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Is racism natural? Discussion in Camp Springs Fri. night

May 11, 2011

The topics we will discuss after our 6:30 PM potluck this Fri. night, May 13, at A Dialog on Race & Ethnicity (ADORE) will include current events and wrapping up our discussion on the Civil War. The latter will include:

What is your opinion of this exchange between Lincoln and Alexander Stephens, who would soon become the vice president of the Confederacy?

Lincoln (As president elect) wrote to Stephens and said, “I will not ‘directly or indirectly’ interfere with the slaves or with the southern people about their slaves. I suppose however, this does not meet the case. You think slavery is right and ought to be extended, while we think it is wrong and ought to be restricted. That I suppose is the rub. It certainly is the only substantial difference between us.”

Stephen responded and expressed an earnest desire to preserve and maintain the Union if it could be done upon the principles and in furtherance of the object for which it (the Union)) was formed. Stephen stated, “The private opinion on the question of African Slavery was not a matter over which ‘The Government under the Constitution’ had any control. But now this subject which is confessedly on all sides outside of the Constitutional action of the Government so far as the States are concerned is made the central idea in your party’s Platform of principles . . .”

3. Are Civil Wars issues still being fought today, and if so, how is the fight manifested?

4. Is racism natural? Definition of terms:

Racism is the belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race;

Natural: instinctive, being implanted as if by nature, occurring in conformity with the ordinary course of nature;

5. What is xenophobia? Is Xenophobia natural?

Having answers to all these questions is not required to engage in the discussion.

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