Documentary reflection Essay
Requirements: You should write your reflection after viewing the episode you chose. Prompts to help you with your reflection are down below. Reflections should incorporate the knowledge and vocabulary about race you have gained from this class. That is, you should take the perspective of a sociologist and use sociological terms from the text in your reflection.
You are welcome to watch more than one episode, of course, but you should only turn in one reflection for a grade. Your reflection should be at least 3 to 4 full pages of text, double-spaced, with one inch margins on all sides. Write your reflection in paragraph format, not bullet points. Use a standard 12 point.
Series 2 â€“ Eyes on the Prize: Americaâ€™s Civil Rights Years
Note: You do not have to answer each of these reflection prompts. Just use them to get you thinking. The questions are based on
Eyes on the Prize: Americaâ€™s Civil Rights Years Discussion Guide (2006).
Episode 2 Fighting Back 1957-1962:
States’ rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the 1957 battle to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School, and again in James Meredith’s 1962 challenge to segregation at the University of Mississippi. Both times, a Southern governor squares off with a U.S. president, violence erupts and integration is carried out.
What is the difference between desegregation and integration? What is required for each?
What role did the federal government play in desegregation? How did this conflict with state level laws & values?
How do you explain the mobâ€™s reaction to the Little Rock Nineâ€™s arrival at school? What do you think white protestors were trying to accomplish?
Some people argue it is better to forget difficult episodes in our nationâ€™s history. How would you respond to this suggestion?
Who benefits from preaching hate and fear? Who is harmed by it?