Write an initial post of 500 words, relying on our reading, media (if any), lecture and discussion. Answer the questions below. Once you have posted, offer a thoughtful reply of 250 words to another student’s post. Your posts will be assessed on your knowledge and understanding of the our course sources (use author and page number), the quality of your thinking and writing, and how well developed your posts/responses are. In How To Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi challenges readers to move beyond persuasion as the method of antiracism: “The original problem of racism has not been solved by suasion. Knowledge is only power if knowledge is put to the struggle for power. Changing minds is not a movement. Critiquing racism is not activism. Changing minds is not activism. An activist produces power and policy change, not mental change. If a person has no record of power or policy change, then that person is not an activist” (209). Do you agree with Kendi that power and policy change must come before mental and moral change? Why so and/or why not? If you agree with him, what then is the role of education? Should education strive for neutrality on issues of difference or should it persuade students to take action? Or should education bypass persuasion in favor of projects that facilitate social change, only entertaining changing minds or morals afterward? As Kendi says, “Moral and educational suasion breathes the assumption that racist minds must be changed before racist policy, ignoring history that says otherwise” (208).