Hegemony for the Holidays (Kaylin Mouchawar)

As the holidays are around the corner, I have found it vital to post about the hegemonic ideologies starting to circulate in the air. Hegemony can be seen as inevitable, and naturalized; hegemonic ideologies require coercion with little consent. As seen in the Charlie Brown clip above, some of the hegemonic ideas regarding Thanksgiving include talking about thanks at the table, and eating turkey dinner with the family. Some other American meal additions are cranberries, mashed potatoes, stuffing and vegetables, while some other traditions are watching the Macy’s Day parade and the football game of the day. These Americanized concepts are hegemonic as they are widely accepted and practiced throughout the country, but are rarely ever questioned. People just know it, and therefore, they do it.

Do you believe the hegemonic ideologies behind holidays boost the commercial market, make the holidays more widely accepted and celebrated, or both?

Racism Under the Radar

Kaylin Mouchawar

After further exploring Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s Racism Without Racists, the ideology of “color-blind racism”, whether it be ostentatious or under the radar, plays a fundamental part in shaping attitudes across current America. As America firmly stands as a diverse land densely populated with people of various cultures, the idea of racism, whether intentional or unintentional, has evidently been manifested in everyday society.

After viewing myriad videos regarding “unobtrusive” racism, I chose the attached “Words with Racist Origins” as a pedagogic example demonstrating how inconspicuous racism can be in everyday society. Although one could argue that this video represents a somewhat extremist view of how racism is incorporated in our quotidian lives, it still goes to show that there is a common misconception on what has discriminatory undertones; many do not have the intentions of being racist, yet are unaware that their words and actions allow them to be.

American identity has been shaped in many ways and founded upon various ideals. Do you believe that America would still have the same reputation it has today if people more openly and assertively addressed the issue of color-blind racism prevalent in today’s society?