“Race Literacy Quiz Response”
Were you surprised by any of your answers? Were you surprised by the questions? In what ways?
The race literacy quiz validated that I knew absolutely nothing about race as I received credit for the questions pertaining only to genetics and geographic latitude. I was very surprised by my answers and initially resistant to open up and understand the explanation of these facts. For example, California Newsreel’s “Race Literacy Quiz”, reveals that the story of Pocahontas had nothing to do with racism in that the “English had not yet developed the racial ideology that later justified their taking of Indian lands. But it was unthinkable that royalty would marry a commoner part (Ques. #6). My initial feeling of resistance is because my I had my own conclusions and mind set pertaining to history of racism, oppression of non whites and segregation. To be honest I also used race to justify the oppression of non whites and blamed racism along with health and wealth disparities on the Whites. I was definitely surprised by the questions as I was reading them in that initially I felt as though the question was irrelevant to race. The explanations contradicted and clarified much of my frame of thinking revolving around race. I am now understanding racism as a poor excuse to justify and fuel ridiculous notions of “inferior races” and governmental practices.
Does race affect your life? Why or why not? If so, in what ways
After taking the quiz I can conclude that race affects my life because I let it affect my frame of thinking. I find that race has little to do with the cause of our health and wealth statuses but can be view as an indicator of oppression within government policies. The cause of health disparities in society stem from historical governmental practices. According to California Newsreel’s “Race Literacy Quiz”, the “government policies and practices helped create two legacies that are still with us today: segregated...