Thursday, November 20, 2014

Revised Elevator Pitch:

Title: Neanderthal: The ‘New’ Race

Elevator Pitch: Race is a burdensome word when used in relation to human populations.  Despite the pain and negative connotations attached to the word Race it is a permanent part of our lexicon. However, culture induced semantic shift in the past has changed the ideologies surrounding Race.  With new information from the scientific community the biological definition of Race has been proven false.  By inducing a controlled narrowing of the word Race the lexical field that surrounds Race will also be changed.  Science will once again inform the public while shaping our racial ideologies.
 Through the research presented here I will show H.s. neandertalensis and H.s. denisovans are worthy of inclusion in modern racial categories. The purpose of this inclusion is to re-write our cultural perceptions of race and to further blur perceived racial distinctions in an effort to create cultural accord

Theory/Model: The theoretical framework for the semantic shift of the word ‘Race’ will be the Lexical Field theory.  To prove that H.s. neandertalensis and H.s. denisovans are in fact races of humanity the Out of Africa African hybridization-and-replacement model will be used with support from current research in genomics.  


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Guide on Posters

Hey guys here is a guide I came across for creating anthropology posters. Hope it helps.

Monday, November 17, 2014

"Diet Racism"

I hope this gives everyone a laugh or giggle during this stressful week.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Final Paper Topic

Working Title: The Impact of Race on Educational Outcomes

Andrews, Rodney and Omari Swinton
   2014     The Persistent Myths of ‘Acting White’ and Race Neutral Alternatives to
   Affirmative Action in Admissions. Review of Black Political Economy 41(3): 357-371.

Cashin, Sheryll
   2014     Place, Not Race: Affirmative Action and the Geography of Educational
   Opportunity. University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 47(4): 935-965.

Donner, Jamel K.
   2012     Whose Compelling Interest? The Ending of Desegregation and the Affirming
   of Racial Inequality in Education. Education & Urban Society 44(5): 535-552.

Murnane, Richard J.
   2013     U.S. High School Graduation Rates: Patterns and Explanations. Journal of
   Economic Literature 51(2): 370-422.

Savas, Gokhan
   2014     Understanding Critical Race Theory as a Framework in Higher Educational
   Research. British Journal of Sociology of Education 35(4): 506-522.

Scott, Janelle and Rand Quinn
   2014     The Politics of Education in the Post-Brown Era: Race, Markets, and the
   Struggle for Equitable Schooling. Educational Administration Quarterly 50(5): 749-

Elevator Pitch: Schools were desegregated in 1954, yet 60 years later we still struggle with inequality throughout the education system. Depending on where a child lives—which is largely determined by socioeconomic status and, frequently, race—he gets assigned to a school which can offer him numerous opportunities, or to a school which can offer him very few. The abundance or lack of such educational opportunities impacts whether or not a child pursues higher education, and whether he graduates from high school at all. In a push to level the playing field for children assigned to low-opportunity schools, several plans have been proposed to increase minority college admissions, but there is heavy debate over which of these plans truly help the problems at hand.

Theory: To further my research, I will use critical race theory, which is taken from American law. I found a very informative book detailing it called Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic. Critical race theory examines the institutions already in place (such as the public education system) which negatively impact the opportunities available to racial minorities simply by existing as they do. Because the United States public education system was created with white students in mind, it primarily serves white students, thus white students are more likely than minorities to succeed in the system. The only way to truly achieve education equality, according to critical race theory, is to rebuild the current system.

Paper Topic

Title: BiDil and the Beginning of the Racialization of Pharmaceuticals
Elevator Pitch: In the past few decades pharmaceutical companies have made attempts at financial gains by the biologization of race. This paper is going to delve into the argument on the validity of race based pharmaceuticals, starting with the creation of BiDil and going into the further research the FDA has conducted in order to push for the biologization of race, and whether this is a applicable process, or if the companies are simply exploiting an archaic and invalid idea of a genetic separation of the races to promote their products.
Theory: Political economy of health theory is a theory that is shaped by political, economic, and socio-historical powers. The theory explains how these driving forces shape health problems in the world and how we also deal with these problems. Race is a very powerful political topic and since the United States was established there have been many disparities in the medical world for people of color. Using this theory to analyze the FDA’s choice at marketing pharmaceutical drugs towards one type of race, I am going to question what is the driving force behind this decision and why it is an ill-conceived notion to create medicines that only work at benefiting one specific race.
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2006 BiDil: Assessing a Race-Based Pharmaceutical. Annals of Family Medicine 4(6):556-60.
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2008 Race, Genetics, and Disease: Questions of Evidence, Matters of Consequence. Social Studies of Science 38(5):643-56.
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2012 Open Door to Pharmaceutical Shortcuts: How the FDA can Regulate Race-Based Personalized Medicine. Health, Law, & Policy Brief 6(1):25-33.
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2006 Legal Constraints on the Use of Race in Biomedical Research: Toward a Social Justice Framework. Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics 24(3):526-34.
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2011 What’s Wrong with Race-Based Medicine?: Genes, Drugs, and Health Disparaties. Minnesota Journal of Law, Science, & Technology 12(1):1-21.
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KKK Now Accepting Membership of Non-Whites

Ran across this article this morning.  It would make an interesting add campaign for state tourism boards.  "Washington State:  Where the Pot is Legal and even our Klan is Slightly Progressive!" One person quoted in the interview nailed it.  Pure farce.