In the A Class Divided video clip, you saw the teacher Jane Elliott use an exercise in her third grade classroom to teach students about discrimination. She used discrimination as the overarching term. Here discrimination includes objectification, stigma, and privilege. When people encounter discrimination, they may redefine their identity. Consider how identity can be redefined as a result of objectification. In addition address the concept of oppositional identity, which occurs when individuals embrace the way they are objectified and act in a way that reinforces the objectification.
To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review the “Framework Essay” in Section I in the course text and the article “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” Pay particular attention to the discussion regarding objectification and oppositional identity.
- Review the Frontline video clip, A Class Divided. Look for examples of objectification and oppositional identity in the clip.
- Consider how objectification and oppositional identity influenced students in Jane Elliott’s exercise to redefine their racial and ethnic identities.
With these thoughts in mind:
One example of objectification in A Class Divided. Then post one example of oppositional identity in A Class Divided. Explain how objectification and oppositional identity influenced students to redefine their racial and ethnic identities.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.