America's Original Sin By Jim Wallis: What Did You Find Most Interesting About The Reading? (Book Review Sample)
The analysis process is meant to give you an opportunity to capture the reading and to express and share your deeper understanding of the assigned reading, America's Original Sin by Jim Wallis. The process uses questions to have you probe yourself and your understanding of the reading.
1) What did you find most interesting about the reading?
2) What, if anything, affirmed your role or was a new discovery about your role as an ethical leader and an agent of justice and social responsibility?
3) What did you find difficult to understand or with what did you disagree with the author in living out your role as an ethical leader and agent of justice and social responsibility?
4) Support your agreements or disagreements with researched based facts. If you are offering only opinions, can you identify the source or that which influenced your opinions?
5) Upon completing the reading, what do you now know about the topic that you did not know before?
6) What do your responses in questions 1, 2 & 3 tell you about yourself; that which you discovered about yourself, your New Horizon?
7) Pertaining to the reading develop a “question for discussion” regarding Racism, and leadership in a culture of ethical and social responsibility. Your question is to be generative and non-judgmental and can be used to explore or open up other areas related to the topic.
America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis
What did you find most interesting about the reading?
America is a country of immigrants, and yet it is in the U.S where people from diverse European countries are considered part of a white culture, which has largely been absent in Europe until the levels of immigration have increased. Wallis (2016) challenges the notion of white superiority, as this has been made to justify oppressing non European descended people since even slavery was present among Greeks and yet the slaves were not considered inferior to the Romans (Wallis, 2016). The author quoted sociologist, Allan G. Johnson to explore the influence of cultural markers to identify people based on color emerged at a time when there was justification of structural arrangements and this makes it easier to exclude people who are different and even justify controlling them.
What, if anything, affirmed your role or was a new discovery about your role as an ethical leader and an agent of justice and social responsibility?
Making decisions without relying on assumptions about a community or group of people, is necessary to treat all people equally negative stereotypes cloud judgment and decisions and even when faced with an ethical dilemma it is unlikely that one will consider fairness and justice. Building trust improves cooperation and this was highlighted when making ethical decisions and being an agent of justice and social responsibility. When there is emphasis on inclusion and eliminating exclusion. People are more open to leaders who are trustworthy and have high integrity and Willis uses the example of the law enforcement agents engaging with the communities they serve to reduce mistrust and serve justice. What did you find difficult to understand or with what did you disagree with the author in living out your role as an ethical leader and agent of justice and social responsibility?
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