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Pract The Facts
Week 1. How Do I Pract The Facts?
In this session you will learn what it means to Pract The Facts. You will also review search techniques for the Internet.
Chapter 1. Read how to Pract The Facts. Read how to search the internet
Pract The Facts:
Has Barack Obama Done Enough For African Americans During His Presidency?
The election for 2016 is over but remaining are many controversial observations that continue to haunt outgoing President Obama. One major issue that has been woven through his presidency is that he has not done enough for black people. Both black and white commentators and politicians have used this as a way to dampen the president’s legacy. Below we have two quotes…one by Donald Trump made during his election campaign and another by African American talk show host Tavis Smiley. Is there any validity to these comments that can be supported by facts? Pract The facts on these comments and come to your own conclusions on their validity.
Pract The Facts
Read the quote below. Do the research to determine if the quote is factually correct. After you have done your research prepare a summary citing your research detailing your view on the accuracy of the quote. After you make your decision decide what action you can take with respect to the issue
"He has done nothing for African Americans. You look at what's gone on with their income levels. You look at what's gone on with their youth. I thought that he would be a great cheerleader for this country. I thought he'd do a fabulous job for the African-American citizens of this country. He has done nothing," Trump said.
"They have problems now in terms of unemployment numbers, look at their unemployment numbers. And you have— here you have a black president who's done very poorly for the African Americans of this country," Trump added.
Tavis Smiley an African American Commentator has also said similar things about the president.
Tavis Smiley:” I’m not sure we are and I think ultimately the president missed a moment… On every leading economic issue, in the leading economic issues Black Americans have lost ground in every one of those leading categories. So in the last ten years it hasn’t been good for black folk. This is the president’s most loyal constituency that didn’t gain any ground in that period.”
Short Essay Questions:
Social Media Challenge:
Call To Action:
Based on your research what actions do you think you can take with respect to this issue? Why do you think this would be effective? Find at least one article to support your decision.
Review the articles on the resource page. Find 3 articles related to the subject that are not supported by any facts.
Find a video on this topic. Find one where they used a source and one where they did not on this topic.
Look at or listen to a talk radio show. (This could be done in class.) List one example of a topic that was discussed that you think you should Pract The Facts.
Do The Math
Look at the chart by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on the unemployment rate of African Americans.
From the chart answer the following Questions:
Review the following chart at the link below:
Review the following chart:
10th Grade…………….100 words…..1 reference
11th Grade……………..200 words….2 references
12th Grade and above……………..300 words....3 references
10th grade……………50 words….….1 reference
11th grade…………….75 words……..1 reference
12th grade and above…………….100 words…...1 reference
https://www.eurweb.com/2016/01/tavis-smiley-obama-presidency-black-americans-lost-ground/# (He admits obstructionism is an issue.)