Soc 134-Notes-Chapter 11 - RECONSTRUCTION How you can join others in the fight against racial domination Reconstruction the act of employing the

Soc 134-Notes-Chapter 11 - RECONSTRUCTION How you can join...

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RECONSTRUCTION - How you can join others in the fight against racial domination - Reconstruction: the act of employing the knowledge you have acquired about racial domination in concerted efforts to overturn it - This requires first, reconstructing how we think about race in our lives, and second using our sharpened analysis to reconstruct how race is discussed and lived in society at large - This can be carried on through different methods and in different settings - Reconstruction of our racial order is a comprehensive endeavor, one encompassing both small-scale interactions and large-scale social and cultural structures - Reconstruction is an idea borrowed from the well-established philosophical tradition of American pragmatism - Making our lives together more just, democratic, and enriching - In effective practical action aimed at overturning racial domination you must have some sense of what a society would look like without it - Think about what can and must be done in order to get to that perfect society Chapter 11- Toward Racial Justice I. A Life, Engaged None of us are personally or directly responsible for the wrongs inflicted by, or to, our ancestors. But all of us are responsible for repairing the damage because of 2 things: o Personal responsibility connected to things directly asked of you and wrongs you have committed; has to do with your connection to the problem o Civic responsibility connected to your ability, your power, to change your community and beyond; connection to the solution The idea of civic responsibility implies we have an obligation to people other than ourselves and our close family and friends; obligation to justice Today racial domination persists not only because politicians and businessmen exploit racial divisions for their own gain but also because millions of us, are indifferent to the suffering of others Indifference can be the product of ignorance Doing nothing is doing something-it is giving into oppressors What do we want to achieve and how do we achieve it? II. What are The Goals Many whites think that racial equality has been reached while many nonwhites think not much has changed since the civil rights movement and that things may be getting worse or that it may never come Two things are undeniable: Racial progress in America has been nothing short of astounding and racial domination in America has yet to be dismantled There does not exist a single case in modern or early history that comes anywhere near the record of America in changing majority attitudes, in
guaranteeing legal and political rights, and in expanding socioeconomic opportunities for its disadvantaged minorities Change has come to America. Indeed, some ethnic conflicts viewed as intractable and eternal a mere one hundred years ago hardly exist today but there is still room for change o What a generation thinks impossible another generation succeeds We cannot deny the progress of the past, just as we cannot turn a blind eye

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