Hello Khadija, I really enjoyed reading your poem! In our American Literature class we read a poem every day, which has exposed us to various artistic styles and literary elements. I was intrigued to read your piece because of the heartfelt title and beautiful picture! I think poetry is such a good way to express emotion, and I especially…[Read more]
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!
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…[Read more]
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…[Read more]
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
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.”
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.
This story was so intriguing, I couldn’t stop reading it! I am so sorry that you and your family had to experience this tragic death of a family member. My grandma was a smoker as well and died in hospice, so I know a little bit about what it is like. However, I can’t imagine what you went through growing up in a home with a parent addicted to…[Read more]
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