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    An Ode to Black Wall Street

    Black Wall Street, they tried to break you down, burned your homes down to the ground. A horrific scene, a horrendous occurrence. Disrupted routine to cause a deterrence.  You kept your courage, kept your power. Used your strength, refused to cower. Rose above with faith...

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    The Amazing Jackie Robinson

    Who Was Jackie Robinson? Jackie Robinson, an iconic figure in American history, was not only a renowned African-American baseball player but also a catalyst for societal change. His journey from humble beginnings to breaking the color barrier in baseball remains...

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    Mock trial of Starr Carter (Closing statement).

    Disclaimer: This is a fictional statement based on the character from the novel The Hate U Give, the views expressed in this statement are not my own. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, throughout my time in our community, I've...

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    Mock Trial of Starr Carter

    Disclaimer: This is a fictional statement based on the character from the novel The Hate U Give, the views expressed in this statement are not my own. Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Starr Carter, and I am...

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    • This is a really interesting take on The Hate U Give and a perspective I hadn’t considered before. This is a very creative way to analyze the message of the book and try to understand more deeply how the main character might feel about the events of the book and how she would handle these feelings in a formal setting. Was this written using evidence from the original text?

    • Mashia what drew me to your comment was your image of the ” The Hate U Give”. I have read the book and watched the movie and I want to say, that your interpretation of a statement the main character would have made is right on par. I wish you had incorporated what part of the book this statement would have been in because it seems like a very powerful moment. I love how you put yourself into the main character’s shoes. Were any emotions brought out, when you as the writer put yourself into the shoes of starr from the book?

    • This is a really fascinating interpretation of The Hate U Give, and it’s not one I had previously thought of. This is a really original method of dissecting the book’s meaning and attempting to comprehend the main character’s thoughts and feelings about the events as well as how she would respond to them in a formal situation. Was the original text’s evidence used to support this writing?

    • Mashia, having both read “The Hate U Give” and watched the movie, your fictional mock trial statement has profoundly impacted my view of the story. Starr Carter’s compelling address on mass incarceration and police brutality has struck a chord with me, shedding light on the urgent need for societal change. Your portrayal of the systemic inequalities and historical context surrounding racism serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggle for justice and equality in our communities.

    • This story is both moving and thought-provoking. Starr Carter’s powerful speech not only sheds light on pressing societal issues but also inspires action and empathy. Her courage in speaking out against injustice and advocating for meaningful change is commendable and I really enjoyed reading it.

    • You did a good job stepping into the shoes of your character and explaning the racial social injustices that plague our country. I would’ve liked to see more of a concrete solution though in the conclusion. Nevertheless its an interesting take on this book

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