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Assignment: Current Event –
Totalitarian Restrictions or Ethnic Conflict

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:
Textbook: Chapters 8, 9
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Citation and Writing Assistance: Writing Papers At CU
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Library Overview
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How to Search for Articles – the Everything Tab
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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