The sociology of internet memes is absolutely fascinating to me. Somebody puts something on YouTube that they think is interesting, meaningful or funny but, in most cases, actually skyrockets way above the bounds of ridiculousness. Sometimes a meme becomes popular because it showcases the extraordinary - but for the most part, it's all about ridiculousness. … Continue reading The Harlem Shake: A Conversation About the Sociology of Internet Memes
A really interesting introspective perspective from a “White” mom on teaching about White privilege in schools….
The other day, I came across a tweet about a Wisconsin school being investigated for teaching white privilege. Apparently, a parent at this particular school became very upset after reading the content of a course her son was taking titled “American Diversity.” The mother felt the curriculum was being used to teach white students that they are racist and oppressive. She also felt the lesson on white privilege made her son feel unearned guilt for being white.
I can’t speak to how the material was presented or what the exact lesson plans were, but my takeaway is simple: kids aren’t the only ones who need these lesson—adults do, too.
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The election-related political chatter is in full tilt as we approach election day. And this morning the "talk back" topic on CNN is about race and voting. In particular, asking why Obama is polling so poorly with "white voters": https://www.facebook.com/CarolCNN As somebody who studies cultural context for a living, I always get a little perturbed … Continue reading The Misguided Issue of Racial Politics: Especially Where “White People” Are Concerened