Many people would argue today that racism is a thing of the past. Some would argue that affirmative action policies have done enough to address the problem of racial inequality. And there in fact a few out there that would say that affirmative action has gone to far and that in fact, we live today in an anti-white society. A recent study by Michael Norton and Samuel Summers found that many white Americans perceived that progress from African Americans in the U.S. has cost whites in terms of resources and status.
Read the New York Times coverage of the report here. Then answer the following questions:
1. Summarize in two paragraphs the perspectives of two of the debates. Be sure to identify which pieces you are reading and summarizing.
2. Do you think that the fear of living in an anti-white society is justified? Is it a problem for the United States?
3. Given that some whites seem to be feeling this fear, what would you suggest to address it?
a. What is an example of an individual change?
b. What is an exanple of a structural change?
I really can’t with this assignment. Why is this a thing I need to do to graduate from college?
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- dalatu said: I cannot even try to understand this assignment. My mind cannot handle this, then again I should be doing Physics, so what do I know…
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- davidaarnott said: Here’s the problem: Can you state — in an academically appropriate way — that “analyzing” at least one of the perspectives requires explaining that it is invalid? And can you state it in a way that doesn’t insult the people who posed the prompt?
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