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We the People: Putting the YOU in the United States of America: What Does It All Mean?

A discussion series on civic engagement

What does it all mean?

A discussion of  important civics terms and concepts, including democracy and citizenship, extremism and extremist groups, political ideology and partisanship, racism and racists, and understanding the events of January 6, 2021.

 Civics 101 Terminology program (Recorded March 23. 2021)

Presenter: Dr. Adolphus Belk, Jr.

Professor of Political Science and African American Studies

Winthrop University


Key Civics Terms and Concepts

Democracy and Citizenship

  • Democracy
  • Types of democratic governments
  • Citizenship
  • Constitutional rights
  • The right of "due process"

Political Ideology and Partisanship

  • Political socialization
  • Ideology
  • Liberal (left)
  • Moderate (centrist)
  • Conservative (right)
  • Partisanship / Party I.D.
  • The Democratic Party
  • The Republican Party

Racism and Racists

  • Jim Crow racism
  • Color-blind racism
  • Systemic / Institutional racism
  • Racists

Extremism and Extremist Groups

  • White nationalists
  • Oath Keepers
  • Proud Boys
  • The Boogaloo Boys
  • QAnon

Understanding January 6, 2021

  • The 2020 presidential election
  • The Electoral College
  • The "Big Lie" 
  • Sedition
  • Inciting violence
  • Insurrection / Coup d'etat
  • Impeachment
  • Conviction