects that it had. Next time try to provide a little more information about your topic so that the readers understand what it going on. I like how you included quotes into your post but they could have been integrated better. Next time try to integrate them into your sentences and not just shove them in like you did. Other than that I find that your post was very well done.

3 months 2 weeks ago

The title of your article drew me in and it intrigued me. It stood out from the other posts, so good job on that. The post itself is very descriptive and full of interesting facts that I didn’t know about. It was very clear to me that you analysed your article to better understand it before writing your post. However a problem that I have with your post is that some of your sentences were a little confusing and hard to understand. I had to re-read some of them a few times before I understood them. So for your next post try to make your sentences easier to understand. Also, you mention how Wendling is a reliable source because he is an educated and has a verified account on Twitter that is only given to people who are reliable and provide the truth. Are you sure that this point is accurate. Not everyone on Twitter is trustworthy and reliable. You should talk about how BBC itself is a reliable source. But other those small problems, you’re post was really well done and interesting.

5 months 2 weeks ago

I was drawn to your post because I found the title very catchy and I wanted to learn more about the issue. I had already heard about the wage gap, but I had not realized how much it is still present in our society. In fact, I cannot believe that it is still an issue we are talking about nowadays. Women work just as hard as men and are just as capable as men to handle the same jobs, so I think there is absolutely no reason that they get a lower wage. In addition, I was surprised to learn that women occupying a female dominant position are collectively paid less. It automatically made me think about the concept of white privilege described by Peggy McIntosh, which she links to male privilege. If we can notice male privilege in our society, white privilege must be another important issue. White privilege is an issue that we tend to forget because it is considered normal and we were taught to think this way. It goes the same with male privilege, males tend to see it as normal. Fortunately, the wage gap is getting smaller and the issue is getting more recognition. I think this issue comes from the roots of an old way of thinking and the more time goes by, the more it changes. Finally, your post was interesting and it did motivate me to go read other articles about the problem.

6 months 2 days ago

What initially drew me to this post was the topic surrounding the context of sports. Being a sports fan it has been difficult to incorporate much on race and racism into sports so I felt the need to attempt to tackle this topic. What also drew me to this topic was that we had previously discussed this situation in class so I wasn't completely blind to the situation at hand. I found it very interesting that there are certain tribes that back the Redskins name just because they use a different name and they don't find the Redskin name racist. I find this kind of selfish because they are disowning the racism involved just because it doesn't affect them directly. For it to be necessary to make a change in sports teams using Native culture to garner profit, all Indigenous people must be on board in fighting against racism sports teams names. When you brought up the topic of how some cultures could be offended by these team names it made me think about an in-class discussion we had concerning Halloween costumes and how some are insensitive to certain peoples culture. These are similar because both corporations (sports teams and companies that sell these Halloween costumes) are taking advantage of these cultures by using them for a profit. The point you brought up about there being many more Native team names out there just shows how "acceptable" this has become and it will talk the Native people and everybody else to come together and protest against these offensive team names.

6 months 2 days ago

What really drew me to this article was the tittle. Being a college student I know what the nights out usually are and how they can turn out to be. Having tried alcoholic beverages in the past, I also know their effects and how they can easily become addictive to someone that has low control over itself. It is interesting to know what influences college students to drink so much and how bad their consumption is compared to non-students young adults. I was surprised to see that the drinking behavior were less about one’s own control and will to drink but more about how peers influence our behaviors and how we drink mainly because they tell us to drink. It also shocked me to know that even non college students were peer pressured to drink a lot. I could relate this study to something we saw in class. The peer pressure aspect of this mad me reflect upon how racism becomes normal to a person when everybody is doing it. How easy it is for a kid to insult a minority group student because everybody else is doing it and telling him to do it.

6 months 2 days ago

I found this post to have an intriguing title, since I consider myself to be somewhat of a conspiracy connoisseur, the idea of a government lying to its citizens peeked my interest. Although this title caught my attention, I do not think it rightfully represents the article. The article shows a perhaps suspicious connection between obesity and food stamps, but this does not really relate to the government lying. However, I thought the findings of this study interesting, especially the 'food deserts', how can a neighborhood be expected to eat healthy on food stamps when there are no healthy options? Also how children learn their eating habits from their parents but also get information on healthy habits at school, this reminded me of something we've covered in class. Racism is learned from parents (and media), and these days schools seem to be making more of an effort to encourage a more inclusive and diverse environment for the children it teaches. So, all in all, a catchy title that got the job done in reeling in readers but does not, in my opinion, represent the contents of the article, and an enlightening topic that opens the floor for discussion and further reading.

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6 months 2 days ago

Regarding this post, I was first drawn to it because it was one of the first to be presented to me and that no one has posted a comment on it yet. I was curious to look at it and to look if there were something "wrong" about it. However, I believed that the only thing missing concerning that post, is a catchy title. I have read the first couple of sentences and I decided that this would be the post that I will write on. My reaction while reading was that the article of the students was very educative and I was also surprised by the fact that it has been conduct in a class of white people. Moreover, I was attracted by the goal of the study; the researchers wanted to compare the questionnaires at the beginning and after having taking the course. Overall, the post written by GianLeNinjaDeKonoha was very clear and interesting. I can relate this post to one of the subject that we have covered in class, which was one of my favourite; White Privilege. I think that this subject would deserved more attention from course. Like we have read in Peggy McIntosh article, white privilege is a package that we often don't realize we have. To finish with, I didn't felt the need to go read the article of this student since it was very well described.

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6 months 3 days ago

This is a very good post ! The thing that caught my attention was the title of the post "Education for all". This post made me think about the fact that education is a thing that most people take for granted because it is accessible for them. However, it is true that disabled people do not have equal access to education. It was very interesting to learn that education has a great impact on disabled people's health and their autonomy. Overall, this made me think about a concept that we learned in class: "White privilege". When you said " they will be put at an extreme disadvantage in society making their success and quality of life difficult to accomplish", it made me think about the fact that minorities are put in disadvantage in society as well. Because of their "race" the education system may be not treating them equally, which has a negative effect of their chances to succeed. Also, when you stated that " they are given lower standards" and "fall significantly behind their peers", is similar in many ways to the fact that racial minorities are given these stereotypes that they "can do less", when in reality they are not given the same opportunities. That is why I thought your post made me think of the concept of White privilege. Very good post !

6 months 3 days ago

The first thing that drew me to this post was the catchy title. These days many discussions are about the Black Lives Matter Movement and I wanted to know what this article had to say about it. Reading carefully your post, it made me realize how much people from another ethnicity or race struggle to have a better lifestyle. I think it is nonsense that people receive less job opportunities simply because of where they live. This needs to change! When you mentioned that many African Americans from these neighborhoods end up not being paid as much or at all du to a better options made me think of a concept I saw in my Race and Racism class. In fact, it made me think of individual racism which is defined by a form of racial discrimination that stems from conscious and personal prejudice. I related this concept to this article since not being paid well enough simply because of where you come from has no link with how much skills you have to perform this job, but only because of who you are as a person. Overall, I thought your post was very good and it made me really think on reading this article!

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