Race and Law in U.S. History talk

January 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez main library
101 N Stone Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701


“Thomas J. Davis teaches U.S. constitutional and legal history at Arizona State University and has taught as a visiting professor of law at the ASU College of Law. As an historian and lawyer, he focuses on civil rights, employment, and property law (particularly on issues of race, identity and law) in addition to constitutional matters. He received his PhD in U.S. history from Columbia University and his JD cum laude from the University at Buffalo Law School. He is the author most recently of Plessy v. Ferguson (Santa Barbara CA, 2012). Contact Info: tjdavis_law@yahoo.com / (480) 812-0823”

One response to “Race and Law in U.S. History talk

  1. Carolyn Classen

    20 people in audience today to hear this history professor talk about race in America. He defined race as “public attitudes towards groups perceived physically different”, that race was a “social reality”, to answer question “who should be an American?”. He said that being White was the standard in life and law in America since the beginning of the Republic: Whites/Reds/Blacks, then Browns and Yellows. Red was an external Other (the Indians) and Black was Internal Other (the slaves), since the early colonists didn’t recognize any other race than White. He outlined the history of discrimination & exclusion, Yellow Peril, fear of deportation, then answered questions about his own life as a Black man in America, voter i.d. laws, racism in families of origin, Plessy vs Ferguson (where do Creoles fit in between Black and White train segregation). He also said that public schools today were probably more segregated than when Brown vs. BOE was decided in 1954. And observe which races are the most represented in prisons (Blacks and Hispanics).

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