Historical Background to the Internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII

Having discussed my "discovery" of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, in this post I offer some historical background to the internment, based on my reading of scholarly studies which I note as I go along. To contemporary sensibilities, the evacuation and detention of  Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II seems … Continue reading Historical Background to the Internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Racism, Post-Ferguson Reflections on the Need for Basic Distinctions

Discussions of race, more often than not in my experience, generate more heat than light. I learned this early on in my own education when I was doing the research for my book, Student Movements for Multiculturalism: Challenging the Curricular Color Line in Higher Education. Anger, frustration, hurt, misunderstanding, and other emotions were abundant on … Continue reading What We Talk About When We Talk About Racism, Post-Ferguson Reflections on the Need for Basic Distinctions

Poverty and Racial Attitudes

One of the most significant books I read as an undergraduate was Racial Attitudes in America: Trends and Interpretations, by sociologists Howard Schuman, Charlotte Steeh, and Lawrence Bobo (1985). (A revised edition was published in 1998 by Harvard University Press.) In fact, my first ever academic conference presentation (at the Western Anthropology/Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference at … Continue reading Poverty and Racial Attitudes