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ERIC Number: ED427099
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 21
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The Multiple Futures of Racism--Beyond Color and Culture, toward a New Paradigm for Resolution in the Third Millennium.
Rosado, Caleb
The paper asserts that racism is still one of the most pervasive social evils in the world. Part of the problem is that attempts to eliminate racism have focused on surface differences of race, color, and biological supremacy. Such attempts do not get to the root of the problem, the deep-level value and belief systems that undergird racism. This paper introduces the "Theory of Levels of Existence" of the late Clare W. Graves (1974), supplemented by the concept of "memes" from biologist Richard Dawkins. Memes are cultural units of information that self-replicate through thought contagion to attach themselves to individuals, organizations, entire cultures, and societies. Together these two perspectives comprise the bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework of Spiral Dynamics (tm) that provides the best approach for unlearning and eliminating racism. There is no single future of racism, but rather, multiple futures depending on the memetic level of expression. Thus, racism will fluctuate between worsened conditions and conditions where it will be nonexistent, depending on the level of existence at which people are operating. The paper closes with an explanation of MeshWORKS, an approach developed through Spiral Dynamics as a process for reducing racism for both individuals and institutions. (Contains 3 figures and 59 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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