Non-stereotyped shoe shining picture?
August 29, 2013 8:32 PM Subscribe
The professor with whom I co-teach a class used a picture of a man getting his shoes shined in order to make a (weak) analogy in class today. Very unfortunately, he picked a picture depicting a black man shining a rich-looking white man's shoes. Can you help me make the most of this situation?
posted by lab.beetle to society & culture (12 answers total)
I found this offensive, and am planning to talk to him about it.
What I'm hoping to suggest is that he either 1) get a better analogy or 2) use a different picture (perhaps of a white person shining the shoes of a person of color, or at the very least a picture of two people of similar ethnicity).
The analogy was supposed to illustrate that enzymes can catalyze reaction by putting the substrate in a good geometry for the reaction (and so be the chair/foot holder).
Can you help me with any of 1) finding a better picture (it will be presented to a private class and a citation can be given) and 2) some easy reading resources on why this is problematic or 3) an actual reasonable analogy from everyday life (I've come up with a ramp on a moving truck).
Thanks in advance.