REL0833 TU Impact of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination Discussion 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.
1. African Americans and Hispanics are the two largest minority groups in the United States with the highest rates of poverty, 22% and 19.4% respectively. Discuss the extent to which racial and ethnic discrimination impact economic outcomes in the United States. In your response, focus on two or three examples of racial and ethnic discrimination adversely impacting the economic condition of minority groups. You may draw upon historical or current examples.
4. In what ways have welfare programs (sometimes called “entitlements” or government assistance) in America become racialized? Offer two or three concrete examples of the racialization of welfare programs and be sure to discuss the impact of this racialization on who is largely considered to be the “deserving poor”? Here you could talk about stereotypes and controlling categories with respect to welfare.
6. Discuss what you understand by the wealth gap and the extent to which you think government should be involved in remedying the disparities between the rich and the poor. Rubric for “A” papers
✓ A clearly stated claim or thesis.
This paper looks at racial narratives as creative platforms for engaging in constructive
conversations about race).
I argue that categories, even though prone to racialization, are important to analyzing
concerns about inequalities.
✓ Preview of methodological approach or preview of your argument.
I employ a postcolonial critique of racial narratives and their potential for constructive
I am doing a close reading of Herzl’s essay on Zionism.
✓ Show critical engagement with sources (primary or secondary).
You do not simply cite an author to agree with you, but you contextualize the point the author
makes and tell why you are including it in your paper. Why is it relevant to your point?
✓ Show more than superficial understanding of the material.
You can demonstrate understanding of technical words (color blindness, structural racism, racial
narratives by using them properly and paraphrasing the meaning of those words). It is also
important to be able to state with utmost clarity an author’s argument.
✓ Use several examples to make your case
These examples could be real life events, things in the news, historical data, statistical data or
excerpts from a primary source (examples of primary source include Garvey, Herzl, and lots of
what Appiah and Jordon quoted. NB. Perry could become a primary source if you are taking her
book as your main conversation partner.)
✓ Communicate ideas in a clear and concise manner. Use simple language. Use simple
No need to be flowery in your speech.
✓ Flow in a logical/coherent way.
Remember, one idea to a paragraph. For this exercise you do not need to make more than three or
four points to support your claim. Use transitional sentences/devices to help with the flow of your
Properly reference sources.
The reference style is up to you. The most common styles are APA, MLA, and CMS. Pick one
and use it correctly. Either in-text citation or footnotes is fine. Manuals are available online:
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