Current Event – Totalitarian Restrictions or Ethnic Conflict

PLEASE FOLLOW DIRECTIONS EXACTLY. Make sure to scan a copy of a current news article less than
one-month-old. paper is 3 full pages (not including the title or references page) PLUS the scanned copy of the
article.
Week 5 Assignment: Current Event – Totalitarian Restrictions or Ethnic Conflict
Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:
Textbook-Whitman Cobb, W. N. (2020). Political science today (1st ed.). Washington, DC: Sage, CQ Press.
Chapters 8, 9
Lesson (Links to an external site.)
Article (no more than one-month-old) from reputable news source such as The New York Times or The
Washington Post
Reviewing the concepts of ethnic conflict and totalitarianism:
Often students are confused about what constitutes an ethnic conflict. Before you select a topic for this
assignment, be sure to review the information below to gain a better understanding of what constitutes
Totalitarianism and ethnic conflict.
Totalitarianism and ethnic conflict are not the same as violent act committed by a police officer that was
officially deemed as being racially motivated. Ethnic conflict is when government has discriminatory policies in
place. Slavery and segregation were examples of ethnic conflict. Many students confuse recent events of
violence or shooting by police officers on individuals as examples of ethnic conflict. However, not all of those
actions were acts of racially motivated violence. In addition, they were committed by individuals in the
execution of their job, which are subject to review and oversight (administrative and legal), and if deemed
excessive and/or racially motivated, will be sanctioned and prosecuted because they would go against standing
policies and laws that do not allow excessive force in the execution of police duties or racially motivated
violence against others (by police or any other person). In the 1960s and earlier, we had state governments
requiring African Americans to be segregated. This was an example of ethnic conflict. We do not have
government policy in this country today promoting the harassment or killing of people because of their race.

If a person kills another person, it is a legal issue. If the killing took place because of the race of the person, it is
also a hate crime. It is not designated as ethnic conflict. Topics centered on racial inequity such as Black Lives
Matter, while important and viable topics in the context of race relations and social justice, are not the same as
ethnic conflict in Totalitarian regimes and so are not appropriate topics for this assignment.
Instructions:
Write a paper on a current event article that discusses restrictions on freedoms by a totalitarian state or an article
on ethnic conflict within a nation. Summarize the article and explain why this issue is important to the global
community. What outside influences might help change this issue? How? Is the article neutral? Why or why not?
Be sure to include a scanned copy of the article in your submission in addition to citations. Articles may not be
more than one month old.
Writing Requirements (APA format). Refer to the APA manual.
Length: 3 full pages (not including the title or references page)
1-inch margins
Double-Spaced
12-point Times New Roman font
Title and Reference page required
APA cite article with link
Scan copy of article required
The student must clearly describe all of the main points in the article.
The student must identify how the issue relates to the global community accurately with significant supporting
details.
The student must accurately evaluate the creditability of the source.
The student must provide a detailed account of how outside forces could change the issue.

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