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Module Three: Cottingham Controversy
The example with the Cottingham Controversy simply demonstrates that human beings have been socially conditioned to believe the minorities are often in a disadvantaged position and thus in need of money. If anything this story illustrates what's wrong with the country: the story helps to illustrate the inherent bias and inequality that pervades American life and how it influences the thought process of most people without them even realizing it. Consider the following facts about life in America: "African American children are three times more likely to live in poverty than Caucasian children. American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian families are more likely than Caucasian and Asian families to live in poverty (Costello, Keeler, & Angold, 2001; National Center for Education Statistics, 2007)...Minorities are more likely to receive high-cost mortgages: African Americans (53 percent) and Latinos (43 percent), in comparison to Caucasians (18 percent) (Logan,2008). Unemployment rates for African Americans are typically double those of Caucasian Americans. African American men working full time earn 72 percent of the average earnings of comparable Caucasian men and 85 percent of the earnings of Caucasian women (Rodgers, 2008)" (apa.org, 2013). These facts demonstrate that there are forces at work which create an unfair advantage for Caucasians. There are also forces at work which keep minorities poor and ensure that they stay poor. In fact, these inequalities have so profoundly shaped society that the example given by Cottingham only serves to better illustrate the supreme dysfunction and unfairness of society. Thus, the pedestrian who gives money to the black beggar over the white one isn't a racist per se; such a conclusion would be grotesquely minimizing and simplifying the situation as a whole. One could probably more accurately conclude that the pedestrian is actually someone who's experienced extreme social conditioning. This person has no doubt witnessed how unfair life in America can be for minorities and has probably never met many minorities who have been able to overcome these obstacles and hurdles. Thus, the pedestrian is not necessarily a racist; they might just be sheltered.
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