Understanding the african american black experience


Part 1: Understanding the African American/Black Experience

According to the Crime Report, Washington Post, etc. there is a fact: A year after Michael Brown's fatal shooting, unarmed black men are seven times more likely than whites to die by police gunfire. Is this true? Is this accurate? Is this painting a negative picture of Caucasian police officers, many of whom may not hold biases? Please read the following article:

http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/01/05/americas-police-problem-isnt-just-about-police- guns-violence/

This is not a referendum on the right of the constitution to carry, but to give additional thought to what we see and hear in the media. After reading, this article in two to four paragraphs:

1. State four points that the article made regarding violence against African Americans.

2. What connection did the article make to history? Do you agree?

3. What does this purport about racism in America and the connection between race, oppression, and poverty?

4. Watch the following: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMTv0rmBEKY now answer the following questions:

a) What are all the various stereotypes of Blacks that are presented?

b) Do you think these stereotypes are real?

c) How would people that hold them interact with Blacks in the workplace, in the criminal justice field, in universities?

Part 2: Understanding the Asian American & Latino Experience

A: Make a chart where you list, Asian American, Latino, Europeans, General Population. Then go through the timeline below and put a checkmark next to each group that illustrates when laws were created to prevent that group from migration or equal opportunity while in the U.S.

B: Now state what groups were targeted more as it relates to unfavorable laws toward their immigration.

C: Now answer the following questions:

1. Do you think this biased behavior created workplace unfairness? (Why or Why not)

2. Do you think this bias can still exist today as it relates to certain groups who migrate to the U.S. and people looking at them as an Us vs. Them mindset?Would this mindset contribute to workplace bias?

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