"Racism and Visible Race" Discussion Questions

Linda Martin Alcoff
  1. Linda Martin Alcoff suggests that racial identity is a hermeneutic location. What does she mean by this? Do you agree or disagree with her? Provide reasons for your position.
  2. Linda Martin Alcoff argues that eliminating our visible practices of racialization is neither necessary nor sufficient for the elimination of racism. The question remains, though, whether we should get rid of these practices. Why might we want to keep them? Write an essay either criticizing or supporting our visible practices of racialization. Are these practices necessarily negative?
  3. Do you think ocularcentrism is a good position to hold? Why or why not? In your answer, be sure to explain what ocularcentrism is.
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