Race and Policing Symposium at VCU

The Criminology Department at VCU recently put on a symposium entitled Race and Policing in Communities. David Kingerly, Andres Regifo, and Natasha Pratt-Harris were the speakers. John Venuti and Scott Booth were discussants. All of these individuals addressed the relationship between race and policing in various communities at VCU, in Richmond, the US, and the […]

Week 7

“The Environment of the Negro” [W.E.B. Du Bois] In Du Bois’ “The Environment of the Negro” approximately 40,000 African-Americans living in inner city Philadelphia (175) were observed, or studied. African-Americans themselves were not just observed, but as the title suggests, special attention was paid to the environments in which they lived. More specifically, great detail … Continue reading Week 7

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

William Julius Wilson

The Declining Significance of Race: Revisited but Not Revised Wilson’s ‘Declining Significance of Race’ is essentially a rebuttal to the argument that race is not less of an issue of significance than economic deprivation, or class immobility. More specifically, this particular article is in response to a colleague, Charles V. Willie, arguing that Wilson’s assertion […]


Patricia Hill Collins – Matrix of Domination   Patricia Hill Collins’ concept of Matrix of Domination is a model that provides the “framework to understand how categories of race, gender, and class are formed and then transferred into systems of inequality and oppression,  By better understanding how these systems of inequality are interlocked and connected.” Continue reading

Feminist Theory

Dorothy Smith is well known for her standpoint theory in her account of feminine sociology. This theory explains that what one knows is affected by where they stand in society. For instance an adult in the upper class may have a harder time coping in an economic recession in comparison to a working or lower […]

Patricia Hill Collins

Black Feminist Thought as Critical Social Theory In Black Feminist Thought Patricia Hill Collins argues that the oppression of any group is “inherently unstable“ (Collins 398). This idea of oppression as an insupportable structure is her focus in terms of the oppression of black women. The “ inherent instability” lies in the fact that, as […]

W.E.B. DuBois: The Great

Early sociologist rarely, if at all, mentioned race. Maybe it was because they were in different countries; maybe it was because they did not see importance of the matter. Class, economics, and capitalism may have been a higher priority to them. However, W.E.B. DuBois relentlessly spear headed the conversation and made it his life’s work. […]


Race and Punishment: In the article, “ Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crimes and Support for Punitive Policies” they talk about “how policy makers actions and statements amplify the public’s racial association of crime” (The Sentencing Project, 3). The media and policymakers and government are such heavy influencer’s on the American people and sometimes […]

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