Continue the discussion from class (which was our most popular so far) using the comments below.
Consider the following questions which came up, and try to provide links in your responses:
-What is privilege? What is racism? We talk about
-What does it mean to blame individuals vs. "systems" for social problems?
-How much responsibility do citizens have to obey authority figures?
-Everyone agreed we should, ideally, take everyone as individuals. But is that possible? Why/why not?
-To what extent is the history of slavery/segregation still with us?
-Does political correctness have ANY value? If so, what? If not, how has it become so prominent?
-Are all group treated equally in America today? Most racial minorities say no in surveys. Don't simply agree or disagree; consider where these perceptions come from. If you tend to disagree, try to see their point of view; if you tend to agree, try to see the point of view of white Americans who do not perceive things the same way.
Also, please remember to be respectful! We all have different social and political views, but we are all part of the same class, community and country, and we need to remember that. If you really want to develop intellectually, you'll try to understand the mindset of those with whom you disagree, and always look for the bigger picture.
Mr. Justin Biggs