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New Meetup: Socrates Cafe June Meetup

From: Andy
Sent on: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 11:34 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Socrates Cafe!

What: Socrates Cafe June Meetup

When: June 20,[masked]:30 AM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Dear Socrates Cafe-goers,

First I want to thank all who attended our May Meetup for a very lively, but always civil, discussion of sex discrimination. I especially appreciated hearing about the personal experiences of the women in attendance.

Our topic for the upcoming Meetup was proposed by Scott at the end of our last meeting. The election of Barack Obama as president of the United States is generally regarded as a momentous event in American history. But, as Scott suggested, there is room for disagreement over what this event means for the progress of blacks in American society. Does Obama's election demonstrate that America has come close to realizing Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of a nation in which people are not "judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character"? Or did Obama by the sheer force of his formidable political skills overcome the many of the same attitudes King lamented? Or should we, as some have suggested, chalk up Obama's success among white voters to Obama's cultural "whiteness"? (Those who advocate this interpretation add that Obama is half white and was raised by his white mother and her side of the family.) Obama's election as president provides a fitting occasion to pause and take stock of the history of black-white relations in the U.S.

Please note that our location for next time is a new one: the San Francisco Oven restaurant on Republic Rd., just west of National Ave. We'll have the upstairs area to ourselves. It was easy to reserve and should go some distance, however short, toward alleviating past venue-selection-discrimination against Socrates Cafe members who live on the south side of Springfield!

Hope to see you on the 20th!

Yours in Socrates,

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