Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
Peter Briand Wood
Young S. Kim
While over time the terms of reference (e.g., Negro, Colored, Black, African American, Afrikan) have changed, the degraded cast status of Black people has been an immutable constant. For the purpose of this paper, African American and Black will be used interchangeably. No other minority ethnicity, has attempted to assimilate into White American culture more than African Americans. African Americans carry European names, speak the language (opposed to speaking native ancestors’ languages), and also share many of the same religious beliefs. Yet the stigmatization of blacks as an inferior race remains constant. Today the words African American and criminal are used synonymously.
McQueen, Deon LaRue, "The individual and collective consequences of mass incarceration in the African American community" (2012). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 850.