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Sociology 1

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Sociology 1 Soc 1

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Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Intro to Sociology
Howard Winant
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Soc 1, UCSB, Winant




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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Ana Wistos on Sunday April 10, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Soc 1 at University of California Santa Barbara taught by Howard Winant in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 22 views. For similar materials see Intro to Sociology in Sociology at University of California Santa Barbara.

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Date Created: 04/10/16
Thursday, March 31, 2016 Sociology ▯ Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson - Questions form Bryan Stevenson▯ • How did Stevenson’s background prepare him for law school?▯ • How did his grandmother's background affect his choice of a legal career?▯ • Why doe she feel committed to representing inmates on death row?▯ • In what ways do Alabama’s economic policies disadvantage the state’s African American population?▯ - How a murder case was fabricated▯ • The Big Themes▯ - racial profiling▯ - interracial sex▯ - economic vulnerability▯ - racism as plunder▯ • Walter McMillian, who’s charged w/ murder in Florence, AL & is central in the book▯ - Racial Profiling: How should we understand racial profiling?▯ • Walter McMillian was racially profiled▯ • Bryan Stevenson describes a racial profiling incident in which he too was stopped and threatened by a police officer who pointed a gun at him▯ • He is a lawyer in a suit and tie▯ • very few black men escape this experience, not only in Alabama, but nationally▯ • a great deal of policing is about social control, not catching criminals▯ • Why do police tend to associate crime with racially-defines minorities?▯ - especially blacks and Latinos▯ • the linkage between blacks and crime is a major part of racist belief systems▯ - it is a carryover from slavery▯ - Interracial Sex-Miscegenation-Mixed Race Identity▯ • one big thing that draws the police to charge Walter McMilian w/ muser is the fact that he had an affair w/ a white woman▯ 1 Thursday, March 31, 2016 • interracial sex, especially between lack men and white women, remains something many white people dread▯ • What is so frightening to whit about interracial sex? and especially black men/white women sex▯ • Birth of a Nation(1915)▯ - about the Ku Klux Klan ▯ - Movie was the most popular and influential movie in US▯ - Lynching▯ • in reality, lynching was not really about sex between black men and white women▯ - although that was usually the charge made against the victim▯ • lynching was about white power and control over black people▯ - often lynchings happened when whites want blacks’ land▯ - or when they wanted to eliminate a black business or black leader▯ • lynching went up when cotton process went down…▯ - Economic Vulnerability▯ • How do you make a living? Farming, wage labor, or small businesses are often the only options▯ • Walter Quillian had had been born to a family of sharecroppers▯ • peasant based agriculture:▯ - a system of agriculture in which a landowner allows a tenant to use the land in return for a chard of the crops produced on their portion of land▯ • subject to many abuses▯ • not entirely black, but largely so▯ • lined to rural poverty in the South▯ • sharecropping succeeded slavery and resembles it in many ways 2


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