Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class

Part 1

What are your thoughts on the merits and limitations of using the IAT to measure your implicit race preferences or biases? Try to be objective in your response, regardless of whether you agree or disagree with your results. Keep in mind that we may have biases we are not consciously aware of, and so the results could be surprising to us.

(text attached) what does it mean when Sociologist Herbert Blummer comments that individuals may have different feelings than the overall group they belong to? How is prejudice a reaction to a perceived challenge to group position? Consider Blumer’s point that the process of group definitions is closely tied to how abstract images of racially subordinated groups are constructed and perceived.

Part 2

  • (text attached) How did the negative and positive labels placed on the children and adults become self-fulfilling prophecies, or part of the “vicious cycle” you read about in Chapter 3 of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class?
  • https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/class-divi… Watch the video “A Class divided”What does the blue eyes and brown eyes exercise reveal about the Sioux prayer Elliott mentions, “Help me not judge a person until I have walked in his shoes”? How might the strategies used in this experiment be applied to the workplace or to the classroom in an effort to reduce prejudice and discrimination?

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