calls on Lee students to lead in quelling discrimination
by RICHARD?GOAD Banner Staff Writer Cleveland Daily Banner
Dr. Wayne Solomon
Dr. Wayne Solomon
Dr. Wayne Solomon, professor of Sociology and Religion at Lee University, held an academic seminar titled "Racial Unrest in America" Friday morning on Lee's campus.
As part of Lee's "Celebration 2014," Solomon
took time to discuss matters of historical and contemporary racial discrimination, and correlate them to the evolution of racism in our country.
Speaking to a packed classroom of students, he
began with his
personal experiences with racial profiling, citing times he
was subjected to harsh language and aggressive behavior from figures of authority.
Leading into more modern examples, Solomon
spoke of the recent riots and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, as byproducts of - not police brutality - but rather the emblematic status of societal feelings toward African-Americans.
According to Solomon
, "Ferguson is the contemporary tapestry that drapes the secret chambers of the American soul."
presented an example of this by showing the students video of a social experiment where African-American children were placed in front of two dolls - one white, one black.
The children were then asked to choose the doll they preferred and why they chose it.
Fifteen of the 21 children chose the white doll, explaining the black doll was "bad" or "dirty."
also shared the results of his
own social experiment conducted at Lee.
presented two pictures of the same African-American woman where in one her
skin is significantly lighter.
Freshman consistently gave more positive reaction to the picture in which the woman was light-skinned.
didn't attribute the results to his
students being racist; rather, he
credited the findings to historically engrained mindsets.
elaborated on the history of the Ancient world, how racism began more along nationality lines and then exacerbated by the African slave trade.
Solomon, a former pastor and church bishop, then turned to the word of God, reading to students Acts 17:26, "He hath made of one blood all nations of men," charging Lee students to lead the way in quelling discrimination and racial profiling.
Reflecting on the atmosphere Lee University
said, "The university has a great interest in diversity, and wanting to help people understand that difference does not have to create distance."
In conclusion, Solomon
thoughts on the simplest way to curb racial unrest by using the quote from scriptures, "Love thy neighbor as thyself."
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