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- Increases Black History Knowledge
- Opens dialogue on race and inequality
- Provides a space to critically examine social constructs of race
- Challenges notions of identity
‘Trading Races’ Opens Door to Conversation in Inequality Class
Before she walked into Assistant Professor of Sociology Prentiss Dantzler’s Inequality in the U.S. course, it is doubtful that Lizzy Counts '20 ever saw herself making an argument for why pop music star and often polarizing public figure Iggy Azalea better embodies blackness than Nelson Mandela or Michelle Obama.
In fact, Counts and her team chose Azalea in what they perceived to be a tactical and competitive move as part of a game that Dantzler was using to push students to think about how they speak about race. (Counts later told the class that she didn’t truly believe Azalea was more representative of black culture than Nelson Mandela; rather she was viewing the classroom exercise through a competitive lens.)
“In this class, we look at how unequal elements shape our identity,” says Dantzler. Race, gender, class, and sexuality are the four areas of focus in the Block 1 sociology course as students investigate the nature of competition, housing, and other social sectors affected by inequality.
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