Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

In “Disability and the Justification of Inequality in American History,” Baynton explains how disabled people, physically or mentally, are treated as weak, useless, and not humans.

This article relates to idea of prejudice and social anxiety created by social construction. As Baynton discusses, people see disabled people as different and unable to perform human activities. Even if someone is not on a wheelchair or crutches, they are unfairly discriminated against and treated differently for no reason. This also relates to a topic that we discussed in class. In the 1800s, doctors were diagnosing black slaves with Neurasthenia, a disease that results in loss of determination to work and laziness; this derived from the idea that blacks were inferior to whites.

Do you think that this type of prejudice is still prevalent in America? If so, what could our country do/ don’t do to help dissolve this issue?


Undercover Racism

Under-the-Radar Racists

In, “Racism without Racists,” Eduardo Bonilla-Silva stresses his argument that racism is still prevalent in today’s society. Although laws prohibit acts of racism, people continue to do it restaurants and places of work.

This article gives some examples, one of which has become one of the most controversial racism stories ever. Donald Stern, long-time owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, had been caught on film discriminating against blacks, and in particular, the players on his team. Disguising himself as a kind and accepting leader, the racist man was able to be in charge of a team in a league consisting of mostly blacks and minorities. Because misguided people believe that racism no longer exists, people are missing others commit racist acts every day.

If educated on the Donald Sterling and Clippers situation, how do you think this will affect race and equality in sports for years to come? Why?