Race and Racism Fall16 Gr.545

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 Stevie_Wonder00 on November 26, 2016
Lalonde, Jones and Stroink (2008), analyze and study the influence of racial identity and racial attitudes on the socialization approaches and tactics used by black Canadian parents to deal with the racism and discrimination that is present in our modern society, regarding them.

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by Farzana on November 17, 2016
The article Race to College: The “Reverse Gap” written by William Mangino argues that a reverse gap exists in the college educational system. Mangino does an experiment using a group of 12,576 people of five different races but only focusing of whites and blacks. The author wants to break the stereotype that black people are drop outs and white people are high graduates.

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by Purple Bird on November 16, 2016
The Influence of Whiteness

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by Laf on November 15, 2016
The academic research article “Interracial Relationships and the Transition to Adulthood” has as its purpose to demonstrate and justify the change of patterns of the involvement in interracial sexual relationships during the transition to adulthood. This analysis is based on the data collected by the National Health and Social Life Survey (NHSLS, 1990s) and by the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health, 2000s). The main hypothesis of Joyner and Kao (2005) is that the involvement in interracial sexual relationships decreases with the increasing age of young adults.

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by msalah on November 15, 2016
In the article "Interracial Roommate Relationships: An Experimental Field Test of the Contact Hypothesis”, Russell H. Fazio and Natalie J. Shook (2008) study investigated the affect of long-term interracial relationships of dormitory roommates on naturally triggered racial attitudes. The researchers’ hypothesis on the subject is that intolerance, prejudice as well as a lack of exposure to other minorities or groups are the roots of ignorance.

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by greenwood98 on November 15, 2016
Parents as a stress relief?

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by AnnieB on November 15, 2016
Carrie’s (2014) study investigated the relationship between white students in an all-white high school and the concept of race. The researcher wanted to know how white high school students living in a suburban working-class neighborhood in the United States of America developed their social identity. She also wanted to see if the students were aware of their white privilege since the students considered themselves to be “normal”. She wanted to see if the students living in town where whiteness dominants, would be able to discuss the concept of race.

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by edang97 on November 15, 2016
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by BChabot-Martin on November 14, 2016
        Nathan R. Todd, Elizabeth A. McConnell and Racheal L. Suffrin’s (2014) study was interested in the links that can be drawn between the stance on White privilege, the different religious beliefs and the importance of social justice. When they first started their study, they based their hypothesis on many studies that had been previously done on related subjects and so concluded that the point of view about White privilege that was held by an individual could predict their intensity concerning social justice interest and commitment.

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by mariontomlinson on November 14, 2016
Gloria, Julia and Elizabeth’s (2011) study investigated the importance of talking about race and racism at an early age. The study took place in the US in a bilingual second-grade class of 15 students; 10 boys and 5 girls. They were to read specific books that raised the issue of race/racism. Some were to respond to the book, while others would draw their thoughts on the book in order to develop their understanding of race and racism in a none harmful way.

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by B.Savoie on November 14, 2016
Perceptions and Identity; The Locus of Health Disparities among Black American Women  

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by Samsara98 on November 14, 2016
            O’Brien Caughy, O’campo and Muntaner’s study (2004) investigated the relationship between parents’ experiences with racism and the influence this has on children’s perception of the latter. The general purpose of the study was to determine whether the relation between a child’s mental health and environing components was correlated with how their parents, when faced to racism, dealt with the matter.

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by VictoriaRosauri on November 14, 2016
Nathan R. Todd, Elizabeth A. McConnell and Racheal L. Suffrin’s (2014) study examined the link between the awareness and attitude of White privilege and religious beliefs, and how it affects social justice through cross-sectional data, observational, and empirical research. In addition, the authors wanted to find evidence in colorblind racial attitudes and modern racism.

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by B.Matthews on November 13, 2016
The role of societal privilege in the definitions and practices of inclusion by Karen Geiger and Cheryl Jordan (March 2014) study investigates the effects of inclusions upon those with societal privileges. The purpose of this study is to illustrate the societal privileges within the practice of inclusion. The authors do this to fully comprehend the meaning of privilege and to discuss the difficulties raised by this study.

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by ArianShamal on November 13, 2016
Summary: In “Perceived Racism and Discrimination in Children and Youths: An Exploratory Study” (2010) by Bernstein, Garcia C., Pachter and Szalacha’s, the authors investigated the environment and the circumstances of ostensible racism and discrimination in children and youths. Although previous studies conducted by other researchers focused on the emotional and physical effects of racial prejudices in children, very little research has been conducted on the occurrence of racism in teenagers and children.

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by Larbz on November 13, 2016
And the losers are…the Indigenous!

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by Rosemarie on November 12, 2016
Udry, Li, and Hendrickson-Smith (2003) compared the risk of behaviour and health problems in mixed-race adolescents compared to single-race adolescents. Their main hypothesis is that mixed-race adolescents are at higher risk to have health and behaviour problems than single-race adolescents because of the stress of having to find an identity. Their stress might also come from the cultural experience of their different races.

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by Amélie Coupal on November 12, 2016
      Beagan and Etowa’s (2009) study explored the relationship between African origins and occupational activities. To do so, the authors interviewed 50 African Nova Scotian women between the age of 40 and 65 years old. While other research focused on one particular place or event, Beagan and Etowa decided to study the more general damages of everyday racism. Everyday racism can be defined as routine. Indeed, they are simple, small comment that can be made as a joke.

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by Camille Cournoyer on November 10, 2016
Summary: Patcher, Bernstein, Szalacha and Coll’s study investigated the way children perceive racism and in which situation they observe it, as well as the effects of discrimination and racism on them. The main hypothesis was that there is a positive correlation between children’s awareness of racism in their environment and their health condition, particularly if they are part of a group that constitutes a visible minority. The participants were children between 8 and 18 years old.

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Reply to: Bullying kills
3 months 2 weeks ago

I was compelled to read this post because bullying is a serious topic that needs to be considered as the reason young adolescents are becoming troubled. This is a problem that affects most teenagers around the world. When I was back in high school, I had a lot of friends that were bullied by other members in our grade. The pressures of being "skinny" led them to hurt themselves and them having to be hospitalized. I came across a reason why people tend to bully others, it's because they might have been bullied themselves in the past.

3 months 2 weeks ago

I found the topic you chose for this piece is very interesting. Being a fellow college student, I understand the pressure that is placed on you as a student to be the best that you can be. The education system forces you to compete with other students to portray the best academic grades you can achieve. Students tend to cheat on exams because of the overall pressures they have to perform and keep their grades up. When I was in high school, during my grade 10 year, there was a grade 11 student who wrote her public speech on the pressures of education. Her speech went on to winning the gold medal in the national public speaking contest. Her speech allowed for us to see the pressure students have to go through to have a higher final grade them our classmates.

3 months 2 weeks ago

The title of your post caught my attention right away. Great work on introducing this topic and allowing for more people to know more about this topic. Out of all the articles that I've come across, I have not seen any other topics on this issue. Overall, this article was well written and I would love to learn more about this topic.

3 months 3 weeks ago

Considering I have a general knowledge on this topic, I can agree with your arguments raised. Feminism and humanism are indeed different in relation to their ideologies and motives. Although, they are similar in a sense that they both encourage human evolution in the best of ways. It is considered to be a controversial topic because many people have opposing views on the comparison of these two worldviews. I for one agree that both have different concentrations because one is dealing with just woman and the other focuses on self improvement as a whole.

3 months 3 weeks ago

Considering I have a general knowledge on this topic, I can agree with your arguments raised. Feminism and humanism are indeed different in relation to their ideologies and motives. Although, they are similar in a sense that they both encourage human evolution in the best of ways. It is considered to be a controversial topic because many people have opposing views on the comparison of these two worldviews. I for one agree that both have different concentrations because one is dealing with just woman and the other focuses on self improvement as a whole.

3 months 3 weeks ago

I agree with your statements and I was drawn to your post because human rights are a big deal to me as well as millions of others living as minorities in todays day in age. Whether it concerns gender, age or ethnicity, the motive of human rights is to support equality among each and every person. Unfortunately, certain countries such as Syria, Sudan and Pakistan do not have that privilege but it is crazy to think that my neighbouring country is being led by someone who is threatening something that other countries would die to have. Its unfortunate that it can be taken advantage of.

3 months 3 weeks ago

I was drawn to your post because I am also aware of gender inequality and its disappointing that this social issue occurs worldwide. As a barista myself, working at a coffee shop is not always as nice as it seems. Yes, the environment is mostly calm and people for the most part are quite friendly. Although, as a woman taking occasional orders from men clients, I am not always treated with the respect that I deserve. Its strange to think that people think they are entitled to a morning coffee; as if I owe them something. This made me realize that most people often treat others in ways that are not always respectful because they feel superior. Unfortunately, woman in most societies are targeted as the inferior group but we need to put our foot down and stand up for ourselves if found in any degrading situation. Its a shame that there is such inequalities in todays society. I read upon the Woman's March on Washington and I am glad to know that there is a movement focusing on this issue.

4 months 1 week ago

Based on the information from your post, readers are given a clear and understanding view of the main events that occurred in the article you chose. Your post was intriguing because, of just the other day, I read about the movie “A dogs Purpose.” You may not have been aware but there was a video of a dog being abused to conduct certain tasks. Animal cruelty is just as bad on humans as it is for animals, for that reason, people should be charged more than just facing six months in jail, a $2000 fine and a two-year ban from owning a pet. Animal cruelty was bad enough in this movie that he author of the book itself was petitioning to remove the movie from airing worldwide. However, not successful the movie has been receiving a lot of backlash about animal cruelty. For more information to further interest you, here is a link to Terry’s Law which describes more on the law against animal cruelty; http://www.terryslaw.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Animal-Welfare-Bill-C...

4 months 3 weeks ago

The title of your piece attracted me to read your post because it is an event that affected society greatly during its trial. I noticed that your post doesn’t go into any detail about Zimmerman, by adding this to your post; your readers would get a sense of who he is and why this case turned the way it did. By introducing quotes from the original article, the information you wrote about suggested that it was from a reliable source. Other than this mishap, the article was very well written and easy to comprehend. The article was very interesting to read!

4 months 3 weeks ago

I would like to begin with saying that the title of the article is what drew me in to your post. However, when I began to read it, I noticed that your main points are centered around quotes from the article. A tip for creating more of a flow to your sentences would be connecting each point you made to following points to be talked about. This technique allows for easier writing and allows the reader to process your ideas smoothly. I would suggest, when writing a summary of an article to actually summarize the topics with less quotations from the author. In addition, rephrase your sentences, explain/ summarize the article in a form that a reader may understand, review the proper way to make a quotation and to explain why the quotations function to the main idea of the article. Furthermore, when you are going to mention that the editor/author Carl Stoffers is a reliable source, maybe do a background check on his past to further explain why he might be seen as a reliable source. Not all journalists writing for The New York Times are seen as reliable sources, with this being said, doing more research on the author would help back-up your point of view as seeing him as a reliable source.

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