Race and Media
Social Welfare 1234
Tuesdays, 2-4 pm
Professor: Yaneth Lombana
Pronouns: She, her, hers
Student office hours: By appointment and welcomed!
The goal of this course is to give students a set of conceptual tools for thinking critically about media’s impact on race and how these concepts are produced and maintained in society. We will look into underlying assumptions, social functions, and implications of how race is represented in various outlets. This is a course with sometimes emotionally challenging reading material, film, and documentary content. Time will be allotted weekly through class discussion and reflections for individual impressions of the weekly assignments. Within the classroom, there will be an emphasis on creating a safe atmosphere, including respect for diverse perspectives and experiences.
Students will utilize critical thinking skills when analyzing media messages and develop a greater ability to participate in constructive dialogues over the relationship between media and race. Students will learn to identify and explain theories, concepts and historical events that are relevant to the intersection of race and media.
Reading and viewing material
All required readings and or videos are provided to you either via links or are posted on Blackboard.
In-class participation 25%
Peer feedback 10%
Term paper 40%
Write and post a response based on your understanding, reflections, reactions to the weekly content and or postings by your colleagues. You may select passages from the readings, ideas you found meaningful, questions that the content elicited, drawings you create, etc.
This project should provide an opportunity to further delve into some aspect of race and media that interests you and incorporates material covered throughout the course. Student led 15-minute class presentations will take place on the last three weeks of the semester. Students may choose from a variety of forms of presentation PowerPoint slides, utilization of multimedia, or interactive class exercises. You are also welcomed to propose a presentation style of your liking. There will be designated class time to discuss the topic you would like to pursue. After your presentation you will receive ideas and feedback from your peers that you may incorporate into your final paper. The following are possible projects you may embark on, you are also encouraged to propose a different topic that engages with the themes of the course.
- Investigate the long-term individual, group, or societal impact of a well-known event.
- Interview a person of interest such as an activist, elder, or influencer.
- Present the work of a political figure, humanitarian, writer, artist, or musician.
- Visit a site such as a museum, historical site, etc.
- Create a concept for a show
- Critique a film, book, or exhibit
The final paper will be the written basis of your presentation to the class where you explore and analyze the topic you have chosen. Use APA style and provide a reference list including at least 6 professional citations. These papers should be approximately 8 - 10 pages.
About the instructor
I am a Spanish and French speaking trauma focused psychotherapist. Language, trauma, and immigrant experiences shape the lens with which I interact with the topics of media and race. Other influencing factors are my generation, international experience, activism, and love for music and dance.
Working from the standpoint that everyone is an expert in their own lives and has something to contribute I encourage different forms of participation while understanding differences in learning styles and preferred ways of engagement.
Tentative course schedule
As the class progresses changes may be made to the syllabus depending on reflections based on forum discussion. Advanced notice will be given when changes are made.
Week 1, 9/1/20
Introductions, syllabus logistics, interactive exercise
Week 2, 9/8/20
- Billings, D. (2016). Creating a Whiter Social Contract. Deep Denial (pp.19-30). Crandall, Dostie & Douglass Books, Inc.
- Ngozi Adichie, C. (2009). The danger of a single story. https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story?language=en
- Eikenberg, J. (nd). Debunking the “Model Asian” Myth: Five Ways Asian-Americans Still Face Discrimination. http://read.hipporeads.com/debunking-the-model-asian-myth-five-ways-asian-americans-still-face-discrimination/
- Glickhouse, R. (2016). In the era of Trump, Latinos confront discrimination http://www.univision.com/univision-news/united-states/in-the-era-of-trump-latinos-confront-discrimination
Week 3, 9/15/20
- Aspen Institute (nd). Glossary for Understanding the Dismantling Structural Racism/Promoting Racial Equity Analysis. https://assets.aspeninstitute.org/content/uploads/files/content/docs/rcc/RCC-Structural-Racism-Glossary.pdf
- Billings, D. (2016). Internalizing White Supremacy. Deep Denial (pp.64-76). Crandall, Dostie & Douglass Books, Inc.
- Race Forward. (2014). Moving the Race Conversation Forward. https://www.raceforward.org/research/reports/moving-race-conversation-forward
- Race Forward. (nd). What is Systemic Racism? [Videos].
- Internalizations. (2020, April). DRWORKSBOOK. https://www.dismantlingracism.org/internalizations.html
Week 4, 9/22/20
- Davidson, C.N. (2017). College for Everyone. The New Education (pp.47-73). Basic Books.
- Indigenous Americans. (2019, January 8). Native American Boarding Schools. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo1bYj-R7F0
- NPR Code Switch. (2020, February 5). Black Parents Take Control, Teachers Strike Back [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.npr.org/2020/02/04/802593244/black-parents-take-control-teachers-strike-back?fbclid=IwAR1o3EQtaFLMD0NA2ihBP--n4R97hT88HQAW8HxHBUQFOhrfUfWGKyAZ8kU
Week 5, 9/29/20
- McCarthy, N. (2017, September 15). Racial Wealth Inequality Is Rampant In The US. https://www.statista.com/chart/11096/racial-wealth-inequality-is-rampant-in-the-us/
- Reich, R. (2016, March 14). Economic Inequality and Racism (with Heather McGhee). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V02Gl5eFxI8
Week 6, 10/6/20
- Tynes, B. M., Willis, H.A., Stewart, A.M., Hamilton, M.W. (2019). Race-related traumatic events online and mental health among adolescents of color. Journal of Adolescent Health, 65(3), 371–377. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.03.006
- Garcia Martinez, A. (2019, June 11). Are Facebook Ads Discriminatory? It’s Complicated. Wired. https://www.wired.com/story/are-facebook-ads-discriminatory-its-complicated/
Week 7, 10/13/20
Break, no class this week.
Week 8, 10/20/20
- Ortega-Williams, A., Crutchfield, J., Hall, J.C. (2019). The colorist-historical trauma framework: Implications for culturally responsive practice with African Americans. Journal of Social Work, 0(0), 1-16.
- Take the implicit bias quiz found on https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html
Week 9, 10/27/20
- Palestine Diary. (1998). Edward Said on Orientalism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVC8EYd_Z_g
- Leight, E. (2018, November 15). Latin Music is Reaching More Listeners Than Ever–But Who is Represented? RollingStone. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-latin/latin-pop-urban-reggaeton-trap-755772/
- Dockstader, F. J. (nd). Native American art. https://www.britannica.com/art/Native-American-art
Week 10, 11/3/20
- Beckett, K., Evans, H. (2019, March 14). The Race Study that Convinced the Court to Declare Washington’s Death Penalty Unconstitutional [Audio podcast]. https://files.deathpenaltyinfo.org/legacy/podcast/audio/discussions/discussions-e25.mp3
- Strmic-Pawl, H.V., Jackson, B.A., Garner, S. (2018). Race counts: Racial and ethnic data on the U.S. Census and the implications for tracking inequality. Race and Ethnicity, 4(1), 1-13.
- Play with the Politifact website https://www.politifact.com/
Week 11, 11/10/20
- Chitto Childs, E. (2005). Looking Behind the Stereotypes of the “Angry Black Woman” An Exploration of Black Women’s Responses to Interracial Relationships. Gender & Society, 19(4), 544-561.
- Brown, A. (2018. January 9). Discrimination Plays Out in Online Dating. https://www.npr.org/2018/01/09/575352051/least-desirable-how-racial-discrimination-plays-out-in-online-dating
- Watch film Loving
Week 12, 11/17/20
Week 13, 11/17/20
Week 14, 11/24/20
Week 15, 12/1/20
Week 16, 12/8/20
Student presentations and class evaluation
Week 17, 12/15/20
Final papers due