From Color Line to Colorblind to Color Redefined: America's Struggle with Changing Conceptions of Race

From Color Line to Colorblind to Color Redefined: America's Struggle with Changing Conceptions of Race

Ms. Stephanie Robinson
Fall 2018 seminar
T 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 5052
2 classroom credits

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This course traces the trajectory of select sentiment, ideology and media relevant to the changing conceptions and associated realities of racial identity in American society. While race has always been a loaded, contested and controversial construct in our American journey, its current and increasingly fluid representation is well removed from its dualistic, color line depiction at the turn of the 20th century. This course will examine these changing racial representations over time within their larger historical context while accounting for the key events and ideologies driving this transformation. Accordingly, such relevant factors as the formation of American racial identity, the long struggle for racial equality, the flaws and promises of traditional civil rights movements, changing demographics, evolving issues of race and marriage, anti-immigrant sentiment, economic turmoil, and sympathy for the loss of whiteness in traditional national identity will be discussed through literature, journalism, and visual media.

Subject Areas: Constitutional Law & Civil Rights, Government Structure & Function