Race as a social construct and consequences in white supremacist culture

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Reflection Paper #3

This paper will be your reflection/thoughts on race as a social construct and the consequences of it in our white supremacist culture. As with every reflection paper, it should be 1-2 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font (and no weird/extra spacing/fillers) – and you need to refer (make a connection) to at least one of the readings assigned for this week.

In “A Class Divided,” take notes on the following questions to use in your reflection paper.

  • What did Jane Elliott do and what impact did this have on her students?
  • How does she create self-fulfilling prophecies?
  • What were the results of her experiment?

In “How the Racial Wealth Gap was Created,” take notes on the following questions to use in your reflection paper.

  • What are some points in US history that created our racial wealth gap?
  • How was the Federal Housing Administration directly involved?
  • What is redlining and white flight?
  • How does this impact our current racial wealth gap?

Using your notes from the above questions, reflect on the following questions.

Do you think what Elliott did is an effective strategy for teaching about discrimination? Why or why not?

How do you think “being color blind” helps/hinders progress toward racial equality? What can be done to diminish/eradicate white fragility?

How has de jure (by law) segregation in the form of redlining impacted the de facto (by choice) segregation in our neighborhoods today? How does this connect with our current and growing racial wealth gap?

What policy changes could be implemented to address current race-based housing/neighborhood/wealth inequalities?

Last Updated on September 21, 2021