In today’s society, it takes social habits, weak ties, and strong ties to create a social movement to make a change. In these past articles of Civil Rights to Megachurches and Privileged we can see how strong ties, social habits and weak ties all contribute to the social movements being created. Here at UNE, we struggle with our diversity as a community. There is a lot we can learn from Charles Duhigg “Civil Rights to Megachurches” and Kyle Korver’s “Privileged”
In this article from Civil Rights to Megachurches by Charles Duhigg, he talks about how a social change movement is created. In the article, the writer expresses “ social habits are why some initiatives become world-changing movements While others fail to ignite. And the reason why social habits have such influences because at the root of many movements be they large-scale revolutions or simple fluctuations in the church as people attend is a three-part process that historians and sociologists say show up again and again.” Charles Duhigg Is trying to shine a light on the Rosa Parks bus incident and to show how even though what happened to her sparked a huge Civil Rights Campaign and also a new social pattern because of her social habits within the community. He references the term weak ties and strong ties that correspond with social habits to create a social movement that will make a change. He expresses “ Of movement starts because of the social habits of friendship in the strong ties between close acquaintances. It grows because of the habits of the community and the weak ties that hold neighborhoods and clans together. And it endures because of movements leaders give participants new habits that create a fresh sense of identity and feeling of ownership.” There were situations where the weak ties were often more important than the strong ties because we ties give us access to social networks where we don’t belong otherwise. There were obligations in the community that Martin Luther King thought was obligated. The community which in Rosa Park was from felt pressure to stand up for what happened to earn to shine a light on this issue and to stand together in fear that anyone who didn’t do that wasn’t someone that they wanted to be friends with. the social habits in this movement weren’t strong enough because they weren’t able to extend on their own so this led to the community to become struggling. At UNE we need to use our social habits, weak ties, and strong ties to build a movement that will find a solution to bring in more diversity for this school. It is time for us to take responsibility for what happens next.
In Kyle Korver’s “Privileged” he talked about a racial incident that had taken place within the NBA. Korver expresses that “ when it comes to racism in America think that builds in sports ability tends to be as seen as more or less the same thing. But I’m beginning to understand how there. As white people are we going to have to send our forefathers? no, I don’t think so. But are we responsible for them? Yes, I believe we are. And I guess I come to you realize that when we walked back from the systemic racism police reform, workplace diversity, affirmative action, better access to healthcare reparation? It’s not about guilt. It’s not about pointing fingers are
passing blade. It’s about responsibility. It’s about understanding that when we’ve said the word equality for Generations that we really mint for a certain group of people. Not understanding that out when we spell the word inequality for the generations that we’ve really met slavery and its aftermath what is Philippine to this day. But understanding on a fundamental level. They still have it.” Kyle’s trying to talk about how you’re not guilty of what the people before I said but we are responsible for what is yet to Come and how to make a choice by taking responsibility for what others said. After looking at the article done by Duhigg that shines light upon the subject of social change movements. that depend on strong ties, social habits, and weak ties. Within this new article, we can see how the social habits of others are outweighing strong ties of the week ties. to have a social movement that will work and that will make a change needs have a balance between these three aspects. In Duhigg’s Article, he shares that “ social habits are why some initiatives become world-changing movements While others fail to ignite. And the reason why social habits have such influences because at the root of many movements be they large-scale revolutions or simple fluctuations in the church as people attend is a three-part process that historians and sociologists say show up again and again. Of movement starts because of the social habits of friendship in the strong ties between close acquaintances. It grows because of the habits of the community and the weak ties that hold neighborhoods and clans together. And it endures because of movements leaders give participants new habits that create a fresh sense of identity and feeling of ownership.” What Duhigg and Korver are both saying is you have a strong movement that’s going to make a change and what they believe is wrong need to have a strong front line waiting to leave the community that are struggling and to be under a lot of pressure to stand up for what is right and to create ownership of the situation. As a community from UNE, we need to take ownership of the problem we are having and not give it any more power. We can be responsible for what has happened in the past but we absolutely can be responsible for the ones making the change.
As a college student at UNE, we need to take ownership of the lack of diversity here. As a community we need to target UNE’s social habits of diversity and looking to get involved which can be done through specific strong ties like Friends, Specific departments, Roommates and Professors. As Duhigg expressed in his view on social movements we need these aspects of a movement to bring in new ideas from the people around us to change the diversity and to talk about exploring new opinions to bringing in more diverse classes and to creating an open mind when it comes to race. As a community, we need to start an open conversation with a community of respect to get people comfortable and bringing the problems forward and implicating ways to fix it. To do so we can spread ideas across campus to other groups to be able to introduce this social movement.
Duhigg, Charles. “From Civil Rights to Megachurches.” Https://Ericdrown.uneportfolio.org/Wp-Content/Uploads/Sites/5/2018/12/Coates_BetweenTheWorldandMe_Excerpt.Pdf, ericdrown.uneportfolio.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2018/12/Coates_BetweenTheWorldandMe_Excerpt.pdf.
Korver, Kyle. “Privileged | By Kyle Korver.” The Players’ Tribune, 8 Apr. 2019, www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/kyle-korver-utah-jazz-nba.