Essay 2 Prewriting Activity


One of the things in this article that really stuck out to me was when Kwame said ““The key thing I think is to make sure that the teams are held together by more than just hatred and contempt for the other team. There’s always going to be an element of that, but if you lead with the hatred and contempt, as Donald Trump often does, then you’re leading irresponsibly.” I feel that this statement is very spot on about our society today  there has been a lot of hate in the media, different political groups and throughout the entire population. The people that have these different movements I feel speak from being hurt and hatred and instead making a change they have so much anger. Some Of these group can make a change and they do but their intentions of doing so isn’t always good. I have been in a situation were I was so angered about an incident that happened that I used that anger to drive me to make a change and the thing that was good about it was I did make a change but I wanted to make that change out of anger and that is leading irresponsibly. Another idea in the conversation was what is identity and this is what we have been talking about in class. Kwame claims that ““The short answer is that identities are labels that we use to group each other. When you take one seriously, when you identify with a label, then you think of it as giving you reasons to do things and not to do things.”  He constantly references that identities have to with grouping  and these identities can either divide or bring people together . An identity is something that should make you unique, not comparable to others. An identity shows who you really are and not  just what you do. He also talks about at the same time how “We’re pretty good at recognizing that there are features of our identities that are salient and help us divide ourselves. That’s one of the reasons why they’re important and even helpful. So you’re a journalist, that’s your professional identity, and it’s crucially important when, say, a cop wants to know who you’re talking to and how you got your information. Your identity as a journalist will be activated in that moment and as a result you’ll want to protect your sources of information.” He is claiming that our identities are important and they divide us from one another but somethings that we identify us are not so important until a certain time in your life. Identities can be shown in  certain moments and you want to show who you are.

Somethings that I wondered while reading was shouldn’t all parts of your identity matter because  it is who you are but once i finished the entire article it made sense how each quality of yourself is important for certain moments but not all at once. I also wondered why using  hate is a bad way of inspiring yourself to make a change but I realized Kwame wanted to say how using hatred towards another group to inspire is the wrong way to do it. You want to make a change based on your own beliefs and what your really fighting for. I believe that making a change is great  especially when your involved for the right reason and now we need change more then ever with everything happening in the world. We need to be unique and to show who we are in order to make that change.

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