Is racism able to exist without a person self-identifying as a racist?

Take-Home Exam #2

Spring 2020


General Instructions: Your completed exam must be turned in to me—via online drop box—by 11:59pm on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Please type your responses—double-spaced with one-inch margins. The exam is worth 100 points. ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS and CITE. NO EXCEPTIONS FOR LATE SUBMISSIONS.




  1. Is racism able to exist without a person self-identifying as a racist? Must a person see himself or herself as a racist in order to behave in a racist manner? Give two recent examples from popular culture where a person behaved in a racist manner and did not see themselves as racist.  Cite the articles you use in your answer.




  1. Derrick Bell, a prominent philosopher of race, argues that racism is here to stay—that is, we will never be free from its influence. In a similar fashion, Randal Kennedy argues that the Color Line permeates all of American Life. In a brief summation, state your feelings on the matter in light of all we have learned in the class. Answer the following: Is racism here to stay? Will we ever be free of its influence? Will our popular culture ever be colorblind? Do we want the world to e color blind—or something else? Why or why not? Cite the book and PDF articles in your answer, and make sure your answer has depth.



Note: A minimum of five pages is expected.