A. Listen to or read Dr. King’s speech, I Have a Dream. (http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm)
Then, respond to the following:
*Dr. King’s famous speech envisions a future in which the racial distinction established by slavery and segregation is no more.
- 1. Define what Dr. King’s refrain, “free at last,” looks like to you and how our society will need to change in order to achieve it
- *Even in today’s society, there are economic and cultural inequalities, the causes of which we can trace back to slavery.
- 2. Evaluate an inequality in today’s society (think about inequalities in education, income, wealth, popular culture, etc.) and explain the ways in which the legacy of slavery may have led to that inequality.
B. Please read Asian Americans Respond to Pew: We’re Not Your Model Minority, (http://www.colorlines.com/articles/asian-americans-respond-pew-were-not-your-model-minority) which discusses several issues related to drawing conclusions about racial groups. For example, it specifically presents “Asian Americans,” a category that often includes over 45 distinct ethnicities speaking over 100 language dialects.
Next, review the Pew Research Center’s Chapter 3: Demographics & Economic Data, by Race (http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/08/22/chapter-3-demographic-economic-data-by-race/), Scroll down to the College Completion Rate by Race/Ethnicity, 1964-2012 chart, which shares the data for one of the social trends regarding Asian Americans.
1. Then, describe what the data says about the trend for Asian Americans.
2. Next, evaluate at least one reason these broad racial categories are useful and at least one reason why these broad categories are problematic.