Government Responsiveness in Race-Related Crisis Events argues that decision-making in crisis events related to race and ethnicity (RRCEs) is distinctive based upon the historical treatment of people of color and current narratives surrounding race in the United States. The author presents racially sensitive crisis events, not as independent problems, but as symptoms of an underlying condition which began upon the country's founding. She contends public officials will need to recognize and draw upon the interrelated nature of these crises for effective solutions and introduces a decision-making model for race-related crisis events. The author uses grounded theory and a critical race lens to explore the decision-making of public officials in Alabama, South Carolina, and Mississippi concerning the removal of the Confederate Flag from state grounds in the aftermath of the 2015 Charleston Church Shooting.
Vickie T. Carnegie is lecturer and graduate program director of the Master of Public Administration Program at the School of Public Service (SPS) in the Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
Chapter 1: Case Study: The 2015 Charleston, South Carolina Massacre and the Confederate Flag
Chapter 2: A History Forgotten is a History Repeated
Chapter 3: Decision Making, Responsiveness, and Critical Race Theory
Chapter 4: Using Grounded Theory to Apply a Critical Race Lens to Decision-Making and Responsiveness
Chapter 5: Evaluating Public Official Decision-Making and Responsiveness in the South Carolina Massacre and the Confederate Flag Debate
Chapter 6: Race-Related Crisis Event Decision-Making Model
Chapter 7: Forward Steps
Appendix A: Codebook
Appendix B: Further Reading
The culture wars raging in the United States with respect to race, gender and policing has permeated every facet of American life. This book offers a critical perspective and valuable recommendations on the responsiveness of public officials to race-related crisis events. Particularly in relation to current controversies involving efforts to silence critical race theory and discussions on gender identity, this book is the one that you will always want to refer to in order to remind us of our nation’s complex and often troubled history. This same history, however, can teach us valuable lessons with respect to achieving social justice for all segments of contemporary American society.