Sticky Wicket Questions: American Culture & Immigration News Today
Questions submitted by readers that reflect the concerns, confusion, discomfort, and misperceptions we all have about people whose race, ethnicity, cultural and religious traditions are different from our own. Responses to submitted questions will come from sociologists, psychologists, educators, anthropologists, authors, researchers, and even other readers. This department will not typically represent an opportunity for freelancers.
February 23rd, 2011
Written by Rita Rizzo in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
Dear Sticky Wicket,Why do Italians appear to be prejudiced against Sicilians?~Puzzled in PoughkeepsieDear Puzzled,It is puzzling, isn’t it? Most Americans consider Sicilians to be Italians, so how can prejudice exist between people who live in different regions of the same country? Although this prejudice is considered by many to be more historical than contemporary, you will find that an ample...
February 22nd, 2011
Written by Talia Page in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
Dear Sticky Wicket,Why is there a pervasive perception that white parents are more involved in their child’s education than minority parents? Is this an excuse that white America likes to hide behind for generations of educational inequality?~Concerned in ConcordDear Concerned in Concord,As a former teacher at a high school in the South Bronx, New York, I am pleased to report that minority...
February 10th, 2011
Written by Wendy Innes in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
Dear Sticky Wicket,I feel that minorities who receive degrees from reputable white colleges and universities are not as capable or prepared as their white counterparts because of Affirmative Action. Is this a common, or accurate, perception? ~Worried MomDear Worried Mom,Affirmative Action has gotten more attention in the past decade than it has at any other time during its near 40-year existence...
January 26th, 2011
Written by Alonzo Weston in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
Since there is still so much racial discord in the United States, do you think there is a difference between being a “citizen of the United States” vs. being an “American” since being American connotes that one has been assimilated and been accepted as part of the “Melting Pot?”~James WeatherbyFlorida Dear James,We’ve all heard in the news and on the streets over the last several months, a call...
January 5th, 2011
Written by Cindy Ferraino in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
Do you think the mishandling of the immigration issue is positioning Latinos as the next minority to hate? Do you think business leaders and politicians are being hypocritical because they really value the low-wage worker that illegal immigrants provide?The United States of America, a nation built on the backs of the immigrants that landed at the foot of the Statue of Liberty by boat, plane, or...