Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 1999-10-01
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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Through individual stories, essays, and critical analyses, this anthology introduces issues of race, class, and gender within an interdisciplinary framework. Themes of identity, power, and change are examined from many different perspectives and voices.

Table of Contents




John Hope Franklin, Ethnicity in American Life: The Historical Perspective • Grace Paley, The Loudest Voice • Polingaysi Qoyawayma (Elizabeth Q. White), To Be Hopi or American • Michael Novak, Neither WASP nor Jew nor Black • Celia Alvarez, El Hilo Que Nos Une/The Thread That Binds Us: Becoming a Puerto Rican Woman • Shanlon Wu, In Search of Bruce Lee’s Grave • Therese Saliba, Remembering My Grandmother, Remembering Lebanon • John Langston Gwaltney, Rosa Wakefield • *Mary Otto, American Muslim’s Political Voice Rises • *Bharati Mukherjee, American Dreamer • Elizabeth Gordon, On the Other Side of the War: A Story • Judith Levine, White Like Me • *Clarence Page, Change Just One Drop • William A. Henry, III, Beyond the Melting Pot


Angela Phillips, In the Beginning There Are Babies • Ellen J. Reifler, Time Warp in the Toy Store • Janet Shibley Hyde, How Women Are Treated in Language • *Janet Saltzman Chafetz, Some Individual Costs of Gender Role Conformity • Janet Shibley Hyde, Gender Roles and Ethnicity • Paula Gunn Allen, Where I Come from Is Like This • Scott Russell Sanders, The Men We Carry in Our Minds • Doug Cooper Thompson, The Male Role Stereotype • *Leonard Kriegel, Taking It • Carl Ryan, Tears Still Taboo for Average Guy • Dennis Altman, Why Are Gay Men So Feared? • Deborah Tannen, Asymmetries in Communication • *Diane Kobrynowicz, The Automatic Nature of Stereotyping


*Janet Zandy, Decloaking Class: Why Class Identity and Consciousness Count • Gary Soto, Looking for Work • Sallie Bingham, The Truth About Growing Up Rich • *Jody Kolodzey, The Working Mother as Fashion Victim • Bebe Moore Campbell, To Be Black, Gifted and Alone • bell hooks, Keeping Close to Home: Class and Education • Bernice Mennis, Jewish and Working Class • Caffilene Allen, First They Changed My Name . . . • Randall Williams, Daddy Tucked the Blanket • Colin Greer, Something Is Robbing Our Children of Their Future • Ariel Gore, Mother Courage • Molly Ivins, Targeting Welfare Fathers • Peter Swet, “We’re Not Bums” • *Jackie Spinks, Poverty or at Home in a Car • Marge Piercy, The Fall



Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Rethinking America • U. S. Commission on Civil Rights, Historical Discrimination in the Immigration Laws • Southern Poverty Law Center, Anti-Immigrant Violence • Oscar Handlin, Racism and Nationality • *Gloria Yamato, Something About the Subject Makes It Hard to Name • Peggy McIntosh, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack • Michael Dorris, Native Americans v. the U. S. Government • Scott Kerr, The New Indian Wars • *Carol Lee Sanchez, Sex, Class and Race Intersections: Visions of Women of Color • Ward Churchill, Crimes Against Humanity • Daniela Gioseffi, Beyond Stereotyping • Robert Cherry, Anti-Semitism in the United States • Letty Cottin Pogrebin, The Jewish American Princess • Elizabeth Martinez, Seeing More Than Black and White • Judith Ortiz Cofer, “I Was Merely a Character in His Cartoon-Populated Universe” • John Hersey, Behind Barbed Wire • Robert Daseler, Asian Americans Battle “Model Minority” Stereotype • Michael Laslett, Inter-Racial Violence: Conflicts of Class and Culture • Benjamin Quarles, “Jim Crow” Law • *Stephen Jay Gould, Ghosts of Bell Curves Past • *Earl Ofari Hutchinson, The Negro a Beast … or in the Image of God • Southern Poverty Law Center, Emmett Louis Till, 1941–1955 • *Kyle Johnson, As Media Furor Subsides, Jasper Sorts Out Its Future • *The Klan Watch Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Terror in Our Neighborhoods • *Salim Mulwakkil, Real Minority, Media Majority • *David K. Shipler, Subtle vs. Overt Racism • *Robert Anthony Watts, Blacks Feel Indignities


*Don Sabo, The Myth of the Sexual Athlete • Martha Burk and Kirsten Shaw, How the Entertainment Industry Degrades Women • Mary Beth Marklein, Learning to Give Girls Equal Classroom Attention • *Kathleen Sharp, Foul Play • *Susana McCollom, Reincarnating Freud • Katrine Ames, Our Bodies, Their Selves • Anita Hill, The Nature of the Beast • *Barbara Trees, Like a Smack in the Face: Pornography in the Trades • Mariah Burton Nelson, Bad Sports • Nancy Worcester, A More Hidden Crime: Adolescent Battered Women • James A. Doyle, Rape and Sexual Assault • Kathleen Hirsch, Fraternities of Fear • Unknown, “The Rape” of Mr. Smith • *Anne Finger, Forbidden Fruit • Audre Lorde, There Is No Hierarchy of Oppressions • Suzanne Pharr, Homophobia and Sexism • Lindsy Van Gelder, Mothers of Convention • Randy Shilts, What’s Fair in Love and War •


*Holly Sklar, Imagine a Country • *Jeffrey H. Reiman, The Rich Get Richer and Poor Get Prison • David Moberg, The Great Divide • Edward S. Herman, Immiserating Growth: The First World • *Christopher D. Cook, Unprotected Work • Celine-Marie Pascale, Normalizing Poverty • Jacqueline Jones, American Others • Robert Cherry, Institutionalized Discrimination • *Robert Kuttner, So Much for the Minimum-Wage Scare • *Barbara Stahura, Hazel Henderson’s Better Bottom Line • *Leslie Brown, Jury Whops Insurer • *Ellen L. Bassuk, Angela Browne and John C. Buckner, Single Mothers and Welfare • *Lucky Jean, The Gestapo of Welfare Reform • Mike Males, Poor Logic • Renu Nahata, Persistent Welfare Stereotypes • Rita Henley Jensen, A Way Out • Rickie Solinger, Caught in the Poverty Trap • *Doug A. Timmer, D. Stanley Eitzen and Kathryn D. Talley, The Root Causes of Homelessness in American Cities • Elliot Liebow, Some Thoughts on Homelessness • Christian Parenti, Sidewalk Mercenaries vs. Homeless



Barbara Lawrence, Four-Letter Words Can Hurt You • William Snider, The Need to Improve Hispanic Education • National PTA and the Council on Interracial Books for Children, Why CIBC Is Dealing with Homophobia • Arturo Madrid, Diversity and Its Discontents: • *Laura Hershey, Choosing Disability • Eloise Salholz, The Push for Power • Charlotte Bunch, Going Public with Our Vision • Andrew Kimbrell, A Manifesto for Men • John D’Emilio, The Campus Environment for Gay and Lesbian Life • Kathleen Ryan, Resistance • Robert A. Rhoades, The Campus Climate for Gay Students • Daniel Goleman, Psychologists Find Ways to Break Racism’s Hold • Cynthia Diehm and Margo Ross, Battered Women • Gerald Gunther, Freedom for the Thought We Hate • Charles R. Lawrence, III, Acknowledging the Victims’ Cry


*Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, Victory at Arnot • Cesar Chavez, The Organizer’s Tale • Louise Palmer, Workers Demand Rights • Southern Poverty Law Center, Free at Last • *Anne Moody, The Movement • Muriel Tillinghast, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle • James Baldwin, A Fly in Buttermilk • Michael Ryan, “Don’t Tell Us It Can’t Be Done” • Valerie Taliman, Saving Native Lands • Ann Davis, Cecilia Fire Thunder: She Inspires Her People • Renee La Couture Tulloch, How I Changed the Governor’s Mind • Deb Price, Friends of Justice: Take Heart • Bonnie Pfister, Negotiating Passion on Campus • Michele N-K Collison, Many Students Press Colleges to Substitute “First-Year Student” for Term “Freshman” • Dawn Atkins, A Daughter’s Story • Mary E. Atkins, A Mother’s Story

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