Before we begin working with the novel in class, it is imperative that you gain an understanding of how much identity motivates the actions of individuals. In the noted work Beloved, the narrator states that "definitions belonged to the definers, not the defined." We will explore what it means to be defined not only by others, but more importantly, by ourselves.
This week, you will watch the documentary videos that is a part of a ground-breaking series on identity and race relations titled, "Whiteness Project: Intersection of I." After reading the instructions for this week's blog, click here to begin watching the videos.
1. Visit Whiteness Project and watch all of the videos of Dallas millennials that were interviewed and asked questions pertaining to race and identity.
2. After watching the videos, choose one and write a reaction to it. Be sure to include the name and age of the person you chose and a quote to which you would like to highlight as your reason for your choice. Be sure to state what you feel is right or wrong and/or the reasoning behind such a comment from the one interviewed. This must be done by Friday, September16th. (30 point grade)
3. Respond to a classmate's response offering a counterpoint as to why the person they chose may have the those feelings about identity making sure to state why they are justified to have such response. Yes, justify it. Keep in mind that justification may not necessarily mean agreement, but can mean having an understanding as to the source and/or cause for the feelings. This must be done by Sunday, September 18th by 11:59 p.m. (20 point grade)
**If your first response is not made by the Friday deadline you will automatically lose 10 points even if you post both responses.**