AFST 21300. RACISM 101

Historically, some Americans have found it difficult to discuss issues related to race openly and candidly. In this interdisciplinary, writing-intensive course, we examine the historical and theoretical foundations of anti-Black racism. In addition, we focus on various manifestations of racism and consider the broader implications of racism for people of African descent in the United States.  While the United States is the main cultural context of our readings, we will compare other nations to the US in order to examine racism as a global phenomenon. From chattel enslavement and colonization to now, racism has been central to the economies of the western world. Understanding racism helps us to better combat it and facilitate change for future generations.

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