American Minorities Internet Writing Assignment
Students will complete five (5) of the following internet exercises. Each exercise will be worth 100. Reports will be typewritten (double-spaced) and will be due May 7, 2012. Each report should include the student’s name, date, and a full citation of the website. Refer to your book for extra information in answering the questions. If you are having difficulties opening a site then choose a difference assignment (sometimes sites are temporarily under construction). There are plenty to choose from.
1. “Race: The Power of an Illusion” –
How easy is it to group people into “races” based on appearance? What about using individual traits? Does everybody classify the same way? Can you tell somebody’s race by looking at them? Visit this PBS website and try your hand at “sorting” individuals by completing the “Sorting People” exercise. Explain what you learned about the concept of race and what you learned about yourself by completing this exercise. (If you decide to not choose this assignment then I highly recommend you just try the “Sorting People” exercise. It is very interesting. The first time I tried this exercise I scored low).
2. “Hate Crimes” – http://www.infoplease.com/spot/hatecrimes.html
What are hate crimes? What are the goals of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 1999? How does this act change existing hate crime legislation? What are some of the key arguments made by those who oppose hate crime legislation? What are some of the key arguments offered by those who support such laws? Where do you stand on the issue, and why? How are hate groups using the Internet?
3. “Teaching Tolerance” – www.tolerance.org
Discuss the importance of early childhood socialization in the development of children’s attitudes toward people who are different from themselves. What role does the family, religion, education, peer group, the media, etc. play in the development of these attitudes? Select a specific age group and provide an illustration of how parents, teachers, etc. can teach the concepts of “tolerance” and “diversity” to children in the age group selected.
4. “Environmental Justice” – http://www.epa.gov/compliance/environmentaljustice/index.html
How does the EPA define environmental justice? How does this definition compare with your understanding of environmental justice? How did the environmental justice movement begin? What strategies and policies are in place to help bring about this justice by the EPA? What is Executive Order 12898 and when was it enacted? What is Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and how does it relate to environmental justice? 5. “From One Life to Another” – http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/ellis-island-1.htm
View the photographs of immigrants traveling by boat and arriving at Ellis Island. What strikes you most about the photographs? How were the people dressed? What items did they carry with them? What were living conditions like on these ships and boats? What emotions are conveyed on the faces of the people newly arriving in America? Compare and contrast the causes of emigration and the experiences in America for the Italian, Irish, Swedish, and Jewish populations. What are the similarities and the differences?
6. “White Privilege” and “Teaching Whiteness” Read the article on “white privilege” by Peggy McIntosh at http://www.nymbp.org/reference/WhitePrivilege.pdf and address the following:
a. The other side of racial oppression is the privilege enjoyed by dominant groups. Explain what is meant by “white privilege” and discuss some of the advantages of being white or being successful in establishing a white identity. b. Do you agree or disagree with McIntosh’s assertion that whites are taught not to recognize white privilege in the same way that males are taught not to recognize male privilege? Explain why you agree or disagree. Give...
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