Unit 5: Assignment 2 by Gwenyth Van Doren

For those of you who were not able to be at the performance, watch the full video Ethnic Notions and think about the same question [what does the work do?] regarding one of the substantive examples presented in the documentary, both an observation (!) and a question (?)

!: The use of the n-word by the white male at 32:01

?: I think we look down on people who “subject” themselves to degradation or perpetuate stereotypes, like the use of coon by black people and black actors participating in black face, but this subjectification is usually needed for survival or a result of stereotype threat. So, how do we shift this feeling of condescension from that person to the systems that make it necessary to perpetuate stereotypes or degrade themselves?

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