Social Psychologist Claude M. Steele describes a stereotype threat as “a standard predicament of life” (540). In response to the subject of stereotype threats, editor Sana Amanat asks of her audience, “Imagine if what we saw in the media reflected a positive portrayal of the group that we belong to.” Author and activist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks of the “dangers of the single story” when she states, “Stories have been used to dispossess and malign, but they can also be used to empower and to humanize.” Think about the different social groups that exist in American society, and the way each group is most commonly presented in popular culture. Choose ONE social group to focus on, and write an argumentative paper in which you convince readers why much of the way this group is presented in popular culture is problematic for that group, and society as a whole. Paper Requirements: ● The final draft of this paper should be at least three full pages long. You must submit the final draft of this paper through the assignment space on Blackboard. ● All papers for this class should be in MLA formatting: double spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, appropriate header and page numbers, appropriate citations, and a Works Cited Page. ● You must quote and cite from at least one of the authors listed in the prompt (Steele, Amanat, or Adichie) as well as at least one outside source in relation to your topic. You are allowed to use a maximum of four sources, total. ● Be sure to work to meet the standards outlined for each area of our grading rubric, and proofread your paper for errors.
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