Essay Question Racism

  • Racism Exposed in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness
  • Racism in The Color of Fear
  • Racism in William Shakespeare's Othello
  • The Hard Times of Blacks in the South in the 1940's
  • Derrick Bell's "Space Traders"
  • Racism in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Zeitoun
  • Pleasantville Racism Paper
  • Racism in Harlem by Langston Hughes
  • Prejudice in Heart of Darkness: Racism is a Relative Term
  • "The Lemon Orchard", by Alex La Guma: Exploring Stable Meaning, the Perversion of Nature, and Discursive Communities
  • Police Prejudice and Racism
  • Attitudes, Racism and Culture
  • Overcoming Racism
  • In what ways does one's race/ethnicity shape one's life-chances in contemporary society?
  • Race, Racism and My Community
  • Racism and Sexism in Toni Morrison's Sula
  • Racism in Othello by William Shakespeare
  • Racism: The Implicit Associations Test
  • Poets Write Feelings of Racism in Still I Rise In Harlem by Langston Hughes and Stil I Rise by Maya Angelou
  • Racism: A Social Problem
  • The Effects of Scientific Racism on Black Women
  • The Artificial Nigger: Truths Behind Racism
  • A Conversation about Race: A Documentary by Craig Bodeker
  • Racism and Slavery
  • Racism, Prejudice, and Discrimination in the Workplace
  • Racism in the Media: Misrepresentation of Minorities
  • Huck Finn: The Twisting Tides Of Portrayal - Racism
  • Racism In The NFL
  • Racism in Disney Movies
  • Huck Finn And Racism
  • Du Bois vs. Cox
  • Chinua Achebe's Heart of Darkness and Racism
  • Racism in Shakespeare's Othello
  • Racism and Discrimination in the US
  • Phoenix's Hardships and Racism in A Worn Path
  • Racism Revealed: Hurricane Katrina
  • Racism in Song of Solomon, Push and Life of Olaudah Equiano
  • Racism in Tracking
  • Black on Black Racism
  • racism
  • Racism in Disney Films
  • Why Is Institutional Racism so Important to Our Understanding of Racial Inequalities in Britain Today?
  • Racism on College Campuses
  • Institutionalized Racism, Group Thinking and Jury Bias
  • The Effects of Racism in Education
  • Racism in Our Society
  • Prejudice and Racism in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • How Country Lovers and the Gold Cadillac Tackle Racism
  • Racism in Ernest Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying
  • Different Types of Racial Discrimination
  • Racism Kills Thoughts in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Origins of Racism
  • Blazing Saddles Research
  • Racism In The Movies
  • Racism Exposed in Fences, by August Wilson
  • Sexism, Prejudice, and Racism in Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Racism in William Shakespeare’s Othello
  • Racism in Health-care
  • Definition Essay: Racism
  • Racism in the Criminal Justice System
  • Racism in Deadly Unna by Phillip Gwynne
  • Racism and Sexism in the Bluest Eye
  • The Existance of Racism
  • Aspects of Racism
  • Why Is Shakespeares Othello Still Relevant in Todays Audiences?
  • Racism in the Sports Pages
  • Racism
  • Still I Rise by Maya Angelou Literary Analysis Essay
  • A Soldier's Play
  • Bell Hooks' A Revolution of Values: The Promise of Multicultural Change
  • Huckleberry Finn ( Huck Finn ) - Racism
  • Protesting Against Racism at the 1968 Olympics
  • Fences, by August Wilson
  • Racism in America Today
  • Racism in Family Guy Supports Stereotypes
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me
  • Immunizing Society Against Discrimination
  • Hines Ward: Experiences with Racism
  • Women Voicing Their Pain
  • Racism, Revenge, the War without Mercy, and the Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb
  • The Acts of Racism In The 20th Century
  • Taking a Look at Environmental Racism
  • The Stories That Changed My Perspective on Racism and Ethnicity
  • Country Lovers vs. The Gold Cadillac
  • Why Racism Is an Issue in Need of Solution
  • Racism in the Unites States
  • Two Colors One Land
  • How Is Racism Presented in the Novel of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?
  • Feature Article Racism- to Kill a Mockingbird Etc
  • Scientific Racism and Antisemitism
  • Racism, Racial Profiling and Segregation in America
  • Divine Wind - Racism
  • Holocaust: A Result of Racism

Here are some paper topic suggestions. Ideally you will not need them and will develop your own topic. Please feel free to set up a meeting to brainstorm about paper topics, where to find relevant research material, how to structure the paper, or any other questions that you may have.

You are free to write either a formal research paper or a less formal essay. A danger, though, with writing a formal research paper is that you merely end up compiling other people’s thoughts, and writing an essay can easily turn into an excuse to be sloppy and spurt out poorly substantiated opinions.

During the course we have covered the origins and workings of modern racism and how it relates to some basic political concepts such as the liberal state, equality, justice, democracy, class, gender and cosmopolitanism. Now it is your job to put what you have learnt to good use!!

Racial Equality

  • What is (Racial) Equality? As you know, the so-called Age of Enlightenment gave birth to the revolutionary and anti-feudal idea that all persons are moral equals and that a state can only be justified so long as it upholds this equality. For Immanuel Kant persons are moral equals since they all have the capacity to act as moral agents, legislating and acting on their own moral principles and reasons, and should therefore be equally treated as moral ends. For John Locke—the “father of liberalism”—in force of a natural law that can easily be comprehended by any (normal) person, all persons have the same basic and equal rights to freedom, life, health and possessions. For a political theorist like Charles Mills, both these conceptions of human equality are racial. Is this fair? If it is, what then would true (racial) equality mean? How could we, in a non-racist way, make sense of the statement that we all deserve equal moral concern and respect? And what would the consequences of such an alternative conception be to our understanding of racial equality in society?
  • Is there (Racial) Equality in America? Some would say that America since the civil rights acts of the 1960s has achieved racial equality? Others, like Glenn Loury, would say that the formal equality of American laws (e.g. criminal laws, voting rights and laws that govern public education) are illusory since they in practice discriminate against non-white people and since they do not rectify racial injustices (that fly in the face of equality). Focus on one or two laws (or other societal phenomena such as wealth disparities) and make an argument.
  • Race and Equality of Opportunity. “Equality of opportunity” is a central and contested concept of liberalism. If all citizens should be treated by the state as moral equals, then the state should guarantee each citizen’s equal right to, say, a fair trial, quality public education or having access to decent housing. Pick an area, such as public education, and put the principle of (racial) equality of opportunity into question.

Racial Justice

  • Race and Poverty. Due mainly to a history of slavery, Jim Crow and discrimination African-Americans are unequally poverty stricken. Should the disproportionate poverty of African-Americans be ameliorated in the name of justice? Should perhaps poverty, regardless of whose poverty it is, be ameliorated in the name of justice?
  • Race and the Criminal Justice System. African-Americans are more likely to be arrested, sentenced and receive harsh penalties than white Americans. For instance, although African-Americans on average neither consume nor sell more drugs than white Americans, they are much more likely to be arrested and sentenced on drug charges. Has the American criminal justice system reinstated a new Jim Crow as Michelle Alexander argues in a recent book? And what should be done? Should, for instance, prisons be abolished as Angela Davis argues?
  • Reparations, Native-Americans and African-Americans. A long-standing debate is whether or not Native Americans and African Americans should receive economic (and/or social) reparations for the American history of slavery, genocide and oppression that have left these communities disadvantaged. What do you think?

White Supremacy

  • Black Bodies, White Norms. How are black bodies judged on the basis of white bodies as an aesthetic (somatic) norm? For instance, skin tone, hair texture, facial features and body shape? And how are these judgments racially loaded? And is a preference for white beauty ideals and a distaste for black beauty ideals—or a reverse preference—an expression of racism/white supremacy or merely a harmless personal preference (like preferring vanilla to chocolate or red hair to blonde hair)? Use examples from media and make an argument.
  • Rap Music against a Background of White Supremacy. Mainstream rap music has stirred a lot of debate over the past decade. Mainstream rap music can in many ways be seen as a response to, some would even say an expression of, white supremacy. On the one hand, it is often said to be an expression of the oppressive conditions black Americans face. On the other hand it is aid to traffic two-dimensional racist stereotypes for a voyeuristic white audience and for the profit of predominantly white shareholders. Some black cultural critics celebrate mainstream rap music as progressive, others criticize it as promoting misogyny, gangsterism, violence and cheap materialism. What is your spin?

Race, Class and Gender

  • Sexism and Racism. African-American womanists and other third-wave feminists have criticized white feminism for not paying attention to how race and gender can intersect as oppressive categories. White feminism have tended to see the oppression and liberation of white women as the model for women regardless of race (or class) and failed to see their own racially loaded complicity with white patriarchy. African-American womanists have also criticized black male civil rights advocates for not acknowledging, and even reinforcing, gender oppression and for failing to see parallels between racism and sexism. What’s your take?
  • Addressing Poverty: Race or Class? Is ameliorating poverty among people of color a social justice issue? And should it be addressed as a racial issue or as a class issue or as both?
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