political science 330



Assignment: Current Event -  Totalitarian Restrictions or Ethnic Conflict         

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Reviewing the concepts of ethnic conflict and totalitarianism:

Often students are confused on what constitutes an ethnic  conflict. Before you select a topic for this assignment, be sure to  review the information below to gain a better understanding of what  constitutes Totalitarianism and ethnic conflict.

Totalitarianism and ethnic conflict are not the same as  violent act committed by a police officer that was officially deemed as  being racially motivated. Ethnic conflict is when government has  discriminatory policies in place. Slavery and segregation were examples  of ethnic conflict. Many students confuse recent events of violence or  shooting by police officers on individuals as examples of ethnic  conflict. However, not all of those actions were acts of racially  motivated violence.  In addition, they were committed by individuals in  the execution of their job, which are subject to review and oversight  (administrative and legal), and if deemed excessive and/or racially  motivated, will be sanctioned and prosecuted because they would go  against standing policies and laws that do not allow excessive force in  the execution of police duties or racially motivated violence against  others (by police or any other person). In the 1960s and earlier, we had  state governments requiring African Americans to be segregated. This  was an example of ethnic conflict. We do not have government policy in  this country today promoting the harassment or killing of people because  of their race.

If a person kills another person, it is a legal  issue. If the killing took place because of the race of the person, it  is also a hate crime. It is not designated as ethnic conflict. Topics  centered on racial inequity such as Black Lives Matter, while important  and viable topics in the context of race relations and social justice,  are not the same as ethnic conflict in Totalitarian regimes and so are  not appropriate topics for this assignment.

Write a paper on a current event  article that discusses restrictions on freedoms by a totalitarian state  or an article on ethnic conflict within a nation. Summarize the article  and explain why this issue is important to the global community. What  outside influences might help change this issue? How? Is the article  neutral? Why or why not?

Be sure to include a scanned copy of the article in your submission  in addition to citations. Articles may not be more than one month old.

Writing Requirements (APA format). Refer to the APA manual.

  • Length: 3 full pages (not including the title or references page)
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double-Spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Title and Reference page required
  • APA cite article with link
  • Scan copy of article required
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