Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Post-Reading Questions for Week 4

The Blog is set-up a little differently this week.
Please answer one question from each 'section' of questions.
SECTION 1: Answer one of the following questions.
A Political Cartoon that represents some of the issues we were talking about in class today!
Please respond to the above cartoon: Why are the statements that the characters in the cartoon making 'lies'? What are their connections to white privilege?

Please write your own definition of 'structural privilege'. Try using 'layman's' (or common language). How would you explain it to your friends or family?

What were some examples of privilege and disadvantage that stood out to you during the exercise? Did you find them interesting, troubling, ridiculous? Why?
SECTION 2: Answer one question from the following questions:

McIntosh argues that "...obliviousness about white advantage, like obliviousness about male advantage it kept strongly inculturated in the United States so as to maintain the myth of meritocracy, the myth that democratic choice is equally available to all. Keeping most people unaware of the freedom of confident action is there for just a small number of people props up those in power, and serves to keep power in the hands of the same groups that have most of it already" (298).
Do you agree or disagree- Why or why not?

What structural privileges do you possess? What disadvantages? 

How does the idea of structural privilege (based on race, gender, class, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or other characteristics) challenge the notion of a meritocracy?

Why is knowing about structural privilege important to achieving social justice?
SECTION 3: Please answer one of the below questions:

Here is Jon Scalzi's blog post about how straight white males play the 'game of life' on the lowest difficulty setting (Again, it is super short and worth reading). What makes this analogy useful for understanding structural privilege? How is it similar or different to the examples listed in the McIntosh piece?

 Please read "Black Girl Dangerous' blog post about 'reverse-racism' (it's short). Is this list a more accurate representation of 'reverse racism?' Why or why not? What makes the things on this list different than the claim that affirmative action is 'reverse racism'?

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