Learning Goal: I’m working on a american studies discussion question and need the explanation and answer to help me learn.
Choose one of the below for your main post. Respond to at least one student who answered a different question from you. The answers should come from your textbook, the book of primary source documents, the assigned website, the lecture, videos, and the research you conducted in the APUS Library.
1.) Taking into consideration the history you have learned this term, why is poverty so persistent among African Americans?
2.) Think about the Hip-Hop culture and how it has gone mainstream. What is its importance for black culture, and how is it another example of sports and the arts breaking down racial barriers? Why is it in sports and the arts that this happens and not in, for example, science or religion?
3.) Examine why the Civil Rights Movement stalled by the mid-1970’s. By the end of the 1980’s, how successful had it been? Were the desired freedoms won? What methods had it employed to best effect? Which strategies were most effective, and why? How did activism change? By 2005, what changes had taken place for African Americans? In this analysis, remember that African Americans are not a monolithic bloc. What divisions existed within the African American community by 2005?
4.) Examine in the 1980’s and later the entry of African Americans in Congress. Did it change the face of government? Did it change anything more substantially?
5.) Analyze the problem of “driving while black” and the incarceration of African Americans.
6.) How did Ronald Reagan’s presidency change the economic reality for African Americans?
Note: Sometime this week, in one of your posts, you should reflect on what, in all your required work, you learned new, surprising, and interesting. If you cannot clearly demonstrate you have learned from all the required work in one of those three posts, then write this fourth post summarizing what you have learned from the required work. This is your opportunity, if you have not had a chance in your various posts, to demonstrate that you have done all the required work for this week.