Race, Class, And Identity

873 WordsNov 12, 20154 Pages
I attended the panel on Friday, October 23rd. Discussion at the event centered around race, class, and identity. The introduction mentioned the tragic event in Charleston and that they decided to do the seminars that weekend in order to talk about these issues now rather than wait for something to happen like Charleston’s incident. The whole purpose of this discussion was to determine how we can start changing how race and class is identified and judged in our community. One suggested way to start encouraging more acceptance and understanding is through creating spaces for genuine dialogue. There are facades of these safe spaces; these places are politically correct on the outside, but they contain ill-will on the inside. To fix that, panel members recommended truly talking and truly listening. Having honest discussions is key to making people more sympathetic to others as well as important to opening up the floor to differing opinions. To have these discussions, vulnerability must be present; everyone must be willing to step out of their comfort zones. These talks will help stop the fear and aggression in communities. While all of that sounds lovely and very productive to shedding light on issues, I’m not sure how that would work well. It’s easy for us, at a Christian university with a very privileged majority, to openly talk about our opinions and struggles. Spreading out into a community and trying to get honest thoughts on any issue is like pulling teeth. Even if we
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