In our Thursday class (9/18) we will have our regular Q & A session on Chapter 1 of BS among other things.
Some sample questions:
- What is “new racism”? Why is it called “colorblind racism” ?
- Explain “now you see it, now you don’t” racism .
- What are some of the new ways of putting minorities at the “bottom of the well”? 
- What is ideology? 
- What is “regime of truth”? 
- What is gerrymandering? 
- What is election runoff? 
- What is affirmative action? 
- What is “reverse racism”? 
- How to distinguish racial optimists from racial pesoptimist? [4-5]
- How to differentiate “symbolic racism” from “group interest racism”? [6-7]
- What is laissez-faire racism? 
- What is the difference between interracial hostility as individual psychological disposition and materialist interpretation of racial matters? 
- What is the difference between “racism as a mere prejudice” and “racism as systemic”? 
- How does Zinn help to understand Silva as he says “racial categories have a history” ?
- How would you argue against some white social scientists saying: race is constructed and not real and social scientists who use the category are the ones who make it real” ?
- Would you agree with some right-wing scholars who advocate the elimination of race as a category of analysis? What danger does Silva see in that proposal? [8, 21]
- What is racial structure? 
- What is the objective of studying racial structure? [ 9]
- Why does the dominant race struggle to maintain the racial order? Why is it difficult to give up? 
- Do you think the subordinate race more often resign to their racial position than struggle to change the status quo? 
- What is racial ideology? Why do subordinate races ground their ideology on the master framework of the dominant race? What purpose does it serve? 
- How is one’s world-view rooted in the group-based conditions and experiences of the races? 
- How does the ruling ideology rule as “common sense”? 
- How are oppositional ideologies formed? 
- What is racial contract? 
- What is social cleavage? 
- What is “clinical approach” to race relation? 
- How is “nonracist” different from “antiracist”? What is the first step towards becoming antiracist? 
- Why does Silva think that some readers will feel discomfort in reading this book? 
You may generate a set of reading questions of your own. I may ask you to ask a question either to me or to any of your peers. But all questions should be on chapter 1 of BS.
You may receive award for your contribution.