Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Civil Rights Mini Course - Unit 1

Civil Rights Mini Course:
Mini Unit: Post Reconstruction-Modern Civil Rights Movement
Watch "Rosewood"
Read, "A Town Called Rosewood"
Read, "America's Shameful Pastime"

Without Sanctuary Photography Exhibit:
Psychology Connections
Listen to "Remembering Jim Crow"
Watch CNN Investigation Unit: The Noose: An American Nightmare

1. Please read the instructions before you do this activity!
Interactive Maps (First, click on "Go to the Maps." Next, click on "Lynchings and Race Riots." First choose lynchings. Click on Wisconsin. Did any lynchings take place here? Now choose "Race Riots." Did any race riots occur here? Now click on "Jim Crow Laws." Choose a topic. Slide your cursor over Wisconsin to see if we had any Jim Crow Laws in each of the areas listed.)

2. In class, we will participate in a "threaded discussion." You will respond to two of the following questions/prompts:
What is "backlash"?
The examples of "backlash" we examined in class included:
What was Jim Crow?
How did some Southern Blacks "resist" Jim Crow?
What is a race riot?
How have race riots changed in the past one hundred years?
What are reparations?
Why is this a controversial issue?

Lesson/Activities tying the material we've covered in class to current issues, in particular, the Jena 6 incident. After completing this unit, are you better equipped to understand the power of symbols, in particular the noose?

History of the noose:
Graphic Map from NY Times - Noose-Related Incidents:
Hate Symbols:

3. Working in groups of three or four, answer questions 2, 3, 4 and 7 (questions found in the link below). Post your answers in the comments section or the worksheet given in class.
More Resources on Hate Symbols:
4. One town's response to hate - Watch the video.
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." Martin Luther King, Jr.
"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people." Martin Luther King, Jr.
Choose one of the three quotes above. Using the quote as your guide, address the actions of the people of Billings, Montana.

Additional Resources:
Resisting Influence:


L.Bennett4 said...
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jkilloy4 said...

This is from Jon Killoy and John Walsh. The image 88 stands for hell hitler and H is the eighth letter in the alphabet. Its goals are to kill hitler. It depends on how you take it if you think it is a good symbo or bad because if u didnt like him then it could be but if you for him then it couldnt. We think it could mean the same thing as it does now then when it did in historical.

Lea Hansen-George said...
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L.Bennett4 said...

2.) The Celtic Cross was a symbol of the Irish and the Scottish during the war aganist England.
3.) This sign is both negative and postive. Its present-day meaning is different than it was back then.
4.) The English would feel threatened because of being affraid of being attacked again.
7.) yes, because it is a symbol of heritage which is what out country is about.

-Lindsay Bennett
-Arianna Wiinamaki
-Josh Crook
-Logan MCcauley-Baker

dguy4 said...

Jim Kaderavek and Dustin Guy

2)The message is to scare the people that the group doesnt like.
3)Its a negative symbol, and its historical meaning is still similar because it could be used today.
4)Minority groups or people that the groups hate. :Like the nazi symbol is used to scare the minority groups to the nazis.
7)Personally they shouldnt be able to wear them because its degrading to the people, I dont think there will ever be a law against it because of the freedom of speech.

jkilloy4 said...

sorry it didnt say kill him we thought thats what it meant
4) People that might be for hitler might be affended.
7) Yes they can still wear it because it might be just on your shirt and might not stand for heil hitler. From Jon K and John W

TKnothe4 said...

Taylor Knothe and Donavon Oman

2).The message of the swasticka is intended to scare all the enemies of the Nazi party.
3) This is a negative symbol, today it is still a symbol of the nazi party.
7)People shouldn't be allowed to display this image in public due to all the different people that would see it and could cause many problems, rules should be more strict for violating these rules. we shouldn't allow this.

gworthington4 said...

2.The Nazi swastika is a symbol used originally by Hitler in Germany. The goal of the swastika is to strike fear into "minority" type parties(religiously and race)
3.Negative, unless you are for wiping out entire races or religous groups, probably not a positive symbol.
4.As stated previously, minority groups. People who are now what is considered the "norm".
7.In the US people can not be stopped from wearing it, it may not be seen as appropriate but there is nothing to stop it. In regards to balancing offensive is really something that will forever be an ongoing battle.

JDeckert4 said...

From MMarshall & JDeckert

Image: 14 Words
2) The intent of the 14 words was to serve as a rallying cry for white supremacists, it came from The Order, lead by David Lane.
The intended targets were non-whites.

3) The 14 words was originally and is still negative and offensive in nature.

4) Non-Whites, as well anti-racists.

7) There is no reason for the symbol to be displayed, it has no place in the public eye, however many arguments could be raised for and against the right to do so.

homealone325 said...

slade and joe-

2. The Nazi symbol is bad because of Hitler beign a dictator

3. It is not positive at all, just negative because they were racist.

4. Jews, Whites, Blacks, pretty much everybody.

7. Depends on who you are.

CGlick4 said...

2. The swastika was adopted by Germany’s Nazi Party. Prior to the Nazis co-opting this symbol, it was known as a good luck symbol and was used by various religious groups.
3. I guess to them it was a positive symbol because it represented good luck. Its meaning is still the same today as it was back then.
4. I think the only people that would be offended by this is the jews.
7. No people should not be allowed to display this in public because it downgrades the jews and I guess they would feel offended by it. I think the rules should stay as they are. I guess if you want to make the symbol less threatening you could put flowers on it.

L McBaker4 said...

Civil Rights questions

Backlash is the negative reaction against something that has gained popularity, prominence, or influence. Backlash more or less occurs in racial and religious discrimination against the minority or the group being committed to the racial situation.

Some of the examples that we have of backlash are mostly all of the lessons that the Mrs. H-G Lectures about most of the time blacks/minorities get the bad end of the situations such as backlash.

Racial/race riot is an act criminal violent behavior in which the early years had been brought up because the race riots consisted of a difference in racial groups against one another.

Race riots now still occur because of racial differences but still not as sadistic though still is violent of somewhat irritable behavior the difference now then, then is that it revolves more around if sought as to be one of the individuals to be attacked by many then just an a lot against a few.

Reparations are credit or payment given back to the minority group or race that has been damaged greatly during war or any other possibilities due to other differences to other important history problem.

Reparations cause controversial issues because people think that it will never be returned because of so much damage that happen it just cannot just be fixed with awards, but what’s done is done and the fact that people can get collage paid for and other benefits it is better then nothing.

Jim crow is the law that still disabled the blacks or colored to still be segregated and not allowing them to have any good jobs or any beneficial acquirements.

Blacks resisted Jim Crow by getting together had tried their best to stay away from trouble of controversial issues, also they could resist by festivals or maintaining self-confidence in the cultural arts/heritage.

Lea Hansen-George said...

McBaker- In my Mini-Course I talk about "backlash" in reference to attempts by dominant or "majority" groups to push/keep minority groups down. Examples we discussed in class included "Black Codes" popular in the South well into the 20th Century.

Black Codes were laws/policies/codes of conduct meant to reinstitute slavery in "disguise." They were meant to demoralize, disenfranchise, terrorize, etc.

Other groups have experienced "backlash" as well. Women for example, after many gains during the 1970s experienced a sort of "backlash" in the media, law, etc. throughout much of the 1980s.

Jim Crow is a more general term used to describe the system of segregration in place from Reconstruction through the 1960s.

Despite the fact you didn't listen to the CDs and chose to find your answers online, you did a good job. I'm very pleased with your work today. I knew you had it in you! You've completed your first project! Only six to go!