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Learning To Be White (Thandeka)

September 14, 2011

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This is a list of terms found in Thandeka’s Learning To Be White, as well as books she referenced which I will be following up on as soon as I have completed this book. The following is my ongoing reading notes and resource list since I am reading this book right now…. Any feedback would […]

The psychology of prejudice (unpacking Plous)

January 19, 2010

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Unpacking Plous: The Psychology of Prejudice Rachel Rustad Portland State University Research in the intersections of peace and social psychology reveal that must know ourselves in order to be able to intentionally, consciously, and critically delve into what brings us to the place of prejudice and hate.  Yet, what brings us to this process of […]

PSU Portland Civil Rights Project documentary script- The Future of the Albina Community- part 2

December 23, 2008

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PSU Portland Civil Rights Project Script    Although the early period of the African American experience in Portland has been fairly well documented, after 1955 there is very little documentation, particularly of the civil rights movement in Portland. As an effort to remedy this, the PSU PDX Civil Rights Project’s goal is to add this […]

PSU Portland Civil Rights Project- Portland African American History and the Making of Portland’s Albina Neighborhood- part 1

December 22, 2008

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Fall 2008 Term, I took a class at Portland State University from first time instructor Felicia Williams called Recording Portland Civil Rights History. We did extensive historical research and conducted oral history interviews with African Americans in Portland who were active in the civil rights movement. We are in the process of creating an archive […]

women, slavery, and resistance in the African Diaspora

August 18, 2008

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Rachel Rustad BST 450U: Female Resistance Personalities in the African Diaspora Professor Clare Washington Final Exam Essay 16 August 2008 Essay 4: The experiences of Caribbean women are of growing interest to scholars as well as writers, and are often compared with the experiences of North American women. The various political, economic, racial, and gender […]

whiteness, racist ethnocentrism, and “progressive” action

April 14, 2008

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Is whiteness looking outward for the answer to the world’s problems- rather than looking inward and examining our own role, our own complicity, our own oppressive ways? Unless we address our own white privilege as white people, as a racial group, a cultural group, an ethnic group, we will not be useful or instrumental in […]

midterm reflections- reflective assignment 3

March 16, 2008

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I’m not sure these are the questions that need to be asked in order to really get to the heart of these issues… 1. How might you respond to someone who may claim that Black people are simply better at sports because of their race? Give 3 short answers, imagining how to best convince a […]

final reflections- reflective assignment 4

March 16, 2008

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This was a final class evaluation- 1. Are you a Black Studies major or did you have a similarily strong background in the topics of this class? 2. Which best describes your overall experience in this class? 3. Which of the following activities led to the MOST and LEAST engagement and learning on the topics […]

white habitus

February 23, 2008

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In Racism Without Racists: Colorblind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States, research professor of sociology Eduardo Bonilla-Silva discusses the social and spatial isolation of whites from people of color as rooted in American history and continuing today. He describes the “white habitus” of most whites in America as a “racialized, […]

work in progress

February 20, 2008

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As a work in progress, I am constantly reviewing and revising my work to avoid speaking for someone else or taking someone else’s ideas, to remain accountable and responsible for what I say, to update sources used, to clarify connections made based on the fact that the more I learn, the more I understand the […]