Thesis: Both authors in the essay “In Defense of Prejudice” and “Mommy What does ‘Nigger’ Mean?” address controversial topics in the world. While Rauch tackles the idea to protect minorities, Naylor discusses the power of language; however, they both hit on the different stereotypes presented to them throughout their own lives. By successfully using their own personal stories, both authors are able to justify their arguments and create credible personas for the audience. Paragraph I Topic Sentence: Rauch and Naylor were born in two different social spectrum of the world. Through their essays, they break down the social stereotypes through informing the audience of the unknown.
In the article, Sherry uses pieces of evidence from her personal experience and examples to support her thesis. Also, her article is well-organized, and Sherry uses an academic language. However, Sherry do not consider many aspects that might affect students. She gives to much importance the example that she gives with her son. But can only a person represent all students?
Weak affirmative action which is just an effort to ensure that all qualified minority groups are considered whereas the strong one is when some sort of preference is given to the minority candidate. Later the author concludes that he will focus on the strong affirmative action because it is the most controversial one. Then the author gives us many arguments of different people and critics for and against affirmative action. Later on, David Boonin gives us his own arguments in favor of affirmative action which are 1) the unfair disadvantage argument; 2) the (other) compensation argument; 3) the appeal to diversity; 4) the need for role models; 5) the bias-elimination argument; 6) race as a qualification. “I conclude that while affirmative action may prove to have some desirable features and some beneficial consequences, there’s no reason to believe that it’s morally obligatory.
Lydia Maria Child used the idea of the Noble Savage, the audience’s confidence in social norms, and figurative language to make her story, Hobomok, an early example of sympathetic treatment towards miscegenation in the 17th century. With Lydia Maria Child’s renowned reputation as an abolitionist, it is no surprise that she disapproved of the anti-miscegenation laws, and that she sought social equality for minority groups; however, her goal was much larger than simply expressing her disfavor towards racial animosity. She aimed to dismantle the standing beliefs that founded racism in this country, as well as lead her audience to question why such behavior was seen as valid. Thus, it is important that this story is learned in classrooms today
The essay was easy to follow nothing was confusing, but there were some repeated words and other experiences. Lacking the important facts and statistic can give the author a rocky boat, but what is keeping it up is that she has personal experience. To conclude, Dominus handled a lot and sharing her story with the readers is very bold. She has acquaintances who discussed their stories as she did in the essay. She had some facts that really didn't support her because there were no numbers.
“Gangsta Rap and American Culture” is an enlightening essay written by Michael Eric Dickerson, where he counters the claims made by political activist, Senators, and other Congressmen to censor “Gangsta Rap”. Dickerson made a highly effective, fair, and accurate argument by bringing to light several reasons on how “Gangsta Rap” could possibly represent the voice of the outspoken and oppressed people of the black community; As well as larger underlying issues plaguing society that need to be focused on before we condemn rappers and their music. Dickerson’s background and current position as a professor and minister, along with his open-minded view on the allegations paved the way for a superb rebuttal to censorship of “Gangsta Rap.” First
Atticus challenges the theme of racism by defending Tom Robinson in court to the absolute best of his ability, despite his community’s disapproval. This positions the audience to believe in Atticus’ morally right beliefs. Lee has also explored the segregation of the black community from the white through the construction of key events that in that time would be seen as
The elaborate racial politics of Ernest J. Gaines’s book, A Lesson Before Dying give insight and reason as to why certain people of different ethnicities are treated as such. The racial politics in A Lesson Before Dying are more intricate with people of mixed race factored in. The hatred for African Americans by white people runs very deep in this novel, but people of mixed race complicate this system because those of mixed race are both face racial prejudice while maintaining a superior attitude towards African Americans. White people are politically, economically, and socially privileged and continue to believe that they have racial superiority in this novel. White supremacy is very visible in this novel as is their racism towards the two
The world as a whole has to work together to bring to light the problem of racial profiling. It is time people become more aware of the harm caused by racial profiling and pass laws to make racial profiling illegal. One word for how racial profiling transformed me into who I am would be “cautious.” I believe when you are too hot to handle, people will always be afraid of getting burned. Due to racial profiling, it has made me limit my flame for those who seek to extinguish it. Because I am a black female, I already have
Martin Luther King’s historic I Have a Dream speech has a similar goal to Atticus Finch’s closing argument in the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Both speeches use rhetorical devices along with ethos, pathos, and logos to support and defend their points of view in the situations in which they exist. Through each of their wording and literary methods, they defend racial equality for their fellow humans. Both Martin Luther King and Atticus Finch have similar styles over conveying their views. King uses logos while referencing the injustice of the unfair treatment between racial minorities in the United States.
Bryan Stevenson’s thesis is that one’s identity is very powerful, and that the injustice in the justice system in America may give the US a very negative identity. The speaker stated the power of identity at the beginning of his talk, and gave examples of how America has a negative identity, due to the fact that they do not operate by a fair justice system. The topic of racism in the American justice system is very controversial, and if he had presented his thesis in a very blunt way, it may have drawn negative attention from the media. That is why he decided to state the main point to his thesis at the middle of his talk, to leave the audience with a burning idea after presenting his points so that no one may
Throughout the reading, the author makes a conscious decision to make an initial distinction between the two prevailing racial ideological points of views in America; racial optimist and racial pesoptimist. The basis of the author’s argument is to use his term of “blind-racism” as a mechanism in which affluent whites have used to protect their own racial interest without risking being labeled as racist. The argument the author creates can be described as explicit because he provides a sufficient amount information to support each of his positions. For instance, Silva effectively uses statistical data to demonstrate how blacks and dark-skinned latinos are more likely to be subjected to racial profiling by police officers when compared their