Discussion Questions

  1. Given the today’s media presentation of examples of racial violence, one might believe this is a new trend. How might the increase of available videos and photos of racial violence distort the current understandings of the history of racial violence in America? How has increased access to technology influenced ways we consume information about racial violence? How does the increased availability of coverage of racial violence influence the modern social construction of race?
  2. How do various legacies of colonialism impact American culture today? In what ways do you see English, French, and Spanish cultural legacies manifest politically, economically, or socially in the US today?
  3. What examples do you see of whiteness being used today? How does being white afford one certain opportunities over others? Why do you think the concept of whiteness have prevailed over the years?