Read/review the following resources for this activity:
- Textbook: Chapters 8, 9
- Lesson (Links to an external site.)
- Citation and Writing Assistance: Writing Papers At CU (Links to an external site.)
- Library Overview (Links to an external site.)
- How to Search for Articles – the Everything Tab (Links to an external site.)
- Article (no more than one-month old) from reputable news source such as The New York Times or The Washington Post
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
- 12-point Times New Roman font
- Title and Reference page required
- APA cite article with link
- Scan copy of article required
This activity will be graded based on the Assignment Grading Rubric.
Course Outcomes (CO): 3 & 5
Due Date for Follow-Up Posts: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday
Ethnic Conflict in Totalitarianism
Totalitarianism is a political system in which the state has all the authority and theoretically does not allow individual freedom (Whitman Cobb, 2020). Ethnic conflicts in such states may be socially, economically or politically motivated. With such a system of governance, it becomes easier for the state to take actions, which in a democratic country, would be considered as abuse of human rights. To this end, the article “Pope says for first time that China’s Uighurs are ‘persecuted’ “reports the extent to which Uighur Muslim, who are the minority in China are mistreated.
Summary of the Article
The main focus of the article is China’s Uighur Muslims who have been mistreated by the Chinese government (The Guardian, 2020). Despite of claims of mistreatment, the Chinese government claimed that the Uighur Muslims had not been mistreated, but rather the concentration camps in which they had been taken were vocational education and training centers meant to combat terrorism. Pope Francis, for the first time, stated that indeed the Uighur Muslims have been persecuted by the Chinese Government. The article also highlights other issues addressed by the Pope including the importance of wearing masks, praised the people who….Please click here to download at $10