Routine matters summaries

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Kimberly Marshall English 161 Professor Kohler Due 01/27/10 “Routine Matters” Summaries Sentence “Routine Matters” was about how people and the media perceives racial identity. Paragraph Pascale’s first chapter in her book discussed and analyzed the idea that race is socially constructed and common sense knowledge plays a huge part in how we see ourselves and others. As Pascale stated, “commonsense tell us that we still see racial differences in hair, skin, and facial features” (23). Because of commonsense we are unable to eliminate prejudices. It has become a sort of handicap for people because it leads them to believe and accept that we see what is there to be seen and therefore we find no need to question or analyze anything. According to Pascale, most people think race is self evident. Pascale gave multiple examples of interviews where she asked the interviewees for their racial identity, they were all shocked that she needed to ask them their race when she was looking at them. Even though all the participants were initially surprised at Pascale’s question they all, expect for the white ones, eventually answered. White people have a hard time identifying their race as a category. Every time Pascale
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