How are the issues about the admissions process in The Lottery (2010) and those that give rise to the Harlem Renassaince relevant to modern society?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would say that the connective thread between both the issues raised in the film and the movement are the demands for change cannot be put aside.  This connects in many ways to the social setting of today.  The issues raised in both domains are still not resolved today.  Sackler's film is as meaningful today as it was two years ago.  There still is an inequality that is pervasive in urban educational settings.  The same challenges that Sackler's flim shows in children trying to obtain some level of equity and excellence in their education is relevant.  The educational system is still torn apart by the battle between charter schools and public schools, with both being infiltrated by politics in the prevention of a full actualization of education for millions of children.  In this, the issues that are present in the film are still relevant today.

In the case of the Harlem Renaissance, one has to consider that there is still discrimination evident in today's setting.  There has been advancement and I think that most, if not all, of the Harlem Renaissance thinkers would concede this.  Yet, the dream is something that must be pursued.  Unemployment in African- American areas of the nation is vastly higher than it is elsewhere.  There is still a crisis of hope and opportunity in these areas.  The prison system is still disproportionate in its representation of people of color.  The same need and clarion call for change that was evident in the Harlem Renaissance is still present today, albeit in different forms.  I would suggest that it is here in which the Harlem Renaissance has much in way of a connection to modern society.  In both domains, the call to change is something towards which there must be full and active commitment in order for the hopes and dreams of the artists' involved in making that call to be realized.

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