Political Science 108: The Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in American Politics
This course examines American politics in the light of shifting demographics, historical racial hostilities, and impending conflict played out in the political sphere. We begin with seeking to understand the roots of frustration and discontent seen among the Black underclass located in America’s inner cities. What role does economics, education, and segregation play? We then inquire about White privilege? Is it a real phenomenon? We then shift our analysis to understanding how White America institutionalized power over the course of several centuries. How, then, do we understand prejudice amongst the dominant group? We turn to understanding group-based prejudice from a theoretical perspective; then shift our attention to the Tea Party. Do many Whites in America feel like they are losing something? However, as immigration has begun to change America’s demographics, we are presently undergoing changes to the political environment. Witness Barack Obama. These changes will have widespread effects, such as a boon for the Democratic Party in the near term, at least at the presidential level. How have increases in the percentages of Latinos and Asian Americans living in the United States affected voting patterns, turnout, and representation?