AFAM 162 - Lecture 24 - Who Speaks for the Race?

Lecture 24 - Who Speaks for the Race?


In this lecture, Professor Holloway discusses how race influenced public policy by examining some of the key cultural symbols of the past few decades, all in an effort to answer the question: how is race used in our society? Professor Holloway discusses Bill Clinton's policies in particular, honing in on his ability to connect with the African American community, the controversy surrounding Lani Guinier's cabinet appointment, and his National Dialogue on Race. He then turns to California to examine the passage of Propositions 187 and 209, which begin to call into question common notions about civil rights legislation and affirmative action in our nation. In the remainder of the lecture, Professor Holloway talks about four landmark court cases--Shaw v. Reno, Adarand v. Pena, Hopwood v. Texas, and Grutter v. Bollinger--to shed light on the way race began to operate in a legal setting, as well as the general dumbing down of discourse in politics and media about race, in the post-civil rights era.

Warning: This lecture contains graphic content and/or adult language that some users may find disturbing.



Marable, Let Nobody Turn Us Around, pp. 621-640

Ford, The Race Card

McBride, “Can the Queen Speak? Racial Essentialism, Sexuality, and the Problem of Authority”

Ransby “Fear of a Black Feminist Planet”

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