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Is Everyone Really Equal? Book Discussion Series

Ozlem Sensoy & Robin DiAngelo's Is Everyone Really Equal - Fall 2018 Library DEI Committee Book Discussion


Chapter 1:  Engaging Constructively in Critical Social Justice Learning - Definitions & Readings


a·nec·do·tal  e·vi·dence (noun)

1. (of an account) not necessarily true or reliable, because based on personal accounts rather than facts or research

Example: My cousin didn't get a job because they had to hire a minority applicant to meet their quota. Now there is reverse racism.
See also:
o·pin·ion (noun)  1. a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge  2. in academia, the weakest form of intellectual engagement 
Sources:; Is Everyone Really Equal, p. 9
Example: "My opinion is that all people are treated the same at my workplace, thus there is no bias there, and that's that." 
pla·ti·tude (noun) 1.  a flat, dull, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh or profound
Examples:  "I was taught to just be nice and treat everyone the same. Anyone can "make it" - you just need to work hard. It doesn't matter if you are purple or polka-dotted!"

Works cited in the book

Intellectual humility vs Willful ignorance:

Everyone has an opinion. Opinions are not the same as informed knowledge:

Moving beyond opinions and toward Developing quality questions:

The presentation of dominant knowledge as neutral and universal: