Race and Ethnicity


This is three separate assignments. Please do not combine them



Listen to or read Dr. King’s speech, I Have a Dream. Then, respond to the following:

  • Dr. King’s famous speech envisions a future in which the racial distinction established by slavery and segregation is no more. Define what Dr. King’s refrain, “free at last,” looks like to you and how our society will need to change in order to achieve it.
  • Even in today’s society, there are economic and cultural inequalities, the causes of which we can trace back to slavery. Evaluate an inequality in today’s society (think about inequalities in education, income, wealth, popular culture, etc.) and explain the ways in which the legacy of slavery may have led to that inequality.

Your initial post for each discussion should be a minimum of 250 words. Use scholarly sources to support your responses. Include citations and references in APA 

Link- http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm



Please read Asian Americans Respond to Pew: We’re Not Your Model Minority, which discusses several issues related to drawing conclusions about racial groups. For example, it specifically presents “Asian Americans,” a category that often includes over 45 distinct ethnicities speaking over 100 language dialects.

Next, review the Pew Research Center’s Chapter 3: Demographic & Economic Data, by Race. Scroll down to the College Completion Rate by Race/Ethnicity, 1964-2012 chart, which shares the data for one of the social trends regarding Asian Americans. Then, describe what the data says about the trend for Asian Americans.

Next, evaluate at least one reason these broad racial categories are useful and at least one reason why these broad categories are problematic.

Your initial post for each discussion should be a minimum of 250 words. Use scholarly sources to support your responses. Include citations and references in APA style

Link- http://www.colorlines.com/articles/asian-americans-respond-pew-were-not-your-model-minority

Link- http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/08/22/chapter-3-demographic-economic-data-by-race/



Ethnic Group Evaluation

By the mid-twentieth century, the European immigrant groups described in Week One had combined to form a White racial majority in the United States. Today, Blacks, Indigenous Americans, Asians, Hispanics, and non-white Europeans interact with the White majority in a system of race that can be broadly described as comprising Whites and non-whites, Whites and racial minorities, or Whites and people of color. While unique ethnic groups share a culture in which ethnic conflict is present, including pressures to assimilate, the broader culture also celebrates the unique culture of many ethnic groups in America.

Write a paper in which you evaluate a selected major ethnic group in the United States. Please, elaborate on the following points in your essay:

  • Select and describe one of the following ethnic groups:
    • Black Americans
    • Hispanic Americans
    • Asian Americans
    • Indigenous Americans
    • White Americans
  • Examine the history of this group in the United States, including the following:
    • Immigration
    • Contact with other ethnic groups
    • Assimilation or pluralism, and its connection to the group’s contact with other ethnic groups
    • Conflict with other ethnic groups
  • Provide an example of a widely-held myth or misconception about this ethnic group. How do we know this is a myth? Why is this myth so difficult to abandon?


Your paper must be three to four pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Include separate title and reference pages (neither of which counts towards the three-page requirement). In addition to the required readings, use at least two scholarly sources.

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