They will discuss black life in the age of President Obama
The Association of Black Sociologists will hold its 45th annual conference this August in Chicago with a thick catalog of issues that will examine African-American life in the age of President Barack Obama.
The conference, scheduled for August 20-22 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, is titled “Race and Inequality in the Obama Era and Beyond.”
For many Obama’s 2008’s election as president signaled the end of racism, but just the opposite has proven to be the case.
News stories and videos abound of white cops shooting to death unarmed black men; a white terrorist shooting to death nine unarmed black people during church Bible study and a black woman dying in a Texas jail after police arrested her for a minor traffic violation.
At the same time, wealth inequality has risen significantly in the United States.
These gaps have intensified since the Great Recession, which began in December 2007 under President George W. Bush. The Great Recession ended in June 2009, but it devastated much of the African-American community as did trade agreements pushed by President Bill Clinton in which companies sent good-paying jobs overseas.
“African Americans are disproportionately harmed by the significant racial inequality in income and wealth,” the Association of Black Sociologists wrote on its website. “When income by racial groups is considered, 2010 census figures show that blacks are experiencing a poverty rate of 27.4% as compared to 9.9%, 12.1%, and 26.6% rates for non-Hispanic whites, Asians, and Hispanics.”
The conference will open with “The Impact of the Obama Years on Black Reality.”
Three sessions will follow, including “The Honeymoon Is Over: The Obama Presidency and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the U.S.”
The second major session is titled “Political Attitudes and Beliefs in “Post-Racial America.”
One of the sessions includes “On the Asymmetry of Black-White Racial Relations in America: The Case of Racial Attitudes of Obama Haters versus Romney Haters.”
The session will also include “Collective Memories of the War on Drugs in NYC: Toward a Discourse of Responsibility and Victimhood.”
The conference also will discuss “Anti-Black Microaggressions on College Campuses.”
The meeting will touch on a number of hot topics, including “Representations in Major Newspapers of Black Men Killed by Police (see today’s editorial)
The conference will host a town hall meeting and an awards luncheon.
The Association of Black Sociologists is based in Chicago. The organization’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org