Democracy and the Color of Change

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The New Global Majority

Racial and ethnic demographics are changing in America. American citizens, once referred to as racial and ethnic minorities, will become the majority population by 2042. This shift is and will continue to have a significant impact on American culture, economy, and politics. As America becomes more multicultural, what does this diversity mean for our student’s futures? What will be the impact of this demographic shift on the issues of equality, economic and social justice that are important to our communities? Investigate these issues on our changing political and social landscape.

Race, Democracy, Citizenship

These resources explore topics at the intersection of race, democracy, and citizenship. Race in America has shaped the evolution of American democracy from our country’s founding. Questions of freedom, justice, equality, and citizenship confronted the original framers of the Constitution. 241 years later, the country still struggles with these issues. Explore topics of how the issue of race influenced the shaping of American democracy and government.

Slavery and the United States Constitution

Slavery was an integral part of the development of America. It was an economic engine that fueled an early American economy. It was an evil exploitation of people that spawned a system of racism and exploitation that, to this day, remains woven into the fabric of American society. At the time of the framing of the United State Constitution, slavery was a challenge to the meaning of democracy in a country that was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Explore topics of how the “peculiar institution” of slavery influenced the shaping of American democracy.

America’s Other Original Sin: Native Americans

The issue of race casts a long shadow in the evolution of America’s political and social development. Race and racism is and has been an integral part of American politics, with deep roots dating back to the early beginnings of the republic. The legacy of race and racism is embedded in every fabric of American life and its pernicious persistence impacts groups that have been historically oppressed, in profound and definable ways. These resources will help students understand the impact of race and racism on their daily lives and their communities.

Race

Race and Democracy:The long shadow of race in American political life

The issue of race casts a long shadow in the evolution of America’s political and social development. Race and racism is and has been an integral part of American politics, with deep roots dating back to the early beginnings of the republic. The legacy of race and racism is embedded in every fabric of American life and its pernicious persistence impacts groups that have been historically oppressed, in profound and definable ways. These resources will help students understand the impact of race and racism on their daily lives and their communities.

Race

Race is a social construct; a false narrative; a social invention to advantage one group and to disadvantage another. Genetically and biologically, there is very little difference between so-called races of people, yet the biological myth of race is used to categorize and classify people. These resources help students understand the sociological and biological construct of race.

Institutional Racism/White Privilege/White Supremacy

What is racism? What is institutional racism? What are the various forms of racism? How do the various forms of racism perpetuate racist ideologies that impact our politics, popular culture, public policy, and relationships between people? These resources can be used to help students think critically about race, equal justice, and the impact of racism on their lived experiences and those of their communities.

Case Studies

Investigating Race and the Justice System: Policing

Students will unpack today’s culture of law enforcement’s interaction with communities of color whose origins can be traced back to the era of America’s ‘slave-catching’ days.

Investigating Race and the Justice System:Incarceration

Prisons have historically profited from the loophole embedded within the 13th amendment that “abolished” slavery within the United States. A deeper dive into prison policies and practice will raise the question of whether the US ever abandoned its dark institution of slavery.

Investigating Community Violence

Students will examine the roles that poverty, trauma, policing and racists policies play in increasing violence in marginalized communities.

Investigating Race and Immigration

In these fast moving times its easy to forget under both democratic and republican leadership, Black and Brown immigrants have been historically marginalized and disenfranchised by racist immigration laws.

Investigating Education and Economic Opportunity

Discover  historical fundamental shifts that created today’s current imbalance within these institutions of learning toward people of color.

Action

Current Events: Teaching the Headlines

Take advantage of the opportunity of being apart of the knowledgeable elite, stay woke! Democracy is forever unfolding in real time, stay up to date with local and world politics.

Taking Action

Join the frontline of the movement. You’ll be amazed to discover the power to change when one becomes involved.

Voting/the Vote

Students will take away an enduring understanding of voting and its influence on creating lasting change in society as well as within communities of color.

Media Literacy

Modern times call for modern tools to effectively communicate and share information, learn how social media plays a role in shaping our political realities.