There are some things people just don’t want to talk about. Race. Violence. All of your Garden-Variety Injustices & Hot-Button Political Issues. When people do talk about these things, it’s generally with a personal(ly biased) passion that renders the actual subject matter nearly unintelligible underneath the pounds of emotioncake-makeup.
Sweet Briar College, where I did my undergraduate, is known for turning out smart, poised, well-mannered women who don’t make politically-incorrect cocktail party conversation. A Sweet Briar Woman isn’t going to chew your ear off about anti-abortion legislation over after-office drinks; instead she’ll charm you with tales of tromps through the hunt-course on her horse, Faulkner. Read more
Throughout the entirety of the MLK Lecture Series, I haven’t been able to get the classic Disney Chanel Original Movie, The Color of Friendship, out of my mind. The film first aired in 2000, when I was twelve. I lived in an area of New Jersey that was predominantly white, ethnically but not particularly racially diverse. To be honest, I hadn’t really considered race up to that point. It was just another difference, like being left-handed versus being right-handed. Read more
(written by Helen Costa)
What question asked by the Census Bureau, the SAT, Notre Dame, and most job applications could generate a debate on identity formation? It’s not your telephone number. It’s not social security number. It’s not your address. No, it’s even simpler. “What is your race?” Oh, and lets not forget, “Check all that apply.” For most people, defining our race is a simple task. We look at the color of our skin. We look at our parents, our grandparents, our siblings. Using deduction, we take characteristics shared with ourselves and our family members, look at racial groups with those characteristics, and identify ourselves with those groups. While it’s supposed to be a simple question, it was exactly this that generated the discussion on Thursday night’s Martin Luther King Series on Race. Read more
Just a few days after the university celebrated Martin Luther King Day, the Multicultural Student Programs and Services Office launched the first of a five-part lecture series focusing on contemporary issues regarding racial relations. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Series for the Study of Race was started with the goal of engaging the Notre Dame community in a conversation on race. By focusing on the historical, cultural, and psychological aspects of racial, students and faculty are presented with a variety of perspectives. Read more