Interactive Discussion AND Q & A Session on Chapter 1 of BS


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: 

  1. What is “new racism”? Why is it called “colorblind racism” [2]?
  2. Explain “now you see it, now you don’t” racism [2].
  3. What are some of the new ways of putting minorities at the “bottom of the well”? [3]
  4. What is ideology? [3]
  5. What is “regime of truth”? [8]
  6. What is gerrymandering? [3]
  7. What is election runoff? [3]
  8. What is affirmative action? [4]
  9. What is “reverse racism”? [4]
  10. How to distinguish racial optimists from racial pesoptimist? [4-5]
  11. How to differentiate “symbolic racism” from “group interest racism”? [6-7]
  12. What is laissez-faire racism? [7]
  13. What is the difference between interracial hostility as individual psychological disposition and materialist interpretation of racial matters? [7]
  14. What is the difference between “racism as a mere prejudice” and “racism as systemic”? [8]
  15. How does Zinn help to understand Silva as he says “racial categories have a history” [8]?
  16. 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” [8]?
  17. 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]
  18. What is racial structure? [9]
  19. What is the objective of studying racial structure? [ 9]
  20. Why does the dominant race struggle to maintain the racial order? Why is it difficult to give up? [9]
  21. Do you think the subordinate race more often resign to their racial position than struggle to change the status quo? [9]
  22. What is racial ideology? Why do subordinate races ground their ideology on the master framework of the dominant race? What purpose does it serve? [9]
  23. How is one’s world-view rooted in the group-based conditions and experiences of the races? [10]
  24. How does the ruling ideology rule as “common sense”? [10]
  25. How are oppositional ideologies formed? [10]
  26. What is racial contract? [10]
  27. What is social cleavage? [10]
  28. What is “clinical approach” to race relation? [15]
  29. How is “nonracist” different from “antiracist”? What is the first step towards becoming antiracist? [15]
  30. Why does Silva think  that some readers will feel discomfort in reading this book? [15]


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.


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