race and poverty discussion paper

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Instructions:

Select one of the following prompts and provide an extended response of about 1000 – 1200 words. The response is a formal essay with an introduction, thesis statement, evidence, argumentation, and a conclusion. Although the paper is opinion-based, you are expected to present clear, concise, and critical arguments in support of your claim. You are not expected to go beyond the material we have discussed so far in class. However, if you choose to use other sources, be sure to cite them properly. Please see Rubric for “A” papers for more details.

Prompts

1. The demand for reparations for slavery remains a non-issue for many black people throughout the world. Yet where the movement for reparations is active, the debate is very contentious. First, identify and discuss 4 arguments in favor of reparations within the categories of moral, legal, political, and economic. For any of the arguments you have identified, offer a rebuttal. Finally, discuss the extent to which you believe that the demand for reparations undermines or helps the progress towards racial equality in the USA.

2. Discuss the ways in which legal codes and other legislation have been used means of social control. Specifically, how were laws used (and continue to be used) as ways of defining who are included/excluded from society and if included in society, the roles they are expected to play. In your response to this question, you may want to select one time period and discuss an issue such as women’s right to vote OR you may select an issue (such as immigration) and look at the various acts passed to curtail immigration. Chapters 5 and 6 of Race in Society should help you with this question.


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