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identity means, and how it is portrayed on college campuses. The comparison is between black and white students, and how they develop once they leave their parents as a “white” or “black” person. Their backgrounds and environments influence their individual personalities. The article suggests that black people are faced with racism for the first time once they are away from their “safe zone” or family environment. Lastly, the article talks about institutional responses. I think the article says it well when it states, “We tend to see pluralism working in the United States in much the same way some people expect capitalism to work.” The invisible hand is supposed to make all the parts work together for the common good of the economy. However the article says something smart, and that makes perfect sense- it becomes harder for one who understands their own ethnicity and its relationship to society to understand the importance of affirmative action, and other programs that focus on the importance of cultural diversity. It’s hard for a white person to really understand the need of minority students to stand together against discrimination because it’s not something that white person has to deal with on a daily basis. Racist Stereotyping in the English Language Summary- This article begins by stating that language is vitally important in any culture, however it is more than just something that shapes the economic and social environment, but really showcases attitude and thinking. The article gives a very un-PC example of black words verses white words, and shows how different the cultures are just because of language.
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  • Spring '12
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  • Sociology, racial socialization

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