Jessica A. Hutchins, Ph.D. deposited Honors Course Syllabus – St. Louis, MO: Gateway to Racial Inequality and Social Justice Activism in the group Connected Academics on Humanities Commons 2 months, 1 week ago
This 1-credit short course examines social justice through the history of the “Gateway City” of St. Louis, MO. St. Louis ranks among the most segregated cities in the United States and has one of the highest rates of police shootings per capita. The city has also been a leader in the Black Lives Matter movement, with the 2014 killing of Michael Brown igniting a wave of protests and activism. Consequently, “Ferguson” has become both synonym and symbol of entrenched racial injustice, as well as political and equity activism, in contemporary America. To better understand the structures of power and ideology that have led to these events, we will read The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States by historian Walter Johnson. Through our reading of history and engagement with contemporary issues in the city, we will discuss the roots of American racial and economic injustice, questions of personal identity in relation to power structures, and options for dismantling structures of injustice and building a more equitable world.