• Malcolm Gladwell, “Small Change” (191 – 199 in Emerging)
• Rhys Southan, “Is Art a Waste of Time?”, (363 – 369)
• Kenji Yoshino, “Preface” and “The New Civil Rights” (452-460)
o Note: For all papers in this course, you are to use only the assigned readings. Additionally, do not use Barclay Barrios’s introduction to each essay.
The three assigned authors are all in some way concerned with the relationship between the individual and society. Gladwell argues that social change requires an individual’s submission to authority figures in a hierarchical structure. He quotes Aldon D. Morris, who writes that during the civil rights movement, “Individuals were held accountable for their assigned duties, and important conflicted were resolved by the minister, who usually exercised ultimate authority over the congregation” (196). On the other hand, Southan writes that Effective Altruists typically follow a model of individual action: “The altruistic Übermensch is a hard-working money mover, a clean0cut advocate, or a brilliant innovator of utility-improving devices or ideas” (366). For his part, in “Preface” and “The New Civil Rights,” Kenji Yoshino defines the “new” civil rights “in terms of universal liberty rather than in terms of group-based equality” (457), suggesting that the focus should be on allowing individuals their fullest self-expression.
What is the best way to use law to protect the rights of all individuals? You might locate an answer to that question by synthesizing Kenji Yoshino’s discussion of civil rights with the ideas of Gladwell and Southan. Write a paper in which you identify an effective approach to protecting the rights of all individuals through civil rights and other legislation.
Possible questions to help you get started:
• How can the conversations that Yoshino calls for leverage the power of strong and weak ties?
• What role might technology and social media play?
• Can Effective Altruism’s economic focus be applied to civil rights?
In your paper, you should make every effort to connect all three authors. Make it a point to engage with all of the assignedauthors by quoting from from each of them at least twice in your paper.
• Rough drafts must be at least four full pages long, and final drafts must be at least five full pages long. If papers do not meet minimum page requirements, they will be counted as late and penalties described in the syllabus will apply.
• Papers must have 1” margins on all sides and be double-spaced with 12-point Times New Roman font.
• The final draft must have a Works Cited page.