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.
May 25th, 2011
Written by Alonzo Weston in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
Dear Sticky Wicket,Since there do not appear to be a lot of other racial groups in Japan, is it true that the Japanese believe in keeping their race pure and are historically anti-immigration?~Curious in St. CloudDear Curious,A number of articles and opinions abound that racism in Japan is deep and profound, but it is not a topic the Japanese openly discuss.Some say racism in Japan is not so much...
May 3rd, 2011
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Dear Sticky Wicket,Is it true that there is a fear among whites/Caucasians regarding the reports that we will be a nation of minorities by 2050, and that they may become the new minority because of the projections that the Hispanic population is the fastest growing minority in the country?~Fearful in San DiegoDear Fearful,Recent United States Census data suggests that by the year 2050 minorities...
April 13th, 2011
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Dear Sticky Wicket,Do the leaders of Iran, who purport to believe in and practice Islam, yet unabashedly spew hatred, and kill dissidents, represent the beliefs of most Iranians? If not, how does the majority reconcile the conflict between their religion and how they actually live?~Dumbfounded in DearbornDear Dumbfounded,Islam is one of the three major religions in the world, the other two being...
March 31st, 2011
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Dear Sticky Wicket,When you hear of instances of racial slurs and graffiti occurring in high schools and on college campuses (a second one this week at the University of Missouri, in Columbia), are we fooling ourselves to think we do not need to deliberately and openly address racism? Are we moving into the future with blinders on in believing that future generations will be race-neutral...
March 23rd, 2011
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Dear Sticky Wicket,As an undergraduate student, we often had spirited discussions with exchange students from Africa. Some students from Africa questioned why some black students wanted to identify with Africa since blacks were not of a “pure” race. Do native-born Africans consider themselves superior to American blacks or African-Americans? If so, what is their rationale?~Baffled from...


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