Discussion Questions

  1. Read this article--https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/08/24/i-was-a-civil-rights-activist-in-the-1960s-but-its-hard-for-me-to-get-behind-black-lives-matter/--and respond to the following questions: (1) what is the primary message of the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM); (2) what are some similarities between the BLM and the Civil Rights movement; (3) what are some differences; (4) why do you think the United States is still grappling with issues of racial discrimination today . . . and what can be done to reduce racial prejudices and discrimination in America?
  2. Read this article--https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/the-first-white-president-ta-nehisi-coates/537909/--and respond to the following questions: (1) what is the relationship between the history of race in American society and the current state of race in American society today; (2) how does Coates see the rise of Trump as related to ideologies tied to white supremacy; (3) do you believe that hate speech should be defined as free speech, and why or why not; (4) how do you think responses to some of Trump’s more controversial statements would have been perceived had he been a black candidate?
  3. Follow this link to the Harvard Implicit Bias Test website--https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html. Click on the “I wish to proceed” link, and then click on the “Race IAT” link and complete the test. What did this test reveal about your preference for racial categories? Do you agree with the results of this test? Did the results make you feel angry, or upset? What part of your socialization do you believe contributed most mightily to the results of this test for you? For someone who discovered they are deeply biased in their preference of one race over another, should this individual actively work to reduce this bias? Explain.
  4. Read this article--http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/04/19/524571669/model-minority-myth-again-used-as-a-racial-wedge-between-asians-and-blacks--and respond to the following questions: (1) in your own words, what is the model minority myth; (2) why is this myth perpetuated in American society; (3) how might the prevalence of this myth influence young people who identify as Asian in America; (4) how do the authors describe the link between the model minority myth and discrimination against African Americans . . . and do you see any evidence of this in America today?