This class covers a basic history of racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. political system. This grounding will help students better understand and analyze contemporary political and social issues with race relations today with an eye towards imagining potential solutions. Topic will include racial profiling, housing segregation, criminal justice, educational equity, voting rights, and immigration. We will also address political outreach and barriers to political participation.
This class will go beyond traditional political concepts in order to more fully address how race affects political participation, incorporation, and outcomes. To that end, we will examine contemporary social movements, such as Black Lives Matter, to determine their strengths as well as limitations, and also examine the connection between schools (both their educational outcomes, funding, and patterns of punishment) and political power.