Over the past few weeks, we have been reading a book named Long Division. We used the annotations that we took and put them into AI in order to see if it could create an essay based on our notes. This raises the question: is AI better than us?

When I read one of the essays that was generated from my annotations, I was actually surprised that it was able to make an essay just based on the few comments that I put. However, I wasn’t really fond of the essay that it came up with. In the first sentence, the AI named the author J.J. Johnson, which is not correct. I also saw that they got some of the characters mixed up, such as Lavander Peeler and Citoyen.

Overall, I don’t think I would use AI to write anything for me.


The novel LaVander Peeler by J.J. Johnson is a powerful exploration of the African American experience and its nuances. Through the eyes of its protagonist City, the story follows him as he navigates the complicated reality of growing up in a world that is often hostile to him and his family. Within the story, several themes emerge that provide insight into the struggles faced by African Americans. These include the complex dynamics of family, the systemic racism faced by African Americans, and the power of language.

The first theme that emerges is the complexity of family dynamics. City’s experience highlights the struggles of many African Americans to reconcile the love for their family members and the reality of the challenges they face. Aniyah R’s comment, “It kind of brings me closer to the book in a way,” speaks to the power of this theme. City’s mother, Siobhan, demonstrates her love for her son through her tough love approach to discipline. Despite the fact that she sometimes relies on beatings to discipline her son, it is clear that she is doing what she believes is best for him. At the same time, City’s father, LaVander, is a complex figure who simultaneously loves City and is unable to provide the emotional support he needs.

The second theme that emerges is the systemic racism faced by African Americans. Aniyah R’s comment, “The word ‘homosexual’ is said a bunch of times in the book so far…I don’t like the fact that the word ‘homosexual’ is used in a negative way,” speaks to the power of this theme. Throughout the story, City’s experiences demonstrate that racism is not only a personal issue, but a systemic one. He experiences discrimination in the form of police brutality, the unequal treatment of his father in the criminal justice system, and the use of language that demeans and devalues African Americans.

The third theme that emerges is the power of language. Aniyah R’s comment, “Why would they give him that word for his sentence? It makes it seem like they aren’t serious about him at all…” speaks to the power of this theme. Throughout the story, City is subject to language that is used to demean and devalue African Americans. From the word “chitterling” to the use of the word “homosexual” in a negative way, language is used to dehumanize African Americans and maintain the status quo.

In the end, LaVander Peeler is a powerful story that highlights the struggles of African Americans in a hostile and unequal society. Through the exploration of three themes – the complexity of family dynamics, the systemic racism faced by African Americans, and the power of language – the story provides insight into the African-American experience and its nuances. As the story progresses, it will be interesting to learn more about how City navigates the complicated reality of growing up in a world that is often hostile to him and his family.

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May 2, 2023 2:21 pm

I agree with your criticism of employing artificial intelligence to produce your essays. I also discovered an issue with the AI’s accuracy. Because of this, I believe there should be a lot of proofreading. One good aspect is that AI can generate ideas for you to build on and write about. To maximize AI’s efficiency, you must collaborate with it. I also like the title, which is quite catchy.

May 2, 2023 2:10 pm

I agree with your criticism of using AI to write your essays. I also found a problem with the AI’s accuracy. I do think that due to this, there needs to be a lot of proofreading. One positive impact is that AI can provide ideas that you can use to build off of and write about. You need to work together with AI to maximize its efficiency. Also, the title is very attention-grabbing, I love it.

May 2, 2023 2:07 pm

I really liked how you commented on how AI is not always correct, and how you raised the question “Is AI better than Us?.” I think that’s an important question to consider. I also really like how you used the essay with the wrong author and title to show how AI is not always correct.

Sanaa Carter
May 2, 2023 2:02 pm

I agree, I dislike it when AI occasionally creates fake identities and situations. In response to your question, “Is AI better than us?” No, although I think it can be useful when creating images, I don’t really enjoy using it when writing essays. 

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