Why Does "Blackness" Matter?: The Socio-Historical Context of Racism in America

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

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Facilitated by Dr. Angela Simms, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Urban Studies, Columbia University

Hosted by Coastlander at USC, USC Christian Life Team and The Veritas Forum

Over the course of four weeks, we will examine the social construction of race in the United States from the colonial period to the present. The lectures, readings, and personal and group exercises will analyze how capitalist interests, class differences, gender, immigration, and who “deserves” the full rights and privileges of citizenship, shape boundaries between and within racial and ethnic groups, and ultimately the racial hierarchy underpinning White domination. We will also consider how racism affects resource access inequities between racial and ethnic groups in education, criminal justice, media, and other domains.

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