SMNR: Race and Politics: From the Black Power Movement to the Age of Trump

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WED 10:30 am - 12:20 pm JON 5.206/7


This course looks at the intersection of race and the political process from the Black Power Movement to the 2016 election of President Donald Trump. While the course will focus heavily on the African-American experience, attention will also be given to the distinct experiences of Latino Americans and to a lesser extent, South Asians. Throughout the semester we will examine the following themes that continue to shape American life such as: ghettoization; the politics of public schools; police-community relations; the racial politics of health care; unemployment and underemployment; immigration; whiteness; the prison industrial complex; gentrification; the Obama years; and the rise of Trump. The course will take a topical approach while putting these issues in a broader historical context. While this course is not a Law Course per se, all of these issues intersect with the law in interesting ways. The goal is for students to think critically about current issues related to race.