Black Women in the New World Order: Social Justice and the African American Female

Black Women in the New World Order: Social Justice and the African American Female

Black Women in the New World Order: Social Justice and the African American Female

Black Women in the New World Order: Social Justice and the African American Female

Synopsis

This book employs a sociological perspective to examine the situation of the African American female in light of changing global economic, political, and educational events. The legal forum is utilized along with social statistics to describe the worsening plight of women and minorities in the face of intensified ethnic competition and decreased world resources. A multiplicity of methods are used to clarify and detail the negative influence of global forces in the forums of the courts upon the Black woman. In addition, the negative impact upon the working classes is implied in describing the devastation from the agenda known as "the new world order." The author combines the disciplines of law and sociology to provide a grassroots approach to understanding exactly how policies which are unresponsive to the needs of working people actually inhibit global growth.

Excerpt

The primary goal of the political institution is order (Parsons 1951). Order is achieved in a society by those in power. The political institution involves the distribution of power relationships. The political institution provides the foundation for the exercise of "legitimate" power. Legitimate power is authority. The way that authority is exercised is through the operating arm of the political institution known as government. Government in a society may be voluntarily or involuntarily imposed upon a people. The foundation for the government of the United States is its Constitution. That Constitution makes provision for a democratic form of government setting forth the principle that U.S. government is voluntarily imposed as an expression of the will of a people as opposed to a monarchical, oligarchical or some other form of government. The basic way that the people's will is expressed is through the franchise (voting). Hence, it is through the vote that the structures and personnel of government are determined either directly or indirectly. Therefore, voting and its corollary activities are extremely important as a manifestation of a people's degree of participation in their government. The extent and effectiveness of that participation also reflects the ability of people in a society to obtain access to other societal benefits. At different periods in the history of Blacks in the United States, they have had varying levels of political participation in government ranging frm the days of slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Civil Rights (Walters 1988) to the genesis of the New World Order.

The following case study describes the participation of a Black woman in the political process as a governmental (state) representative during the latter period.

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