Epoch Explorers 4: Essay on African American Self-Perceptions Assignment Topic:
Epoch Explorers 4: Essay on African American Self-Perceptions Assignment Topic: "African Americans in 2021 and beyond." Directions: Select a topic relevant to African Americans, the African American experience, or African American history in the year 2021. (see below for suggested topics) Complete a full essay (minimum 5 full paragraphs, minimum 5 sentences per paragraph) Use at least 5 (five) outside references, at least3 of which must be African American resources. Include an introduction and a conclusion (should be your first and last full paragraphs) Use standard English grammar and spelling Identify any quotations from your sources by citing the references (Turabian, APA or MLA styles/formats recommended) Cite your sources with a full bibliographical citation include the bibliographical citations of your sources at the end of your essay cite/list your sources in your bibliography at the end of your essay, using standard bibliographical format (Turabian/Chicago Manual of Style, APA or MLA styles/formats recommended) At least 3 of your 5 sources must be an African American source (if in doubt, check the origin of the source, eg., the homepage of the website). Below you may find suggestions for your specific topic (select ONE of the suggestions). If you have problems selecting a specific topic, please consult the instructor via email. (Note: If you select a topic below with links already provided, note that these are to be used as starting points and that you are expected to find additional links/sources.) African American activism in 2020 African Americans in the age of Corona Virus 19 African Americans and the election of 2020 African Americans and voter suppression in 2020 African American electoral victories in 2020 (select one example or one state) Kamala Harris as the first major-party African American woman candidate for vice-president African American self- perceptions in relation to The "Black Doll Test/Experiment" (see video attached) The "Natural Hair Movement:" Fad or Lifestyle Afrocentricity and African American Self-Perceptions African Americans and the African Diaspora: Connections or Disconnect? Below you may find suggestions for your specific topic (you may select ONE of the suggestions). If you have problems selecting a specific topic, please consult the instructor via email. (Note: If you select a topic below with links already provided, note that these are to be used as starting points and that you are expected to find 3 additional links/sources.) African American perceptions of The "Black Doll Test/Experiment" (see video attached: Black doll White doll ; https://www.blackdollaffair.com/pages/doll-test-experiments; ) African American attitudes towards the "Natural Hair" movement (https://www.curlcentric.com/natural-hair-101/ ; https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-39195836 – note – this is a British source on the movement in the United Kingdom; https://bglh-marketplace.com/2015/01/the-natural-hair-movement-in-the-60s-and-70s-how-it-began-and-why-it-ended/ - note – the “phase” never ended for many; see also video “Good Hair” if available) African American attitudes towards voting and political participation/candidates (eg., African American candidates for political office) Cultural appropriation of African American culture by non-African American cultures/communities ( https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/27/rachel-dolezal-race-white ; https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/blackface-birth-american-stereotype ; https://www.vox.com/2014/10/29/7089591/why-is-blackface-offensive-halloween-costume ) Use of standard language skills vs “Black English/Ebonics” in professional settings (https://www.linguisticsociety.org/content/what-ebonics-african-american-english ; AAVE | Ebonics is Not "Improper" English ) African American intra-racial stratification/”Colorism” (https://time.com/4512430/colorism-in-america/ ; https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-colorism-2834952 ; https://racism.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1707:colorism001&catid=116&Itemid=140&showall=&limitstart=3 ; see also videos “Dark Girls” and “Light Girls” if available) African American attitudes towards institutionalized racism (https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=343064719835818 – note: this video includes a Caucasian American woman’s experiment regarding racism, a valuable study; “Code switching,” or “peeping/feeling you out” - see links to videos for clarification https://www.facebook.com/ATLBlackStar/videos/1348233008644802/?v=1348233008644802 ; Code-Switching ; The Cost of Code Switching | Chandra Arthur | TEDxOrlando; Everyday Struggle: Switching Codes for Survival | Harold Wallace III | TEDxPittsburgStateUniversity

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