There are legacies of the past that continue to animate politics today in Texas and around the country. As a Confederate state that left the Union during the Civil War, Texas has faced a long history of civil rights challenges. As you learn in Module 2, civil rights are protections against arbitrary or discriminatory actions of other individuals or the government. Though the dismantlement of Jim Crow laws was accomplished by federal court rulings, laws, and constitutional amendments, the real work of challenging the prevailing attitudes and institutions of racism was found on the streets in places like Houston and Austin.
For this reflective essay, I’d like you to watch three short documentaries (the total time required is about 30 minutes) and take note of the following:
The Houston Civil Rights Movement Part 1
Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights “Rise of Mexican-Americans in Politics”
1979-81 SPECIAL REPORT: “VIETNAMESE VS. KU KLUX KLAN”
Once you have watched the videos and compiled your notes, you will write an essay in which you weigh the evidence and answer these questions:
I want to assess your understanding of the assigned readings in Module 2, so you must write in your own words (no quotes, no paraphrases, no copy/paste from websites, etc.). To earn full points you must demonstrate your understanding by responding to the prompts in a well-written essay of at least 400 words (that’s about 1.5 pages double-spaced in 12-point font). Please use spell/grammar check (I like www.Grammarly.com (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.) or take advantage of free writing help through HCC’s Upswing (hccs.upswing.io (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.). Writing well takes time and practice; I encourage you to give yourself the time needed to practice (i.e., write in drafts) and do well.