Course DescriptionParticipants will explore the book White Rage by Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University, Carol Anderson. Starting with Reconstruction and working through Obama’s presidency, Anderson argues that every time African Americans have made full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate, relentless rollback of any gains. She specifically distinguishes between the individual acts of hatred and racism that often dominate discussions of race and ongoing systemic oppression which prevents African Americans from full participatory citizenship.
By the end of the course participants will have:
- Explored the systemic, tactical responses that arise in opposition to moments of progress for African-Americans throughout U.S. history
- Engaged with others to discuss the historical and current manifestations of African-American oppression and resistance
- Identified social norms and beliefs that contribute to and justify the perpetuation of legalized discrimination
- Applied what they have learned to create a call to action for change around this issue
The online book studies are offered to anyone who has a sincere interest to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the systemic issues that plague the USA around race, class and marginalized groups and who care deeply about social justice. Each book study addresses current issues in society and allow opportunities for participants to reflect, discuss and hear multiple perspectives that can lead to greater understanding and empathy.
Online course only. Web access Required. This course is hosted on Moodle, students will be automatically enrolled once payment is processed. Course materials are provided unless listed otherwise. Students must have access to a computer with high-speed Internet access. Not recommended for iPad-only access. Internet Explorer does not support Moodle and is not recommended. Students are asked to login into online environment using, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. YouTube videos might not display on Opera or Internet Explorer. Some videos require Adobe Flash Player.