.1. What are three conclusions you take away from the article? Enumerate them (e.g. First, Second and Third). Do not summarize the article – these are your “take aways.” 2. Cite evidence from the article where Blow expresses that Robertson’s position as expressed by his comments below contribute to human suffering and/or social disorganization.“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field. …They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’ — not a word! …Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.” 3. Consider how this phenomenon, the denial of racism and the role of systematic racial discrimination in our social institutions (e.g., the justice system, public education, and the economy), contributes to human suffering. What is Robertson view? What social instiution and what racism do you see in it? How do both contribute to the suffering of others. You must identify a social institution in your answer. 4. Consider Blow’s discussion of Robertson’s comments and race relations historically. Which one social perspective best fits Blow’s approach and why?. Hint: There is only one correct answer. Think about the entire article when choosing the best perspective. Tell me which perspective first. Then explain why.
- Functional Structural which addresses how the phenomenon contributes to social integration or stability,
- Social Conflict which addresses how the phenomenon generates social conflict as one group endeavors to maintain power over the other,
- or Symbolic Interaction which addresses how the phenomenon creates individuals’ reality through social interaction.
5. Does Blow believe Robertson’s insensitive comments can be described as a “personal trouble” (i.e., a perspective unique to Robertson and his personal life story) or a “social issue” (i.e., a widely shared perspective, the result of historical and/or social forces? Cite the two places in the article where he clearly states his position on this question.6. Give at least two examples that Blow includes in the article, which contradict Robertson’s comments and/or make his position difficult to believe?7. Consider the data presented in The Southern Divide chart at the end of the article.
- Why do you think Blow included the chart and what jumps out at you?
- Now pick a specific question; then, consider and discuss the difference between black and white respondents.
8. What is another question you could add to this survey? Your question should be directly related to the topic in the article; the denial of racism and discrimination by Phil Robertson.9. Based on your consideration of this article, make two recommendations for future research, new laws, public policies or programs to educate people on this social phenomenon. To get credit, your recommendations must be concrete and specific. For example, “we need to have laws against racism” is far too vague.
- Three conclusions
- Evidence that Blow believes Robertson’s statements lead to human suffering or social disorganization
- How the denial of racism and discrimination lead to human suffering and social disorganization today
- Theoretical perspective
- Personal Trouble vs. Social Issue
- Blow’s evidence to challenge Robertson’s position
- Analysis of survey data presented in the chart
- Another survey question
- Recommendations for research, new laws, policies or programs