Is America a ?color blind? society in which all of its citizens can fully participate with equal opportunity, or is it marred by individual, institutional, and systemic racial discrimination?
-To answer the final exam question, it may be
helpful to consider: the legacy of the 18th, 19th, and early-to-mid 20th centuries on the post-Civil Rights period; the role of class; the role of immigration, from the turn of the
20th century through the early 21st century; the relationship between ?institutional? and ?systemic.? Institutional means institutions, like educational, governmental, or military institutions, while systemic means systems, like the legal, criminal justice, economic, or political systems. Some institutions, such as slavery, support a particular system, such as
the plantation economy, while some institutions, such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs, support a particular system, such as the reservation system, or, in another example, the Federal Housing Administration, as an institution, supports a particular system, such as the private real estate market.
-As the Final Exam Study Guide specifies, you must engage with a wide range of the required readings from weeks 1-5. Whether you argue for improvement and progress over time, continued racial discrimination, an increased importance of class over race, or varying participation and
opportunity vis-?-vis individual, institutional, or systemic aspects, the idea is to come full
circle back to first three readings (and week 1 lecture materials), inspired by the last six
readings (and week 5 lecture materials), using the other weeks? materials as well, without
rehashing your papers.
Maybe America is marred by individual, institutional, and systemic racial discrimination or maybe all of its citizens can fully participate not equal opportunity
support the thesis with only the historical evidence in the provided reading