Joe Zak Sociology 101 October 12, 2017 Book Club 1 Prompt Question #1 Throughout the book, “Savage Inequalities”, there are multiple instances where the author, Kozol, interviews various individuals with different opinions on public school systems. Some individuals have a person-blaming perspective while others have system-blaming perspective. However, they each share a unique opinion and give the reader a chance to question their perspective. The people interviewed by Kozol share the daily struggles that they go through including unequal distribution of money and hateful acts of racism. There are two individuals that display a person-blaming perspective. Both individuals are involved in the high school system and are concerned about the unequal distribution of money to public schools. First, Bob Shannon is a local football coach in East St. Louis high school who talks about the poor conditions of the current equipment and facility (Kozol 1991:31). He says that it is more difficult to deal with the current money managers than the Klu Klux Klan (Kozol 1991:32). According to Shannon, the money managers do not care about the people with lower income and blame the poor for their own situation. Shannon has a person-blaming perspective because he is specifically blaming the “statisticians” who funds for public schools (Kozol 1991:32). In a social perspective, neighborhoods that are wealthier are more likely to have better schools and equipment. Shannon has been in poor neighborhoods his whole life and he has shaped his perspective based from his life experiences. He says that he is born and raised in poverty and believes that the fault for his life situation is his own (Kozol 1991:32). The only perspective he has is the one that has been forced on him his entire life including his struggles growing up and concerns as a football coach. Because of this forced perspective, Shannon
doesn’t see equality with the money distributed to the school districts. For the sake of the students, Bob Shannon wants to see justice through better equal money distributions in public schools. He believes the reason for the unequal distributions is the unfair treatment from the money managers.
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