Final Thoughts (Online Writing)

We all entered the classroom with assumptions and thoughts about race in contemporary society.  Write about these ideas and how they might have changed during the course of the semester.  Give at least 5 examples


Last day May 3

250-300 words


Challenging Racism (Online Writing)

Do you have memories of family or friends challenging racism during your life?  What sort of impact did this have on your?  What sort of examples of challenging racism did you learn about in school?  Why do you think we learn so little about examples of change and what impact does this erasure have?  With the above in mind, write about racism and change, and how to address the inequalities and injustices we have talked about during class

250-300 words

Last day May 3

The environment (online writings)

Why is it so important to talk about race and class when talking about the environment and environmental problems?  Why do you think media, environmental activists and others have failed to look at the differential impact of environmental issues. How one must be color conscious in addressing environment problems?

Budget Choices (Online Writings)

For those who didn’t do this one before, another opportunity

Scenario: You are a single parent living in Pullman. You work full time (40 hours a week) at a local fast food restaurant and make approximately $18,803.00 a year before taxes and other standard deductions (at WA’s minimum wage $9.04). Your annual net salary (what you take home) is around $13,000. You have two kids, ages 3 and 5. According to Federal guidelines, the minimum poverty threshold for a family of 3 is $18,530.00, which means you make too much money to qualify for financial assistance. That means that given Washington’s minimum wage (the highest in the nation), you and your children do not qualify for Head Start, food stamps, welfare checks, subsidized housing, subsidized childcare, or any other federal aid program.

Task: Based on that information, create a monthly budget for your family. Be sure to account for the following: • groceries • rent (in town, $700 for a two bedroom house/apt; out of town $450.00 for the same deal—if you choose to live out of town, you have no option but to own a car and incur in the expenses associated with it as listed below) • car payments/maintenance (if you wish not to have a car, you will need a bus pass—monthly expense $14 for you and $10 per child, a total expense of $408.00 a year). • car insurance • health insurance (no less than $3,000.00 a year for the three of you) • life insurance • gas • child care • utilities • electricity • phone/cell • garbage collection • water • cable • Internet connection • clothing for you and the children • entertainment • school supplies for older child • savings account • children’s College 529 Plans • retirement for you ‘

Things to consider: (1) Some of the things I listed above are optional (e.g., entertainment and cable), but others are definitely not. (2) Although things like clothing and school supplies are not needed on a monthly basis, you still need to budget for them, as this is a yearly salary. Even if you only buy them once or twice a year. (3) Give realistic numbers, for this is a real budget and a real situation for way too many people in our state/country. Finally: That is all the money you have. No “my parents sent me money,” and no “I won the lottery.”

For most people in this situation, those are not real options. In space below, provide a budget and provide explanation for what you spent money on, why, what issues you thought about; reflect on process

Thanks to Carmen Lugo-Lugo, who created this assignment
Last day to participate April 25

Rap and Halloween (Online Writings)

Rap music is often criticized by sexism, misogyny, and the hyper sexualization of women. For example, Oprah Winfrey once said, “I don’t have an opinion, because I am my own person,” Oprah said on the birthday party’s red carpet. “I respect other people’s rights to do whatever they want to do in music and art and whatever. So I am my own person, they are their own people. I respect their rights. I am a woman who has worked very hard for my status in the world and as a human being,” she added. “I don’t want to be marginalized by music or any form of art. … I feel rap is a form of expression, as is jazz. I’m not opposed to rap. I’m opposed to being marginalized as a woman.” Thinking about the criticism directed at hip-hop for its gender politics, and reflecting on Beyond Beats and Rhymes, compare the gender politics of hip-hop with the gender politics of Halloween and college party culture as a whole?


Last day to participate April 21