This course will be an exploration and examination of American law and its direct involvement in defining race and minority status. We will analyze the implications of those legal definitions for minorities and non-minorities in the specific areas of education, housing, employment and the criminal justice system. The Constitution, case law, Executive Orders and other scholarly articles will guide our discussion on topics such as affirmative action, segregation, civil rights, immigration, redlining, federal contracting, racial profiling and the interplay of implicit bias. We will conclude our exploration of these phenomena with an analysis of the contemporary status of racial subordination in the legal system and the law's limitations in effectuating racial equality within our society.
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