Thursday, February 21, 2008

What a tangled web we weave, when we censor our disease 

My Goodness!
At my high school, which is majority-minority, the newspaper did a survey in which they asked the kids what they though white and black characteristics were. The white kids called whites dorky and mostly uncool. They said that blacks were funny and outgoing. The black kids said that whites were smart and hard-working, and blacks were ignorant and loud. The teacher who advised the student newspaper decided that the results of the survey weren't suitable for publication.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 21, 04:59:00 PM:

Ideally, of course, we would want whites and blacks not to be able to systematically categorize either group. But apart from that utopian goal, isn't this configuration exactly what we want?

If both groups think negatively of their own people and positively about the other people, we get a restorative social force. The equilibrium in this system is equality. If the preferences were the other way around, then we'd have a problem because the tendency would be for greater and greater division.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 21, 05:00:00 PM:

It is interesting that each group portrayed itself in a derogatory light and portrayed the other in a positive light.
That is an indication that we can get along with each other.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 21, 06:49:00 PM:

Perhaps why the results 'weren't suitable for publication?'


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Nov 09, 09:47:00 AM:


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