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C7+Lecture+04-06-10 - Legislative Law Making: A Look at...

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Legislative Law Making: A Look at Drug Laws How do drug laws that are race neutral in language end up disproportionately affecting the lives of Blacks and Hispanics?
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Counting by race and ethnicity Early twentieth century: Racial categories = biological categories; “feeblemindedness.” The impact of the Civil Rights Movement: - Counting for enforcement; Counting today: - The impact of Critical Race Theory: race is not “objective, inherent or fixed”
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How does the Census define race today? Counts by race “reflect political interests and understandings of minorityhood.” Racial and ethnic categories of U.S. Census are not “anthropologically or scientifically based.” Irony that U.S. Census and Critical Race Theory seem to construct categories of race and ethnicity in quite similar ways.
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“How is it that we valorize racial diversity yet embrace drug policies that have racial implications, if not institutionally discriminatory outcomes?” (Provine) Turning point: 1970s, first time
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