RESPOND : Reading Summary #4 : After studying the assigned readings for this week
write a reading summary using the following prompts to guide you:
1. Write a brief summary of the key points of each reading and summarize the
main argument of the author in your own words. If you had to tell a friend
what both of the readings were about, what would you say? (Approximately a
paragraph or two per assigned reading).
2. Write your response to both of the readings. What stood out to you as you
read? What are some of the things you highlighted? Feel free to include direct
quotations that you found interesting or even confusing. Does it relate to your
own life? How? Why is what the author trying to say important (or not)?
(Approximately a paragraph or two).
3. Make connections . Thinking broadly, discuss how this week’s readings
relate to one another and how they relate to past weeks’ readings. Do you
have any other comments you want to make about the readings?
Approximately 2-3 paragraphs.
Questions for you to consider:
● According to Snipp, “…counting people by race is a tradition deeply
embedded within the governing framework of the United States.” How have
governmental institutions played a role in constructing the notion of race?
● Snipp traces the changing definitions of race over time. How do these
changes reflect the idea that race is a “social construction”? How do these
shifting definitions benefit some groups and harm others?
● What do the terms “race” and “ethnicity” mean? Are they useful terms?