This past week we focused on race and racism. These are very touchy subjects, and the topics of race and racism are complex and multi-layered. Addressing race and racism in the context of a college classroom presents us with a unique set of challenges. But it seems now, more than ever, we need to engage in open, honest dialogue about these issues.

You will be given three possible essay topics to write about. You have to choose one of them. The three possibilities are:

1. In class on Friday, I showed a slide that said, “Is there a rationality behind holding racist beliefs?” Do you agree or disagree? Why? Provide reasons for your agreement or disagreement.

2. On Wednesday during class, I administered a racial privilege quiz. The point of the quiz was to identify people with racial advantage and disadvantage. This quiz was like a diagnostic. It was meant to determine if, in your everyday life, you have signs and symptoms of racial advantage or disadvantage. What score did you receive on the quiz? Do you think that score accurately represents the forms of racial advantage and/or disadvantage you experience in your daily life? Why or why not?

3. From our course readings for this week, both Blumer and Bonilla-Silva claim that racism is not just about “ideology” or individual feelings. Citing from each of the readings, respond to the following: How do this week’s readings challenge “commonsense” or popular ideas about racism?

This essay must be between Essay Rubric (1)

Essay Rubric (1)

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCritical Thinking(analysis/argumentation)

40.0 pts

A

Demonstrates excellent critical thinking with excellent observation and original thought.

32.0 pts

B

Demonstrates good critical thinking with good observations but lacks supporting details or balance.

28.0 pts

C

Demonstrates some critical thinking with weak observations.

24.0 pts

D

Demonstrates weak critical thinking with few to no observations

20.0 pts

F

Did not demonstrate any critical thinking.

40.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSociological Development(incorporate at least one source from lecture, articles, or discussion)

40.0 pts

A

Draws solid conclusions from observations and demonstrates strong understanding of material.

32.0 pts

B

Draws decent conclusions from observations and demonstrates a good understanding of source material.

28.0 pts

C

Draws an incomprehensive conclusion and demonstrates some understanding of source material.

24.0 pts

D

Severely lacks development in conclusion and demonstrates weak understanding of source material.

20.0 pts

F

Does not draw any conclusions and/or does not incorporate source material.

40.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization & Clarity

20.0 pts

A

Very well organized with no errors in grammar/spelling and consistently conveys arguments clearly.

16.0 pts

B

Well organized with few errors in grammar/spelling and usually conveys arguments clearly.

14.0 pts

C

Somewhat organized with errors sometimes detracting from readability and arguments.

12.0 pts

D

Severely lacks organization. Numerous errors in grammar/spelling frequently detract from readability.

8.0 pts

F

Does not have organization and is not readable.

20.0 pts

Total Points: 100.0

It’s a bit confusing what exactly the norm is that you’re examining.500-600 words

 
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