Read Jason Stanley and Vesla Weaver’s article “Is the United
States a ‘Racial Democracy’?” published in The New York Times. Once you thoroughly understand the authors’
argument and main points, write a 350 – 500 word (1 or 2 paragraph) summary of the article’s main ideas and
key supporting points. Be sure that your summary includes at least 2 quotations from the article (full or
blended). Also, be sure to introduce your summary with a full signal phrase and to use short signal phrases
throughout your summary to remind your readers that they are reading a
summary. Lastly, be sure to proofread and edit your summary carefully.
Do note that there are two key points in the authors’ argument. First, they critique some issues they see in the
criminal justice system, and then they address the impact these issues have on the democratic process. Be
sure that your summary addresses both main ideas.