Thursday, November 9, 2017

Feminism and moral transformation, Homelessness

Some early feminists believed that the greater inclusion of women into social leadership positions could initiate a moral transformation. 

_____(Q) Martin Luther King Jr. exhorted African Americans to become a moral ‘thermostat’ and not a moral ‘thermometer’ in US society – integration was essential but, based on insights and humanity gained through generations of injustice, black folks should integrate as moral reformers. 

_____(R) Through either biology or social conditioning (who really cared?) women were clearly more humane and the world needed a strong infusion of them in positions of power. 

_____(S) Elizabeth Cady Stanton, for example, identified the prevailing values of a corrupt America with the gender of the men who ran it. 

_____(T) In fact, it may not be uncommon among folks who are oppressed to believe that they hold the key to social transformation. 

_____(U) Integration into what existed (merely being a thermometer) was not a viable option, integrating as reformers (becoming a thermostat) was a possible destiny for black folks in the U.S.

copyright 2017 Daniel Gauss

Video about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

The homeless crisis, which still plagues American cities, began in the early 1980s as a result of the conservative economic policies of President Ronald Reagan. 
_____(Q) Reagan, furthermore, cut off government funding for the poor who needed help paying their rent and people were literally pushed into the streets of America in the early 1980s. 
_____(R) Yet, this problem was created by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government, and can only be solved by it.
_____(S) No longer encouraged or held accountable by the government, housing developers stopped creating low-income housing units (opting for more lucrative projects).
_____(T) For various reasons, as the number of these units dropped the number of poor folks rose. 
_____(U) No president since Reagan has attempted to fix this problem and in the last presidential election there were no discussions concerning homelessness in America.

copyright 2017 Daniel Gauss

Answers way below:

Feminism: 4,2,1,3,5 meaning: Q=4, R=2, S=1, T=3, U=5
Homelessness: 3,5,1,2,4