Essay #3: Critical Thinking
The writing assignment:
You have two options for this paper:
- Suzanne Fields: "Submerged in a Din of Identity Politics" (America Now pages 187-189)
- Why is identity politics becoming so pronounced at this moment in our history? Does Fields give any hints at why it is resurfacing now and becoming such a problem? Are there other reasons why identity politics might be an issue at this time? Are the divisions in identity politics as clear cut as Fields suggests? Is the United States particularly susceptible to the dangers of identity politics? More so than other countries? Why or why not?
- Annette Gordon-Reed: "America's Original Sin: Slavery and the Legacy of White Supremacy" (America Now pages 217-224)
- Destry Adams: "Why Students Should Care about Affirmative Action" (America Now pages 212-214)
- Adams writes, "Many are afraid if affirmative action ends it will be difficult for disenfranchised groups of people to be admitted into college" (para. 2). Based on what you read in Gordon-Reed's article, "America's Original Sin," explain why this fear is valid. Consider affirmative action in terms of the legacy of slavery that Gordon-Reed writes about.
- The essay will be at least 3 pages long. (That's about 970 words in standard format.)
- If the paper does not meet the minimum length requirement, it will be penalized. If you can't think up enough material for 3 pages, ask for help! Contact the Writing Center! Ask the instructor for advice!
- The final copy of the paper will be submitted through the drop box in the Blackboard folder for the due date.
- Peer editing: Bring two paper copies of your rough draft on this date:
- Monday cohort: Monday, October 19, 2020
- Wednesday cohort: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
- Friday cohort: Friday, October 16, 2020
- Friday, October 23, 2020: Final copy of essay #3 is DUE!
This essay is worth 75 points.