Racial Formation

Racial Formation
Course Learning Outcome:
(Analyze) Students will be able to analyze intergroup and intercultural relations using sociological categories of class and stratification, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, culture and subculture
SAS-N core curriculum: understand past and present interrelationships among diverse political, social, racial, ethnic and/or gender groups
Assignment Learning Outcome:
Students will be able to distinguish between racial projects and racist racial projects and use both concepts in current events analysis, specifically a historical instance of gerrymandering and racial quotas in public sector hiring practices, including crafting professional standard arguments with supporting evidence.
Directions
Answer Questions 1-4. Answer in Question and Answer format. Your total response needs to be at least 200 words, not counting the questions (clarification: 200 words for your total submission, not 200 words per question below). Use citations for any source that you reference (citation format of your choice). You may include quotes in your response, but only up to two lines (30-35 words), and you must provide citations for the quote. Points will be deducted without sufficient use of citations.
Prompt for Questions 1 & 2: Google the definition of “gerrymandering” and watch this YouTube video on a historical example of gerrymandering:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpamjJtXqFI&feature=emb_titleLinks to an external site.
Question 1 of 4: In what ways is gerrymandering a racial project? Use at least one piece of supporting evidence in your argumentation and include in-text citations and works cited.
Question 2 of 4: Does this historical example of gerrymandering meet the two conditions for a racist racial project? Why or why not? Use at least one piece of supporting evidence in your argumentation and include in-text citations and works cited.
Prompt for Questions 3 & 4: Google the definition of “racial inclusion targets” and watch this YouTube video on a racial inclusion targets in hiring in the NY Fire Department:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MK_sJln4hcLinks to an external site.
Also see this new story for more context: https://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/23/nyregion/23firefighters.htmlLinks to an external site. (If you cannot access the article link then you can access it via the Rutgers Library website here: https://bit.ly/3HtpZdzLinks to an external site. )
Question 3 of 4: In what ways is an inclusion target a racial project? Use at least one piece of supporting evidence in your argumentation and include in-text citations and works cited.
Question 4 of 4: Does this historical example of inclusion targeting in the NYC Fire Department meet the two conditions for a racist racial project against white people (ie reverse discrimination towards whites)? Why or why not? Use at least one piece of supporting evidence in your argumentation and include in-text citations and works cited.

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