Veda Hawkins

Veda  Hawkins
  • Ph.D.
  • Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
  • Geography Building
  • 673 Auditorium Road
  • East Lansing, MI 48824


Cultural and Poltical Geography


Spatial Casteism and the intersection race, education, and economic mobility of African Americans in Michigan- The use of geographical research on race and racism in the U.S. can evaluate the connection to the unevenness of racial segregation in the U.S. (Wright et al., 2014). The examination of the intersection of spatial casteism, race, and education can illuminate the various factors that contribute to deficits felt by black people and other minoritized groups. To examine Spatial Casteism, I begin by exploring race, and casteism as two systematic social constructs that are parallel in the creation of an underclass of Black people in the U.S. The enforcement of segregation in the U.S. created invisible lines that were not to be crossed by Black people, and the enforcement of the color line created spatial casteism. Wilson (2009) denotes race as a constituent of political projects that fold into economic practices, this is done by identifying physical features that are indicators of people's supposed values, dispositions and temperaments (Wilson, 2009). The use of race in society in political and economic practices is the binding force that institutionalizes spatial casteism.