Summary Of Race: The Power Of Illusion-The Story We Tell

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First and foremost, I'm deeply disturbed by what transpired at the National Policy Institute conference over the weekend. It's rather apropos that we are covering the topic of race at this moment. I'm furious but inspired (now, more than ever) to continue on this journey of justice studies as part of my personal commitment to be an ally for minorities. I wish that every person had the privilege of taking this class, the knowledge we're gaining is one of the most powerful tools we can use to combat the ignorance of white nationalism.

The film, Race: The Power of Illusion - The Story We Tell, exposes a plethora of race-based atrocities committed throughout American history. Specifically, the focus of my post is on the race project of "civilizing" the indigenous people of North America. According to Omi and Winant (2015, p. 125), "racial projects connect what race means in a particular discursive or ideological practice and the ways in which both social structures and everyday experiences are racially organized, based upon that meaning". As seen in the film, the English viewed indigenous people as equal in intelligence. Hence, the state believed the Indians could be "civilized" through teaching them
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As our text states, the racial categories in the United States Census have changed over the past several decades (CITE). I used to identify as "Caucasian" as opposed to "American or Alaskan Native" because the form allowed only one selection. However, beginning with the 2000 Census, I now identify as a mixed race. Although, with the current political environment I have fears about identifying as a mixed race in the 2020 Census.

Last, but not least, these next two weeks of material are going to be heavy so I'm hopeful everyone is taking special care of themselves to keep up the energy to finish strong. Remember to stay hydrated and get plenty of rest
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