ERIC Number: ED085649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Procedure for Eliminating Racism in our Schools.
Sedlacek, William E.; Brooks, Glenwood C., Jr.
This procedural model includes progressive stages which must be worked through by an individual or institution in the process of change. These are: (1) Cultural and Racial Differences; (2) Racism and How It Operates; (3) Examining Racial Attitudes; (4) Sources of Racial Attitudes; (5) Behavior; What Should Be Done?; and (6) Behavior; How Should It Be Done? Examples of racism from elementary, secondary and higher education are presented and discussed. The article emphasizes methods for the change agent and raises several points: (1) Anytime a strategy becomes a goal we sow the seeds of institutional discrimination; (2) Goals are temporal and must be adjusted to the context of the times; and (3) The greatest effort should be expended on those goals which most clearly work against racism rather than attempting a "fight to the death" on all issues. Suggested roles for minority and majority group members in fighting racism are made. Questions put to change agents such as "Why are you always so negative?"; "What makes you think you are so right all the time?"; "This is our issue, what the hell do you know about it?" and "Does the end justify the means?" are discussed and answered from the writers' perspective. Discussions of applications of the model to other than black-white situations are also included. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Meeting, Montreal, Canada, 26-31 August 1973