Here in the U.S., racial identity matters. We sometimes mistakenly think only minorities have a have a race but we all have a race. Moreover, all of us have experiences with race. Some of us have experiences that are covert, hidden, unconscious or implied. Others might experience those encounters directly, witness them happening to others, or have opportunities, or privileges, because of their racial identity. While reflecting on the readings from the first 2 weeks of this class, write a 400-500 word journal entry about your experience with race. As this is our first discussion related to race, it will be a private journal entry between you and me, where you can begin learning how to dialogue about race while reflecting on your personal experiences with race relations. You will need to connect your experiences to content from the 1st and 2nd weeks of class, using indirect references or cited quotes (author’s last name, year of publication: page number). In your journal entry, be sure to include answers to the following questions:
What is your race?
When and how did you first learn about your race?
What is your ethnic heritage?
What does it mean to “be” __________ and how did you learn how to “be”_______ (e.g., white, black, Japanese, or Latinx)?
What is your earliest experience dealing with race relations and/or racism? How did you feel while this was happening or you were watching?
What have you learned over the past two weeks that supports what you already knew about race and race relations before taking this class? What have you learned over the past two weeks that contradicts what you understood about race and race relations before taking this class?