April 26, 2011
One of the upshots of the Charles Murray visit to Earlham has been a renewal of discussion about race matters. Of course race is a nearly constant focus of discussion here. Many, many courses pay some attention to issues of race and ethnicity, and the privilege and inequality that connect to race. But sometimes the public discussion of race ebbs a bit, and at other times the discussion becomes more central to community life. We’re at one of those times.
Today on the “Life at Earlham” student blog, Simon Levine had a post entitled “Discussion of Race.” He had earlier written a response to something another student had written, both of these appearing in the Word (our student newspaper). On the blog today, Simon continued the discussion, providing links to those original two pieces, quoting at length the first student’s response to his response, and then providing some further reflections.
So far it has been an interesting, thoughtful, civil disagreement: Earlham at its very best. I hope it continues.