Graduate Student Seminar Series: Power, Privilege, and Peril: Class Politics in a Majority-Black and Middle-Class Suburb
Student presenter: Angela Simms, Sociology
Though most African Americans live in a suburban context and most are not poor, a disproportionate amount of research on Black Americans is about how they navigate under-resourced urban environments. Additionally, because African Americans share historical and current experiences of exclusion, it is often presumed that they have shared political interests, ignoring the heterogeneity of African Americans’ experiences. This talk asks the question: In a suburban county where African Americans are the population majority and where they have significant legislative and executive authority, how is the political agenda deliberated, created, and executed, and what are the consequences for residents, including the distribution of government resources?