What “the system” (the status quo) is in the United States today.

In 1,500 words (6 pages), explain …

1. What “the system” (the status quo (Links to an external site.)) is in the United States today.

2. Where YOU are standing within the system; what is YOUR ROLE? Why?

3. Whether you think that YOU have an obligation to become informed about and actively oppose abuses the system may perpetrate against specific groups of people, as in the case of people of African descent in the United States of America–as abuses against them, now and in the past, are frequently NOT communicated in history and civics (Links to an external site.) classes in U.S. schools–and of course, deeply troubling arrests and shootings of Black men, women and children by law enforcement do not seem adequately addressed in U.S. courts.

Examples: Sally Hemmings (Links to an external site.), Dred Scott (Links to an external site.), Tulsa’s Black Wall Street (Links to an external site.), the FBI targeting Black Panther leaders (Links to an external site.), Redlining, (Links to an external site.)the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (Links to an external site.), and the verdict in the case of the shooting of Philando Castile. (Links to an external site.)

The Shooting of Philando Castile (Links to an external site.)

4. Which of the 20 lessons–if any–from Timothy Snyder’s 2017 book On Tyranny you think critical thinkers need to learn, and how they should put these lessons into practice as they navigate their daily lives in the system.

5. Which of the 15 Logical Fallacies listed below you think that you need to be aware of–if any–when you observe policies, procedures, rules and laws the system generates.

Quoting: You have two sources to quote from: Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny and the fallacies in the box below. You should also choose an additional two sources to quote–your choice as to which–to support your contentions or illustrate a point or points you wish to make.

15 Logical Fallacies
Ad Hominem
Strawman Argument
Appeal to Ignorance
False Dilemma
Slippery Slope Fallacy
Circular Argument
Hasty Generalization
Red Herring Fallacy
Tu Quoque
Causal Fallacy
Fallacy of Sunk Costs
Appeal to Authority
Appeal to Pity
Bandwagon Fallacy