Respond to each latter (A-D) with at least 1 paragraph for each letter

  1. In the early part of this century, Asian immigrants were not eligible for citizenship, no matter how long they lived in the U.S. What is the legacy of those laws in terms of how Asian Americans are viewed today? How is our country’s idea of citizenship still tied to race, or is it?
  2. Psychologist Beverly Daniel Tatum summarizes the impact of institutionalized racial policies like FHA loan practices: “To a child of that parent, it looks like, my father worked hard, bought a house, passed his wealth on to me, made it possible for me to go to school…How come your father didn’t do that?” Ho would you answer the child of that privileged parent? How would you explain the situation to the child of the parent who was disadvantaged by government policies?
  3. Supreme Court Justice Henry Blackmun said, “To get beyond racism we must first take account of race. There is no other way” Who benefits in our society if we adopt a colorblind approach to society? How is colorblindness different from equality (or are these the same)?
  4. Given that race isn’t biological, should we get rid of racial categories? Why might racial classifications still be useful? If we stop tracking racial information, how will we tell if disparities still exist?

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