(Offered as BLST 336 [US] and SOCI 334) The passage of civil rights legislation in 1964 and 1965 was a defining moment in American race relations. By comparison to what preceded it, the post-civil rights era amounted to a great social transformation, leading many to assert ours is now a “colorblind” culture. This course will use the idea of colorblind culture to examine the changing role of race and racism in the contemporary United States. We will examine specific claims that United States culture is, or is not, colorblind, while exploring the social structural, institutional, and broader cultural factors that shape present-day race relations.
Requisite: Sociology 112 or equivalent. Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Lembo.
If Overenrolled: First priority given to senior and junior Sociology majors, then BLST majors, and then seniors and juniors.