Friday, October 17, 2008
Race and Causality
Hello students. We've discussed two kinds of arguments in the last week: rebuttal arguments and causal arguments. For your next essay, you have to chose to craft one of these kinds of essays (although, please remember, they are not necessarily mutually exclusive). In this blog posting, I am going to pose a provocative question, and since everyone needs to mandatorily post a comment to this, I want you to think in terms of causality here. In Shelby Steele's essay "I'm Black, You're White, Who's Innocent," he early on uses the expression that a party of his was doomed as a result of "an abrupt and lethal injection of the American race issue" (603). I am going to ask you a question that might at first seem vague but will perhaps help us to come to a better understanding of something that still very much concerns us an Americans precisely because of its enigmatic and inarticulable nature. What is "the American race issue" today? And, secondarily, as this issue exists today, what causes its perpetuation as a "topic" of continued relevance in our society?