Race and the Law
This course will examine American structures, notions, and legal issues involving race and racism. The first part of the course will explore how the law has historically been used to apportion power among the major racial groups in America. We will review how that power has been used to privilege some and marginalize and/or oppress others. The second part will focus on how the law has been used to alter this distribution of power and protect those who are marginalized and/or oppressed. The remaining two-thirds of the course will examine legal doctrine, civil rights statutes, and other public policies. Throughout the semester, we will also explore the intersections between race and racism with economics in the context of property and labor and notions of citizenship.
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