1) On the political economy of contemporary systemic racism (in the “post-civil rights era”):
a) How does it differ from previous eras? For instance, how is it now institutional or institutionalized?
b) How does contemporary systemic racism create persistent resource inequalities? How would you demonstrate these inequalities to a skeptic (give one illustration)?
c) Do the current systems of racism and capitalism overlap or reinforce each other? Howso? (provide one illustration)
2) On the ideological component of contemporary systemic racism:
a) How does Feagin define the white racial frame? What does it mean to you in common language?
b) Please define the term colorblind ideology. What do scholars like Taylor have to say about why it came about and how it works?
c) Can racism as a system—and the concept of whiteness itself—exist without an ideological component to explain and legitimate them? Why or why not?
3) On the social control component of contemporary systemic racism:
a) Why do so many scholars argue that the contemporary criminal justice system is now the social control component of systemic racism? What two current or historical arguments could you make to convince a skeptic?
b) All along in the class, we’ve learned that attempts to racialize populations and to socially control them are always met with forms of resistance. What are two specific examples of anti-racist resistance that could illustrate this point?