Understanding Race Relations in America
What you'll learn
- Students will embark on a journey into the complex region of Race Relations in America. This is an area that we have heard about but never visited.
- Students will be introduced to themselves with a new understanding, part of a race or ethnic group and learn how this has directed identify and life decisions.
- Students will enjoy the learning adventures, exercises, research and "got it" feeling when they understand race relations.
In America, Race Relations is much before us and little understood. Yet, interactions with other groups impact our lives on a daily basis. This course offers the novice student an exciting journey into a world of concepts and ideas that they have not considered before. We define race academically and practically, then immerse students into the investigation. We have fun looking at the moving pictures of life in America and glimpses around the world.
As investors in our future world, we must take the time to find answers. We will look deeply into what the American Melting Pot cooked up in a multi-racial, multicultural, multi-ethnic society where we don't always get along. Why? We examine social systems and how we maintain them. We acknowledge our personal beliefs and behaviors. We face truths about our desire to "get along."
Our approach is framed by the American Dream as outlined by WE THE PEOPLE noted in the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. This is a first step, learning fundamentals and ends wherever students push the challenge forward to new goals. Perhaps, this will be the beginning of the "Dream" of one nation under one flag for all Americans.
It starts with Understanding Race Relations in America.
Who this course is for:
- Living, breathing humans who have ever pondered race relations.
- Students interested in sociology; race, ethnicity, social stratification, social systems, racism, privilege, etc.
Addi Banks, a former Sociology instructor, now conducts Race Relations workshops in Durham, North Carolina. She holds Sociology degrees from Northern Michigan University and North Carolina State University. Through her coursework, she hopes to encourage dialogues around issues of race, systemic racism, equality, social stratification and Homeland principles. With shared knowledge and understanding, Ms. Banks believes that racial and ethnic groups will begin to share their truths and then begin to formulate meaningful improvements in race relations.