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Bad Subjects takes on the lasting impacts of race and culture in the US.
- The Changing Significance of Race
Pancho McFarland, Scott Schaffer, and Tamara Watkins
Fifty years after the advent of the Civil Rights movement, issues of race and culture continue to shape the American experience.
- My Polonia: Re-Encountering Lawrence Welk
Growing up, I accepted somewhat grudgingly the Polish-American side of my family. Twenty-five years ago, radical developments in Poland and among Polish-Americans in Detroit stirred my interest and heart. Moving to a heavily Polish area of mid-Michigan in 2000 stimulated further re-examination. I even came to terms with the old TV bandleader, who helped to unpack the Polish side of me.
- Race, Class and Bicycling
Transportation is a realm that is directly connected to issues of race and class. The ability to have access to, or choices about, transportation are dependent upon one’s economic situation and, often, these economic factors are closely tied to issues of race. African-American urban communities, for example, are some of the poorest, most poverty stricken communities in the United States. While certain transportation options exist for people in poor and/or minority neighborhoods, a lack of access to transportation resources are not unlike the disproportionate lack of access that African-Americans and Latinos have to other basic, daily goods and services.
- The New Racism and the Changing Beauty Norm
From television shows to tabloids, the standard of beauty has changed in recent years. Today, young girls and women of color can see beautiful women of the same skin tone in movies, magazines and television. They no longer have to aspire to acheive the beauty norm of White women. They now seek to look like the extremely beautiful black, brown, and Asian women they sometimes see on tv. Is this any better?
- Where Does One Begin?
Where does one begin an honest conversation about race these days? How does one begin a critical conversation about race and racism in a United States society that seemingly refuses to acknowledge that racism is still a widespread problem?
- The Big Penny Pussy Sale: White Patriarchy and the Rhetoric of the Hollywood Fancyman
I am bothered that the term pimp has crept into our common vernacular as a seemingly benign adjective that refers to a keen sense of style or one’s ability to attract and exploit women. It seems we have collectively forgotten that pimps are involved in the commodification of women, and the dark underbelly of this commodification which is physical abuse, drug addiction, sexually transmitted disease, pregnancy, rape, and violence. How has Hollywood helped glamorize this oppressive figure?
- A Different Shade of Queer: Race, Sexuality, and Marginalizing by the Marginalized
Shared experiences of oppression rarely lead to sympathy for others who are also marginalized, traumatized, and minimized by the dominant society. Rather, all too miserably, those who should naturally join in fighting discrimination find it more comforting to join their oppressors in oppressing others. As a gay man of color, I see this on a routine basis – whether it be racism in the gay community or homophobia in communities of color.
- English, Please?: Thoughts on Pedagogy and Cultural Assimilation in Adult ESL Education
ESL instructors are caught in the middle of a cultural shift, and can help shape the outcome of that shift. This essay examines how ESL instructors can become agents of change in the United States.
- Reading Crash: Writing Awareness Narratives
Janice M. Wolff
Crash is one of those movies that inhabits you for days after viewing. The movie wouldn’t let go of Janice Wolff, wouldn’t stop playing in her mind. So she figured out how to use it in the classroom.
- The Timeless Color of Violence
Arturo J. Aldama
A recent incident of racial violence triggers an analysis of contemporary violent racism. The author asks: Is racist violence timeless? Is racist violence a thing of the past? In what ways does racist violence continually remind people of color that the 'old' racisms still exist? How do racist incidents affect the historic and lived memories of people of color.
- The Importance of Speculation, or Octavia Butler as King figure
The recent death of renowned novelist Octavia Butler causes the author to reflect on the importance of Octavia Butler's work to the continuing evolution of post-civil rights thought concerning justice, race, equality, gender and politics. Butler's prophetic voice is compared to Dr. King and provides a new way to think about King's vision which has too often been misused by liberals and conservatives alike.
- Race and the Censoring of Art
- In 2005 the Board of Directors of the Quinlan Museum in Duluth, Georgia refused to allow artists Richard Lou and Bill Fisher to install their work. After commissioning the piece the museum board decided to censor the piece when they realized the important statement that Fisher and Lou were making concerning race and gender in our society. Below are pieces that Fisher and Lou made to protest their censorship including three press releases describing their positions.