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    American values include the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of The Black Lives Matter movement and co-author of When They Call You A Terrorist

    Uplifting All Minorities

    American values include the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of The Black Lives Matter movement and co-author of When They Call You A Terrorist stated:  We deserve another knowing, the knowing that comes...

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    • Jasmine,
      I love your work on this! You tied your book to your ideas very well. I love the usage of sources to back up your claims. I’d love to see what you have to say about other issues in America that concern inequality. Good job!

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    Can we, as the American people, agree that some important values include the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?  Most likely. However, can we all agree that everyone, including Native

    Do American Values Apply to Native Americans As Well?

    Can we, as the American people, agree that some important values include the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?  Most likely. However, can we all agree that everyone, including Native Americans, have the ability to...

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    • 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 Americans, so why aren’t they treated with the same respect we might give a white person? Humanity is terribly flawed and prejudice is a large aspect of why we do terrible things to each other. Early on, when Columbus first arrived to the America’s, racial terrorism was common. It was a horrible thing to do but I wonder why we haven’t learned from it. You do a fantastic job of explaining how deeply this discrimination impacts many Native Americans and how not learning from it takes from the identity of today’s “Americans.”

      • 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 helped the reader better understand as I said before, how deeply this issue affects people. And while Native Americans are not the only group who face discrimination in this country, they are a group whose trouble need to be discussed and fixed more. No white American can truly ever repay the things their ancestors did but they can at least try or learn from it.

        • Prerna- Thanks so much for your feedback! I loved how you said “humanity is terribly flawed and prejudice is a large aspect of why we do terrible things to each other”. This made me think more about other groups harmed by prejudice as well, such as African Americans. I am currently reading “When They Call You a Terrorist” by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Ashe Bandele, and I am learning a lot about the hardships African Americans have been through due to the color of their skin. No one deserves to be treated this way, and hopefully someday we will live in a world were prejudices no longer exist.

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