10 Blaming the victim

10 Blaming the victim - MFHD 354 MFHD 354 Reading: Blaming...

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Unformatted text preview: MFHD 354 MFHD 354 Reading: Blaming the Victim Questions and Discussion Questions and Discussion Quote by John D. Rockefeller, “ The growth of a large business is merely a survival of the fittest….The American Beauty rose can be produced…only by sacrificing the early buds which grow up around it. This is not an evil tendency in business. It is merely the working­ out of a law of nature and a law of God.” Questions and Discussion Questions and Discussion ► What is “Darwinism?” And what is “Social Darwinism?” Questions and Discussion Questions and Discussion ► What is “Social Darwinism?” Survival of the socially/culturally fittest Switch from blaming victim for genetic/moral deficiencies and seeing them as the unfortunate product of their cultural environment. An example of the “golden rule” – those that have the gold get to make the rules. Questions and Discussion Questions and Discussion ► “Every important social problem—crime, mental illness, civil disorder, unemployment —has been analyzed within the framework of the victim­blaming ideology” (p. 276­77). What does this mean? Can you think of examples of this? Questions and Discussion Questions and Discussion ► “Every important social problem—crime, mental illness, civil disorder, unemployment—has been analyzed within the framework of the victim­ blaming ideology” (p. 276­77). What does this mean? Can you think of examples of this? ► This is accomplished through the process of what Ryan calls “Savage Discovery,” whereby the other group is demonstrated to be different and strange: They think different They act in different patterns They cling to different values, They seek different goals Questions and Discussion Questions and Discussion ► Lead Paint – how do we blame the victim with this? Others with responsibility? ► Eating dirt and “But for the grace of God, go I.” Questions and Discussion Questions and Discussion ► Why do we blame the victim? Questions and Discussion Questions and Discussion ► Why do we blame the victim? Out of evilness or bigotry? In order to reconcile self­interest with promptings of humanitarianism? What does this mean? Questions and Discussion Questions and Discussion ► Why do we blame the victim? Out of evilness or bigotry? In order to reconcile self­interest with promptings of humanitarianism? ►Current self interest (class interest) on one hand and a desire to help those who have experienced social and physical and economic wounds, defects, paralysis and disability in the past. ►The result is affirmative action, quotas, and other types of interventive/corrective social programs. Questions and Discussion Questions and Discussion ► Great set of questions to ask ourselves and others on p. 284. ► How do we make sense of this from LDS/Christian perspective? Pre­existence levels of faithfulness versus mortal misuse of agency Self­reliance versus charity ...
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