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]
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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]
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]
To be American is to be able to fight for both your freedom and the freedom of others that are seeking liberty and equality. All Americans should be able to have three basic rights that were given to us in the
This argument paper was amazing. The way you used your words and voice made it a very compelling read. As I was reading this I realized that we have very similar views on a lot of topics. I agree with your statement that having rights isn’t what makes you a American. There is so much corruption in this country and it is hard to unify ourselves because not everyone wants to be unified. I was going to talk about gun control is my paper, but I decided to leave it out, so I am happy that you touched base on the topic. I think it is fascinating how you also acknowledge that “humanity has never and will likely never be perfect” which I 100% agree with. I think it is interesting when people use the claim “Make America Great Again” because it makes me question, when was America ever great? I am curious what you have to say on this topic. Once again, great essay!
I like your opinion about to be American is to fight, I also talked about America history told us what we should be. I regard American history is a “fight” history, fight for freedom, fight for equality, and fight for our rights. You use a good related to the book The Absolutely True Diary of Part Time Indian we read these days, that is a strong evidence to explain some Americans still don’t have the rights and they struggling everyday. You also use suppose in your 4th paragraph, that’s make the essay more convincing and more diverse. It is an amazing essay! When I read this article, I can feel it is very powerful!
I really enjoyed reading your paper, it had a focused claim and great evidence. I completely agree with your views on this topic that there is inequality and if we want to progress in life we must work for it. I think the way you phrased this essay made it that much more compelling and made me understand what you were trying to say. The inclusion of the 13 Amendments and the Emancipation Proclamation brought a new view to your claim. I thought it was interesting how you said that our nation probably will never be perfect and made it obvious that there are flaws in our society. Reading this makes me wonder why can’t America ever be flawless or perfect? Do you think there is anything we could do to make that happen?
Hi Prerna! I loved reading your essay. You did a great job providing evidence from multiple sources including the Emancipation Proclamation, Civil Rights Act, and the U.S. Constitution. I also enjoyed learning about how many groups of people are discriminated against, since my essay was based on only Native Americans. I was able to learn new things! Such as the fact that “There is no federal law protecting employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the United States” (“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Workplace Issues). This is so sad! I completely agree with you that we need to fight for our rights, especially as youth since we are the next generation to lead our country. In a time of division and fear, coming together to fight for a common cause is very rewarding! Have you ever been to a march? What is your opinion on school walkouts? Do you think they are effective?
I enjoyed reading your post. I like how you used evidence from different sources to back up the idea that discrimination is something that needs to be addressed. I agree that Americans should be able to access their natural rights, and it’s sad that many people aren’t treated the same as others soley because they look or act “different”. I feel that many people think mainly about skin color when the word “discrimination” is used, but discrimination is so much more than that. People are also discriminated against based on gender, sexual orientation, beliefs, etc…. I thought you addressed that concept well in your writing. Here’s a link that talks more about natural rights for Americans and also legal rights. https://www.thoughtco.com/what-are-natural-rights-4108952. In the last paragraph of your post you state, “It does not happen naturally, we cannot expect our basic rights to just be there without fighting for them”. What I’m wondering is if we have to fight for our natural rights, then are they really natural? Should we have to fight for our natural rights?
Another concept that I agree with is that we, as Americans, need to work together in order to institute change for issues that we greatly care about. Not everybody agrees on how certain topics should be addressed and when we don’t agree with something, we citizens have the right to say so, and that’s what’s so special about America.
This is an incredible poem! Gun control is a problem in today’s world and one of the most debated topics today. The fact that you put this in poem form while acknowledging why the person who the gun is pointed at and the person holding the gun is a really creative way to talk about this. I agree on how many young lives are being taken…[Read more]
I am impressed by the way you don’t exactly take a side on the argument but instead act like an audience member who is looking for why this is such a heated topic in today’s world. I also like the fact that you bring in professional opinions and facts on the issue itself. I agree that we must look at medical marijuana as something that…[Read more]
I think you did an incredible job framing your argument. You gave statistics but also followed up and explained those statistics and why they are relevant to your main argument. Also, I completely agree with you on how much waste the United States, as well as many other first world countries, produce that could solve problems like…[Read more]
I completely agree! We live in a system where no matter how hard you work for four years, one morning of testing could change your life forever. Not to mention that most of the standardized tests don’t test how hard you work to study for them you might still go poorly. Those who are poor tests takers often struggle with admission into…[Read more]
I found your post really interesting and a great perspective on what a lot of people in this country face when they don’t know English. My grandmother moved here thirty years ago and had to work hard in order to learn English so that she could get a good job for her kids. You seem to be doing really well on learning English,…[Read more]
I have also noticed a decrease in print throughout my life. Like you said, print is a dying industry because we are in the digital age. Kids would rather have thousands of free, personalized, articles at their fingertips than big pages of text that only come once a week. We can hope that eventually people will begin to realize that print is a…[Read more]
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