Racial/Ethnic Minorities in American Politics

This course in a graduate-level introduction to the politics of the United States' four principal racial minority groups. The importance of race and ethnicity in American politics, and the politics (historical, legal, attitudinal and behavioral) of blacks, Latinos, American Indians and Asian Americans are explored. The course will describe and analyze how the structures of the American political system and its present operation seriously disadvantage blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans and American Indians as they attempt to gain the full benefits of American society. Other aspects of the black, Latino, Asian and Indian peoples experience will be discussed to give a more balanced perspective of black, Latino, Asian and Indian peoples participation in the American political arena.

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