Honors 11: Intro to the Race and Class in American Theatre Unit

We first went through the calendar for the Race/Class unit in American theater with Fences/Dutchman. We read through the opening introduction so as to fully understand what we are trying to do with this unit. We then got into small groups and read aloud and discussed Princeton student, Tal Fortgang’s piece titled “White Privilege–Stop and think before you judge”. It was originally published in The Princeton Tory in 2014. Here’s an interesting response to it as well. He references the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, so here’s some clarifying information. Because this unit is so complicated, we will take things as they come, and remember, this is all about ideas, very relevant, complex ideas. Keep an open mind.

This is a survey Mr. Duffy and I would like you to take regarding our unit. Please respond by Sunday night.

Also, your homework for tomorrow is to read Peggy McIntosh’s “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” It stands in contrast to Fortgang’s, and delves a bit into critical race theory and how people may come to understand the concept of white privilege.

Finally, linked is the Globalization Synthesis Essay Rubric for your clarification regarding grading.

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About Emily Mullins

English and Journalism teacher at Berkley High School in Berkley, MI.
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