Race Course

Why Does "Blackness" Matter?: The Socio-historical Context of Racism in America

September 23, 2020 at4:00p-5:30p PDT /Zoom

Race Course

Dates: Four consecutive Wednesdays, September 23 - October 14th from 4 - 5:30 p.m. PDT

Course will be facilitated by Dr. Angela Simms

Hosted by USC's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Christian Life Team, The Coastlander and The Veritas Forum


Over the course of four weeks, we will examine the social construction of race in the United States from the colonial period to the present. The lectures, readings, and personal and group exercises will analyze how capitalist interests, class differences, gender, immigration, and who “deserves” the full rights and privileges of citizenship, shape boundaries between and within racial and ethnic groups, and ultimately the racial hierarchy underpinning White domination. We will also consider how racism affects resource access inequities between racial and ethnic groups in education, criminal justice, media, and other domains.


This course might be for you if:
• You are asking yourself: how can I better understand the current context of racism in America?
• You are looking for a group-setting in which to ask questions and learn more.
• You have read a few books, but still have lots of questions about American history and capitalism.

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Angela Simms

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies

Barnard College-Columbia University.
Veritas Forum