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Case Study Analysis: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture.The case study I decided on, after reading through the cases studies in chapters 5 and 6, is case 6.4: Terms of Endearment. (Gorski & Pothini, pp.53-55) This case study revolved around three students and their teacher. A white and an African American. Both friends, but one seems comfortable with being called the n-word, while his white buddy didn’t see a reason not to use the word, since his friend was cool with it. The problem posed by this case is that danger of more students might start to think this word is acceptable and start using it for other African-American students, which might not go down well with other students. It could erode the chance of teaching the history of the word to the white students who do not know the origin of the word, and who thinks blacks who refuse to be addressed with this word are merely touchy and not open minded. This is what happened with Anthony, who called Reggie n-i-g-g-a, and not n-i-g-g-e-r. He maintained that calling his friend n-i-g-g-a is a form of endearment and his friend was obviously cool with it. The teachable moment here would have been to educate Anthony that although both words do not spell the same, they do sound the same. And it’s better to throw out the use of the word all together because it is racist.It also could potentially cause tensions and result in volatile situations, and instigate other students who know the word as a racist slur into fights. This was what happened when Keisha, an African American student who was obviously pissed off at Anthony, called him an idiot, and then stated that he is lucky he is not getting a beat down for saying it. If Ms. Lawson had not stepped in immediately and tried to diffuse the situation, I believe it would have escalated, with both sides feeling wronged. Keisha feeling betrayed by Reggie as an African American by ‘allowing and condoning’ being called the n-word by a white person.Reggie will be seen as a sell out who prefers friendship while overlooking the racist

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