There are two main threads in this chapter. Whether affirmative action is a good thing or not, and the historical bookends of Du Bois’s 1903 writing, versus Yancy and Butler’s 2015 article. So, I want you to answer two different questions this week.

(1) W. E. B. Du Bois said that “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line.” Reflecting on Yancy and Butler’s discussion on the Black Lives Matter movement, can we say the same thing about the Twenty-First Century? 

In other words, have things changed, in America, with regards to race? How have they changed? How much? How much further do we need to go?

And (2) in our progress toward racial equality, should affirmative action be part of the solution? Why or why not? Be specific in what you see as the benefits and drawbacks of affirmative action programs. 


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