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Deconstructing Privilege by Kim Case

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TEACHING THE TABOO

Walking the Tightrope of Christian Privilege

Kim A. Case, Mike McMullen, and Beth Hentges

 

A sociology class retreats into silence after a student emphatically states that “all Muslims are terrorists!” A psychology student pulls out her Bible and begins reading Leviticus to the panel of lesbian and trans-women that are visiting class to discuss issues of sexuality and gender identity. As she informs them of their destined afterlife in hell, the tension in the classroom is palpable. These behaviors actually occurred in courses that challenged student assumptions about social identity, outgroup homogeneity, and privilege. Both stories paint a picture that becomes quite difficult to envision if the Muslim, lesbian, and transgender ...

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