Today, we’ll begin by considering this quote from the first page of Audre Lorde’s Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference.

“We have all been programmed to respond to the human differences between us with fear and loathing and to handle that difference in one of three ways: ignore it, and if that is not possible, copy it if we think it is dominant, or destroy it if we think it is subordinate.  But we have no matters for relating across our human differences as equal.  As a result, those differences have been misnamed and misused in the service of separation and confusion.
Certainly there are very real differences between us of race, age, and sex.  But it is not those differences between us that are separating us.  It is rather our refusal to recognize those differences, and to examine the distortions which result from our misnaming them and their effects upon human behavior and expectation.”
We will also discuss the final project, and practice asking good questions with reference to power and privilege.
You might be interested in this video:  We probably won’t watch it in class, and it’s entirely optional, but very compelling, in my view.