What is Race?

This lecture follows the classes’ viewing of Race: The Power of an Illusion and is aimed at debunking misconceptions about race (ex. that races represent clear biological groups of people), introducing a sociological definition for race and ethnicity and giving a brief history of racial classifications throughout time.

Below you will find the slides I use for this presentation and a link to the notes that accompany it.

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Racism, Prejudice and Discrimination

In this lecture students learn the distinctions between prejudice and discrimination as well as individual versus institutional forms of discrimination. We discuss common objections to discussions about race and racism, and I suggest a new way to think about racism.

When discussing institutional discrimination, I begin to outline some basic stats regarding racial inequality that we cover in more depth as the course progresses. I remind the students of some of the key events that relate to institutional discrimination (ex. FHA home loans that were denied to whites). Finally, we begin a discussion of white privilege by defining what white privilege is and by having the students point out some of the ways that I (as a white woman) may have personally benefited from privilege. We wrap up the (often heavy) discussion with a comedic video in which Aamer Rahman discusses the contradictions in the phrase “reverse racism”. This lecture usually stretches across two class sessions.

CONCEPTS: Racism, Prejudice, Discrimination, Overt vs. Covert, Individual vs. Institutional, Microagressions, Internalized Racism, Colorblind Racism, Oppression/Privilege, Whiteness.

Below you will find the slides I use for this presentation and a link to the notes that accompany it.

The first few slides are a synopsis of two studies that students read before class. I reference these slides on page 5 of the attached lecture notes. These slides are used to review and discuss what they read. The other slides are visual examples of data that I reference in the lecture. For the notes before page 5, I use a dry erase board.

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Race and Health

In this lecture students are presented with some basic data on racial inequalities in health. I begin by presenting these inequalities as an overview without any explanations. Students are then asked to use the theories we have covered in class (Genetics Theory, Assimilation Theory, Nation Theory, Class Theory, Racial Formation/Critical Race Theory) to suggest some potential explanations for why so many inequalities exist between people of color and whites when it comes to health outcomes. Students generally do a surprisingly good job with this task despite claiming to hate theory earlier in the semester.

After they have suggested explanations, we explore the research on health inequality in more depth and relate the research to the theories we have covered in the course. This lecture covers concepts like food deserts, environmental racism the Latino/a paradox, weathering and implicit bias. Students also begin to understand the ways in which social inequalities have lasting and serious effects on the bodies of people of color. Given the serious nature of the data and research covered in this lecture, we wrap up the lecture by discussing solutions.

Below you will find the slides I use for this presentation and a link to the notes that accompany it.

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