Wilson, Detroit, and White Flight

In the Declining Significance of Race, William Julius Wilson argues that class has become the driving force in black poverty rather than race. While he does not argue that race is insignificant, he does argue that many African-Americans did make advances after civil rights were codified into United States law. Wilson felt that a) the […]

Race vs class

Critical Race Theory   What is critical Race Theory? “It is a collection of activists an scholars interested in studying and transforming the relationship among race, racism, and power. Critical race theory questions the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism.” ( Delgado and Stefancic ) In addition to Continue reading

Wilson: Race & Class

Main Points The Declining Significance of Race (Wilson) Wilson begins by defining race relations in the United States as occurring in three stages: the preindustrial, industrial and modern industrial. He continues in arguing that historical black/white racial antagonisms have shifted to a state of social, political and communal issues that have resulted an increasing class […]

Race v. Class

William Julius Wilson: In The Declining Significance of Race (Revisited but not Revised), William Julius Wilson intensely responds to the criticism of a Harvard professor, Charles V. Willie. Willie refutes the mere notion of Wilson’s book title; he doesn’t think that there is a decline in the significance of race whatsoever. Willie actually thinks it […]

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