Race and Racism Fall16 Gr.545

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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. 

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2 années 7 mois ago

Hi there! After reading through your article a few times, I've come to the conclusion that your main points are valid and are backed up by (okay) sources, the only thing lacking in your article is more depth, explanations and a possible solution to the problem at the end of your post. You start off by saying that "12% of all GHG emissions are from car transport", when it clearly states in your source that only "two thirds" of that 13% "come from road transport" (http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/cars...). Although this is a minor detail, it's pretty important considering this is your opening line, and pretty much anyone who fact-checked your information will see it right off the bat. In continuation, your remark about "heavy and prestigious cars with big engines that consume a lot of fuel." selling more and making more profit is a bit stretched... This isn't 2004 anymore, anyone living in North America knows about
the price of larger vehicles and how much they consume (we also know how well companies like Hummer and GM are doing), that being said, there are more and more restrictions when it comes to their fuel consumption (and especially emissions), which reduces there overall impact these larger vehicles have on the environment. The fuel consumption technology currently being pioneered by most companies (ECOboost, ECOfuel,etc...) are good initiatives to help alleviate the damage large SUV's and trucks do, but are small-trade when it comes to the amount of money big companies like Ford, Nissan, Volkswagen and others are funneling into the electric vehicle market. My point being, there is a lot of progress in the electric car world, the market is heavily inclined (consumer pressure & demand) towards electric vehicles and their usefulness in the modern setting; you would even be surprised how affordable electric cars are becoming these days (not necessarily Tesla's, but Leaf's, Prius's, iMiev's) with the help of said incentives and subsidies. Lastly, I agree with you that Denmark is on the right path towards pushing people to go green through carbon taxation, the problem is the sociological context would be completely off. Me and you a-like probably hear people complaining about Quebec's high taxes on the daily, and if your like me in this, you know that increasing those taxes by even a slight amount will cause an unbearable stir in the population. If you think people are complaining now, imagine what it will be like if we charge them 0.60$ for turning on their car and going to get milk at the local couche-tard! Finally, and I know your probably tired of hearing me complain (although I did like the paper!!!), the actual source you put (http://www.copenhagenize.com/2012/10/danish-180-tax-on-cars-is-rather.html) to justify a tax on carbon-fueled transportation, is actually AGAINST it at all costs. The authors state that the tax is "irrelevant" and "rather comical", and that solutions (which you should have mentioned since you read the article) would be to further invest in car share programs, better public transport and bicycle infrastructure. Keep at it, I'm sure if the article were just a tad longer it would of been great!

Have a good day! :)

2 années 7 mois ago

I enjoyed reading through your article as it explores an important factor that is rarely studied when looking at conservation and socio-ecology. Normally, people justify their points of view using political, economic or personal arguments, having one that includes culture, or more specifically, religion as a relevant factor is a valid point that is worthy of being made. People often overlook religion and ideological differences when it comes to ecology, and how these forces can sometimes make a large difference in the way we treat our environments. Religion offers a moral framework that humans can abide by justify their actions, and more often than not, environmental problems are caused by human-related activities. This link should have been explored more in-depth as it is the basis of (almost) all religions and the way humans use ideology to go about their lives. Furthermore, it would have been easy to explain the formers influence on the latter, and make an argument based on that with examples. For instance, the Buddhist religion has a positive influence on the environment since a big part of it emphasizes interconnection (with the world and its inhabitants); thereby creating an ideology that promotes a sustainable relationship between man and nature. On the other hand, Christianity has a more anthropogenic view on mankind and the ecosystems he inhabits, such as the biblical notion of human dominion over earth (Genesis 1:28) and its ressources. It can be assumed that such an ideology would hold negative effects on the environment, but specific theological research must be made before making such claims. Asides from your lack of concrete examples, the article itself is well structured and has a good universal application to it. I know how hard it can be to back up your arguments using peoples beliefs and ideologies, its a very touchy subject and difficult to put into words, but you guys did it very well and the point comes across very fluidly. A good suggestion for further writing on this subject would be to write entirely about culture or entirely about religion. Trying to fit both in such an article makes it seem weak and lacking of content (since both subjects are very overarching and require a lot of justification/explanation) but I'm glad you did include them because it means you took them both into consideration and they are very important. Conclusively, the use of statistics really helped your article and backed up your claims a lot more than your examples did, and the article you wrote is rock solid, I'm just really picky because religion and environmentalism are my two strongest subjects! :)

Have a good one!

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3 années 2 mois 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 années 2 mois 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 années 2 mois 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 années 2 mois 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 années 2 mois 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 années 2 mois 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 années 2 mois 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.

3 années 3 mois 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...

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