What I learned today new was that Islamophobia existed and also it didn't start during 9/11 but rather it occurred in the middle ages due to the Christian crusades claim negative views towards Muslims to promote the Christian religion rather than the Muslim religion. I had assumed Islamophobia had occurred after 9/11 and that is why they received negative backlash after, but after a few years, I had assumed the backlash had subsided not that it was still occurring today. What interest me the most is how we are still using a religion negatively in our political system when our government should not incorporate or show any favoritism for a single religion

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What I learned during this lesson was how although we may say we are non-religious and can be atheist but that does not mean religion is done with us. for example, if you are an atheist who “look Muslim” you can be questioned at an airport. I had never considered that atheists would be surrounded by religion and even be discriminated against purely by the assumption you are religious. Or how religion can force those of different race and sexuality can interfere when it had no business in it. What Intrest me the most about this lesson is how blind I was to atheist have to experience.

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When reading these readings I can relate to in a sense growing up in poverty and feeling alone in white Americans while being from a household of immigrants. You can feel the stares while wearing you 80’s handy downs in the 2000s much less with the color of my skin and being called racial slurs. yet, if I had been a wealthy white American my life story would have been different. One thing I learned while reading is how the church can be a corrupt place while it should be aiding the poor not the wealth, another thing while reading was how much your social class can single you out in an instant causing you to be less than others.

One question I have is how do we stop allowing those in power from excluding those who are in classes below their own?

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When reading the readings, you can tell those In power are the ones creating these laws such as the laws against Sodomy which only benefited the rich wealthy white individuals, also how these individuals caused certain norms in those times to be considered a crime in later history. On the other hand, we can examine how other people's beliefs can rub onto some mainstream culture such as those “Purity rings” causing many young individuals from exploring their sexuality.

My question is how can women successfully become agents and resists these norms?

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When speaking about gender it's obvious how much it affects us in our daily lives, such as who has been the U.S.A president since the creation of our nation, They have all been white Christian males. We also look more in-depth as to what roles gender has and how it has been ascribed and how we have set roles to masculinity and feminity. Or how in some cultures women and men can wear different things. One thing I had not realized was how in some cultures is that femininity could have been associated with men or women and men were not divided with femininity or masculinity but were just equal.

One thing i still am confused about is to why we decided to divide feminity and masculinity and how it managed to make a huge impact to our culture

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Before this lesson, I had assumed that race was purely colored based rather than features or where someone has come from. Yet, by examining the videos and readings, race was ultimately created to ensure the white and wealthy were able to stay onto of the social ladder and to have…

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