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UNIT: Contemporary Experiences: Persons and Places, Identities and Communities
1. S.C. Rampage Spurs Grief, Concern for Church Safety, Scott Dance and Michael A. Memoli, Baltimore Sun, 2015.
Dance and Memoli recount the murder of the nine persons in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, the arrest of the killer, an admittedly racially motivated younger person and first public responses to this evil action.
2. Why American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas, Adam Chandler, The Atlantic, 2014.
Ethnic food and rituals are an aspect of American life and Adam Chandler’s whimsical account of the experience of learning about diversity at a nominations hearing in the Senate became a curios teachable moment about diversity in America.
3. Wedded: Ara Adewole and Yemi Ajayi, Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun, 2015.
Susan Reimer's report on the ethnic wedding not only reveals a dimension of this personal and community ritual, with its food, décor, duration and attire, but evidences the that the African-born population has roughly doubled every decade since the 1970.
4. New African Immigrants, Aniedi Okure, Building Community in a Mobile/Global Age, 2013.
Aniedi Okure's account of a new immigrant population reveals the challenges of maintaining and yet renegotiating personal, familial and community relationships that shape identities within the religious, ethnic and new cultural social contexts encountered in the United States of America.
5. Police Stops in Ferguson: What Rre the Numbers?, Walker Moskop, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2014.
Walker Moskop’s article provides an important aspect of the back story or context from which understanding police and community relations and the breakdown that has erupted into protests throughout the country.
UNIT: Immigration: The Origin of Diversity, the Political Constructions of Disparities and the Development of Pluralism
6. Racial Restrictions in the Law of Citizenship, Ian F. Haney López, White By Law: The Legal Construction of Race, 1996.
This article traces the legal history of naturalization in the development of the definitions and legal norms that affected American citizenship.
7. Dred Scott v. Sandford, Chief Justice Taney, United States Supreme Court, 1856.
This case is concerned with the claim by Dred Scott, a slave, who was taken by his master to live in a free state, and then claimed to have lost his status as a slave. The Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution did not protect him, or other African Americans, whether they were considered free or held as slaves.
8. Brown et al. v. Board of Education of Topeka et al., Chief Justice Warren, United States Supreme Court, 1954.
In this case the Court overturned Plessy v. Ferguson and ended dejure segregation of public schools. The Court ruled that “separate but equal has no place in public education for separate education facilities are inherently unequal.”
9. Historical Discrimination in the Immigration Laws, Unknown, The Tarnished Golden Door, 1980.
This article summarizes the history of immigration laws and their effects on immigrant groups: the Nativist movement of the 1830s. The Chinese Exclusion Acts of the 1880s, the quota system of the 1920s, and the McCarran-Walter Act of 1952.
10. Case Study: The American Immigrant Experiences, John A. Kromkowski, Thaddeus C. Radzilowski, and Paul Kochanowski, National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs, Occasional Papers.
This historical account of the intersection of eastern and southern Europeans with the American reality of the early 20th century provides an overview of the formation of ethnicities as a local mode of social formation and marks the transition from ‘immigrant’ toward ‘ethnic’ as a phase or period in the development American diversity.
UNIT: American Demography: If You’re Not Counted, You Don’t Count: The U.S. Census, the Politics of Pluralism, and the Science of Social Indicators
11. The American Community Survey: The New Dimensions of Race and Ethnicity in America, John David Kromkowski, Building Blocks, 2010.
This article provides a synopsis of data race and ethnic data collection and facsimiles of Census question asked race or color from 1790-2010. Populations totals for 105 specific ethnic groups and unclassified and other not dis- aggregated groups for 2010 and a cross-tab array of social indicators and profiles for American ethnic groups with over 1,000,000,000 persons.
12. Still Unmelted after All These Years, John David Kromkowski, NACLA, 2008.
This article systematically measures American ethnic diversity, quantifies, and compares levels of ethnic variety at the state level, and presents graphic evidence of profound ethnic clustering.
13. The Size, Place of Birth, and Geographic Distribution of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States: 1960 to 2010, Elizabeth M. Grieco, et al., U.S. Census Bureau, 2012.
This compilation of information from the U.S. Census and the American Communities Survey provides arrays of aggregated and disaggregated social and economic indicators and the historical baselines of ethnic demographics including size, distribution, and place of birth of the communities that constitute foreign-born ethnic groups and the stunning increase and variety of the American population.
14. The Foreign-Born Population from Africa: 2008-2012, Christine P. Gambino, Edward N. Trevelyan, and John Thomas Fitzwater, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014.
This report focuses on important element of immigration from Africa and among the variety of findings is that African-Born Population in U.S. Roughly Doubled Every Decade Since 1970.
15. Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and St. Patrick's Day (March 17): 2015, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015.
This composite of informational social demographic indicators provide a summary profile that includes valued cross-tabs on Irish Americans and web-sites which provide the capacity to drill-down into data sources for additional research and insight.
UNIT: Indigenous Ethnic Groups: The Native Americans
16. American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month: November 2014, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics, and Statistics Administration, 2014.
This Census report provides a summary profile of the contemporary descendants of indigenous populations and references to American Factfinder websites from which the researcher can drill-down into more detailed data about specific regions and populations.
17. Ending Violence So Children Can Thrive, Byron L. Dorgan, et al., United States Department of Justice, 2014.
This compendium of findings provide a window into and overall situations of Native Americans and particularly children as it makes specific recommendations for legislative and executive action and remedies for these unconscionably cruel facts of misery and neglect.
18. Does the Fate of the Navajo Nation Depend on Its Language?, Elaine Teng, The New Republic, 2014.
Elaine Teng’s interview of Dr.Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie about the dispute occasioned by the law challenge to the legitimacy of Chris Deschene to be a candidate for the tribal presidency reveals the intersection of ethnicity, language and law as well as the complex of governance posed by traditional social orders.
UNIT: African Americans
19. Rachel Dolezal Case Exposes Fault Lines over Racial Identity, Eric Gorski, Denver Post, 2015.
Eric Gorski’s report on the extension of the expos’ of Rachel Dolezal’s fictitious genealogy widens the national conversation about race and ethnic identity.
20. Black (African-American) History Month: February 2015, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics, and Statistics Administration, 2013.
This Census report provides a summary of social indicators of Black (African American) Americans and included references to other U.S. Census databases and the American Factfinder websites from which the researcher can drill-down into more detailed information.
21. African-Born Population in U.S. Roughly Doubled Every Decade Since 1970, Census Bureau Reports, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics, and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015.
The profile of new immigrants from the various countries of Africa documents a rapidly growing segment of the immigrant population and marks the first period of significant African origin people who do not trace the new origin to the slavery that was imported and grew America.
22. The Case for Reparations, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic, 2014.
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ account of particular experiences of domination and exclusion which provides a historical grounded narrative from which he draws the need to reckon moral debts of America and the imperative of the promise of liberty and justice for all.
23. Poverty Rates for Selected Detailed Race and Hispanic Groups by State and Place: 2007-2011, Suzanne Macartney, Alemayehu Bishaw, and Kayla Fontenot, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics, and Statistics Administration, 2013.
This compilation and array of indicators derived from the American Community Survey Briefs, enables us to measure variations in location, ethnicity, and extent of poverty and the attendant marginalized condition and lack of participation in the workforce related to both short term and persistent poverty that afflicts persons and places.
UNIT: Hispanic/Latino Americans
24. Facts for Features: Hispanic Heritage Month 2014: Sept. 15-Oct. 15, Profile America Facts, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics, and Statistics Administration, 2014.
This composite of informational social demographic indicators provide a summary profile that includes valued cross-tabs on Hispanic/Latino Americans and web-sites which provide the capacity to drill-down into data sources for additional research and insight.
25. The Foreign Born from Latin America and the Caribbean: 2010, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce, American Community Survey, 2011.
This compilation of information provides arrays of aggregated and disaggregated indicators including size, distribution, place of birth, citizenship for persons born in Latin America and the Caribbean, the locus of stunning emigration; From less than a million in 1960 to 21.2 million in 2010.
26. A Promised Land, A Devil's Highway: The Crossroads of the Undocumented Immigrant, Daniel G. Groody, Romero's Legacy: The Call to Peace and Justice, 2007.
Daniel Groody frames the “at the border” experiences of Mexican immigrants, who are pushed by poverty and pulled by hope, into an easily accessible religious/theological reflection that invites readers to enter contemporary questions of immigration policy with a fuller understanding of religious imagination and the American promise as beacon of liberty and justice.
27. Cuban-Americans: Politics, Culture and Shifting Demographics, Kristiana Mastropasqua, Journalist's Resource, 2014.
The politics and culture of Cuban Americans began a new epoch when the Obama administration began the process to resume relations with Cuba, this moment is also a reminder that the Hispanics/Latinos are really more than a few ethnicities, have varied traditions and historical relations to immigration and the government of the United States.
UNIT: Asian Americans
28. Profile America: Facts for Features, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: May 2013, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, 2013.
This report on ethnic groups that constitute the Asian populations and the various web-based data resources of the U.S. Census and American Communities Survey provide a profile of social indicators as well as Congressional Resolutions and Commemorations of Asian participation in the peopling of America.
29. With No Trademark, Sriracha Name Is Showing Up Everywhere, David Pierson, LA Times, 2015.
David Pierson’s mini-case study of the intersection of immigrant entrepreneurial, ethnic food, the market driven restaurant culture, law and the particular and person choices David Tran, the creator of Sriracha, and his explanation of his choices are illustrative of complexity and interpretative nuances that should be associated with understanding pluralism and freedom.
30. Finally a Movie That Captures What It's Like to Be Asian American, Elaine Teng, The New Republic, 2014.
Elaine Teng review and Commentary on “Fresh Off the Boat” engages the problematic arena of art, reality, representation and stereotyping as well as the relationship of ethnic literature and drama to mainstream culture and pluralism.
UNIT: Euro/Mediterranean Ethnic Americans
31. Comparison on Ethnic Pride: Irish Catholic, Eastern European, Arab, Hispanic, Italian, Chinese, and other Mixed Ethnicities: The Zogby Center Polls 2000-2004, John Zogby, Zogby Analytics, 2008.
These tabulations revisit and update the findings of What Ethnic Americans Really Think, the pioneering compilation of cultural affinities, intensity of ethnic identification with ethnic heritage and social/ political/economic values derived from the largest data set and most systematic comparative values study of ethnic populations in America.
32. American Attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims, Arab American Institute, 2014.
The polling American attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims arrayed in this report reveals trends that disturbing to the these communities and also reveals that confusion and misinformation abounds, but that personal contact, knowledge and exposure to these communities are aspects of the education needed for our overall well-being and the security of communities in the cross-hairs intense public attention.
33. Italian American Stereotypes in U.S. Advertising, The Order Sons of Italy in America, 2003.
This document provides a window into the concerns articulated by an organization that gives voice to the intersection of mainstream powers and forced, images and attitudes and the impact such cultural artifacts on Italian Americans.
34. Made In Hollywood: Italian Stereotypes in the Movies, Rosanne De Luca Braun, The Order Sons of Italy in America.
Rosanne De Luca Braun's short account of Italian-Americans in the film industry reveals aspects of ethnic group history and mass media, the imaginative and creative development of ethnic group stereotypes and their impact on personal and group identities framed by negative images and narratives and finally the demand to restore balance and accuracy by defamed and aggrieved ethnics.
35. Polonia: Today's Profile Tomorrow's Promise, Dominik Stecula and Thaddeus C. Radzilowski, Piast Institute, Dekaban Lecture, 2013.
This report provides a fledgling attempt to systematically identify the attitudes, dispositions, common purposes and preferences on issues that could become the articulation of definitive domestic and international agenda of Polish Americans.
UNIT: Contemporary Dilemmas and Contentions: The Search for Convergent Issues and Common Values
36. The Ugly Truth about Hate Crimes—5 Charts and Maps, Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post, 2015.
Christopher Ingraham’s report on the murder of nine persons in the AME Church in Charleston places this hate crime into the historical and geographical patterns of violence perpetrated by killers driven and possessed by bigotry and violence promoting ideologies.
37. Judge Upholds Most of Arizona Law Banning Ethnic Studies, Lindsey Collom, The Republic AZCentral, 2013.
Lindsey Collom's report on the public conflict regarding legislation and court support for limitations on curriculum focused on ethnic traditions deepens an already severe gap in comity in a state conflicted by immigration policy and political ideology.
38. Hard Truths: Law Enforcement and Race, James B. Comey, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2015.
James B. Comey, Director of the FBI, speech marks a significant point in the history of law enforcement, the conversation about race and policing, and emergence of a new narrative that personal, professional, and public.
39. Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department, United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice, 2015.
This official enquiry into the practices, behaviors and record of the criminal justice system-- policing, courts, motivations as well as recommendations for ways of mending the bonds of trust may become a landmark document that guides the administration of justice in America.
40. 50 Years of the Voting Rights Act: The State of Race in Politics, Khalilah Brown-Dean, et al., Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 2015.
This summary of findings on voter participation polarization, policy outcomes and minority elected officials, produces the 50 year benchmarks of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
41. Obama Answers Immigration Ruling with Vow to Fight Courts and Congress, Joseph Tanfani and Michael A. Memoli, LA Times, 2015.
Tanfani and Memoli report on the tension between branches of government that swirls around the question of immigration reform and the legal, economic and ethnic factors ferment this issue has provoked.
UNIT: Overcoming Mythologies of Universalism, Recognizing the Reality of Diversity, Recovering the Value of Tolerance, and Discovering the New Horizons of Cultural Pluralism
42. More than a House: Home and Hospitality in Camden, Pilar Hogan Closkey, Building Community in a Mobile/Global Age, 2013.
Pilar Hogan Closkey’s case review of Camden, NJ, reveals the reality of the racial and economic isolation of persons in one of the most devastated situations of urban America and the pathway of citizens using Catholic social teaching a guide to community building and recovering/creating cooperative approaches and new grounded in the virtue of hospitality as a counter-force to hatred, conflict, neglect and ignorance.
43. The Major Demographic Shift That's Upending How We Think About Race, William H. Frey, The New Republic, 2014.
This article by William H. Frey provides a thoughtful reflection and arrays of data related to the increase in multiracial marriages and births and the potential of such social changes on recreating the language of identity, race and ethnicity.
44. 'Birth of a Nation' Anniversary Has a Heck of a Bookend, Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2015.
Michael Phillips’ account of cinema as an influential source of our consciousness of ethnicity and the juxtaposition of the White House screenings of 'The Birth of a Nation' by President Woodrow Wilson in 1915, and the century later Selma by President Barack Obama, illustrate ‘bookends’ of self-interpretation of the presidency and the country that has occurred in the last century.
45. Catholic Theologians Weigh In on Protests, Call for 'Police Reform and Racial Justice' in America, Vinnie Rotondaro, National Catholic Reporter, 2014.
This summary report of from academic Catholic theologians suggests an agenda and argues the case for religious and moral imperatives that challenge the institutionalization of racial injustice that marginalized communities, brutalizing relations between civil authorities and citizens and separates world-fleeing religious practices in the pews from life in neighborhoods that are going to hell.
46. The Local and the Global: Recovering Neighborhood Communities in the Metropolitan World, John A. Kromkowski, Building Community in a Mobile/Global Age, 2013.
This article frames and details models of community building for local contexts of stressed race and ethnic group relations within the global dynamics of change that are powered by large-scale markets that push and pull populations homogenous social groups into divisive challenges and competition in metropolitan areas and mega-cities.