ERIC Number: ED373003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Common Ground Race Relations Study Guide. A Study Guide for Small Group Discussions on Race Relations.
This document is designed to promote constructive dialogue about racial problems and solutions. Because racial conflict remains the single greatest obstacle for urban economic growth and political harmony, it is necessary to find common ground for solutions to racial inequality and conflict by opening lines of communication between blacks and whites. The discussion process is composed of 3 stages: (1) sharing personal racial experiences and beliefs; (2) defining the terms of discussion and the nature of the problems; and (3) examining 3 alternative remedies for racial inequality. Divided into 13 sections, the guide first explores what a study circle is. The second section contains instructions for organizing race relations discussions. The 3rd section discusses the role of the participant. The next 2 sections discuss leading a study circle in general and a race relations discussion in particular. The 6th section lists 5 goals for a race relations discussion. The 7th section summarizes three remedy choices to be discussed: (1) a civil rights strategy of prohibiting discrimination and enforcing the laws; (2) an affirmative action strategy of taking race into consideration; and (3) a ladder out of poverty strategy of helping the poor in order to close the racial gap. The 8th section is devoted to defining racism. Terms defined are prejudice, discrimination, scapegoating, and racial myths. Four forms of racism discussed are biological or old fashioned racism, symbolic or modern racism, cultural racism, and institutional racism. The 9th, 10th, and 11th sections are discussion guides. The last 2 sections contain an evaluation and bibliography. Contains 22 references. (DK)
Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Discussion Groups, Higher Education, Intercultural Communication, Racial Attitudes, Racial Relations
Southern Institute for Education and Research, Tulane University, MR Box 1692, 31 McAlister Dr., New Orleans, LA 70118-5555.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tulane Univ., New Orleans, LA. Southern Inst. for Education and Research.