For March 9th: Consciousness and Power’s Social and Cultural origins

For this week, we’ll start with our usual review of the AmNews. Read (at least) one news — not sports or entertainment — story carefully and report to the class. Here are questions you should ask to think critically:

  • Briefly summarize the key points of the story, highlighting relevant issues it raises.
  • What is the effect on the Black community?
  • How does it affect our work as organizers and how should we/our organizations respond?
  • What solutions might we collectively come up with?
  • Read chapters 4 (“Consciousness and Power”) and 5 (“Self-Concept and Power”) in Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power that were originally scheduled for an earlier class.

    Questions to think about as you read:

  • How is power developed and transmitted socially and culturally?
  • How does Wilson argue that these methods can be used by the Black community?
  • What is the importance of consciousness to power?
  • What relationship does Wilson draw between race, class, and institutional power in the US?
  • What institutions does Wilson argue are the transmitters of power?

Also, if you haven’t yet picked out a place to do fieldwork each week, then send me an e-mail immediately, so we can get you placed somewhere since you’ll have to do some work to be able to complete the final projects for the class.

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