January 30, 2008 • The 2000 Census: Opposing Interpretations o The 2000 Census 7 million people (3% of the population) checked more than one box in answer to the question “What is this person’s race”? o Competing Interpretations of the Census “The beginning of the end of race” • Mixed-race Americans will be the new trend in the future. Racism has its new form today: Race and Class (p. 163) • “Ultimately, changes in the composition of the population need to be reflected in both political representation at the national level (the House and the Senate) and a more equitable distribution of resources of the country if they are going to have positive social, economic, and legal significance… The absence of racial diversity. .. is a disadvantage and, a sign of intellectual and cultural impoverishment – for all Americans.” (p. 166) • Race, Racism, and Civil Rights Movement o Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Movement: His Final Sermon in 1968 There was “the happy truth that racism is a way of life for the vast
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