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Receiving Benefits Because of Your Race

August 31, 2011 by

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While I was reading about mathematics learning and racism, I came across this quote that gave a twist on institutionalized, “hidden”, subtle racism: Racism springs not from the hearts of “racists,” but from the fact that dominant actors in a racialized social system receive benefits at all levels (political, economic, social, and even psychological), whereas […]

Colliding with Hipsters and their Origins

August 6, 2011 by

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Silver Lake in Los Angeles, CA was the first neighborhood my parents moved to when we moved to LA in 1989.  Today, Silver Lake in LA is considered a type of “hipster-ville,” and I lived there for much of the 2000s when the hipster meme started becoming popular, though I do not recall many instances […]

Beating Stereotype Threat: Tell a Student Exactly What They’re Good at and What they Suck at

August 5, 2011 by

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One of the academic interests I really wanted to pursue at some point:  the stereotype threat.  (Hat tip to Situationist for spurring my interest over the years. Paraphrasing Wikipedia, it’s the feeling that you’ll confirm some kind of stereotype of a group that you’re part of.  For example, if you’re black, you’re perceived to be […]

Food Choices and Identity

August 5, 2011 by

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Can being perceived as “un-American” change your food choices? Yes, says this psychology study. So in this set of experiments, Asian and Asian-American students’ identities were threatened.  They were “threatened” by experimenters who asked them things like “do you speak English”,  “you have to be an American” to be part of this study. The study […]