12/11/13 “Unjust laws” What are 2 – 3 laws that you feel are “unjust” (unfair)? These can be current or historical. Why do you feel that they are unjust? On desk: p. 454 – 455, # 1 – 7
12/11/13 • World History Agenda • What are unjust laws & what is activism? (class notes) • Identify examples of unjust laws & activism in India’s independence movement. (partner activity) • HW: Finish “Unjust Laws” wksht. • Honors: ch. 3 – 7 by 1/6
Unjust law (n.) - a law that unfairly targets a particular group of people • The law is not basedon punishing people for their actions or committing any crimes • Rather, particular groups are singled outand the law is appliedonly to them Our ideas of what “Unjust Laws” are:
Unjust Law Example 1: Segregation • Segregation: • the legally-enforced separation of different races • In much of the U.S., until 1965 accommodations for African-Americans were separate and consistently inferior • For example: • Schools, restaurants, waiting rooms, busses, water fountains, etc.
Unjust Law Example 2: Japanese Internment • Japanese internment: • During World War II, all American citizens who were Japanese and living on the West Coast were taken from their homes and put into campsbecause the U.S. government thought they might be spies • No evidenceof spying was given and no one was given a proper trial
Unjust Law Example 3: Gay Marriage? Are laws stating that homosexuals cannot be legally married unjust? Why or why not? Source: www.huffingtonpost.com
Question 1: What are some things you could do to change an unjust law? List all that you can think of below. • Activism (n.) – • actions that are meant to bring about change (social, economic, political, or environmental) • Usually in support of or against a controversial issue • Activist (n.) – • person who uses activism to promote their vision of a better world
In partners: 1. List as many unjust laws the British implemented in India during colonialism as you can. 2. Gandhi was an activist. Choose one example of his activism from the reading. State what he did, describe the law he was trying to change, and explain the result of his action.
1. List as many unjust laws the British implemented in India during colonialism as you can.
Homework: • Finish “Unjust Laws” worksheet • Honors: ch. 3 – 7 by 1/6