Study Questions/Group Work

Click below for the group question from Monday. Sept. 24. You should use these questions to prepare for your midterm exam.

Group 1:
How did both conscious and unconscious bias in the media produce overwhelming public support for the "War on Drugs"?
Do you agree with Michelle Alexander's thesis that the "War on Drugs" was a war wage on poor black and brown communities because of their race? Why or why not?
Be sure to provide evidence from the "Color of Justice" article to support your group's position.
Be sure to define key term: Racial schemas, Conscious Bias, Unconscious Bias

Group 2: Read the short article on the Fourteenth Amendment. What is the Fourteenth Amendment? Describe the political and social context in which it was passed. Does application/interpretation of the "War on Drug" uphold the intent and spirit of the Fourteenth Amendment? Be sure to provide evidence to support your perspective from the "Color of Justice" article.
Group 3: Read the short article on the Fourth Amendment. What is the Fourth Amendment? How has Fourth Amendment rights been compromised in the War on Drugs? Be sure to discuss the Whren v. United States decision in group. In your opinion, can people in poor communities trust that their Fourth Amendment rights will be respected by both the courts, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials?

Group 4: Provides the facts and background of the court case McClesky v. Kemp. What was the significance of this case, in retrospect? How does this case affect the ability from people of marginal communities to prove that they are, indeed, victims of discrimination? Be sure to use evidence from the "Color of Justice" article.
Group 5: Provide the facts and background of the court cases of Yicks Wo v. Hopkins, Miller El v Cockrel, and Batson v. Kentucky. Do you believe that an all white jury can ensure that "justice" is meted out in the court? What does "justice" mean in this sense?

Group 6: ¨Who is David/Brenda?
How is it that "we" get to know about this person?
How did David's existence as a person critique structures of knowledge/power in both his life and death?


Group 7: What are the characteristics of a regulatory regime? Compare and contrast how regulatory regimes of race and gender were carried in the the two articles, "The Color of Justice" and "Doing Justice to Someone".

Group 8: How has the concept of "justice" been conceived in both the "Color of Justice" and "Doing Justice to Someone." Please use specific examples to justify and clarify your response. Finally, provide an alternative understanding of justice that we can use ensure that all people are treated fairly, and that the humanity of all people is respected by the state.

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