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ERIC Number: EJ815087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-3
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Salvation from Narrow-Mindedness
Rice, H. William
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n6 pB24 Oct 2008
Few Americans outside the Bible Belt understand the pressure placed on nonconformists in the South. The historical roots are deep: The people who had been defeated in the Civil War felt they had to stick together, so they feared the man or woman who spoke up and said, "I do not agree." As a Southerner whose parents passionately supported the civil-rights movement when most whites in the region did not, the author knows well the cost of nonconformity in such a closed society. They no longer publicly segregate African-Americans.There is still much civil-rights work to be done, particularly in small, church-related, liberal-arts colleges where students tend to think and act alike. There it becomes easy to exclude those who are different because of skin color, sexual orientation, or point of view. It is a rare college in the United States that does not embrace the notion of diversity. For small church-related colleges, the real struggle is how to understand what diversity looks and feels like, and encouraging it to exist on the campus. That is especially difficult at colleges affiliated with the Southern Baptist denomination, for which dividing the saved from the damned has seemed much more important than understanding (let alone loving) one's enemies. In this article, the author contends that church-related colleges can teach lofty worldviews or narrow ones, but the latter ill-serve students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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