Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Race, Ethnicity and National Origin Kit

QTPOC Chat Episode 1: 'Reverse Racism'

  1. What are the differences between racism as an interpersonal act and as a systemic act? Why is knowing this difference important?

  2. Does calling something ‘reverse racism' harm progress toward racial equality? Why or why not?

  3. Is reverse racism a thing? If so, how does this affect people? If not, what would have to hypothetically happen for it to be a thing?

  4. In communities where being White is the numerical minority, could "reverse racism" exist?
  5. What is the message someone is trying to get across when they say things like "you are a reverse racist"?

The Questions People Get Asked About Their Race / What's The Most Ridiculous Question?

  1. Which question(s) stood out the most to you?

  2. Have you ever asked any of these questions? If so, why do you think you asked that question?

  3. Why do these questions get asked? Are they harmful or detrimental? Are they reflective of something larger?

  4. Is it better to ask or be ignorant? What is the best way to ask grey zone questions? How would someone gain information about another culture if they do not ask questions?

When Does Plastic Surgery Become Racial Transformation?

  1. Are the people undergoing these surgeries attempting ‘racial transformation?'

  2. Do Western-White standards of beauty apply to areas outside the West? Does this affect how people outside the West view themselves?

  3. How are ‘non-Western' and ‘non-White' features represented in the beauty industry?

  4. Considering straightening hair, bleaching skin, and plastic surgery, when does trying to "pass" go too far?

What if We Taught Kids About Skin Color and Racism The Way We Teach Math?

  1. What is your first memory of realizing skin color differences? How did it feel?
  2. Should children be taught about race and racism at an early age? Why or why not?

  3. How are race and racism currently taught? Is it effective and what cultural effects are there?

  4. What changes would you like to see in the way people come to learn about race and racism? What about for other identities?

What kind of Asian are you?

  1. What was the point of this video? Do you think its use of comedy was effective?

  2. Why are all East Asian people lumped together as "Asians?"

  3. Are incidents of microaggressions like this detrimental? How so?  

  4. What is the best way to inquire about someone's heritage? Do others have the right to know?

Unofficial White Student Union Forms At Georgia State University

  1. How do you think students at OSU would react to a White student union?

  2. Do you feel that students negative reactions to the White student union is called for?

  3. How should the university react to the White student union? How should it react to the other student groups reactions?

  4. Would a White Student Union be more appropriate or necessary at a Historically Black College or University? (e.g. Howard University or Spelman College)

Latina Leaders: Alejandra Ceja, on a mission to increase Latino education

  1. How might preparing for college be more difficult for Hispanics, especially the children of immigrants?

  2. What visibility of Hispanics and/or Latinos do you see in education? Is there a lack of visibility? How might this affect Hispanic/Latino youth looking for role models?

  3. How do changing demographics in America pertain to this?

Slurs Against Italy's First Black National Official Spur Debate on Racism

  1. How does this racism differ from the racism seen in the United States? How is it the same?

  2. What do you know about race relations in Europe? Why might they differ from those in the United States?

  3. How does citizenship and race in Italy intersect? Why is it harder for the children of immigrants in Italy to get citizenship?

The Bogus-ness of "Black-on-Black Crime" Punditry

  1. How is Black on Black crime represented in the media?

  2. What social factors contribute to the perceptions of Black on Black crime?

  3. How does media influence attitudes toward Black on Black crime and things like "Stop and Frisk" laws?

I Am A Man: Black Masculinity in America

  1. What is masculinity? How is it constructed in the contexts of Black communities?

  2. What are the effects of this kind of masculinity?

  3. How do things like media or popular culture contribute to this?

Asian Women Aren't Your Oriental Submissive China Dolls

  1. Why are Asian women sexualized in such a manner?

  2. What makes it "acceptable" to the people who approach these women?

  3. Do any media representations of Asian women contribute to this?

The Good, Racist People

  1. Before reading an article: Describe a racist. What are their characteristics?
  2. Do “good people’s” bias sometimes oppress others? Are they racist? Why or why not?
  3. Was this a case of racism? Why or why not?
  4. What should the response of the community/ former patrons be? 

Rachel Rostad - "To JK Rowling, from Cho Chang" (CUPSI 2013 Finals)

  1. How is diversity written into novels? Why is White the presumed default?

  2. What markers must be given in a novel to signify that a character is not White?

  3. What are your thoughts on the poem? Does Cho Chang signify an Asian stereotype?

Native American Tribe Launches Ad Campaign to Change Racist NFL Team Name / Senator want Indians name change /  Insult to Injury

  1. What is the reasoning behind the push to have the Washington NFL team change their name?

  2. Would a sports time that included racial slurs or any slur for that matter be accepted?

  3. Why is this kind of name still acceptable? What is the perception of Native Americans in the American consciousness?

  4. How do names like the Cleveland Indians and the Washington Redskins compare to names like the Dallas Cowboys, the Houston Texans, or the Norte Dame Fighting Irish? 

Stop and Frisk, South Asians and Kal Penn's Tweets

  1. How do "Stop and Frisk" laws affect South Asians?

  2. How do anti-Muslim sentiments tie into "Stop and Frisk" laws?

  3. Is the law called for? Why or why not?

Art project stops in Dallas to put a face on immigration issue

  1. What is the purpose behind this art project? Do you think it is effective?

  2. What can street art accomplish that others forms of activism cannot?

  3. What do you feel is the perception of immigration held by the American public? Why is this so?

Beyonce Receives Backlash for Super Bowl Performance

  1. Why do you think her performance upset people?
  2. Is her Formation (explicit) video saying anything political?
  3. Why is the outrage different for Beyonce potentially discussing a political issue than other artists? 

The Massive Racial Disparities In Arrest For Pot Possession

  1. Why might this disparity exist?

  2. Do these laws do any good? If so, what good? Does it outweigh the damages?

  3. How might these kinds of laws be re-envisioned to undo the disparity?