Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Spring 2020

Department 1

Africana Studies


America is a country that has racism interwoven into its history and ingrained within its society. Blacks have been subjected to this racism and oppression for generations, and at a higher level than other minority groups. More recently in American society, we can see a transition from overt discrimination to covert discrimination through policies and legislation that affect racial groups differently. Foucault and Bentham’s Panopticon can be used to discuss the true systematic violence imposed on blacks and we can further that discussion by investigating the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration and how they represent reincarnations of previous Babylonian systems. In addition to that, we will discuss psychological reasons for racism and discrimination, as well as the psychological and physiological effects of racism.


Written for AFS 130: Introduction to African-American Studies

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