Colorblind Notion Aside, Colleges Grapple With Racial Tension

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Recent incidents at college campuses around the nation, combined with declining enrollment for some minority groups has caused racial tensions to rise. Find out how students are coping, and how they are trying to change their campuses for the better in this article from the New York Times.

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Across the nation racially themed stereotypical parties have been an issue. Most recently a fraternity at Arizona State University was kicked off of campus following such an event. You can follow this link to a news story about what happened.  (This annotation contains a link)
You can follow this link to a Huffington Post article about how students are employing social media to help broaden the dialogue around their experience on campus. (This annotation contains a link)
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The fact that similar episodes are taking place around the nation indicates that  
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How might this generalization hinder a person's ability to develop empathy for the minority experience on campus and in society?   
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What do you think can be done to combat social and individual ignorance? How will that help develop empathy and understanding? 
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What factors might account for this increase?  Do you believe society is more racist now, or that reporting has simply increased? Explain. 
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Beliefs such as the ones mentioned generally stem from 
You can follow this link to the New York Times website and a short video explaining what affirmative action is, as well as its history. (This annotation contains a video)
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What does Ms. Smith's concern about her skin color indicate about her past life experiences?  Have you ever felt singled out, judged, or discriminated against because of your race, gender, religion or sexual preference? Describe that experience and how it made you feel. 
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When Dr. Leonard says "Racism gets reduced to intent, as if intent is all that matters," he is saying that many people don't view themselves as racist because 
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What factors might lead to a white person view the issue of racism in 2014 as less serious than a person of color in the U.S.?   
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