Social cost of being black - Social cost of being black...

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Social cost of being black Friday, March 09, 2012 11:14 AM Social cost of being black o "even the white bus boy wouldn't trade places with me and I'm rich!" - Chris Rock 2010 Census o You can write in some other race o Even "negro" was considered Differentiate: to distinguish o You have to be able to tell the difference b/t ppl -> or the social construction of race falls apart o Hot dog vs. burger; rib eye vs. sirloin Those who don't eat meat just see both of them as gross Same concept applies when distinguishing different races o Video: Ed Murphey - puts on makeup and acts as a white man to see what it was like in society (mimics how they walk, hum, talk) Newspaper boy gives him free paper On bus, all the people celebrate when the black male gets off at his stop Ppl gives him money for free at the bank There are things that indicate "whiteness" - tight butt, suit + briefcase for dress, hallmark cards, way he talked (muted his accent), hair style, mustache What are symbolic markers for race? o How do you know you're talking to a white person? Physical features - nose is slimmer, lips are thin, stereotypes like white people can't dance, **It's how other ppl relate to you - it's like the mom definition o Vijay Singh - from Fiji, where skin color doesn't matter as much Not a "black guy from Fiji" just "guy from Fiji" o Queen Charlotte - hair is not straight, thin nose and lips, British o We look at the way he's looking, way he's acting -> determines how we relate to them o
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