Getting Real About Race

Getting Real About Race Hoodies, Mascots, Model Minorities, and Other Conversations

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Cherise A. Harris and Stephanie M. McClure
Essay 1: “But My Mother Says It’s Rude to Talk About Race!”: How and Why We Need To Discuss Race in the United States
Beverly Daniel Tatum
Essay 2: “What is Racism Anyway?”: Understanding the Basics of Racism and Prejudice
Matthew W. Hughey
Essay 3: “They Should Get Over It!”: The End of Racial Discrimination?
Daniel Buffington
Essay 4: “Blacks Are Naturally Good Athletes”: The Myth of a Biological Basis for Race
Ted Thornhill
Essay 5: “If People Stopped Talking about Race, It Wouldn’t Be a Problem Anymore”: Silencing the Myth of a Color-Blind Society
Paula Ioanide
Essay 6: “Oprah, Obama, and Cosby Say Blacks Should Just Work Harder, Isn’t That Right?”: The Myth of Meritocracy
Rashawn Ray
Essay 7: “If Only He Hadn't Worn the Hoodie…”: Race, Selective Perception, and Stereotype Maintenance
Min Zhou
Essay 8: “Asians Are Doing Great, So That Proves Race Really Doesn’t Matter Anymore”: The Model Minority Myth and the Sociological Reality
Jen’nan Ghazal Read
Essay 9: “But Muslims Aren’t Like Us!”: Deconstructing Myths About Muslims in America
D. Stanley Eitzen and Maxine Baca Zinn
Essay 10: “It’s Just a Mascot!”: The Dark Side of Sports Symbols

Nikki Khanna
Essay 11: “But What About the Children?”: Understanding Contemporary Attitudes Toward Interracial Dating
Dawne Mouzon
Essay 12: “Blacks Don’t Value Marriage as Much as Other Groups”: Examining Structural Inequalities in Black Marriage Patterns

Emily Meanwell, Hersheda Patel, and Stephanie M. McClure
Essay 13: “Well, That Culture Really Values Education": Culture Versus Structure in Educational Attainment
Stephanie M. McClure
Essay 14: “They Don’t Want to Be Integrated, They Even Have Their Own Greek Organizations”: History, Institutional Context, and “Self-Segregation”
OiYan Poon
Essay 15: “I Had a Friend Who Had Worse Scores Than Me and He Got Into a Better College”: The Legal and Social Realities of the College Admissions Process
Politics, Social Policy, and the State

Veronica Womack, James Bridgeforth, Bre'Auna Beasley
Essay 16: “Black People Voted for Obama Just Because He’s Black”: Group Identification and Voting Patterns
Enid Logan
Essay 17: “We Don’t Have to Listen to Al Sharpton Anymore”: Obama’s Election and Triumphalist Media Narratives of Post-Racial America
Kara Cebulko
Essay 18: “We Need to Take Care of ‘Real Americans’ First”: Historical and Contemporary Definitions of Citizenship
Sara Doude
Essay 19: “If Black People Aren’t Criminals, Then Why Are So Many of Them in Prison?”: Confronting Racial Biases in Perceptions of Crime and Criminals
Wendy Leo Moore
Essay 20: “Now All the Good Jobs Go to Them!”: Affirmative Action in the Labor Market
Brad Koch
Essay 21: “Native American/Indian, Asian/Oriental, Latino/Hispanic…Who Cares?”: Language and the Power of Self-Definition
Geoff Harkness
Essay 22: “Why Do They Get to Use the N-Word But I Can’t?”: Privilege, Power, and the Politics of Language
Cherise A. Harris
Essay 23: “I’m Not Racist. Some of My Best Friends Are . . . ”: The Shift From Being a “Friend” to Becoming an Ally
Independent Customer Reviews

Wanted a realistic view of the academic concepts.

Ms Deborah Moorhead
Govt & Social Sciences, Nicholls State University
June 9, 2015

Stephanie M. McClure

Stephanie M. McClure is a professor of sociology at Georgia College. She teaches classes on racial stratification, social theory, and the sociology of education. Her research interests are in the area of higher education, with a focus on college student persistence and retention across race, class, and gender, and a special emphasis on postcollege student experiences that increase student social and academic integration. She has published in the Journal of Higher Education, Symbolic Interaction, and The Journal of African American Studies.

Cherise A. Harris