A Community of Equals (21077). 4 units. Should the law be used for eradicating patterns of inequalities that mark American society and if so, how? The inequalities that are the subject of this seminar and the required research papers will be defined broadly, including those based on race, class, gender, sexual orientation, language, nationality, disability, or immigration status. Special attention will be given in our weekly meetings, however, to the recent assaults on the Second Reconstruction by the Supreme Court and the manifold practices, including mass incarceration, inner city policing, barriers to employment, school assignment policies, ghettoization, and interferences with voting rights, that have led to the emergence and perpetuation of the black underclass. Enrollment limited. O.M. Fiss.
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