Thomas Sugrue “Sweet Land of Liberty”

Discussion question: What does Sweet Land of Liberty teach us about the nature of racism?

First off that racism deep rooted in racial class is tied directly to economic rights. The economic inequalities bring out the racism in the North particularly in reference to educational inequalities and workplace injustices. Throughout Sugrue’s book I have found that the issues in the North are signs of racial segregation in terms of housing, jobs, police violence etc. These become powerful tools of racism in the North to keep whites and blacks separate, along with the addition of political agendas,so if the market proved to be racist then the minds of America soon follow.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jonathan Rees
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 14:59:01


    Don’t forget your King post.


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