For Tuesday 11/5: Class, Race, and Power

Dequi_Shaka_classvisit_102913Thanks to Sis. Dequi Kioni-Sadiki and Bro. Shaka Shakur for their visit this week and talking abou their work with political prisoners in the Jericho Movement! As usual, we’ll start the next class with discussion of important news stories in the current Amsterdam News, so have yours with you and be prepared to discuss an important story of the week.

Read Chapters 7 (“Class, Race, and Power in America”) and 8 (“The Power Process of the Ruling Class”) in Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power.

Questions to think about as you read:

  • What relationship does Wilson draw between race, class, and institutional power in the US?
  • What institutions does Wilson argue are the transmitters of power?
  • What processesdoes Wilson argue (in chap. 8) does the ruling class use to maintain it’s position in society?
  • What is the “power elite”?
  • Announcements

  • Remember to start thinking about the final paper and the short paper on an issue in the Black community, which I gave out last night.
  • ClassAction Student Group’s First Annual Hip Hop History Month summit is next week.
  • While we’re on the subject of political prisoners, the film Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary is playing for a limited run this week at Quad Cinema. I’ve heard it’s very good.
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