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BWS Video Notes Race vs. Class Class – poor vs. rich, highly privileged vs. bottom of social todempole, Jack & Jill club; o (WASP) White Anglo-saxen Protestant – were most privileged high-class people; “above the fray” Tribal solidarity – “our world”, don’t socialize with those other than who are members of WASP also Lookism: passing judgment on those who look a certain way Middle-class vs. black middle class o Black middle class experience – divisions of the middle class with Jack & Jill club etc. o Viewed “Poor white trash” as the people on the very bottom Both blacks and whites agreed Race/ethnicity o Black Caribbean vs. black American same race, different ethnicity o Race – assigning characteristics of a group of people; not only physical Ex.) Poor white trash Black Is….Black Ain’t Video Blackness is embraced through: - music and singing - inspirational speakers - cooking (ex. gumbo) Indicates: - disgrace - punishment - “jump back jack” rhyme; “if you’re white your right, if you’re black get back” - big nose - kinky hair American Exceptionalism – concept of the feeling/idea that America is separate and better in most senses than other countries in the world - Ironic argument – “all men are created equal, yet black men were treated as slaves”’; justified it with saying blacks are sub-human; - Religion – blacks were Christian; history of European countries being Christian
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- Pioneer’s Spirit/ America’s trademark o Cogito - “I think, therefore I am” – the concept of just who we are and what we’re doing (individualistic) - “I am because we are” – a different inflection; greater sense of (communal-based – we/tribal/community) Slavery in Africa - In African societies – slaves were expected to work off debt; still had rights (marriage, etc.), could eventually be free - By 1502, the whole transferring, transportation, etc. was figured out and therefore being used; when comodofied, slavery became a business transaction - Slavery was not originally based on race in 1502; became a race o Started out as a system of labor exploitation, o Over time Europeans worked off their indenture, whereas Africans could not - 1502-slavery was thoroughly established as a trade - 16 - 1650’s- local settlements took on established civilization; indentured servitude became a matter of race o Factors of the Terrible Transformation: (1650) 1. Mounting fear among colonial leaders regarding signs of discontent (laborers aren’t happy), and cooperation (not only are laborers angry, they are organizing and expressing their discontent) Europeans, Africans, and indigenous worked together, married, etc., and shared discontent toward employers o All involved in a series of bitter strikes and servant uprisings o Laborers, who were armed, were separated in order to seek to control them o Discontent of these groups together forced the separation of the ethnic differences; exploited the
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