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Hannah Robinson Nade Sotirova Comm 118 10 December 2013 Culture and Race 1. The first reading I related to culture and race differences is The Uncomfortable Encounter Between an Urban Black and a Rural White: The Ideological Implications of Racial Conflict on MTV’s The Real World by Ji Hoon Park. He states, “The Real World featured Kevin, a Black man who claims that racism exists well beyond individual beliefs and operates through complex social and economic systems” (4). The key words describing race is that it “operates through complex social and economic systems”. In this century race is less about ones personal beliefs and more about how society perceives certain races. One possibly reason as to why society stereotypes race comes from his next quote, “As Gray (2005) argues, one of the most serious problems in the portrayal of race on American television has been its persistent, separate racial representations (e.g., Whites interact mostly with other Whites and Blacks interact mostly with other Blacks)” (4). In other words the media displaying “persistent, separate racial representations” contributes to races being perceived as a certain way in society. I could not find quotes I like that specifically have the word “culture” in it, but On the Occasioned and Situated Character of Members' Questions and Answers: Reflections QP' the Question, "Is He or She a Real Indian?" by Lawrence Wieder and Steven Pratt explain aspects of culture. One passage in the reading explains, “The real Indian manages his face-to-face relations with others in such a way that he appears to be in agreement with them (or, at least, he does not overtly 1
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disagree), is respectful of them, is modest, and "fits in." He may well be in disagreement, but he does not openly show it. He may not respect others, but he shows respect. He may feel superior, but he does not assert his heartfelt superiority. He may have interests over and against those of the group, but in his visible relations with others, he accepts his obligations, and he maintains solidarity. He shows accord and harmony and is reserved about his own interests, skills, attainments, and position” (7). The authors are describing the unwritten culture rules of Native Americans. I find the passage to be important because it is a clear example that all cultures operate differently. More importantly it
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