Race and the American Music Industry: A Case Study

Since the beginning of slavery in America, music has been a means of continuing and connecting to African culture. Through decades of sociocultural constraints, the African American community created musical sounds and styles that would become famous. Music was and has continued to be a way of maintaining cultural integrity and an outlet for social … More Race and the American Music Industry: A Case Study

Food Deserts and Race

In “Low-income blacks stranded in food deserts,” Marqui Mapp addresses two of the largest growing problems in the United States: obesity and food deserts. In the United States, there are 23.5 million people who live in what are known as food deserts. Food deserts are areas, typically low-income urban and rural sites that have little … More Food Deserts and Race

Wealth Gap

The wealth gap, also known as wealth inequality, is the unequal distribution of assets within a population. Inequality.org identifies wealth as a household’s assets in dollar amount minus any liabilities. Assets can include everything from real estate, cars, investments, and bank accounts. Liabilities include car and home loans, credit card balances, student debt, and any … More Wealth Gap

Rejecting Whiteness

In order to fully dismantle racial boundaries, there must first be an established rejection of whiteness, and in order to do this we need to understand where the concept of whiteness comes from. In “Dreaming of a Self Beyond Whiteness and Isolation,” John A. Powell engages racial boundaries to determine how we as a society … More Rejecting Whiteness

Census and Representation

The publications “Population Distribution and Change: 2000 to 2010,” by Paul Mackun and Steven Wilson, and “Congressional Appointment,” by Kristin D. Burnett discuss how United States population and land distribution relates to congressional seat appointment as well as how the census dictates these appointments. Congressional appointment is based on overall state population; the more people … More Census and Representation

The Census

In both the 2000 and 2010 Census’, the United States experienced several major shifts and developments in categorization, differentiation, and disenfranchisement. Prior to this timeframe, Arab people in the U.S. were pooled into the “white” category. This being the dominant social category, why would these people want to set themselves apart? The major proponent for … More The Census