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Friday, March 17 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Race, Equal Protection, and ‘the Other’ — Ruscio CGL 115

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Racial Bias in News Coverage on Poverty in America: How Mass Communicated Stereotypes Influence the Public’s Perception of the Poor (Paper)
Emma Derr
Many scholarly sources have demonstrated that the media is largely responsible for how people perceive the poor, particularly in the context of racial bias. I seek to explain in more detail what this perception is and how it is perpetrated and exaggerated by the media. I also examine why people accept this perception. By analyzing many studies over long periods of time, I found that the media’s overrepresentation of urban African-Americans in discussions of poverty and emphasis of the undeserving poor has perpetuated negative racial stereotypes. These stereotypes strongly influence the public’s opinions of welfare. This biased media coverage is not effectively educating the public and is impacting public policy. In conclusion, there is a pressing need in American media to disseminate an accurate representation of its impoverished population.

The Constitutionality of Racial Safe Spaces (Paper)
Andy Blanco
I'd like to present on my law review note topic: the constitutionality of racial safe spaces. The 2016 academic year has seen the mushrooming of racial safe spaces: housing units, classes, and events at American universities that are segregated based on race. It's my view that this practice violates the equal protection clause. My presentation will be confined to describing the new phenomenon, the existing law, and my analysis under the Equal Protection clause. I would be interested in feedback on the legal analysis as well as hearing what any member of the university thinks about the propriety of this new practice.

Africa Speaks?: Issues of Voice, Race, and Revisionary History in Horror Films (Paper)
Arlette Hernandez
In the Western eye, Africa is more of an idea than a region. The continent is painted with tropes and understood through a lens of inaccuracy. To pull apart such misrepresentation, I analyze three films: The Night of the Sorcerers (1973), Panga (1991), and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005). I argue that these films interweave themes of possession, magic, and monsters with a legacy of colonialism, constructing terror from a fear of historical expansion, entrance into African spaces, and interactions with raced bodies. The threat in these films is not the mere existence of blackness, but rather the possibility of contracting blackness. Yet, while these narratives are influenced by a particular history, they also affect a new reality. These films act as a battleground between European and African voices, practicing a form of revisionary history that provides the Other with a form (or at least the opportunity) of agency.

A Neighborhood-Level Assessment of Migration and Concentrated Disadvantage in the City of Miami 1980-2010 (Paper)
John Carmody
This paper assesses the influence of migratory patterns on the concentration of disadvantage in Miami. To gain leverage over this multifactorial relationship, the paper utilizes neighborhood-level analyses. These neighborhood-level assessments segment the city into discretely bound social entities that exert durable effects on individual residents. Establishing boundaries that capture the richly diverse and influential social spaces defined as neighborhoods remains elusive. To account for these limitations, our observational study uses census tracts with careful consideration of historical “neighborhood” affiliations. Ultimately, this paper attempts to capture how migratory patterns in Miami determine shifts in concentrated disadvantage from 1980 to 2010. The design of this paper seeks to tease out the influence of these major migratory movements on the modern distribution of socioeconomic and health-related factors, using indicators of concentrated disadvantage and distribution of colorectal cancer in particular.


Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Ruscio CGL 115

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