Black History Month: The Fate of African Americans in the Race to the Bottom

3 to 4 p.m., Feb. 25, 2013

Africana Studies Black History Month Lecture

"The Fate of African Americans in the Race to the Bottom"

by Kathleen C. Schwartzman, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona

Monday February 25, 2013, 3pm in 207 Psychology, Tucson campus
Free and Open to the Public



In times of economic crisis, businesses seek to reduce their production costs, in part by lowering their labor costs. One solution has been to offshore businesses. Another solution has been to reduce costs by shifting to part-time, non-union, or immigrant labor. In the case of the South Eastern United States in the 1990s, an ethnic succession took place: immigrants were hired for jobs that had been previously filled by African Americans.  This talk will describe the events that led to the labor displacement of African Americans.