Last blog post of the year!
Unfortunately, we have not had class yet this week, so I do not have much to write about, but I would like to take a little time to start reflecting on my class experience throughout this semester.
I came into the class interested in learning more about race, a topic that has plagued my thoughts for years. Race simultaneously felt like something in which I felt confident talking about (because I thought about and had many racially based experiences), and something that I felt I knew nothing about. My own experiences as a black girl were the only thing I knew. While at first in class we talked about the history of race in America and the overall effects and implications of some major historical events and policies, such as slavery, Jim Crow and later the New Deal, we then began looking at how racism and race played a role in more specific areas of life today.
This has been a very reaffirming experience for me, as many experiences I have had have been explained in the readings. Also, my understanding of other people’s approaches and beliefs about race has changed/improved. I have never taken a class where I have felt so engaged and excited to learn and do 60+ pages of reading a week. Additionally, T Mauricio is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had and the passion that he brings to his class furthers my excitement to the topic.
I am excited now to be able to devote all of my time to doing research on my final project!
Lastly, T. Mauricio has given our class an amazing reading list for outside of class/the future and the first book I want to pick up is Between the World and Me by Ta-nehisi Coates. I have heard a lot about it and now I am finally ready to start reading this summer!
Thanks to those of you who have been reading all semester!