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Lecture 3

AMST 205 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Civil Rights Act Of 1964

American Studies
Course Code
AMST 205
Shoji Malone

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-Author pronunciation- “Meehi, Sintzmeehi”
-Humans collect objects to show social status and power
-Objects can help us and also harm us, we are becoming dependable upon them
-We try to collect objects we have personal connection to
-How are race, gender, and sexuality hierarchical? A lot of explanation is based on poverty and
wealth, one marker of identity cannot be separate from another
-You cannot examine race without examining class
-Look at definitions on the first page
-Girls school taught how to be a good wife and mom, boys school how to be the breadwinner,
but boys school cost less
-Is it possible to be color blind in the U.S? No, you are asked what race you are
-Race and equities exist, it is not something that is going away
-The government is not color blind
-Race is a qualifier and marker of identity that cannot be erased or changed
-System of oppression, those who are privileged are in power
-Civil Rights Act 1964
-Canary comparison, oppressed groups are the signal of whether the atmosphere is toxic, much
greater insight will be understood if you look at what these groups go through
-Chart compares differences between those who are privileged and oppressed and three
qualities within
-The dominant groups have more control, subordinate groups practice more resistance
-Dominant group has more control over jobs, education, etc.
-Does education provide one with power? Very difficult for people in general to access
education and then move forward in their careers because of student loans
-Ideologies are connected as well as gender, class, race, and sexuality
-Dominant groups create a system to internalize the oppression they want to instill in societies
-Empowerment is a process in which people stand up against beliefs
-Education can also be resistive in that it provides you with an opportunity to learn more and to
gain more financial stability but can also hold you back
-Laborers receive only a small fraction of what the profits actually are
-Many things are materials, from statues to cans
-Material culture is how we use the things we own and what they mean/symbolize about the
people who own them
-Objects can be an extension of the self
-Are certain objects really worth our time and money?
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