If you enjoyed the articles and videos you read for the first quiz (or skimmed or thought about getting to but somehow never did or asked your friend what they were about and then winged it on the quiz), you’re sure to enjoy these. There’s definitely some thought-provoking material here.
Keep in mind that these readings and videos will not necessary go along with what we discuss in class — because life changes and intervening events take the class in new directions with last minute changes. However, these materials will by and large connect to the things we cover in this second third of the semester.
You will need 6-7 hours to complete these readings/videos.
This is an article that addresses the issue of racial and ethnic inequality by laying out the central idea of freedom and determinism in greater detail than we’ll address it in class.
READ THE ARTICLE: “Whose Fault Is It?”
Here’s a nice summary article that lays out issues that are facing Native Americans.
READ THE ARTICLE: “13 Issues Facing Native People Beyond Mascots and Casinos”
I really don’t like assigning this article. However, it seems as though it’s the sort of thing that people ought to be reading in 2015. Make sure that you read all four pages.
READ THE ARTICLE: “The Pitchforks are Coming…for Us Plutocrats”
This is an hour long lecture by Tim Wise, a guy who has a powerful message about white privilege. He’s a pretty intense speaker so while it’s an hour long, it will go by rather quickly. And by the way, you don’t really need to watch the video; you just need to listen to it. And, by the way, this is what Soc 119 class used to be like back in the day when I fundamentally focused on inequality.
WATCH THE VIDEO: “The Pathology of White Privilege”
Ever wonder how inner city Baltimore or Philly or Trenton or Detroit got to be so poor? Wonder no more. You’ll have a pretty good idea after listening to this guy talk. You can download this 35 minute interview or just listen to it online. (Hit the PLAY button in the upper, left-hand corner of the screen once you’re on the page.)
LISTEN TO INTERVIEW: “Historian Says Don’t Sanitize How Our Government Created Ghettos”
I have some questions about the way they project these numbers, but the central idea that Americans live in different worlds is worth thinking about.
READ THE ARTICLE: “Self Segregation and Why It’s So Hard for Whites to Understand Ferguson”
This article totally grabbed me. I love this woman’s thinking…and writing. Let it get you outside of a box.
READ THE ARTICLE: “My Wedding was Perfect – And I Was Fat as Hell the Whole Time”
In this 30 minute interview, Michelle Alexander speaks with Bill Moyers about the “prison industrial complex.” Even though it’s a video, it’s really just an interview so you can listen to it on your phone.
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW: “Michelle Alexander: Locked Out of the American Dream”
Here is a short article on violence experienced by LGBT youth.
READ THE ARTICLE: “Gay and Lesbian High School Students Report ‘Heartbreaking’ Levels of Violence”
This is a great (short) article is about socioeconomic success and upward mobility in the United States.
READ THE ARTICLE: “What Drives Success”
Interesting analysis on the intersection of race and class and poor whites. (This is a long article.)
READ THE ARTICLE: “The Original Underclass.”
Many of us say that racism is a thing of the past, that we’ve grown beyond it, and that continuing to bring it up means that race relations will never improve. But others say that we need to discuss race and past events like slavery because people are so ignorant of the past and how past events impact the present. Here is an interesting article that weighs in on this debate.
READ THE ARTICLE: “I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery.”
This is an article that is about an issue that we have addressed in class but still without fully doing it justice. Very illuminating.
READ THE ARTICLE: “An Unnoticed Struggle: A Concise History of Asian American Civil Rights Issues”
This article details and issue that will be mind-opening to many of us.
READ THE ARTICLE: “How Prison Labor is the New Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support It”
This is a very thoughtful piece on immigration issues that we’re facing. It’s a good read.
READ THE ARTICLE: “The Immigration Debate We Need”
This is a very interesting article to scroll through. Take the quizzes and watch the videos.
READ THE ARTICLE: “Police Body Cameras: What do You See?”
This is an interesting article about Asian American’s and saving vs. spending.
READ THE ARTICLE: “An Asian American’s View on Why Asians Save and Earn So Much“