This reader focuses on the extremely current, important topic of racial and ethnic experiences in the United States today. Most of the essays were commissioned especially for this reader and have been prepared by some of the brightest voices in this cutting edge field. Instructors in search of a current, comprehensive multicultural reader will find this a valuable student resource whether it is the sole focus of their course or to be integrated into another content area.
Racial Fault Lines
[Page 3]During the past half-century, we have witnessed sweeping changes in the landscape of race relations. Yet, in spite of these changes, the past has not disappeared. By all indications, we have made progress in redressing past injustices in some areas of social life, but we have failed to make the same kind of headway in others. We have seen the end of some forms of discrimination (for example, mandatory segregation in public facilities), while new and often more subtle forms of discrimination have arisen. We have experienced an upsurge of job integration and mixed marriages, while patterns of residential and school segregation remain deeply entrenched. We have witnessed the decline of some ethnic neighborhoods and the simultaneous emergence ...