Race Essays (Examples)

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White Normativity

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The Problem of White Normativity
In a multi-racial world, defining anyone as “black” or “white” makes as much sense as believing that all issues are “black” and “white” and that there are no shades of gray to anything. Almost everyone will certainly agree that from politics to economics to religion to any subject under the sun, there is a great deal of leeway to be given because to rigidly peg something or label it in a starkly definitive manner is to be too constrictive and narrow in one’s view. As a multi-racial woman, I myself feel that to think in terms of “black” or “white” goes against the grain. In South America, these dichotomies were virtually unknown in the past: the people accepted that their identities were more distinctively based on family lines, heritage and culture—not the color of their skin (Baran, 2007; Burdick, 1998). In the U.S., American society…… [Read More]

Bamberg, M., De Fina, A., & Sciffrin, D. (2011). Discourse and Identity Construction. In S. Schwartz, K. Luyckx & V. Vignoles. (Eds.), Handbook of Identity Theory and Research (pp. 177-199). New York:: Springer.
Baran, M. (2007). Girl, You are Not Morena. We are Negras! Questioning the Concept of ‘Race’ in Southern Bahia, Brazil. ETHOS, 35(3), 383-409.
Bhandaru, D. (2013). Is white normativity racist? Michel Foucault and post-civil rights racism. Polity, 45(2), 223-244.
Burdick, J. (1998). The Lost Constituency of Brazil’s Black Movements. Latin American Perspectives, 25(1), 136-155.
Cole, D. (2014). The Khoisan Once Were Kings Of The Planet. What Happened? Retrieved from https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2014/12/22/371672272/the-khoisan-once-were-kings-of-the-planet-what-happened
DiAngelo, R. (2011). White fragility. International Journal of Critical Pedogagy, 3(3), 54-70.
Hitchcock, J., & Flint, C. (1997). Decentering Whiteness, The Whiteness Papers, No. 1, New Jersey: Center for the Study of White American Culture, Inc.
Hooks, B. (1999). Black looks: Race and representation. South End Press.
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Cincinnati City Assessment

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Major City Assessment
In the city of Cincinnati, the racial demographics have changed considerably since the 1980s. In 1980, 33% of the population was black, 65% was white, and 2% were other (Hispanic, Asian-American). In 1990, the population was 60% white, 38% black and 2% other. In 2000, the population was 53% white, 43% black and 4% other. The inner city had been the primary residence of the majority of the black population in 1980 but by 2000, half that population had migrated to the surrounding suburbs (uptown, the western plateau, Northside and the east side) of the city due to gentrification of the inner city. Throughout that time, the total population decline from 385,500 in 1980 to 331,300 in 2000. The 2010 census reveal a further decline to 296,950. There are five districts in Cincinnati. District One consists of Downtown, Mt. Adams, Over-the-Rhine, Pendleton, Queensgate, and West End. District…… [Read More]

Works Cited
Census.gov. Quick Facts, 2018. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/cincinnaticityohio/PST045217
City of Cincinnati. SNA Boundary Changes Citywide. City of Cincinnati, 2012. https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/planning/linkservid/B4323A96-0FDE-C8F2-D90A5A899AD316BF/showMeta/0/
Maloney, Michael and Christopher Auffrey. Patterns for five census decades, fifth ed.,2013. http://socialareasofcincinnati.org/files/FifthEdition/SASBook.pdf
Statistical Atlas. The Cincinnati Area. Statistical Atlas, 2018. https://statisticalatlas.com/metro-area/Ohio/Cincinnati/Race-and-Ethnicity
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How Modern Media Images Challenge Racial Stereotypes and Redefine Black Identity

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When white explorers first encountered the Great Zimbabwe, they were convinced that the massive stone structures were built by a vanished race of white people since Africans were widely regarded as being incapable of creating these impressive buildings. More recent scholarship, however, has dispelled these misperceptions but the harsh reality remains that the African American community is still widely regarded by many people of other races as somehow inferior, and these misperceptions have sustained and even exacerbated longstanding racially based animosities. The recent motion picture, “Black Panther,” though, challenges these stereotypes and recasts the black protagonist as a legitimate superhero on the same caliber as other notable comic figures such as Batman and the Green Arrow, two other major characters that did not have superpowers but rather relied upon their own natural abilities. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the manner in which an exclusively black kingdom that…… [Read More]

Aiyesimoju, A. B. (2018, August) Black Panther as Afro-complementary cinematic intervention: Lessons for Africa south of the Sahara movie industries. Journal of Pan African Studies, 11(9), 96-101.
Loewen, J. W. (1995). Lies my teacher told me. New York: The New Press.
Markus, H. R. Who am I? Race, ethnicity and identity (ch. 13).
Morris, L. (2018, August). To the ancestral plane: African spiritism in Ryan Coogler\\'s Black Panther (Marvel Studios, 2018) and the desensitization to spiritualism in Hollywood. Journal of Pan African Studies, 11(9), 73-76.
Schneider, B. & Judy, J. (2012, September). Boosting STEM interest in high school: A project at Michigan State University shows how public high schools can influence the number of students headed toward STEM careers. Phi Delta Kappan. 94(1), 62-65.
Shea, J. (2018). Refuting a myth about human origins. American Scientist. Retrieved from https://www.americanscientist.org/article/is-race-real.
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False Perceptions in Life

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In our modern world, people develop false perceptions of others that are sometimes based on learned behaviors, or things that they have witnessed in life. These false perceptions continue to dominate the contemporary world at a time when societies are becoming more diverse. Modern societies across the globe comprise of people from different nationalities, races, and ethnic backgrounds. The diversity has had positive impacts since it contributes to increased interconnectedness of people from different parts of the world including the remote parts. However, diversity is also associated with some negative impacts that translate to its discontents, particularly in relation to the development of false perceptions of others. As globalization continues to dominate today’s world, its important to examine these false perceptions and develop measures to address them in order to promote unity in modern societies. This paper discusses a false perception people have in life and how those beliefs…… [Read More]

Madrid, A. (1990, Nov-Dec). Diversity and Its Discontents. Academe, 76(6), 15-19.
Haggis, P. (Director) (2005). Crash [Motion Picture]. United States: Bob Yari Productions.