american popular culture discussion question can be less than a page
Read the Articles and then answer the following prompt questions.
1. In what ways does Jelani Cobb make a convincing argument that when faced
with the problem of racism, white Americans tend to turn the conversation away
from the life-or-death problems of African-Americans (police brutality, economic
inequality, etc) and toward a “self-serving deflection” via a discussion about free
speech? Please quote specific sections of Cobb’s article as you make your points.
2. Turning to the other article, please discuss the ACLU’s history of protecting
free speech and the shifting norms that pit one American’s freedom TO say
whatever they want against another American’s freedom FROM being subjected
to hateful comments about their race, gender, religion, etc.
Please refer to specific
sections of the article, using summarizing, quoting, and paraphrasing.