Oral Written Presentation Topics

 

 

 

Your first oral presentation must be from the first two unit groupings (the links in red font).  Your second must be from the last two groupings (the links in purple font).   To sum up, students must  do one red and one purple topic. Students will make a selection from the list below and write a brief summary on it (between one to two pages typed, double-spaced), as well as provide a brief oral discussion in class. If you would like to do a topic that is not on the list that is fine. Just check with me first and show me the topic so I can determine which unit it belongs in.  Many of the links are located at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  Occasionally, they will ask you to fill out a form before you can access the website.  You can use your real information if you want, or you can just make up a name to get to the website.  As a reminder when writing your summary, if the article you choose is from a few years ago and they use the phrase “last week” or “this year” please adjust your writing to reflect the time changes. Finally, if a link is not working please contact me so I can fix it. Please don’t wait until the night before it is do to let me know a link doesn’t work.

 

Beginning for First Oral Presentation Topic

Unit 1 (Introductory Topics)

  1.  Does Black Privilege Exist?  Link 1Link 2

 

Unit 2 Topics (Prejudice, Discrimination, and Stereotypes)

  1.  Are Our Brains Hardwired to Make Us Prejudiced?    Link 1    Link 2
  2. Asian Stereotypes     Link 1    Link 2
  3. Ethnic Stereotypes in Comics    Link 1    Link 2 
  4. Declining Acceptance of Anti-Jewish Stereotypes   Link  1     Link 2     Link 3
  5. Blaxploitation    Link 1   Link 2
  6.  Racial Advertising?  Link 1 Link 2 
  7. Ethnic Stereotypes in Cartoons Link 1    Link 2
  8. The Difficulty of Labeling Something As An Example of Anti-Semitism   Link 1   Link 2
  9.   Low IQ and Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice?      Link 1     Link 2 
  10. What’s the Matter With White People?
  11.  Prejudice and the Confederate Flag in War (Not the Civil War)
  12.  Can Superhero, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Movies Teach Us To Be Racist?     Link 1   Link 2
  13.  Ethnic Stereotypes in Television   Link 1  Link 2
  14.  Colorism and the Preference For Lighter Skin Over Darker Skin     Link 1   Link 2
  15. The White Man’s Burden   Link 1   Link 2
  16. Interracial Dating Today  Link  1    Link  2   Link 3
  17. 17.  Has the United States Entered a “Post-Racial” world?   Link  1  Link 2
  18.  The G.I. Bill and Race Discrimination     Link 1      Link 2

 

 

Unit 3 Topics  ( Global Patterns of Inter-group Relations)

  1. What is Genocide?
  2. Ethnic Cleansing     Link 1    Link 2 
  3. The Armenian Genocide     Link 1   Link 2
  4. Cambodian Genocide   Link 1   Link 2
  5. Never Again”: How the United States has turned its back on Genocide”
  6. Rwanda Genocide   Link 1   Link 2
  7. Auschwitz Concentration Camp     Link 1      Link 2
  8. Rape of Nanking   Link 1     Link 2
  9. Gypsies:  A Persecuted Race    Link 1 ( contains 4 pages)
  10. First 20th Century Genocide: The Hereroof Southwest Africa    Link 1    Link 2
  11. Population Transfer and TibetLink 1   Link 2
  12. Apartheid in South Africa     Link 1    Link 2 
  13. Australian Aborigines   Link 1   Link 2
  14.  Why the United States is So Good at Assimilating Immigrants
  15.  Jimmy Carter, Palestine, Israel, and Apartheid     Link 1     Link 2 
  16. pogroms       Link 1    Link 2
  17.  Palestinians Cannot Ride Israeli Buses    Link 1  Link 2
  18.  Puerto Rico is a US Colony   Link 1Link 2

 

 

Unit 4 Topics  (  1492: Who Was Here, and Who Arrived: Native Americans and White Americans )

  1. Deconstructing Government Myths About Native American Treaties
  2. Christopher Columbus and His Treatment of Native Americans    Link 1Link 2
  3.  The Truth About Celebrating Thanksgiving       Link 1    Link 2
  4. Native Americans as the First Slave
  5. Smallpox Blankets, Germ Warfare, and Native American
  6.  The Osage Indian Tribe Murders of the 1920’s
  7. Who Invented Scalping?   Link 1   Link 2
  8. The Native American Custom of the Potlatch: Giving Away One’s Wealth   Link 1     Link 2
  9. Sand Creek Massacre   Link 1    Link 2
  10.  The California Gold Rush of 1849 and the Massacre of Native Americans     Link 1   Link 2
  11.  Forced Assimilation of Native Americans (Boarding Schools)    Link 1   Link 2  
  12. Massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890   Link 1   Link 2
  13. Trail of Broken Treaties   Link 1   Link 2
  14.  Maze of Injustice: The Failure to Protect Native American Women From Sexual Violence in the United States
  15. Racism, Sports, and Indian Mascot Names    Link 1     Link 2   Link 3
  16.  The Long History of Tolerance for White Terrorism in the United States
  17.  The Confederate Flag at War (But Not the Civil War)
  18. A Brief History of the Ku Klux Klan
  19.  What is the Alt-Right?    Link 1  Link 2

 

 

Unit 5 Topics  ( Who Was Brought Here: African Americans )

 

  1. Slave Codes   Link 1     Link 2
  2. The Nat Turner Rebellion   Link  1     Link  2
  3. Life Aboard a Slave ship    Link 1     Link 2
  4. The Underground Railroad
  5. Female Abolishonists and the Celebration of Christmas
  6. Successful Slave Rebellion in Haiti   Link 1   Link 2
  7. TheDred Scott Decision (Supreme Court Ruling on Slavery)   Link 1    Link 2
  8. The “Know Nothing” Party and Racial Politics
  9. Was Lincoln Opposed to Slavery?   Link 1   Link 2
  10. Bacon’s Rebellion   Link 1   Link 2
  11. Slave Resistance
  12. Slavery and the Connection to Modern American Police Forces     Link 1     Link 2
  13. Thomas Jefferson As a Slave Owner  Link 1     Link 2
  14.  What Was the Civil War Fought Over?
  15. Freedmen’s Bureau     Link 1     Link  2
  16. The Colfax Massacre
  17. lynching       Link 1
  18. American Eugenics   Link 1    Link 2
  19.  Why the Nazis Studied American Race Laws For Inspiration   Link 1  Link 2
  20. The East St. Louis Race Riot of 1917   Link  1    Link 2
  21. Professional Baseball’s Color Line
  22. Sundown Towns   Link 1    Link 2
  23. Boxing and Issues of Race   Link 1  Link 2
  24. Tulsa Race Riot of 1921      Link 1   Link 2
  25. Tuskegee/Guatemala Syphilis Experiments   Link 1     Link 2   Link 3
  26. Pygmies Put on Display in Human Zoo     Link 1Link 2
  27. Black Babies Used as Alligator Bait   Link 1    Link 2
  28.   Was Woodrow Wilson the Most Racist US President Ever?   Link 1  Link 2
  29. Tuskegee Airmen
  30. Black Athletic Prowess:  Nature vs. Nurture     Link 1       Link  2
  31. Are We Really Past the “One Drop Rule”?
  32.  The Black Panthers   Link 1LInk 2
  33. Was the Government Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.?
  34.  Long History of Discrimination at Public Swimming Pools    Link 1  Link 2
  35. Reparations for Slavery in the United States       Link 1    Link 2

 

Unit 6 Topics  ( Those Who Came Looking for a New Life:  Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and Other Groups)

  1. The Fight in the Fields:  The Struggle to Unionize Farmworkers
  2. Japanese internment      Link 1      Link 2
  3.  The Rise of “Muslim Free Zones” in the United States    Link 1    Link 2
  4.  Arab-Americans: An Integral Part of American Society
  5.  Islamophobia Goes Mainstream in America   Link 1 Link 2
  6.  Asians as the Model Minority: Reality or Myth?     Link 1  Link 2
  7. The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction of 1904   Link 1   Link 2
  8. Zoot Suit Riots

 

Beginning for Second Oral Presentation Topic

Unit 7 Topics  (The American Economic System and Health Care Systems )

  1. Historical Account of Why Blacks don’t Own Much Land in the U.S.
  2. Black Farmers Still Losing Ground
  3. Racial Wealth Gap
  4. The Real Story of Racism at the United States Department of Agriculture
  5. The Economic State of Milwaukee
  6. How Baseball Exploits the Dominican Republic     Link 1     Link 2
  7. Where Factories and Now Babies Die: The Plight of America’s Inner Cities
  8. The Disparity and Consequences of Lower Automobile Ownership Among Minorities
  9. Does W-2 Reform in Wisconsin Punish People of Color?
  10. Black Male Joblessness In Milwaukee      Link 1    Link 2
  11. Scapegoating Minorities for the Banking CrisisLink 1       Link 2
  12. Redlining       Link 1Link 2
  13. The New Mortgage Lending Discrimination
  14. Segregation in Housing Still Prevalent? Link 1      Link 2
  15. In Communities of Color, Skewed Appraisals Knock Property Values Down
  16. “White Flight”      Link 1   Link 2
  17. Federal Agencies Refuse to Go Undercover to Prove Housing Segregation
  18. The Mass Incarceration of Black Males in Wisconsin:  Employment challenges
  19. The Great Recession and Land and Housing Losses for the Black Community
  20.  Gentrification and the Loss of Black Communities    Link 1   Link 2
  21. Racial Bias in Health Care       Link 1   Link 2    Link 3
  22.   Native American Uranium Miners and Health Care     Link 1  Link 2 
  23. Infant Mortality Crisis in Milwaukee   Link 1     Link 2
  24. Canadian Government Uses Native Americans as Guinea Pigs in Nutrition Experiments Link 1   Link 2
  25.  How Companies Make Millions Off of Lead Poisoned Poor Blacks

 

Unit 8 Topics   (The American Political and Legal Systems and Group Relations )

  1. Racial Gerrymandering     Link 1      Link 2
  2. The Past and Present Attempts at Restricting the Right to Vote   Link 1Link 2
  3. The “Southern Strategy” and Political Party Affiliation in the South
  4. States Pass New voter Suppression Laws    Link 1Link 2
  5. Are Blacks Stopped More Often by Police?
  6. Young Black Girl Gets 7 Year Prison Sentence For Pushing a Hall Monitor  Link 1 Link 2
  7. Reforming Mandatory Crack Cocaine Sentencing    Link 1Link 2     Link 3
  8. A Question of Justice (Black defendant, white judge, jury, white prosecutor)
  9. Drug Sentences Worse For Blacks and Hispanics   Link 1      Link 2
  10. Prison Drug Gap Between Whites and Blacks
  11. Report Shows Big Rise in Killings Involving Young Blacks
  12. Racial Gap Found in Traffic Stops in Milwaukee
  13. 13.  Katrina’s Hidden Race War
  14. The New Jim Crow        Link 1Link 2
  15. Race and the Death Penalty       Link 1        Link 2    Link  3
  16. Police Brutality and Race    Link 1     Link 2
  17. Police Brutality and How It Costs the Taxpayer Millions   Link 1Link 2
  18. Police Brutality Cases in Milwaukee       Link 1  Link 2
  19. At Many Law Firms, Women of Color are Leaving
  20. Racial Profiling of Hispanics  link 1    link 2
  21. Hate Crimes?   Link 1 Link 2
  22. DWB (driving while black)     Link 1   Link 2
  23. Torture of Black Citizens by Chicago Police Department    Link 1Link 2
  24. Shopping While Black    Link 1Link 2
  25. The Scandal of Racist Marijuana Arrests
  26. Imprisonment of Black Men in Wisconsin 
  27. Institutional Racism and the Militarization of the Police
  28. Profiting From Probation: America’s “Offender-funded” Probation Industry
  29.  Eight Stats That Reveal Just How Badly the Police State Treats Black Women
  30.  White on White, Black on Black, and Black on White Crime: What the data Tells Us
  31.  The Knockout Game, the Media, and the Myths of Black on White Crime
  32.  The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration
  33.  Philadelphia Police Attack Black Protest Group in 1985: Let City Block Burn Down Killing 11      Link 1   Link 2
  34.  Will Trump’s Victory Turn Into Another “Lost Cause”?

 

Unit 9 Topics  (  Education, Religion and the Media in Group Relations )

  1. Brown v. Board Topeka Education  Link 1    Link 2
  2. The Battle Over Bilingual Education    Link 1     Link 2
  3. The Bell Curve.  Faulty Research?
  4. Reading Gap Between Blacks and Whites
  5. First Integrated Proms in  2008        Link 1Link 2   Link 3
  6. The Resegregationof American Schools  Link 1     Link 2
  7. The Catholic Church’s Doctrine of Discovery and Native Americans
  8. Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies Link 1      Link 2
  9. Dismantling of the School to Prison Pipeline
  10. Racial Gaps in College Graduation Rates   Link 1Link 2    Link 3
  11. In Southern Towns “Segregation Academies” Still Going Strong
  12. The Unfinished Work of Affirmative Action in American Colleges
  13. Obama’s “Race to the Top” Spurs School Closings and Teacher Layoffs
  14. Researches Sound Alarm Over Black Student Suspension Rates   Link 1Link 2
  15. Black and Latino Male High School Graduation Rates   Link 1 Link 2   Link 3
  16. The Minority Teacher Shortage: Fact or Fable?
  17. How Education Reform Perpetuates Racial Disparity in Education
  18.  US Education:  Still Separate and Unequal
  19.   The Need For Black Male Teachers    Link 1  Link 2
  20.  Racism and the US Spelling Bee Contest     Link 1    Link 2
  21.   Race Gap For Minority Students in Honors Courses and Taking the AP Exam    Link 1   Link 2
  22.  Black Female Mathematicians in the 1950’s and How They Helped the Space Program    Link 1   Link 2
  23.  Tracking:  Modern Day Segregation in Public Schools
  24. A Report on TV’s Minority Representation
  25. The Lack of Gender and Ethnic Diversity in Cable News     Link 1   Link 2
  26. Ethnic Media Growing
  27. Media Coverage of Police Brutality
  28. For Minorities, New Digital Divide Seen
  29. The Movie “Hunger Games” and Race    Link 1   Link 2
  30. The Academy Awards and Race

 

Unit 10 Topics  ( Dominant Group and Minority Group Relations Based on Gender, Sexual Orientation, Age, and Disability)

  1. women’s suffrage    Link 1   Link 2  
  2. Roe v Wade     Link 1       Link 2 
  3. Women’s Property Rights     Link 1      Link 2
  4. Title IX  (gender equity in education and sports)       Link 1Link 2
  5. Glass Ceiling    Link 1         Link 2
  6. Sexual Harassment in the Workplace      Link 1Link 2      Link 3
  7. Homosexuality in Ancient Greece    Link 1     Link  2 
  8. The Gay Gene?    Link 1    Link 2   Link 3
  9. The Berdache Link 1        Link 2
  10. 1Is the World Warming Up to Gay Rights?   Link 1    Link 2
  11.  Stonewall Riot       Link 1   Link 2
  12.  The Aging of the World’s Population        Link 1      Link 2 
  13.  Age Discrimination in Employment      Link 1      Link 2
  14. The Americans With Disabilities Act After 25 Years   Link 1    Link 2
  15. The Black Community and Homosexuality    Link 1Link 2
  16. 16. A History of How People With Disabilities Have Been Treated    Link 1     Link 2
  17.  From Cradle to Cane: The Cost of Being a Female Consumer

 

 

Unit 11 Topics  ( Affirmative Action and Immigration)

  1. The Affirmative Action Debate     Link 1    Link 2
  2. Legacy Preferences for Children of Alumni    Link 1    Link  2
  3.   Lack of Black Firefighters- Is it Due to Discrimination or to Something Else?     Link 1    Link 2
  4. Asian Americans and the Future of Affirmative Action
  5.  What Does the Field of Science Have to Say About Affirmative Action?
  6.  Racial Bias in Job Interviews, Buying a Car, Renting an Apartment, ebay postings, etc…
  7. Are White Women the Biggest Beneficiaries of Affirmative Action?
  8. The Pro’s and Con’s of Having a Border Fence Between the U.S. and Mexico
  9. The Debate Over Arizona’s New Immigration Law (SB1070)    Link 1Link 2
  10. The Harsh Truth About Our Immigration System       Link 1  Link 2 
  11. Why Has President Obama Deported More Immigrants Than Any Other President in History?

 

 

Unit 12 Topics  ( Dominant Group and Minority Group Relations in a Global Context )

  1. Modern Slavery   Link 1       Link  2
  2.  Japanese Discrimination of Minority Groups        Link 1  Link 2
  3. Ethnic Violence in IndiaLink 1     Link 2
  4. Muslim Veils and Assimilation in Europe     Link 1Link 2
  5. Zapatista and the Struggle With the Mexican Government
  6. Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka
  7. Anti-Chinese Violence in Indonesia  Link  1      Link  2
  8. Can Ethnic Violence Be Reduced to a Mathematical Formula?
  9. In Israel, Miscegenation Equals Rape
  10. Is the country of Belgium Splitting Up?
  11. France Sends Scores of Gypsies Back to Romania
  12. UzbeksSuffer Ethnic Violence in Kyrgyzstan    Link 1    Link 2
  13. The Violent Impact of the European Far Right
  14.  The Persecution of the Rohingyas in Myanmar    Link 1   Link 2
  15.  Why is Europe Struggling With Immigration?   Link 1   Link 2
  16.  Ethnic Discrimination in Brazil     Link  1    Link 2
  17.  Ethnic Issues in Australia    Link 1  Link 2  Link 3

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