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You will be held accountable for purposes of grading for the readings and exercises listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.

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Week 8: Week of March 7, 2004

    Topic: African Americans and Anarchist Criminology

    Preparatory Readings:

    • Arrigo. Social Justice, Criminal Justice - Chapter 5.
    • Mann and Zatz. Images of Color, Images of Crime -- Chapters 13 and 18.
    • March 8th Guest Lecturers: Vince Rust and Val Karl
    • March 10th: Due Prophetic Criticism and African Americans discussion questions from Week 7 and Anarchist Criminology and African Americans discussion questions
    • March 12th Guest Lecturer: Rick Jones

    Lecture related links:

    Concepts/individuals to be covered:

    • anarchy
    • ambiguity, uncertainty, and change
    • tolerance for difference
    • Willie Horton
    • "welfare queen"
    • white supremacy

    Discussion Questions:

    1. How is ambiguity redefined in a positive light within a model of anarchist justice? Do you agree that ambiguity and uncertaintly can have positive effects? (Arrigo, p. 106, Q.1)

    2. Anarchist justice incorporates the notion that we should protect and promote diversity and difference among people - that "anything goes". Within the model of anarchist justice, though, where are the limits to his notion that "anything goes?" Where would you set the limits? Why. (Arrigo, p. 106, Q. 4)

    3. Why does anarchism stand so firmly against authority? From an anarchist viewpoint, what is wrong with certainty and authority? Why. (Arrigo, p. 106-107, Q.5)

    4. Identify and discuss five code words most commonly used to associate race with criminality in campaign discourse (e.g., "welfare," "abuse," "special interest," "underclass"). (M&Z, pp.135-136, Q.3).

    5. Discuss how the legacy of slavery continues to exist in present-day images of black men and women. (M&Z, p. 191, Q.1)

    6. Identify and explain at least two police practices that are directed specifically at the African American community. (M&Z, p. 191, Q.3)

    7. According to the author, has the War on Drugs been a success? Why or why not? Do you agree? Why or why not. (M&Z, p. 191, Q.4)

    8. Discuss at least three ways that whites benefit from the demonization of black men and women. (M&Z, p. 191, Q.5)

    Suggested Creative Measures:

    • Relate the current presidential campaign (or other statewide or local campaigns) to some of the issues mentioned in this week's readings.
    • Beyond examples discussed in class, historically trace an example of "anarchist criminology"?

    • Read one of the recommended books listed below on African Americans. Email me a brief book review.
    • Examine the stereotypes and the stereotyping of African Americans. Select on stereotype and trace how and why this stereotype has changed from the past to present day?
    • Trace either prime time television or movie images of African Americans from past to present.
    • Examine the legal case of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. or other African American leaders.
    • Trace the historical and contemporary origins of "DWB" (driving while black).
    • Explore some of the political and economic strategies used by African Americans (i.e., integrationism, separatism).

    Recommended Readings:

    • new Milovanovic & Russel. Petit Apartheid in the U.S. Criminal Justice System.

    • new Dennis Rome. Black Demons: Media's Depiction of the African American Male Criminal Stereotype. [has not been released yet]

    • Derrick Bell. Faces at the Bottom of the Well.

    • Derrick Bell. Race, Racism and American Law.

    • Randall Kennedy. Race, Crime and the Law . (If you have not read it for my "Race, Crime, Law" class)

    • Marc Mauer. Race to Incarcerate

    • David Cole. No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Justice System.

    • Jerome Miller. Search and Destroy: African-American Males in the Criminal Justice System.

    • The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

    • Walter Dean Myers. The Dream Bearer.

    • Robert Blauner. Still the Big New: Racial Oppression in America.

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