I, Too, Am America Essay

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A great paper. Strong opinions and heart filled statements it was for a contestI, Too, Am AmericaAmerica, the melting pot of the world, and yet its different races have so muchtrouble melding together. According to statistics, in all probability, I have a higher chancethan any other race teenager of not graduating from high school. By stereotype, all I do iseat fried chicken, sell drugs, and play basketball. In society, I might work twice as hard asthe next man and not get the promotion. I am a part of the percentage who chooses todefy the probability, break the stereotype, and change society. I, Too, Am America.Unfortunately, in my experience through junior and senior high, the common blackattitude towards education has been one of neglect. Not caring about one 'F,' or theother, careening through high school with a gpa of 1.5. However, there are those whoreally care about their grades, earning the respect of their peers and friends. I strive to bein the latter group, so that I can better myself. For every black student who makes thatextra effort, that better grade, there will be another person who becomes more enlightenedto the facts and not the fiction of black life in America. In the act of improving my mind, Iam not only helping myself but furthering the cause for complete equality throughout thenation.As part of America's black youth, I must grow up in a world of racism, no matterwhat supposed 'huge steps' have been made. It is up to me not to use this as an excusebut...

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