Why Are All Of The Black Kids Sitting Together?

1170 WordsApr 26, 20175 Pages
In this scenario, saying that I were a sociologist designing a college course on Race and Ethnicity in college, I would have a variety of topics to start from and would really have to narrow it down. In this scenario, I am choosing to talk about systemic racism. The five sources I would use would be varying in subject, and the authors would come from different walks of life. {{{One book I would use in this course, would be a text that we have used this semester. This book being “Why Are All of the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” by Beverly Tatum. It was a quick enough read, it made sense, and was easy to retain. This book had an emotional impact on me, and I have a feeling it would impact many students like the ones before…show more content…
I like my negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils. ” At one point in this music video, it zooms into a shot of her daughter, who is maybe 4 at the time, with her “natural hair” and, she is very proud of it. She is being taught that this is who she should be, not to be shamed of her race or ethnicity. The lyrics “I got hot sauce in my bag; swag” became a real tagline from this song when it first came out. This music video has managed to turn a negative stereotype about African-American women into a positive, empowering statement. However true this statement may be, women are “owning” it now. All, of the dancers in this music video are African-American, and it is very clear. None of their hair is straightened, they are all in Black Panther-esque outfits, and they are “unapologetically black.” The concept of this video is head-on addressing systemic racism. An obvious example is the dancers but there are also many more. For one, the opening scene, as referenced earlier, includes Beyoncé herself standing on a police car flooded in water while a clip saying “What happened in the New Orleans?” plays in the background. This artist is using her platform to bring attention to the hurricane in New Orleans and how there was little to nothing done by police there. She is calling out the system in this video. A third piece of media that may be used in a course about race is a song called “White Privilege II” by an artist
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