What 10 Students Learned From Having To Say Their Worst Thoughts On Race Out Loud

In 1973, Peter Kranz taught a class at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville called “Human Conflict: Black and White.”  “Here was a teacher who decided the only way to make racial progress was for students of different races to actually confront each other. . . . ‘Confrontation was the method, and real understanding, by the participants, of the real problems between Blacks and Whites was the goal,’ writes Terence Clarke in his book An Arena of Truth, which recounts the story of Kranz’s class and the ideology behind it. ‘It would be rough … and the one restriction was that actual physical violence would not be permitted.’ ”

Hanna Rosin of NPR’s podcast Invisibilia interviewed some of the ten original students, five white, five black, about their experience and what they learned.  Listen to the segment by clicking here.

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