Knox Faculty: “What My Students Have Taught Me About Race”

From: The Chronicle of Higher Education (Washington, DC)

Wendell Hunigan, visiting lecturer in sociology at Knox College: “At the end of each term [in the course Race and Ethnic Relations], I ask my students to read [and write about] an excerpt from Invisible Privilege, by Paula Rothenberg, about two young girls: Rothenberg’s own daughter and her black friend, who became best friends in elementary school. However, as the girls got older, they grew apart, even though both mothers wanted to nurture a lasting friendship between them…

“For me, it is obvious: Race had the greatest impact, while class and culture, although important, were secondary factors… Most of my students felt that class doomed the relationship from the start, and that class trumps race in social relationships today… My biggest surprise was that young people today—or at least my students—don’t see race as the insurmountable obstacle it was 30 years ago…” Read more at The Chronicle of Higher Education…