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This is the first of two sections that examines depictions of race in popular culture. Race is a huge, huge issue in our society. It is so big, that we have a difficult time understanding it, or even in fully conceptualizing all the ways in which it pervades our culture. One of the ways to gain some access to understanding it do what come critics have called “personalizing the issue.” That happens when we translate large and impersonal problems into smaller, more manageable images, stories, and texts.  The personalization of race relations in America is often done textually through discourse or narrative. Instead of trying to tackle the entirety of any large public problem, someone can instead look for ways to discussed the problem through, for example, music, television, books, film, plays, academic articles, college courses, and so forth. In this section we have looked at a film and several articles and interviews to see how other people have expressed their personalization (or dissection of large, intractable, and dizzyingly complex issues through stories) of the topic of race in America.

Assignment 1

In your own words write a summary of about 750 words that describes the pertinent aspects of the readings and lecture and how, in your opinion, things have or have not changed over the past few decades. Be sure to draw on specific ideas from the readings and lecture in your response, and use your own examples to elucidate your points. Try to make connections that might be common across all the readings, and use your reading notes to help frame your response.

Post your response to the “6.0 Race I readings responses” section of the discussion board.

**Note, if the discussion board items appear out of order, you can click on “Forum” at the top to order them.

Assignment 2

Drawing on the “Things to think about when watching the film” section in the film folder, write a roughly 750 word response to the film for this section. The specifics of your response are up to you, but you should try to draw together ideas discussed in the readings and the lectures and compare them to issues covered in the film.

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