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Course Description

The course will explore race as a social construct in the United States from the first permanent English colonization at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607 to 2021. We will examine the establishment of Whiteness as the normative standard for human rights, opportunity, dignity, freedom, and justice under our laws, in our economy, and across our society. We will learn about the creation of patriarchal White supremacy and tribal totalitarianism in the colonies and their continuation in the new self-colonized nation under both the original Constitution and the Constitution as amended after the Civil War. We will focus on the tactical use of racial exclusion as the principal legal and extralegal tool for the perpetuation of unjust institutional, systemic, and structural advantages and disadvantages, but we will also touch on related issues of ethnic and gender exclusion. We will conclude with how America might achieve our claimed national aspirations to liberty and justice for all people. | Lecture + Q&A.
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