The Difference Between Us: Race—The Power of an Illusion

  1. Watch: The Difference Between Us: Race—The Power of an Illusion (Segments 1, 7, 9, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24) Answer these questions (you may connect your answers): 1. What does it mean to say that “race” is a social reality but also a biological fiction? 2. How does the use of this fiction become an excuse for social inequality? 3. How was race classified in America? What explains the difference in skin color? 4. How can we understand and explain the different rates of participation and success in sports or other careers by diverse “races”? 5. What are some consequences of using the concept of (and assumptions about) race in our society? 400 WORDS – Chapter 11 in book
  2. Watch DEFORCE: The Past, Present, and Future of Detroit (segments 2, 5, 7, 10, 22, 23, 24, 25) Answer these questions: 1. How did industrial work and federal policies benefit white workers and their entrance into the middle class? 2. Did they also benefit the Blacks who were migrating to Detroit for work? Why or why not? 3. Based on your answers above, what were some of the consequences for whites and Blacks? 4. Why was it been so easy for the drug industry to sustain itself for so long if its illegal, harmful, and very few actually prosper? 5. How does the war on drugs affect whites and Blacks? Does it have the same impact on them? 300 WORDS – Chapter 11 in book
  3. Watch: Men Are Finished: A Debate (Segments 3, 4, 5, 6, 13, 16, 26, 27, 28, 29) Answer these questions (you may connect your answers): 1. Who do you agree with in the first debate? (Segments 3 and 4). Explain your answer 2. Who do you agree with in the 2nd debate (segments 5 and 6). Support your answer with info from the book. 3. Evaluate the answers given in segments 13 and 16. Does the info used to answer the question convince you? Why or why not? 4. Out of the 4 which two do you agree with and why? You have to address the opposing view in your answer (segments 26-29). WORDS 350 – Chapter 12 in book
  4. Watch: TEDTalks: Hanna Rosin—New Data on the Rise of Women (entire video, segments 1-13, is 16 minutes) Answer these questions (you can answer as questions or in a paragraph): 1. What new info does she provide about women and the economy? Why does she say its the economy and not ideas? 2. How is this new situation changing the role and status of women and men? How is it impacting our culture? 3. How are women responding to these changes? How are men adapting to these changes? 4. What does she mean by the “end of men”? Do you agree that this new situation is the “end of men”? Explain your answer. WORDS 350 – Chapter 12 in book
  5. Watch: A History of Social Classes (Segments 1, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13) Use item number 10208 to find film. Answer these questions (you may connect your answers): 1. How much social mobility has your family experienced from grandparents to you? How did class structure allow or limit this mobility? 2. What social class do you belong to? Explain how you know, can prove, your class status. What did Karl Marx mean by class struggle? 3. Does this struggle still exist? Is the Fight for $15 Campaign an example of it? If this campaign is succesfull will it benefit you? 4. Do you belong to a union? Does your job have a union? Does it need one? Why, why not? 5. Are things getting better economically in the US? Are elites still in control? How so? How does socialism limit their control in Europe? WORDS 350 – Chapter 9 in book
  6. Watch: 1. A World Apart: Global Inequality and its Consequences (location #39437) Segments 1, 2, 4, 10, 15. 2. TEDTalks: Chrystia Freeland—The rise of the new global super-rich, 15 minutes (location #56616) 3. Stealing Africa: How Much Profit is Fair?—Why Poverty? (location #55242) Segments 2, 6, 12, 14, 17. Answer these questions (you may connect your answers): 1. Why is injustice at the root of inequality and not overpopulation? Explain this injustice. 2. How is the development of Europe/USA/First World directly related to the underdevelopment of Africa? 3. What info does Freeland use to show that inequality in America is worse than ever? What exactly does inequality mean? 4. Explain what film segment means by “stealing Africa”? How is this connected to inequality and poverty? 5. How does global trade impact the environment and health? How do corporations influence government policies? Give examples. WORDS 350 – Chapter 10 in book
  7. Look at the last 2 graphs and watch the following videos to answer questions: 1. Moyers & Company: Taming Capitalism Run Wild(#53110) – Segment: The Myth of Equal Opportunity#8(02:38) 2. For Man Must Work (#52008) – Segments 7-24 (35 minutes) 3. From Harmony to Revolution: The Birth and Growth of Socialism (#35664) – Segment: Canada’s Socialism#13 (02:16). Answer these questions (you may connect your answers): 1. What is the difference between work and wages in the USA compared to other countries? What info helps explain this difference? 2. How has poverty changed over time? What info allows us to understand why poverty decreased or increased at different times? 3. Why does the economist interviewed say equal opportunity is a myth? What role does globalization and economic inequality play in this “myth”? 4. How is technology impacting the future of work? Do you see current examples of this impact? How are Detroit, Baltimore, Bridgeport examples of this impact? 5. At the end of Man must Work video what do they say society needs? Does Canada video offer us any alternatives for the future? Give examples. WORDS 400 – Chapter 18 in book
  8. Watch: 1. Unemployment Insurance and Social Security (01:33) From: A&E Classroom: FDR—The Voice of Change 2. From: Moyers & Company: The Path of Positive Resistance (segments 6, 7, 8) 3. NOW with Bill Moyers: A Question of Fairness (57:52). Answer these questions (you may connect your answers): 1. Why did FDR create the social programs he created? Were these programs actually needed? Was there any other option? 2. Explain why the speakers say our system of democracy is failing? Do you agree? What is their solution? Is their solution a good one? 3. The last video continues the discussion of democracy in America. Why is America seen as “unfair/unjust”? Who is at faulty for this? What situations caused this unfairness? Explain what deregulation is and how it and taxes are part of the problem (and the solution). WORDS 350 – Chapter 17 in book
  9. Watch: TEDTalks: Alex Steffen—The Shareable Future of Cities, 10 minutes (Item number 48211) 2. Moyers & Company: Hurricanes and Democracy, Segments 10-15 (Item Number 52595) 3. Moyers & Company: The Children’s Climate Crusade, Segments 3-9 (Item NUmber 66052). Answer these questions (you may connect your answers): 1. What is the connection between climate change and cities? How can cities help minimize global warming? 2. Why are corporations at fault for our climate/global warming problem? What is the “shock doctrine”? How can people and the public sector (the government and all its services) help create a better environmental future? 3. What is the purpose of the childrens climate change lawsuits? Why does she say activists have to use the courts instead of legislation? WORDS 350 – Chapter 20 in book
  10. Watch: 1. Introduction: The Post-War Years. 1:33 minutes (47585) 2. The ’60s: The year 1964. 1:56 minutes (58620) 3. Future of Feminism: Charting a New Course, Women Who Make America. 3:13 minutes (60715) 4. Youth Speak Out: Recession and Recovery. 7:28 minutes (52592) 5. Moyers & Company: How People Power Generates Change, Segments 12 and 19 (53560). Answer these questions (you may connect your answers): 1. Describe some of the changes and how much America changed after WW2, during the 60s, and because of feminism. Were these changes good for America and how do you think they have shaped your own situation? 2.What are some of the current economic issues youth are dealing with and how do these impact their health and their future? 3. What is the “free market” story and their criticism of it? Why is this criticism important and what is their alternative to the free market? WORDS 350 – Chapter 21 in book