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This weeks reading about race questioned the common idea of what race is Most people would think of race as a physical concrete identity stemming from ancestry Superficial qualities such as skin color dominate the common views of race Fields however throws out the idea of race being a concrete entity and instead says that race is purely ideological It is something brought about by social issues and concerns and is entirely socially and historically constructed as an ideology in a way that class is not Because people really do concretely own or not own land and workplaces class has objective dimensions Though not at all valid the objective dimension of race is what I said earlierskin color Moreover race is constructed differently across time by people in the same social class and differently at the same time by people whose class positions differ Though it is crucial for us to recognize and appreciate the vast differences across our different cultural heritages these differences should not be addressed in a way that will separate everyone into white black asian et cetera This is the root of racism the fact that we are all different based on which box we check on a questionnaire This brings me to the matter of Ebonics -- a word derived from the marriage of ebony with phonics -- which members of the Oakland School Board first used in 1996 to describe the speech dialect of some Americans of African descent The idea came up that if teachers were certified via special training in Ebonics which was formerly called Black English they would more easily be able to help the African-American students who were having problems mastering standard English On December 18 1996 the Board of Education of Oakland California passed a resolution concerning Ebonics I will go through a few of the interesting WHEREASs of this resolution each with a comment on its particulars WHEREAS numerous validated
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