Improving America's Racial Climate by Decreasing the Use of the Race Card

Graduation Year

Spring 2012

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Diane F. Halpern

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The goal of this paper is to explore the way the Race Card is used in the United States and how its use affects the racial climate of the country. The use of the Race Card in politics, courts, and sport is addressed. Research and examples show that the use of the Race Card in these areas has generally negative effects. In most cases the use of the Race Card in these areas not only reinforces stereotypes but also can racialize a situation, which can cause the actual issue to be ignored. Therefore, in order to improve America’s racial climate and ensure the root of issues are being addressed it is important to limit the use of the Race Card to anti-discrimination issues courts.

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