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Poverty and discrimination in the USA

Poverty and discrimination in the USA
Key Info
  • Poverty and discrimination in the USA
  • Duration: 03:32
  • Previously, segregation in America was a specific policy but many would argue that it continues today through racial and class descrimination. Alabama's first African American female chief of police describes the obstacles she faces, even in her high powered position. Initially, she reached her position with the assistance of affirmative action. Affirmative action is a government programme that aims to give people from ethnic minorites access to employment and education. There is debate that the practice is itself discriminatory. Broadcast in February 2006 as part of the programme: Modern Studies: International Issues – The USA. First broadcast in 2006.
  • Subject:

    Citizenship and Modern Studies



  • Keywords: discrimination, segregation, affirmitave action, USA
Ideas for use in class
  • Raises issues of descrimination against ethnic minorities and women. Students could discuss the arguments for and against affirmative action.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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