Outlines of the texts
Text 1 is a quote by African-American author Ta-Nehisi Coats. Coats believes that, in studying America’s history, one must understand that white supremacy plays a very important role. Otherwise, one misunderstands America itself.
Text 2 is a quote by African-American political activist Anna P. Washington. She suggests that racism against African Americans is still widespread in American society. She also gives several examples of where racism can be observed and where the racial division of power remains unchanged.
Text 3 presents statistical data about African Americans and how they were perceived and integrated in American society in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s (roughly the period of the civil rights movement) versus today.
Task 2A asks you to discuss the extent to which Martin Luther King's dream where his children 'would be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character' has come true. You have to refer to the three texts outlined above and what you have studied about American history and society. Since we do not know exactly what you have studied in class, we will focus on suggesting ideas based on the three texts in the exam set itself.
The three texts suggest that, while African Americans in the US are treated better than in the past, today they still have a different life experience from white people. While the statistical data shows considerable progress when it comes to employment for African Americans and a much more equal relationship with the white population, the African-American community still suffers inequality in many areas.
Text 1 suggests that white supremacy is an important part of American history. Moreover, the author of the quote speaks about the force of white supremacy, drawing attention to how a big part of American history is built on the struggle between white sup...