Briefly explain what the following terms mean: • Dominant group, subordinate group • Privilege, oppression • Allies, empowered targeted member These terms can be explained throughout your paper, they do not need to be defined all at once at the beginning of the paper. Work the definitions into your writing: do not provide a glossary style of definitions. (Approximately 1/2 page – 3/. page) Describe how our society has created systems of oppression. Choose 2 forms of oppression and provide a brief history of how the dominant group gained privilege and created disadvantages for members of the targeted group. Provide examples of the privileges dominant group members experience. Why is it important to understand the societal impact of oppression? What is the problem when individuals do not see the problem as systemic? Provide specific examples to discuss the impact that oppression has had on various individuals/groups of people. (Approximately 2’h – 3 pages) Explain what Martin Luther King, Jr. meant when he said, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” What are the 1-2 most important things you could do (excluding education) in order to make the United States a more harmonious multicultural society? If you wish, you may choose to focus on a state, city, or region of the country. For instance, what you would do to make Long Island (or a specific town on Long Island) a more harmonious multicultural society? In particular, what would you do to improve relations between different racial and ethnic groups, class cultures, religious cultures, etc? Try to be as specific as possible in describing your proposal(s). (Approximately 2 – 2’/ pages)

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