Scholars, social activists, and policy makers often regard the United

States' foreign policy as it relates to human rights and its domestic policy

with respect to race as distinct areas, separated by the nation's border.

Although this border exists geographically, through the assertion of

jurisdiction, and in the recognition of citizenship, is there really a border

between our foreign and domestic policy in these matters? The U.S.

government is often criticized for failing to comply with international

human rights law and for perpetuating economic and racial inequality in

its foreign policy. Racism within the United States is recognized as

pervasive and virulent, but generally considered unrelated to U.S. foreign

policy. For the most part, scholars and activists concentrate on either the

international or the domestic realm, reflecting a widely accepted

assumption that the problems confronted in each are distinct. There is,

however, evidence that this border between the two is much more

permeable than contemporary legal analyses or social attitudes suggest.