Wednesday, January 30, 2008

More Levees


What language has been used by the national media to describe the citizens displaced by Katrina?
If the story could be re-written what might the media need to change?

Is Spike Lee being fair?
What elements of persuasion does he use to get his point across?
Who does he place in view of the camera on?

When commenting please remember:

Identify yourself, respond to others questions, and acknowledge the insight other students had on the topic.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Teaching the Levees

Hurricane Katrina caused America to take pause and challenged our government's values.

What does it mean to be a citizen? What type of citizen are you?

What is the role of government?

Should the federal government help the less fortunate or provide a safe atmosphere to allow people to become fortunate?

Obviously there were some mistakes made by the federal government.

Have we learned from the mistakes? In the aftermath of Katrina were decisions made based on race? class? Or need?

Now that we have all seen the Spike Lee documentary what is our responsibility?
What should we do?

Kemi's Link http://www.albany.edu/~dlafonde/Global/citizenship.htm

Friday, January 04, 2008

JOHN WHITE


http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-opfocus5518442dec30,0,182822.story

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-limill1211,0,1911067.story?coll=ny_breaking_500

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-limill1212,0,1976604.story?coll=ny_breaking_500

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-limill1128,0,2304290.story?coll=ny_breaking_500

Click on the links above, or copy, and paste the links above into your browser. Read the articles. Then answer the questions below in the form of a paragraph.

1. What role, if any, do you think race played in this trial?
2. Do you think race SHOULD have played a role in this trial?
3. Do you think the outcome of the case would have been different, if the races of the people involved were reversed? Why?
4. Do you believe that John White received a fair trial?
5. What other actions could/should Mr. White or Mr. Cicciaro have taken in this case?

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