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Created: December 26, 2005
Latest Update: December 26, 2005
The following questions are based on Diversity in Our Discussion Group
- What detail does Aisha give me that lets me understand how different the issue of jury selection seems to her?
Consider Aisha's statement that she had not heard about this issue before.
- Why are such details important?
Consider that all such details taken together make up our apperceptive mass, and for each of us that collection of experience that constitutes our knowledge of the world is unique.
- Do age, gender, and race alter our perceptions of a jury of peers?
You bet they do. Again, filtering our experiences through age, in this case, means that some of us (the older group) have had a real experience of unjust jury selection and the resultant higher percentage of incarceration of minorities. But for some of you, such injustices were taken into account many years ago, especially in large metropolitan areas.
- Do you think geographic differences would alter our perceptions of a jury of peers?
You bet they they would. Especially in rural areas where one or two ethnic groups make up the majority of the population, the presence of a different ethnic or minority group might mean difficulty in finding a jury of peers.
- Why would these differences in perception matter in our discussion group?
Consider that transform_dom is meant to offer us illocutionary discourse.
- Why is illocutionary discourse so important to our discussions?
Consider that our primary goal is to prepare ourselves for governance discourse, for making our voices heard meaningfully in local and national and global representation of our values and objectives. Illocutionary discourse is essential training for governance discourse. We can only participate in governing well when we can hear one another in good faith.