POLS 208: Race, Multiculturalism and Politics

Fall 2008


Dr. Jose Marichal                                                    E-mail: marichal@clunet.edu Phone:         

 493-3328                                                              Office: G Building: Room 7

Office Hours: MWF 1:30-2:30                                 Alumni 112


The central goal of this course is to understand race and ethnicity as phenomena that affects both daily life and the political process.  Understanding race is central to becoming an active citizens.  Active citizens are critical thinkers who examine the underlying mechanisms that guide societal outcomes, while passive citizens unquestioningly follow society’s rules irrespective of whether they are morally right.  Active citizens engage with the world and strive to make it more just while passive citizens let others make decisions for them. 

Being an active citizen requires an understanding of the forces that affect human thought and behavior.  Two factors that impact significantly upon the human experience are the phenomena of race and ethnicity.  An understanding of the dynamics of stratification, minority/majority relations, discrimination, racism and identity formation are critical in understanding how human beings understand themselves and respond to their environments.

The class begins with the assumption that racism and ethnic discrimination are immoral practices.  Practically all of the world’s present armed conflicts have racial or ethnic hatred at their root.  Racial and ethnic animosity has result in the slaughter of hundreds of millions of people throughout history.  As active citizens, you have a responsibility to try to reduce the amount of racism and ethnic discrimination present in the world around you.  To help accomplish this goal, I have assigned several readings, films, audio excerpts assignments, and class activities designed to make you think critically about the role that race and ethnicity play in motivating human behavior.

This course will address the following CLU General Education Goals:

  1. Written Communication Skills
  2. Understanding of Cultural and Global Diversity
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Growth in Identity and Values
  5. Interpersonal and Teamwork Skills
  6. Appreciation of Diversity
  7. Service to the Community

This course will address the following Sociology Department Goals:

  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Exposure to Cultural Experiences

In this course, students are expected to:

  1. employ different theoretical approaches towards understanding how race and ethnicity shapes current American society.
  2. display an ability to use historical perspectives on race/ethnicity in the United States to shed light on modern circumstances.
  3. exhibit critical thinking and effective writing skills by incorporating course readings into reflective essay assignments
  4. demonstrate the ability to work with other students in groups to present information.
  5. show an ability to find, evaluate, use and communicate information in both oral and written formats.


Readings for the day need to be completed prior to class times, as class activities, discussions, and quizzes will primarily draw upon assigned readings.

Talking, working, and thinking with others are large parts of this class. We will get into discussions about some controversial subjects. I encourage expressions of opinions (myself included), but there are some classroom boundaries. Our class will be a safe place. That is to say, we will all treat each other in a respectful manner. Translation: rude interruptions, hurtful insults (including racial, gender, sexuality, etc. slurs), and personal attacks will not be tolerated. You may not always be comfortable with the topics, and by no means are you expected to approve of everything we discuss.

California Lutheran University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with various documented disabilities (physical, learning, or psychological).  If you are a student requesting accommodations for this course, please contact your professor at the beginning of the semester and register with the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities (Pearson Library, Center for Academic Resources, Ext. 3260) for the facilitation and verification of need. Faculty will work closely together with you and your coordinator to provide necessary accommodations.

Academic Dishonesty: Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in this class.  According to the CLU student handbook, plagiarism occurs “whenever a source of any kind has not been acknowledged.”  Consult the student handbook for a detailed explanation of plagiarism.  Those found violating the CLU code on academic dishonesty will receive an F in the class.

All quizzes, exams, activities, and papers must be turned in on time: no make-ups will be given, and no re-writes will be offered. If an assignment is of the take-home variety, it must be typed, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins all around, spell-checked, grammar-checked, and demonstrate correct citation and bibliographic format. Late take-home assignments will not be graded unless you have documentation of an emergency. Missed quizzes will be marked down as zeroes





1. Blog Assignment: Twelve times during the semester, you will be asked to respond to posts at my blog at thickculture.blogspot.com.  The assignments will be 1-2 paragraphs in length and will require you to draw from personal experience and course materials to complete the assignment.  I will drop the two lowest grades.

Each blog assignment is worth up to 2 points (10 x 2 = 20 points)

Throughout the Semester

2.    Exams: during the semester, you take two exams which will consist of will write three 2-3 paragraph responses to essay questions.  In these exams, I will expect you to integrate class readings, films and discussions in your answer.

Each reflection paper is worth up to 20 points (20 X 2 = 40 points)

Exam 1: October 1
Exam 2: December 5

3.    Portfolio Assignment:  You will build a "wiki portfolio" that consists of materials related to  the course readings and discussion for a particular course session.  These materials will include a variety of formats including notes video, audio, web pages, blogs, twitter streams,  social networking pages, and other on-line media that helps your classmates better understand the concepts described in the readings.

Wiki Portfolio is worth 15 points

Throughout the Semester
4. Create a Wikipedia Entry Assignment: I will ask you in teams of three to select a book from the "additional resources" section of the syllabus and to create an entry to that book on Wikipedia.

The Wikipedia Entry is worth 15 points
Due December 12

4.    Final Presentation of Wiki Entry: You will present a final version of your Wiki during the final week of class.

Final Presentation is worth 10 points

Final Week of Class

5.Extra Credit: Attend a campus event related to race and ethnicity and provide a 1 paragraph reflection on what you learned

Extra Credit up to 3 points

 Throughout the Semester

GRADES:  Your final grade for semester will be based on total accumulated points as follows:

92 – 100                           A

90 – 91                            A-

88 – 89                            B+

82 – 87                            B

80 – 81                            B-

78 – 79                            C+

72 – 77                            C

70 – 71                            C-

68 – 69                            D+

62 – 67                            D

60 – 61                            D-

59 or below                       F

List of Readings

Section 1: The Social Construction of Race

9/5   Race and Outcomes


New York Times. (2001) How Race is Lived in America. Best of Friends, Worlds Apart and Growing Up, Growing Apart.

CBS/NYT Poll on Race (2008) and discussion about poll on WNYC Brian Lehrer Show.

Additional Resources

Panel (2006) Black Men in America. Beyond the Numbers. Open Source Radio Show and Race and Class. Open Source Radio Show.

Young, A. (2003) The Minds of Marginalized Black Men. Excerpt

Tuhus Dubrow, R. (2008) Missing Men.  Boston Globe.

Hoschild, J. (1995) Facing up to the American Dream. Excerpt.

Douglass, F. (1852) The Meaning of July 4th For the Negro.

The Economist (2007) The Greasy Ladder. Why can't blacks move past the middle of the income ladder.

Miller, V. (2008) Bougie R' Us. The Root. Stuff Black People Like

James Baldwin Letter to his Nephew.

Reynolds, M. (2007). Blacks Divide Along Class Lines. Los Angeles Times.

KERA Think show on Talking Race.

9/8: Race and Election '08


Roundtable (2008) What Role did Race Play with White Democrats. Salon and Audio of Panel.

Judis, J. (2008) The Big Race. The New Republic.

Additional Resources

Graph of Clinton vs. Obama Black Vote in NYT (Explore)

Real News Network (2008) Fear of Islam Hurts Obama in Kentucky and Obama faces racism i n West Virginia.

9/10  Race and Genes


Gladwell, M. (2007).  None of the Above.  New Yorker Magazine. and interview with Gladwell on WNYC Brian Lehrer Show.

PBS (2004) Is Race for Real? Race: The Power of an Illusion (do the web exercises on the right)

Additional Resources

Malik, K. (2008). The Science of Race and the Politics of Ignorance. Philosophers Magazine.

Nisbett, R. (2007). All Brains are the Same Color. New York Times.

Pagel, M. (2008) 'The kindness of strangers' by Mark Pagel. Prospect Magazine.

9/12 The Social Construction of Race


Gomez, S. (2008) Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race.

PBS Interview with Matthew Frye Jacobson. (2008)  The First Measured Century.

Additional Resources

Omi and Winant (1996) Racial Formation in the United States. Except from AAC Website.

Morris, F. (2007). Cherokee Tribe Faces Decision on Freedmen. NPR.

BBC (2008).  South Africa Chinese “Become Black”

Baum, B. (2008) The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race.

Jackson, J. (2003) Harlem World: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America.

Kidd, C. (2006) The Forging of Races: Race and Scripture in the Protestant Atlantic World. Excerpt.

Section 2: Race and Interests

9/15 Bonding and Bridging


Mutz, D. (2006) Hearing the Other Side. Excerpt. Cambridge University Press plus interview with Mutz on CitizenJournalism.

9/17 Bonding’s Biological Roots


Project Implicit. Harvard University. (Take Test)and University of Chicago Shooting Test. (Take Test)

Kristoff, N. (2008) Our Racist, Sexist Selves. New York Times.

Winters, M. (2002). Why we Hate. Psychology Today.

Additional Resources

Macknick, S. (2008) How Harvard Students Perceive Rednecks. Mind Matters.

The Economist (2008). Pray for Health.

9/19 The Pull towards Bonding


Logan, J. et. al. (2001) Ethnic Diversity Grows, Neighborhood Integration Lags Behind. Lewis Mumford Institute Report.

Castro, (2006) Diversity Aside, L.A. Still a Segregated City. Wave Newspapers. and Hernandez, T. (2007) Roots of Latino Black Anger. Los Angeles Times. and interview with Camille Z. Charles on WHYY Radio Times.

The Higley 1000 index
Additional Resources

Racial Segregation in the U.S. Map

Wacquant, L. (1998) A Black City within the White and Mejias, MP (2008) Paris Suburbs: Places of Exile. Cafebabel. and Talk with Lois Wacquant at Royal Society of Arts (London) (2008) and interview with Wacquant.

Sugrue, T. (2005) The Origins of the Urban Crisis.

Racial Residential Segregation Measurement Project.

Wilson, W.J. and R. Taub (2007) There Goes the Neighborhood. Chatper 1. and interview with Wilson on WNYC Brian Lehrer show.

Muller, J. (2008) Us and Them: The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism.  Foreign Policy.

Patillo Interview "Black on the Block"

Charles, C. (2007) Comfort Zones. Dubois Journal

Defina, B. (2007) Do African Americans Perfer to Live in Segregated Communities. Philliadelphified Magazine.

9/22 The Pull Towards Bonding: Gentrification

Squires, G. and C. Kubrin (2006) Privileged Places. Race, Opportunity and Uneven Development in Urban America. Shelterforce Online.

LA Weekly (2006) Welcome to Gentrification City. and Newman and Wyly (2005) Gentrification and Resistance in New York City. Shelterforce.

Dougherty, C. (@008) The End of White Flight.  Wall Street Journal and  and NPR. (2008) Racial Balance Shifts as White Flight Subsides. Talk of the Nation.

Additional Resources

Freeman, Lance. (2006) Chapter 1: There Goes the Hood. Temple University Press. and interview with Freeman on WNYC's Brian Lehrer show.

Patillo, M. (2007) Black on the Block. and Patillo Interview "Black on the Block" on Chicago Public Radio.

9/24 The Benefits of Bridging


Driefus, C. In professor's model: Diversity = Productivity. New York Times. and Page, S. The Difference. Prologue. and Scott Page Talk at Royal Society of Arts (London)

NPR. Studies: Diversity Spurs Workplace Creativity. and Vedantam, S. (2007) In Boardrooms and in Courtrooms, Diversity Makes a Difference. Washington Post.

Additional Resources

Florida, R. (2007) Who's Your City. Excerpt. and Suh, G. (2008) Melting Pot Metros. Rise Up.

Munger, D. (2007) With a Little Training, we Can Recognize Other Faces as Well as Our Own. Cognitive Daily.

9/26 The Resistance to Bridging: Hunkering


No Class Today!!!!

Putnam, R. (2007) E Pluribus Unum. Scandinavian Journal of Political Science. and interview with Putnam on KQED Forum.

Leo, J. (2007) Bowling With Our Own. City Journal.

Additional Resources

Jonas, M. (2007) The Downside of Diversity. Boston Globe.

Wilson, J.Q. (2007) Bowling with Others. Commmentary Magazine.

Lin and Schoch (2007) 15 Years After Los Angeles Riots,Tensions Still Exist. Los Angeles Times. and
Constable, P. (2007) Survey Finds Friction Among Minority Groups.  Washington Post.

Arniel, B. (2006) Diverse Communities: The Problem with Social Capital. Excerpt.

9/29 The Politics of Dignity


Kelley, R. Race Rebels. Excerpt. and Anzaldua, G. (1987) Borderlands/ La Frontera. Excerpt.and interview with Robin Kelley and Gloria Anzaldua on KPFA's Against the Grain.

Additional Resources

Conversation with Glen Loury on "The Missing Voice of Jeremiah" Open Source Radio Show

Cherokee passive resistance CBC ideas

Pew Research Center. (2008) “Race, Ethnicity and Campaign 08”

10/1 - Review

Section 3: Ideas

10/3 Exam #1

Stereotypes and Stereotype Threat


Haslam, S. et. Al. (2008) How Stereotyping Yourself Contributes to Your Success.  Scientific American.

Steele, C. (1999) Thin Ice: Stereotype Threat and Black College Students. The Atlantic.

Parks, K. (2008) Midwestern Flooding and Katrina: More Racist Framing. Racism Review Blog.

Additional Resources

Sexton, T. (2003) Prejudice at Age 6. Psychology Today

Memin Pinguin

Medvic, S. (2008) Character Traits and Race. PolySigh Blog.

Burr, T. (2007) Don’t Look Away. Boston Globe.

The Entman-Roejeki Index of Race in the Media.

Ngozi Adichie, C. The Color of an Akward Conversation (2008). Washington Post.

Joseph, B. (2007) The Nine Most Racist Disney Characters. Cracked.

10/6 The "Bootstrap" Question


Coates, T. (2008). This is How we Lost to the White Man. Atlantic Monthly. and Interview with Coates on MPR Midmorning.

Additional Resources

Kennedy, R. Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal. and interview with Kennedy on Open Source Radio Show. and Alan Wolfe commentary in Slate.

10/8 The "Culture" Question


Kitwana, B. (2006) The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture.  Pages 1-24 in preview.
and Salon interview with Barkari Kitwana and
Panel (2006) Hip Hop: Series on Race and Class. Open Source Radio Show.

Additional Resources

Hancock, A. M. The Politics of Disgust. Chapter 1

Daniels, C. Ghetto Nation: A Journey into the Land of Bling and the Home of the Shameless(excerpt) and interview with Daniels on WNYC Brian Lehrer Show.and USA Today Article.

Panel. Hip-Hop Symposium. Talk at Princeton University.

Lareau, A. (2003)  Unequal Childhoods.Chapter 1. University of California Press.

Postrel, V. (2008) The Wealth Gap. The Atlantic Monthly. and interview with Postrel on WNYC Brian Lehrer Show.

10/10: Passing


Matthews, D. (2006) Ace of Spades. Exceprt. and interview with Matthews on WNYC Brian Lehrer Show.

Steele, S. (2008) The Obama Bargain. Wall Street Journal.  and Interview with Steele on NPR

10/13 White privilege


NPR. (2005). Working Towards Whiteness.

Interview with David Roediger. PoliticalAffairs.net.

McIntosh, P. Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. (1990).

Additional Resources

Kolchin, P. (2005) Whiteness Studies: The New History of Race in America.  The Journal of American History.

Brattain, M (2001) The Politics of Whiteness. Race Workers and Culture in the Modern South.

White Civil Rights.com

White Privilege Example: Fox News

Jay, G. (1998).  Who Invented White People? Speech.

TNR. (1998) Interview with Christian Lander of "Stuff White People Like."

10/15 Racism and Implicit Bias

Serwer, A. (2008) Obama's racial Catch-22. American Prospect. and interview with Serwer on WNYC Brian Lehrer Show.

Mendelber, T. (2001) The Race Card. Excerpt.


Bonilla-Silva, E. (2007) Racism, Discrimination and Color Blindness and the Future of Racial Stratification in America. Talk at Princeton.

Cohen and Agiesta. (2008) 3 in 10 Americans Admit to Race Bias. Washington Post.

Fredrickson, G. (2002) Racism: A Short History. Excerpt

10/17  Fall Holiday

10/20 Multiculturalism

Sniderman, P. (2007) When Ways Collide.  and Talk at RSA (London)

Jimenez, M. (2008) Does Multiculturalism Lead to Ethnic Fragmentation. Globe and Mail.


A New Face for America. Minnesota Public Radio Midmorning Show.

Phillips, A. (2007) Multiculturalism Without Culture. Excerpt. and  Talk at RSA (London)

and interview with
Anne Phillips on Multiculturalism on on Philosophy Bites

Interview with Will Kymlicka on Minority Rights on Philosophy Bites

Interview with Kwame Anthony Appiah on Cosmopolitanism

Sailer, S. (2007) Fragmented Future. The American Conservative.

Malik, K. (2008) Against Multiculturalism. Kenan Malik.com

Ford, R.T. (2007) Racial Culture: A Critique. Excerpt.

10/22  The Race Card?

Thompson, R.T. The Race Card: How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse Excerpt 1 , 2 and 3, and interview with Thompson on WHYY Radio Times.

Additional Resources
Zimmerman, J. (2006) The Historical Fallacy. Boston Globe. and interview with Zimmerman on Brian Lehrer Show (2006).

10/24 Colorblindness


Blumenthal, Mark (2008) Bradley-Wilder 2008? National Journal and Adam berinsky post on The Monkey Cage.

Britt-Gibson, J. (2007) What's wrong with this picture? Washington Post. and Interview with Gibson on WNYC Brian Lehrer show.


Brown, M. et. al. (2005) Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Colorblind Society. Chapter 1

Baker, A. (2008) Suit Seeks Police Data on Race of People Shot by City Officers. New York Times.

The Use of the N-Word....Discussion on "The View" (2008)

Williams, P. (2008) Talking about Not Talking About Race.  New York Magazine.

Wise, T. (2006) The Oprah Effect. LipMagazine.

Section 4: Institutions and Race
10/27 Race in American Political Development


Austin American Statesman. (2006) Leave or Die.  A History of Racial Expulsion and Jaspin, E. (2008) Buried in the Bitter Waters. Lecture at the University of Chicago. MP3 and NPR. Kentucky Town Rexamines its Racial History.

Davis, F. J.  (2004) Who is Black: One Nation's Definition.  PBS

Additional Resources

Horne, G. The Deepest South: The United States, Brazil and the African Slave Trade. Introduction.
Loewen, J. (2007) Sundown Towns. Exceprt.

Ross, M (2006) Manning the Race. Excerpt.

Andrew Johnson's Veto of the 1866 Civil Rights Bill

Justice Joseph Bradley Opinion on the 1875 Civil Rights Act

Susan O' Donovan. (2007) Becoming Free in the Cotton South. and Interview with O'Donovan (2008)    

Gerstle, G. (2001) American Crucible. Race and Nation in the 21st Century. Indroduction.

Dred Scott 150 Years Later.  NPR's On Point Radio Show

Lieberman, R. (2005) Shaping Race Policy. The United States in Comparative Perspective.

10/29: Race in American Political Development


Wallace, A. (2008) Jefferson and the Indians. Chapter 1. and
Jefferson's Writing on the Indians. Harvard University Press Site.

Gomez, L. (2007) The Making of the Mexican American Race. Introduction.  and interview with Gomez on KERA's Think. and interview with Gomez in San Diego Weekly Reader.

Additional Resources

Banner, D. (2008) How the Indians Lost their Land. Harvard University Press.

Flamming, J. (2005) Bound for Freedom: Black Los Angeles in Jim Crow America. University of California Press. Excerpt

Kurasige, S. (2008) The Shifting Grounds of Race.

Blackmon, D. Slavery by Another Name. and interview with Blackmon on Open Source radio show.

The Civil Rights Era


Klinker and Smith (1999) The Unsteady March: The Rise and Decline of Racial Equality in America. Excerpt.

Central High Marks 50 Years of Desegregation. NPR All things Considered

Additional Resources

Squires, G. and C. Kubrin (2006) Privileged Places. Race, Opportunity and Uneven Development in Urban America. Shelterforce Online.

Interview with R. Golubof.  (2007) The Lost Promise of Civil Rights. Harvard University Press.

Singh, N.P. (2004) Black is a Country. Harvard University Press. Excerpt.

Martin Luther King Papers Project

Glaude, E. (2007) In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America.

Frymer, P. (2005) Black and Blue: African Americans, the Labor Movement and the Decline of the Democratic Party.
11/3: Race and Public Opinion


Bobo and Tuan. (2007). Prejudice and Politics. Chapter 1.

Kinder and Sanders (1996)  Divided by Color. Chapter 4

Additional Resources

Lacewell-Harris, Melissa (2006) Barbershops, Bibles and BET: Everyday talk and Black Political Thought

Lacewell-Harris, M. (2008) Images of Christ in Black Politics. Lecture at Princeton University.

Sniderman, P. (2002) Black Pride and Black Prejudice. Excerpt.

11/5: Race and Participation

Cohen, C. (2006) The Boundaries of Blackness. Chapter 1 to page 24. and interview with Cohen on NPR Black Youth Project.

Sugrue, T. (2007) Jim Crow's Last Stand.  The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Suburban North. Talk at Case Western Reserve University.

Additional Resources

Valley, R. Ballots in the Balance. Does the 1965 Voting Rights Act Still Matter.

Duncan, B. (2008) From Black Power to Ethnic Politics. Monthly Review.

11/7: Race and Representation

Swain, C. (2002) The future of Black Representation. American Prospect.

Pie-Te, L. et. al. (2007) The Voting Rights Act and the Election of Non-White Officials. PS: Political Science and Politics.

Additional Resources

Whitehead, C. (2008) Visible Man. New York Times. and Interview with Colson Whitehead on WNYC Brian Lehrer Show.

Experiments in Democracy. Conversation with Lani Guinier. Open Source Radio Show.

11/10: Race and Political Incorporation

Tate, K. Black Faces in the Mirror. Chapter 1.

Watts, J. (2006) What Use are Black Mayors? The Black Commentator.

Additional Resources
Hero, R. (2007) Racial Diversity and Social Capital. Chapter 1.

NPR (2007) Harold. This American Life.

Post Racial Politics?


Bai, M. (2008) Is Obama the End of Black Politics.  New York Times Magazine.
and interivew with Bai and others on WNYC Brian Lehrer Show and Amiri Bakara response in Ner York TImes, Rustbelt Intellectual response
, Maulana Karenga response

Additional Resources

Franklin-Barbajosa, C. (2008) Walking a Fine Line. RiseUp.

Lacy, K. (2007) Blue Chip Black:Race Class and Status in the New Black Middle Class.  UC Press. and interview and interview with Lacy on WNYC Brian Lehrer show.

Interview with Cory Booker on WBUR On Point

Panel Discussion on the Aftermath of Katrina on NPR On Point

Patillo-McCoy, Mary (2007)  Black Picket Fences. Privilege and Peril Among the Black Middle Class. Excerpt. and Interview with Patillo-McCoy on WNYC Brian Lehrer Show.

Section 5: Policy Issues
11/14: Education


Pollock, M. (2008) Because of Race. Chapter 1.

Panel (2007) Supreme Court Decision on Race-Conscious Public School Policies. WAMU Diane Rhem Show.

Additional Resources
Goldsmith, S. (2003) Rich, Black, Flunking. East Bay Express. and Interview with Ogbu in Black Issues in Higher Education (2003).

Clotfelder, C. (2004) After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation.

Tatum "Can we Talk About Race" and interview with Tatum on C-SPAN.

Higher Education

Bok, D. and Bowen, D. (2006) The Shape of the River. and Interview with Yang on WNYC Brian Lehrer Show.

Benn Michaels, W. (2006) The Trouble With Diversity. The American Prospect.

Additional Resources

Panel. (2006) The Academic Achievement Gap. Talk at Vanderbilt University.

Crime and Incarceration

Wacquant, L. Deadly Symbiosis. Boston Review (2002)

Oliver, P. (2001). Racial Disparities in Imprisonment. IRP Focus.

Additional Readings

Peterson, R.D. et. al. (2006) The many Colors of Crime. NYU Press.

Ogletree and Sarat (2006) From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State. NYU Press.

Bright, S. (2007) Crime Prison and the Death Penalty. Lecture at Washington University Law School.

Pager, D. (2007) Marked: Race, Crime and Finding Work in an Era of Mass Incrarceration

11/21: Environmental Racism


Pellow, D. (2007) Resisting Global Toxins. Sample Chapter. MIT Press and
A Different Shade of Green: Race, Place and Environmental Justice. Panel at Princeton University.

Additional Resources

Sze, j. (2006) Noxious New York.  Sample Chapter. MIT Press

11/24: Income and Wealth


Conley, D. (2001) The Black White Wealth Gap.  The Nation.

S. Venkatesh (2007) Off the Books. Harvard Universtiy Press: Exceprt. and talk at the Royal Society of Arts (London)

Additional Resources
Pew Poll on race and NPR Morning Edition (2007) Education, Income Segregates Blacks. and Gates, H.L. (2007) Forty Acres and a Gap in Wealth. New York Times.

Panel. (2008) Diminishing Returns: Income Inequality  in the United States. Talk at Princetion University.

Panel. (2007) Risking the American Dream: Minority Communities and the Mortgage Crisis. Talk at New York University.

11/26-28: Thanksgiving Holiday: No Class

12/1: Race and Health
Washington, H. (2008) Apology Shines Light on Racial Schism in Medicine. New York Times.

Feagin and McCkinney (The Many Costs of Racism: racism and the U.S. Health Care System.) Chapter 7

Additional Resources
Kaiser Foundation. (2008) Race, Ethnicity and Health.  The Basics.

The Future of Race
Rodriguez, G. (2008) Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans and Vagabonds: Mexican Americans and the Future of Race in America. and interview with Rodriguez on WNYC Brian Lehrer Show. and KQED Forum

Mixed-Up. Interview on WNYC Brian Lehrer show.

Additional Resources
Panel. (2007) Debating Immigration. Talk at Princeton University.

Conference. (2007)  Immigration. Recasting the Debate.  Wake Forest University.

Exam #2

12/8-12/12 Final Presentations