Alma Sheppard-Matsuo artwork

Introduction to Race and Ethnicity in the United States

In a country based on the promise of equality, does racial and ethnic inequality still exist? If so, what are its causes and what makes it invisible to so many people? In this course we will examine the nature of racial and ethnic inequalities and the mechanisms that make it possible for so many people to remain unaware of them. We will focus on the social construction of race and ethnicity, civil rights, immigration, housing, education, work, and theories of racism and discrimination. Through readings, power point slides, visual media and web-based exercises we will we will look at differential access, lived experience and outcomes across ethnic/racial categories.

Dr. Diane R. Soles
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater


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