Racial and Ethnic Politics in America

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  • Racial and Ethnic Politics
    • How racially and ethnically diverse is the USA?
      • White = 71.9%
      • Black = 12.1%
      • Asian/Other =4.5%
      • Hispanic = 11.5%
    • What has been the effect of affirmative action?
      • March 1961 = EEOC
      • 1965 = Executive Order - federal gov contractors to take Affirmative Action
      • 1978 - Regents of Uni of California vs. Bakke
      • 1995 - Adarand Constructors vs. Pena
      • 1997 - California banned AA (Proposition 209)
      • 2007 - Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District
    • How well are racial and ethnic minorities represented in the fed gov?
      • Congress
        • 2013 = 42 AA in Congress (2 senators)
        • 2013 = 37 Hispanic and Latinos in Congress (3 senators)
      • Executive
        • 1972 = first serious AA contended for pr
        • 1984 = Jesse Jackson finished 3rd
        • 2008 = Obama
        • Blacks = 11% of senior managers in 2006
      • Judiciary
        • 1967 = Thurgood Marshall
        • 2000 = 83% of all judges were white, 9% black and 4.5% Hispanic

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Old Sir

This overview represents a good starting point for students looking to begin their revision of this topic. However, students looking to develop their ability to engage in discussion will want to research the areas of federal legislation, supreme court judgements and affirmative action in more depth in order to address assessment objective 2 (evaluation and analysis). Students might also wish to consider the place of ethnic (indigenous) Americans too.

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