Both articles by Molina and Omi for this week relate race to the idea of citizenship. Molina in her introduction of her book ‘Fit to be Citizens’ specifically talks about the idea of ‘Race’ and ‘Public Health’ in the city of Los Angeles. She in the introduction focus primarily focuses on this issue from 1879-1939. She starts off by prividing a brief history about the region and talks about how various governmental officials and leaders sometimes play around with racial politics in order to achieve their goals. For examples, as stated in the chapter, in order to imporove the sanitary conditions in the city, it was neccessary to demolish Chinatown. (1).
Molina points out the during the course of these years, only specific populations were being targetted. They were the Chinese, Japanese and also, Mexicans. The city wanted to develop new infrastructure and “modernise” itself, and according to them, these minority populations should be displaced from one area to the other. Omi on the other hand, outlines various theories of race and racism in a particular society. She also goes into detail about the concept of racial politics that I think effects everybody residing in that State.
Clearly, the audience of these are students who are focusing in the field of community planning, developming, race relations, etc. These are also targetted towards those who simply have an interest in thefield and want to inform themselves about the history of race and race relations in the United States. Overall, both authors mainly use historical and statistical data in hoping to prove their arguements and also utilise various analystics. I really enjoyed reading these two pieces and it was very interesting to read and relate the same information to other minority groups.