Essay 3 prewriting activity

  • How does Coates portray the American Dream? What does he mean when he says that, for him, “The Dream…wars with the known world” (p. 11)? You’ll need to pull together quotes from multiple locations in the reading to answer this question fully.
  •  Coates talks about how a long time ago as Americans we caused destruction and how “its so easy for us to look away and to live with our history and to ignore the great evil done in all of our names.” The writer talks about how race is something that will never change and it is looked upon as something that defines us. We look away from the big issues that are held before us but yet we never will do anything to change it. Americans accept race but do not change anything about it or pay attention to the issues with have with race.
  • What evidence does Coates give for his assertion that the American Dream is built on the destruction of black bodies? You’ll need to pull together quotes from multiple locations in the reading to answer this question fully.
  • – In this article Coates talks about how the dream wars with the known world because on page 11 he says” The destroyers will rarely be held accountable. Mostly they will receive pensions. And destruction is merely the superlative form of a dominion whose prerogatives.” In this article Coates talks about how with the American’s who caused the destruction with races are never punished for what they did and they are fighting their own war against people that have suffered enough. This war that Coates refers to is one that has never ended and probably will never end. He talks about race which is a grouping of humans based on shared physical or social qualities into categories and generally viewed as distinct by society.

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