The Line of the Week

Today’s guest speaker in Introduction to Law posed a hypothetical to explore bias.  He asked students to imagine walking down the street at 2 am and seeing two groups walking in the other direction.  One is composed of young men of color dressed in stereotypical urban garb of baggie pants and hoodies.  The other is composed of young white men dressed in tuxedos.  The question was, which group do you choose to meet?  A few students responded as expected. Then one student said–dryly, with just enough sarcasm to convey his true meaning–that he would walk towards the group in tuxedos because “very few times in history have rich white men hurt anyone.”  Raucous laughter ended further exploration of that particular hypothetical.

Touché.

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