• November 1st, 2018

To discover how the intersections of race, gender, culture and disability combine to create enhanced vulnerability to prejudice and oppression.

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Questions: Pick any 3 to respond to by Thursday midnight and two of your fellow students by Sunday midnight. Put the Author name in the Subject Field. Race, class, gender and culture can be difficult issues to discuss in the American political culture. Discussions often raise feelings of denial, guilt and/or defensiveness on one side and anger and despair on the other. How can we, as 21st-century citizens, trying to create a more just and equal world, enter into honest discussions about these issues that lead to deeper understandings and potential actions and strategies to lead us to better solutions? What do these readings mean to you? Did you identify with them, parts of them, none of them? Which reading most resonated with you? Why or why not? 1. Bell challenges the field of Disability Studies with his article: “Is Disability Studies Actually White Disability Studies.” What is your perspective on this article? The article was written in 2006. Has the field made progress in this area in the ensuing decade? What has been your experience with disability and race? 2. Lukin in “Disability and Blackness” discusses the tension between the disability movement and the black experience of disability. Did you identify with the reading? Which piece (or section of a piece) resonated with you? Why or why not? 3. Eil Clare discusses queer culture as a disabled man coming out and the sexual abuse he encountered growing up. He raises the issue of identity. What does it mean to be a ‘transman,’ a transgendered person, a person with a disability, a man with a disability, an abuse survivor? Sexuality researchers estimate that 80-90% of females with disabilities are sexually abused by age 40 and 40-50% of males. This is an ‘elephant in the room’ issue that is hidden, shameful, and widely experienced by people with disability. What does his experience tell us about disability identity? 4. Erevelles and Minear describe how the effects of intersectionality (Race, Gender, Class, Culture) are more than simply additive and poses the construct of intercategorical and the notion of ‘spirit murder’ as more useful descriptions. Describe which parts of their discussion you agree with and/or disagree with as the authors detail Critical Race Theory, Critical Race Feminism and the process of “spirit murder

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