Racial and Ethnic Politics

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  • Racial and Ethnic Politics
    • Social and Economic Inequalities
      • Increase in number of Blacks, Asians and Hispanics
      • Black schoolchildren have lower reading age on average
        • But Asians tend to have a higher level ( counter-argument)
      • White Americans have more wealth, on average per house
      • More Black Americans arrested (cocaine percentage)
        • In many cases leads to exclusion in voting, Minority votes not represented
    • Political Representation
      • Barack Obama
      • Black vote mostly solidly Democrat
      • First African American head of federal executive department: Robert Weaver 1966
      • US supreme court: Thurgood Marshall, 1967
    • Affirmative Action
      • Reverse discrimination?
      • 1961, Equal Employment Opportunity Council starts affim
      • Pros
        • Diversity, rights previous wrongs, it works: university graduation percentages
      • Cons
        • Disadvantages white, people get into universities they're not suited for, doesn't contribute to a colour-blind society
    • Immigration
      • Democrats support immigrant rights, even when illegal
      • Encourage illegal immigrants to come forward, become citizen and contribute; taxes
      • Republicans support deportation
      • But, Democrats have increased border patrols and fences
      • Democrats turn a blind eye to illegal immigrant towns; partisan issue
    • Partisanship and conservativism vs liberalism
      • Very divided
      • Democrats tend to be liberal, Republicans opposite
    • Recent examples
      • SB 10.70, ID cards
      • Making government policies and letters only in English, exclusion
      • Relatively recent anti- affirmative action cases, Bakke etc.
      • Texas ten percent

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