Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Discussion Questions: #1

Are there “black” definitions of America and its values of freedom and national belonging (i.e. national coherence)?


  1. Everyone has a unique perspective to some degree but there is likely to be a certain amount of common experience amongst those with darker skin. There is always a danger associated with painting with too broad a brush, but as a white man, I'm going to go ahead and guess that, hell yes, there is a black definition of freedom. Was it MLK that said that the encouraging thing about this country is not what it is but what it can be (or words to that effect..)? That could be the black definition?

  2. Well, there has always been an American underground. In that underground blacks have carved out a substantial space. So now America is unthinkable without black people. This doesn't mean blacks are given due recognition or that we have achieved some sort of equality. In the black counter culture there is plenty of familiar American segregation, drug abuse, chauvinism, and materialism. The microcosm reflects the macrocosm.