This lecture for "gymnasiale Oberstufe" only will examine the race relations in the U.S. today.


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Contemporary Race Relations in the U.S.: "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" or "Post-Racial Society"?

Master Class for Students / Free admission / Please register at bibliothek@amerikahaus.de

Were the great achievements of the African American civil rights movement in the 1960s in vain? Looking at recent conflicts over police shootings of African Americans in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere, one might get that idea. The Black Lives Matter movement certainly protests against what its activists feel is the persistence of systemic and violent racism in the United States. On the other hand, a majority of American voters elected and re-elected Barack Obama president of the U.S., indicating that at least a part of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Dream” has come true and race is not the dividing line it once was.


This lecture 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. What is the social and economic situation of racial minorities in the early 21st century? Is class as much 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. 


Speaker: Dr. Markus Hünemörder, LMU


Organizer: Stiftung Bayerisches Amerikahaus gGmbH - Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations


Contact: Sarah Martin



Picture: Black Lives Matter protest (Creator: Ella, Some rights reserved, Source: www.flickr.com)