How do we use the frameworks of whiteness and social capital to better understand the causes and consequences of racial inequality in America?

Question descriptionUsing theoretical frameworks (whiteness and social capital theories) to better understand racial inequality

Guiding Question: How do we use the frameworks of whiteness and social capital to better understand the causes and consequences of racial inequality in America? How do we both acknowledge the privileges and powers of whiteness while also complicating the experiences and identities of whites occurring at the intersection of other group categories (i.e. gender, religion, sexual orientation, ability, class, etc.)?


AFTER reading the assigned readings for this week, watch the two documentary links below in the order provided.

  1. Race: The Power of Illusion-Episode 3: The House We Live in (PBS Documentary)  57 minutes;_ylt=A2KLqIIVzpxYWF0AQ1ksnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTBncGdyMzQ0BHNlYwNzZWFyY2gEdnRpZAM-;_ylc=X1MDMTM1MTE5NTY5MgRfcgMyBGFjdG4DY2xrBGJjawMxYWN0cWlwYzRtbDJiJTI2YiUzRDMlMjZzJTNEdjIEY3NyY3B2aWQDYWduSmp6azRMakVWTTdxV1dFdFVTd0ZJTnpNdU1RQUFBQUNua1lEdARmcgN5aHMtbW96aWxsYS0wMDEEZnIyA3NhLWdwBGdwcmlkA3c5ZzQ4Q2pWU2IyZHhYZU1FNlNKYUEEbXRlc3RpZANudWxsBG5fcnNsdAMyNwRuX3N1Z2cDMARvcmlnaW4DdmlkZW8uc2VhcmNoLnlhaG9vLmNvbQRwb3MDMARwcXN0cgMEcHFzdHJsAwRxc3RybAMyNARxdWVyeQNQYnMgdGhlIGhvdXNlIHdlIGxpdmUgaW4EdF9zdG1wAzE0ODY2NzE0NTMEdnRlc3RpZANudWxs?gprid=w9g48CjVSb2dxXeME6SJaA&pvid=agnJjzk4LjEVM7qWWEtUSwFINzMuMQAAAACnkYDt&p=Pbs+the+house+we+live+in&ei=UTF-8&fr2=p%3As%2Cv%3Av%2Cm%3Asa&fr=yhs-mozilla-001&hsimp=yhs-001&hspart=mozilla#id=1&vid=d72c33afab5842953b8f46a772cac83d&action=view

  1. Racism in America: Small Town 1950s Case Study Documentary Film  30 minutes


Essay Prompt:

Integrate this week’s readings (Tatum, White Out chapter 7, and Lin) into a 500-750 word response (2-3 double-spaced pages, 12 pt times new roman font, standard margins).

Topics: Social theories/perspectives (contd.) (social capital, racial identity

development theory, microaggressions, whiteness) Come to online Class Prepared to Discuss:

1. Derald W. Sue-Racial Microaggressions and Daily Well-Being Among Asian American

2. Beverly Tatum-Talking about Race, Learning about Racism: The Application of Racial Identity Development Theory in the Classroom

3.  White Out: Chapter 7

4.Nan Lin-Building a Network Theory of Social Capital

(all reading in the readings folder)
Identify two important ideas about the link between whiteness and social capital that interests you. Discuss how the readings helps us better understand this link and provide BRIEF examples of how the documentaries highlight these ideas. The bulk of your response should cover the readings. You can use the films to provide an example, but you should be making your case for or against the relationship between whiteness and social capital based in the readings. You should not be summarizing the readings or film. Attempts to do this will result in a loss of points.

Here are examples of what I mean by links between whiteness and social capital that might interest you:

The connection between whiteness and social capital as illustrated by: housing opportunities given to some and denied to others, treatment of veterans, educational opportunities, community wealth, violence, etc.

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