This course will examine critical questions and debates in race, ethnicity, and politics.It utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to investigate the history of racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. and examines the interaction of minority politics with broader American politics. The course begins with theoretical conceptions of race and ethnicity and how they inform notions of citizenship, group membership, structural racism, and racial hierarchies. Subsequent topics include voting and redistricting, electoral politics, segregation and discrimination, social movements, and cooperation and competition within and among minority groups. Finally, selected contemporary policy issues and practices will be discussed including criminal justice policy and mass incarceration, surveillance and policing, BLM, Immigrant Rights movement, Dakota Access Pipeline protests, and reparations.
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