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March 1: Race - ASSIGNMENT #1 DUE AT BEGINNING OF CLASS PART 4: RACE Race: This section divides race into two categories of study: affirmative action and critical race theory. Race remains the most widely discussed issue in societal discourse and thus, an important legal theme. Michael Eric Dyson: 109-149 A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.: 1005-1028 “Pride” – Foundation March 6: Affirmative Action PART 4A: AFFIRMATIVE ACTION Affirmative Action: This section is designed to further the discussion on affirmative action that many of you may have already had in other courses. However, here we will look at the use of music as an interpretive device in the legal debates that surround affirmative action. We will focus more on the “radical” interpretations of affirmative action through music. Cornel West: 495-498; 91-100 (to be distributed) Rachel F. Moran: 201-243 Grutter v. Bollinger et al (2003) 02-241 (available online) “Babylon System” – Bob Marley & The Wailers “Mi Legal” – Third World March 8: Critical Race Theory PART 4B: CRITICAL RACE THEORY Critical Race Theory: This section is designed to delve into the question of race from a narrative point of view that asks whether race could exist without the law. You will look at the effects of precedent cases like Dred Scott, Plessy v. Ferguson, and Brown v. Board of Education, as well as others that use vernacular that has become part of society. Here, the music will exemplify the classic interpretation associated with movements (Black Panthers, etc.) as well as the music that asks us how we can define race with equal terms and maintain culture and tradition. Charles Lawrence: 1-7 (to be distributed) Cynthia Grant Bowman et al: 27-70 “Black Man” – Stevie Wonder “One” – U2 March 13: Critical Race Theory - ASSIGNMENT #2 QUESTIONS DISTRIBUTED Neil Gotanda: 257-275 Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) 60 U.S. 393 (available online) Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) 163 U.S. 537 (available online) Brown v. Board of Education (1954) 347 U.S. 483 (available online) “Africa Unite” – Bob Marley March 15: No class No class March 20: No class Spring Break March 22: No class Spring Break March 27: Critical Race Theory Cheryl L. Harris: 276-291 “Statue of Liberty” – Burning Spear Message From A Black Man” – The Temptations March 29: Critical Race Theory Linda Greene: 292-301 Derrick Bell: 596-600 Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud” – James Brown Am I Black Enough For You” – Billy Paul

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