SIUC Dept. of Communication Studies RSOs
by Brent Palmer
In this, my third and final installment on communication and race, I will be using Ijeoma Oluo’s book So You Want to Talk About Race once more, in order to discuss the chapter, “I Just Got Called a Racist, what do I do Now?”
Talking about race is a difficult task. Race is rarely talked about outside of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and February in primary school, meaning an everyday part of communication on race is lost on many Americans. When brought up in history books, some issues can be recontextualized to fit the broader narrative that keeps society the way it is. This narrative, when critically reviewed, is a part of a white power structure, that privileges white people over people of color. Many people call this white privilege, but this systemic construction of power against people of color is also a definition of white supremacy, also encompassing the idea of a racial (white) state.
by Brent Palmer
In this, my second installment on communication and race, I will explain what a microaggression is and how both the sender and receiver of a racial microaggression can best facilitated communication through Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk about Race.
Ijeoma defines microaggressions as: “small daily insults and indignities perpetrated against marginalized or oppressed people because of their affiliation with that marginalized or oppressed group.” (p. 169). Though they are called microaggressions, the feelings which come from the consistent indignities are anything but micro.
by Brent Palmer
Brent Palmer, a senior Intercultural Communication major, shares three tips for navigating and facilitating conversations of race. This is the first of his three-part series on race and communication.
I am an intercultural communication studies major. My experience as a black man has taught me that I often have to explain how my experience is different than others. My experiences as intercultural communication major have taught me how to communicate these and other differences more effectively. Since we live in a diverse society filled with members of various cultures and races, it makes sense that you’re also going to have a need to get along with others different than you. The following blog post highlights three tips for navigating and facilitating conversations of race.
by Bolton Morales, M.A.
Bolton Morales, a third-year doctoral student in the Southern Illinois University Department of Communication Studies, shares three tips for managing your GPA related anxieties after transitioning into your first year of college.
Earning bad grades as an undergrad, especially as a first-year student, can be disappointing and make one feel inadequate. . I know from experience. In my experience, poor performances do not define who you are nor do they limit your potential. In fact, because you learn from hardship, it may improve your chances of being admitted into internships, research programs, graduate schools, or hired for jobs. Assuming, of course, poor performance is not habitual and forms a learning experience that translates into future successes.
During my youth I often felt the need to go outside and take a walk. This became something that I did to relieve stress, and it always worked. However, much to my mothers’ disapproval, I often went out and walked at all hours of the night. Thankfully, I lived in a safe neighborhood, so she needn’t worry, but that’s how it worked for me. I would feel the need to expel a lot of anxiety that had built up and with walking I felt relief. As such, I’ve compiled a couple of ways to be mindful of you mental and physical health here on campus.