Sociology 1005 – Spring 2009

not an assignment, just a reading!

Because of a discussion I was having with friends a couple of days ago, an article Malcom Gladwell wrote for the New York in 1996 came up. It’s terrific, and I want you to have the opportunity to read it. You’re welcome to do a writing response for it, if you’d like, too.

The article is “Black Like Them“, and the magazine provides a good summary: “Through the lens of his own family’s experience, the author explores why West Indians and American blacks are perceived differently.” Gladwell talks about his experiences in New York City and also in Toronto, and compares them.

It’s especially worth making it all the way through the article; in the middle, you may think that he’s making one argument, but by the end, I’m pretty sure you’ll be surprised.