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Workshop 6:  Lectures & Activities


Lecture Transcript Three:
How Were Resources Allocated?

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Professor Hammonds: So the data that all of you find useful has to do with age, right? Household size, household income, public services, these kinds of things. Now, what about one of the things we were talking about today? How useful is the category of race and ethnicity for this community and what you wanted to do?

Eugenia Rolla: That wasn't the first place that we went to. We were strictly looking at more economic lines in terms of how the population was divided, and it's just interesting that none of us have mentioned race, and yet there's, you know, over 20 categories that delineate what possible, you know, ancestries that these inhabitants might be.

Professor Hammonds: So does anybody want to take a stab at saying why race and ethnicity sort of fell to the bottom of your list of ways in which you might want to allocate resources for this community? Oh, we have three hands, okay. Let's start here and go this way.

Carol Siriani: Well, one of the things was it wasn't clear how race and these other categories were together, because what they did was they said, "Here's the racial make-up," but they never said, "Here's the racial make-up of poverty or education or what have you," so it was very difficult to put the two together.

Professor Hammonds: And do you need that information, do you think?

Carol Siriani: If we were going to use race as one of our criteria, yes, because it's not race as a category that determines whether help is needed; it's the other factors that show that the help's needed.

Ed Morrison: One of the things we talked about relative to race was if a child is poor, it's not really that important what race he's from. Poverty is poverty. The same thing for an old person, if they can't afford medication. These are basic essentials—you know, housing, nourishment, medication—that should be provided for people who can't afford them, irregardless of race. And, you know, in fact, the racial categories, maybe by eliminating them, that's a step towards possibly generations in the future eradicating racism.


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