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Week 6: Discussion 2: The Progress of Social Change for Equality

Discussion 2: The Progress of Social Change for Equality

Throughout the course, you have examined a variety of concepts and analyzed how they influence and/or relate to racial and ethnic identity. Last week, you specifically considered the challenge of racial and ethnic inequality in health care, an issue that many might say calls for social change. In August 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed racial and ethnic inequality when he shared his dream for social change that would result in the abolition of inequality in America. His speech, though directed at African American inequalities, inspired the dream of equality for all racial and ethnic groups. Now, years after his landmark speech, you might ask: How much or little progress has been made toward realizing Dr. King’s dream of racial and ethnic equality? In answering this question for yourself, think about the concepts that you encountered in this course and how they may have contributed to social change—that is, greater equality for racial and ethnic minorities—or how they may have detracted from equality for racial and ethnic minorities.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review the Section IV, “Framework Essay,” and Reading 58 in the course text.
  • Review the reading: Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream.”
  • Consider whether you think that progress has been made toward realizing Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, specifically social change as represented by greater racial and ethnic equality.
  • Review the following concepts and issues covered in this course: constructionism, social class, covering, passing, privilege, stigma, objectification, oppositional identity, aversive racism, and assimilation.
  • Select two of these issues or concepts, and consider how they support or challenge your position about the realization of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.

With these thoughts in mind:

By Day 4

Post the progress that you believe has been made toward realizing Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream for racial and ethnic equality. Describe the two concepts or issues that you chose and explain how each either has contributed to or detracted from social change, specifically in the form of racial and ethnic equality.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 7

Respond to at least one of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Ask a probing question and provide insight into how you would answer your question and why.
  • Ask a probing question and provide the foundation, or rationale, for the question.
  • Expand on your colleague’s posting by offering a new perspective or insight.
  • Agree with a colleague and offer additional (new) supporting information for consideration.
  • Disagree with a colleague by respectfully discussing and supporting a different perspective.
  • Learning Resources

    Required Readings

    Rosenblum, K. E., & Travis T. C. (2016). The meaning of difference: American constructions of race and ethnicity, sex and gender, social class, sexuality, and disability (7th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

    • Section IV, “Framework Essay”
    • Section IV, Reading 56, “What Can We Do? Becoming a Part of the Solution”
    • Section IV, Reading 58, “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice”

    King, M. L., Jr. (2009). I Have a Dream speech. I Have a Dream (Primary Source Document), 1–3.

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