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 Chapter 9 (“The Policy Formation Process”) in Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power. Only one chapter this week, as it is longer than most. This chapter lays out the process by which public policies are formed and the views of people in influential positions are shaped by various forces. Pay special attention to the following chapter sections:
Questions to think about as you read:
Assignment: Find one think tank or policy institute doing research on an issue that you are writing the short paper on that puts forth policy proposals focused on inequality and the Black community. Look up their website (and bring it with you). Who funds them? What are some key proposals they’ve put forward? What statistics do they use?