Posted: December 16th, 2020

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Discussion A:  After reading 323-326, watch the short video. Do you think that we still need affirmative action programs in higher education (colleges, universities) and in the workplace? Why or why not?


Discussion B: Read pages 220-239-Throughout this course we have been looking at social inequality when it comes to gender, race, ethnicity, and social class. According to Noam Chomsky, the inequality between the super-wealthy and the poor is so extreme today that it is corrosive to our democracy. Our book tells that the “acceptance of inequality is not a recent occurrence; indeed, it is as old as human societies.”

So, how it is legitimate? Why do the majority of people (who have no wealth, a lack of power, and political influence) accept this inequality? Why is not questioned or challenged enough?

1) From the readings, explain how the wealthy and powerful create legitimacy through ideology. 

2) Be sure to define ideology in your response and explain what is the “American Ideology” using one of the following value patterns individualism, equality of opportunity, meritocracy, work ethic, or liberal capitalism. Support your claims with examples from the readings. 

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