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  • Hi Annie,
    You did a good job of explaining the book and how the definition of the American Dream is incredibly idealistic or popular during the time I assume your book took place. I like how you examined each character’s arc because it helps me understand differing points of view along with how family is a harder thing to keep steady than one may…Read More

  • Hi Laya,
    I really liked your essay especially the really big words you used. I think your book ties well into the meaning of family and how it is an American creed which you do a good job of explaining. I also enjoyed your opinion on family being so important in one’s life and the ability to overcome obstacles within it.

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    Everyone has a different definition of being American, although many of us can agree that being American is about three main ideas: freedom, equality, and a chance at achieving your dreams. The Hate u Give being

    The Bullets you Shoot

    Everyone has a different definition of being American, although many of us can agree that being American is about three main ideas: freedom, equality, and a chance at achieving your dreams. The Hate u Give being American is a...

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    • Dear Prerna,
      I am impressed with your post “The Bullets You Shoot”. I liked the way you explained the book in a way that doesn’t give any spoilers and that you cited other texts that backed up your arguments. One part that stood out to me was “This book is very important to today’s world. African Americans and other minorities are killed at a higher rate than their white counterparts”. I thought this was very good information and I liked how you then backed it up with a quote in the next sentence. Another part I thought was interesting was “The Hate u Give helps people become less ignorant about what’s happening today and allows those people to make their decision on whether or not to recognize this problem and help promote change”. I was interested by this because you showed that when reading this book the reader sees discrimination from a new perspective and gets a better understanding of the wrongdoing by officers. You also made it clear that although everyone reading will see this problem it’s up to them to do something to stop it. Have you seen the movie The Hate U Give? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MM8OkVT0hw) The movie might be good to watch after reading the book to see how it compares and if it shines the same light on discrimination.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are a great writer and bring up good points in your writing in a smart way.

    • Prerna,
      I love your thoughts on this subject. It’s nice to see how much literature was able to teach you about a certain topic. Your tie-in to democratic values at the end was a nice touch. Are there any other books you could find that talk more about this topic? Any movies you can think of? I would love to hear your thoughts!

    • Dear Prerna
      I am shocked by your post , “ The Bullets Shoot You” because this is a main issue that we are currently living in.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Since the main characters of the novel are African-American who live in one of the poorest parts of their states, we get to see that the words people associate with being American do not apply to everyone.” I think this is very true because if this country is about freedom and equality we wouldn’t have these types of issues associated with cops killing innocent people.
      Another sentence that shocked me was: One big thing people say when talking about what it means to be American is equality. “Yet the novel centers around a young man named Khalil who was killed by a white police officer simply because the officer thought the hairbrush in Khalil’s hand was a gun”. This stood out for me because I see these types of violence in my community.
      I do agree with you that “In order to completely be a democratic nation, the people must be able to understand the problems in today’s world and promote the change to fix it.” One reason I say this is there can’t be a change without understanding the problem and if we can’t understand what is going on we can’t solve it.
      Have you seen this website : https://blacklivesmatter.com/ I thought you might be interested in this because it is about fighting for Freedom, Liberation and Justice. You can sign up for updates, and checking their resources,
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you give many details that caught my attention.

    • Dear Prerna,
      I am moved with your post “The Bullets You Shoot”. I appreciate the way you brought attention to the harsh realities of today. I like the way you shine a light on the brutal acts committed by police officers towards innocent protesters. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me was “. If we want to use democracy to achieve the ideals of freedom, equality, and achieving the American Dream, we must make sure everyone gets equal access to their basic rights and that we pay attention to what is happening, and not allow such a large group of people to be mistreated based on their race gender, or sexuality.” I think this is important because it proves that change can’t come until we change the way this country is run. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like the way you express your thoughts about current issues. We have a very similar political point of view.
      -Kayla Castillo

  • Hi Jasmine,
    I forgot to include one text in my response so I am replying again. Another one of my favorite parts in your essay is using the point of view of Arnold (a partly fictional character) who relates to so many people in the real world. Through the use of examples of discrimination that Arnold faced, that you brought up in your essay, you…Read More

  • Hi Jasmine,
    I really liked your essay! The aspects I like the best are how you relate founding documents to a novel to a real life experience (of your father). It helped me see how widespread and long lasting this issue is. Many Native Americans are impacted by discrimination on the basis of their race and Native Americans are the original…Read More

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