Media & Lit:
Race in the 21st Century
Parts 1, 2, and 3A or 3B. Part 4 is for extra credit if you have time.
Part 1: Racial Profiling
- Visit the
ACLU site on racial profiling. Read
one of the five articles shown under the heading
"Racial Justice : Racial Profiling - Press Releases."
- Write a summary below
(75-100 words). At the beginning, give the title of the article you read
and give the author's name.
- Write a response to the
article below (125-150 words). Suggestions: After a short discussion, what do you and
your partner think about what was reported in the article? What is
important for people to know? How are you better informed about the idea
of racial profiling?
Part 2: Getting a Good Education
the article by Linda Darling-Hammond about inequality in education.
There are five sections: find the main idea in each. A short two-three
sentence response should be sufficient to represent the main point in each
- The Nature of
- What Difference
Does it Make?
- When Opportunity Is
- What Can Be Done?
- An Entitlement to
- Why do you need to know
about this achievement gap? After all, you go to a good school and are not
necessarily denied an excellent educational experience. So, in other
words, how does this issue affect you? Why is it important that all
children have good schools, good teachers, and quality learning
environments? (125-150 words)
Part 3A: The Future through the
Lens of the Past
- Read the speech,
The Negro as an American by Robert C. Weaver, the first
black Cabinet member (Kennedy Administration), given on June 13, 1963.
- Find three ways to connect Weaver's speech
with Griffin's book, Black Like Me. What things are similar?
- What do you think Weaver would change if
he were to give this speech today? Be specific.
Part 3B: The Future through the
Lens of the Past
- President John F. Kennedy spurred the
national Civil Rights Movement in 1963, 4 years after Griffin's
experiences with racial discrimination. In his speech, Kennedy gives a
vision of America that many found hopeful.
- Read the
- What goals were accomplished? Explain.
- What part of Kennedy's vision has not yet
been fulfilled? Explain.
Part 4: One America
- President Clinton's
One America initiative asks us to be more aware of who we are as
Americans. This site gives a list of ten things every American should do
to promote racial reconciliation. Read this list.
- Which of these would be easiest for you
- Which would be hardest for you and why?