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Meaningful Quotes History is the polemics of the Victor-William F. Buckley Jr. Meaning: History is written by or seen through the eyes of the winners. One-sided view Memory says I did that; pride replies I could not have done that. Eventually, memory yields. -Friedrich Nietzsche Meaning: Overtime, we tend to remember the good things and block out things we aren’t proud of (in regards to history) History despite its wrenching pain cannot be unveiled and if faced with courage need not be lived again. -Maya Angelou Meaning: Have the courage to acknowledge your mistakes and learn from them. Never forget, if you forget (ignore), you are liable to repeat. Six Definitions of Race 1. Biologically → the notion that race is in fact scientific because it is based o n physical traits. Leonin estimates that the overlap in physical traits between any two racial group is more the 99% genetically the same 2. Social Construction→ race is what interacting humans define it to be. Stereotypical traits (especially negative) are regarded by society as essential to the character of any person identified by the stereotype (essentialization). Example→ blacks are musical and crime prone, Asians are smart and sneaky. 3. Ethnic Group→ racial group interchanged with ethnic groups. A group is an ethnic group, thus a racial group, if its members are united by common culture, language, religion etc. Example Hitler called Jews the Jewish Race→ he turned the Jewish ethnicity into a racial category 4. Institution→ definition of race based on system su ch as the government, education, legal system, criminal justice system. Example include the one drop rule in which someone was black if they one drops of black blood in their body. The American government’s decision in categorizing someone as native Americans or not. They have more say in whether or not American People Are American Indians than do the people themselves 5. Social Class→ The higher an individual's social stature/class (terms of wealth and position), the more likely they are to be described as wh ite in the country’s census, even if they are visually darker. 6. Self Defined→ the fluidity of race: a person’s race may be defined in part simply by what the person calls herself or himself. In principle, a person is free to designate him/herself in any way they wish. Four Key Points on Race 1. Race is an Illusion→ you think you see r ace, but you really don't as it is a social, political, historical construction 2. Race is Fluid→ we see race through our own cultural lens. Race is malleable as our perception changes as gain experiences from religion, media, economical class, music, family, community, school, politics. 3. Race has Political Dimensions→ the significant amount of poor black families living in a more racially segregated areas (the formation of inner city ghettos) didn't just happen by accident, it wasn’t miraculous or spontaneous. Government made policy that promoted residential segregation. (i.e.
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