Contemporary Race Relations in the U.S.: "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" or "Post-Racial Society"
Teacher Training / Registration fee: 10€ / Please register via our registration form
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For several years now, news of the deaths of unarmed African Americans at the hands of police or while in police custody have shocked the United States. “Hands up, don’t shoot” became a rallying cry for protesters against perceived police brutality against minorities. At the same time, police officers were killed in ambushes in several cities in apparent revenge. The debate over these and other controversies is still going on, and the Black Lives Matter movement has emerged as a young, angry protest movement against what its activists feel is the persistence of systemic and violent racism in the United States. To make matters even more complicated, much of this happened during the administration of the first African American president, when some hoped that America would finally become a post-racial society.
This seminar will examine race relations in the United States today with a specific focus on the situation of African Americans and the recent controversies over police violence. Were the great achievements of the civil rights movement in the 1960s in vain? What is the social and economic situation of racial minorities in the early 21st century? Is class as much as a factor in today’s problems as race? What role does the extremely fragmented organization of police forces in the U.S. play? What are the political implications and consequences of recent conflicts? We will look at these and other questions. As much as possible, political humor and satire will help lighten up these grim topics.
09:00 Introduction: The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement
09:45 Race and Education, Income and Class
10:45 Coffee Break
11:15 Political Participation and Voter Obstruction
11:45 Criminal Justice, Police Shootings, and Protests
12:30 Post-Racial Society or White Privilege? Different Perceptions of Racism in the U.S.
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Speaker: Dr. Markus Hünemörder, LMU
Organizer: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations
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