Race, Class, And Gender

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When registering for classes for the Spring semester I looked at the required courses that I had to take based on my major. I then came across one of them which was Social Issues. The title intrigued me, so I decided to fit it into my schedule. I felt that the course would be interesting and be an enjoyable class to take. I had an idea of what the course would be about, but when I walked into the first class I was surprised how much the course would actually be covering in terms of race, class, and gender. Before taking Social Issues, I thought that the course would be exploring a broad range of social issues. My definition of social issues before the course was an issue that affected many individuals, not thinking specifically about race, class, and gender of all people. After and while taking the course I have finally realized what social issues are, they are the issues that are associated with race, class, and gender of all people and how they are affected by the three main characteristics that make individuals who they are. Of course, I knew and associated racism and stereotypes with social issues concerning our society in terms of race. Before taking Social Issues, I associated race with racism and stereotypes as most people do. But as the course continued I found a new respect and understanding of race, class, and gender and the stereotypes, racists comments, and discriminatory actions that are associated with all three.
I thought that racism was just not
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