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    Stereotypes of black people

    Dear Reader, I would like to speak upon the black community on stereotypes about black people. This is coming from a 15 year old black girl with experience from being stereotyped. For example, just because I’m black doesn’t mean I’m...

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    America On Trial

    Good Afternoon. My name is Starr and I'm the protagonist of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I am from Garden Heights. I'm a 16 year old black high school student. Who lives in a black neighborhood. Going...

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    • I like how you themed this to be Starr

    • I love the pov. It’s very unique and different. I respect this heavily.

    • This is my favorite post, The Hate U Give is one of my favorite movies and to see how you created a post from the protagonist’s pov really caught my attention. I think that was really creative of you.

    • I love your references and your connections. I enjoyed reading this.

    • I read “The Hate you Give” in the 9th grade and I loved it. Your post really took me back to when I first read it. Your first-person view really allowed me to feel the emotions I had while reading the book. My question is, what was the strongest emotion did you have while reading?

    • The ways in which racism and violence against black people are justified by societal preconceptions of them are crazy. These preconceptions defend white communities, including the pupils at Starr’s school. How does grief have a way of alienating you? What are the invisible losses of losing someone? 

    • I really loved your side of this debate. I too agree that America is guilty. Do you believe that this justice system is based on the premises of slavery?

    • Hi, I like the statement you used about the officer only seeing color. A lot of people today say they don’t see color or refuse to acknowledge racial inequities. A question for you that is have you read any other books that included a minority besides Black people experiencing racial violence or other injustices, and how did they impact you?

    • Excellent post; I liked The Hate You Give and the way you explained your viewpoint on the guilt of America. I also appreciated how you brought up the assumption that black guys are automatically viewed as violent due to their skin tone. What has reading this book changed for you regarding racism and inequality?

    • Wow! this was very touching. I like how you wrote from the protagonist perspective! Grabbed my attention.

    • Omg! Literally love this book so much and the image you used speaks volumes.

    • This was great to understand the point of view of someone who was there!

    • To follow up with the quote, “America is guilty” I completely agree. This nation doesn’t hold itself to the standards it holds it people to

    • I liked how you talked about this from the perspective of Starr.

    • This was a beautiful perspective.

    • This was really interesting and it almost felt like I could have read it from the book itself.

    • This was a really interesting discussion, something different than people just sharing their thoughts and beliefs on things. I read The Hate U Give a few years ago and really enjoyed the intensity of the book. The POV of Starr that you took on was like an additional excerpt from the actual book. What about Starr’s character inspired you to write from her perspective?

    • Very interesting read here the way you characterize yourself as this character talking about their experiences is striking I watched the movie and read the book for the character’s source material and I feel it really held up to what I would expect from the character and it really fit.

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    This Is My Body

    This is my body.  Black girl. Tall girl. Skinny girl. In this world. North Philly. Tall Black Skinny girl.  From my hair to my feet. I look very neat. Black Tall Skinny girl.  You just can't compete! Tall… my body is divine. My height is so high. That will end your whole...

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    • I love your poem! it reminds me of the exercises I did in a creative writing class. Your format is beautiful and meaningful. I don’t know if this was a prompted assignment but I’m glad you wrote and posted it. Keep writing!

    • Beautiful poem, I relate to it

    • Your poem is very creative and has a nice flow to it.

    • This poem is very beautiful and I could relate to it as I am a tall, black girl as well. I love seeing tall, black girls show it off and recognize that there is nothing wrong with it!

    • This is so good i like the emphasis the AI art adds to all the detail and imagery you’ve created for readers through your writing

    • This is a beautiful poem. I love the intentional use of bold here, it really makes me focus on the repetition being used. Well done.

    • overall this was an amazing piece of writing. I am not someone who is very fond of poetry but reading this made me want to read more and it left me even more interested in the work that you have created. I really think there’s just a nice flow to this story and there’s tons of people who could learn from you.

    • Hi Aaliyah! Can I just your writing was beautiful and I felt the purpose of it? I am also a young black girl. I am not skinny but I will say is growing up I was criticized about my size so I can understand the struggle. I love that you are proud and speaking out on it.Who is the girl in the photo?

    • I loved your poem!!! Being a black woman can be very difficult, so I connected with you so much on a deep level. It seems like a lot of people in today’s society don’t understand the value our bodies have on us. Your description of this struggle was realistic and moving.

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