Online Writings

Online writings (90 Points – 2 x 45)


In order to advance our discussions, to push reflection and dialogue, and to otherwise foster engagement, this class will use our course blog space to expand upon course issues. There will be a particular focus on diversity and the ways in which inequality, differential access to opportunity/privilege, and history defines diversity within the United States.

Every two weeks, I will post a different question. It will be your responsibility to respond to the question at hand and also respond to at least one peer comment. You will be responsible for responding to at least 2 prompts. The key to success here is both self-reflection and engagement with course materials. TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT, YOU MUST INTEGRATE SPECIFICS FROM COURSE MATERIALS AND READINGS. The questions will, thus, connect to course materials but also push you to think about your own experiences. Below you will see examples of types of questions you may find throughout the course

  1. Does race matter?
  2. How has racism impacted your life?
  3. Is colorblindness the same as equality?
  4. Are all “whites born into privilege”?   Are all men born into privilege? Are all heterosexual born into privilege. Write down and reflect on some examples? Over the next several days keep a log of unearned advantages/privileges that you experience
  5. If you identify as white, what does it mean to you to be white? If you do not identify as white, what does whiteness mean to you in this society and/or beyond it? Using readings, film, course discussions, and your own personal experiences, please focus on racialization and the connections between whiteness, privilege, and white supremacy.
  6. Describe in detail the racial and ethnic make-up of either your hometown and/or your high school. How is racism visible within these spaces? How might it impact this community without being visible?
  7. What are the important facts, historical events, legal and political issues, court cases, etc., that you think are important in the larger history of race in America? Which of these events are still relevant today?
  8. Do people of color in the United States have more in common with people of color from other parts of the world or with whites in America?
  9. How does guilt function within conversations about race?
  10. Who do you represent?
  11. Do you have memories of family or friends challenging racism during your life? Impact here? What examples of anti-racist activist did you learn about in school?
  12. What experiences have shaped and impacted your views about race and racism?
  13. What are the pictures, feelings, smells, sounds, and words that come to mind when you read the word “restaurant” or “restaurant worker”?

2 comments on “Online Writings

  • When I read the word restaurant I think of a place with a quite atmosphere. I typically think of it as a somewhat special event because I don’t go out to actual restaurants all that often so I associate it with special dates or birthdays or something of that nature. When I read the word restaurant worker the feeling sort of changes. I think of someone who is outgoing and energetic but also young and poor. I usually think of a college student who is working there to pay for school or rent but not really there for a career. After witnessing the way people can treat restaurant workers I have a new respect for them and picture them as someone who has to be able to deal with a lot and have the ability to keep going. The video taught me a lot about the struggles in the restaurant business and the lack of pay and benefits that accompany that struggle. There is no being sick, and no day’s off. Job security is something that is nearly impossible to accomplish In the restaurant industry because even if you do put your heart into it looks have a lot to do with whether or not you keep your job there. Many restaurant’s want to keep a young workforce which is easy to do with the abundance of young college kids looking for “pass-through” work. I have never worked in the restaurant business and this lesson has made me glad that I haven’t but I do have a whole new level of respect for those who are working in that field. It made me understand that there is a whole other world that happens behind the scenes of the restaurant. There are hazards and accidents that occur every year and leave people with hefty medical bills that they cannot afford due to the lack of health insurance provided through work.


  • November Online Writing, # 1

    6) Describe in detail the racial and ethnic make-up of either your hometown and/or your high school. How is racism visible within these spaces? How might it impact this community without being visible?

    My hometown of Kingston Washington is really as simple and cliche as it gets. A progressive, laid back little town on the water with the vast majority being white people. Close by are a couple of Indian Reservations that blend in well with the community (not like the Native Americans in the video in class). Not to mention the minority black, Hispanic and Asian descents that seem to fit in as well. I am not trying to say that race is not a problem in my community because as we know, different races encounter different instances of racism along with the severeness of the incident. I feel like in my community, I haven’t witnessed much racial encounters. Maybe its because everyone has a respect for one another and when a slight joke is said with un-harmful intentions, its not seen as as racism, but rather a joke that can build bonds and friendships inter racially. I not only feel like the white kids are blessed with privilege, but the minorities have privileges as well because they live in a functional community that is lower middle class. People know their place and don’t try to hard to be classy and prove a point. My town could be described as being ‘colorblind racism”, but as long as we don’t see it that way, I don’t think there will ever be a major problem in the liberal town of Kingston, Washington.


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