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Lecture 12 Feb 27

Lecture 12 Feb 27 - Inequality and American Democracy...

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Inequality and American Democracy Lecture 12 February 27, 2007 Race, Poverty and Urban America “Underclass” March 3 1991—Rodney King is beaten for more than 5 minutes after a high speed pursuit. 4 days later Rodney King had charges dropped. April 29, 1992—Los Angeles riots were sparked when the officers who beat Rodney King were acquitted by a predominantly white jury 1) The Idea of the Underclass a) Not just poverty, but social disorganization b) Breakdown of the networks or the community and family 2) Elements of the Idea a) Isolation i) Were cut off from mainstream society ii) Did not have access to the same institutions b) Concentration i) Poverty is very severe c) “Tangle of Pathology” i) Lacks of trust/reciprocity ii) Crime and drug abuse iii) Family breakdown d) More than just a lack of resources; a way of life 3) Reality Check #1: Most of the poor aren’t black a) Blacks and Hispanics are overrepresented in the underclass, but the underclass is still made up mostly by white b)
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