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LEARNING THROUGH NARRATIVE

THE LEGACY 

OF SYSTEMIC

RACISM:

EXPLORING STRUCTURAL INEQUALITY 



+ THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

WITH

JERRY RAFIKI JENKINS, Ph.D

CARLTON DWAYNE FLOYD, Ph.D

COURSE OBJECTIVES

In this course, Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Floyd will suggest and reference cultural texts and historical narratives to examine the intersection of four distinct areas of oppression for Black lives within the United States: Justice (The Judicial System), Wealth and Income, the Environment (Housing, Neighborhoods, Geography), and Health. Through narrative, Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Floyd will expose the historical implications of racial constructs and injustices that continue to permeate our modern-day institutions. It is our belief that in better understanding how the unfair systems in place today came to be, we can more effectively dismantle systemic racism through productive dialogue, critical analysis and radical change.

CLASS 4 : CLOSING DISCUSSION 

CLASS 3 : JUSTICE SYSTEM 

CLASS 2 : JUSTICE SYSTEM 

CLASS 1 : COURSE INTRODUCTION

JERRY RAFIKI JENKINS, Ph.D

Dr. Jerry Rafiki Jenkins is Professor of English at Palomar College in San Marcos, California, and his research focuses on black speculative fiction and film. Rafiki’s peer-reviewed articles appear in Screening Noir, African American ReviewJournal of Children’s Literature, and Pacific Coast Philology, and he is the author of The Paradox of Blackness in African American Vampire Fiction (Ohio State UP, 2019). Rafiki also co-edited, with Martin Japtok, Authentic Blackness/Real Blackness: Essays on the Meaning of Blackness in Literature and Culture (Peter Lang, 2011) and Human Contradictions in Octavia E. Butler’s Work (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Rafiki is currently completing a book-length manuscript on African American horror fiction published at the end of the twentieth century.

CARLTON DWAYNE FLOYD, Ph.D

Dr. Carlton Dwayne Floyd is an Associate Professor of English at the University of San Diego (USD) in San Diego, California. Centered in a Cultural Studies approach to texts, Floyd’s teaching and research interests include African American and Interracial Literatures and Cultures, Fairy Tales, and Metaphor. He is currently co-authoring a book with Dr. Thomas Ehrlich Reifer, a Sociologist at USD, named American Dreams and Dreams Deferred: A Dialectical Fairy Tale, under contract with Lexington Books/Roman Littlefield. His recent work, also co-authored with Dr. Reifer, can be found in Relaciones Internacionales and Socialism and Democracy. Floyd is also a former Associate Provost for, and co-founder of USD’s Center for Inclusion and Diversity.