What important things does Rose learn from Jack MacFarland in the classroom that unlocks the door to the upper-middle-class for him? To what degree was what Rose learned in the classroom from MacFarland available to Coates in his classrooms? Why else is MacFarland so important to Rose’s success? Did young Ta-Nehisi Coates have similar figures in his life? What’s different about the kind of mentorship each young man received?

Rose gain perspective from Jack MacFarland. He says he says at the end of the essay. It let him think beyond his neighborhood if only for the shortest time. Well, it wants the teachers that were able to get him out of the neighborhood and that’s what coats locked in his classroom like if he did show interest in his school’s coach would have been ridiculed and killed. As far as I’m aware coats had to work his way out It didn’t have the pleasure of a figure to guide him. They built themselves from the mentorships.

I Just Wanna Be Average

What should we make of Rose’s description on pp. 13-18 of his family house and the mixed-race, mixed-ethnicity South Los Angeles neighborhood he grew up in? Try to capture both Rose’s emotional feelings about the places he grew up and the objective dangers he very casually suggests he faced there. Compare Rose’s experiences of his home and neighborhood to Coates’s.

the neighborhood was a result of Economic straits which Take people from all different walks of life and put them all one place. Nobody chooses to be in this neighborhood everybody’s there by necessity or worse and some people are mad. Mad that economic and social circumstances have relegated them to this place. Mad that in a lot drawing they weren’t even they were shoved into a pit of poverty. That makes people violent and hungry for what little power they can accumulate.


At the end of this long segment on his parents immigration and work experiences and his boyhood growing up in a mixed-race, mixed-ethnicity neighborhood in South Los Angeles, Rose writes that he “developed a picture of human existence that rendered it short and brutish or sad and aimless or long and quiet…. When, years later, I was introduced to humanistic psychologists…, with their visions of self actualization…., it all sounded like a glorious fairy tale, a magical account of a world full of possibility, full of hope and empowerment. Sinbad and Cinderella couldn’t have been more fanciful” (p. 18).

I guess it’s talking about how he lived in the situation that people idealize has a cauldron of adversity that forges strength but rarely remember about the people who are still stuck in the cauldron. People keep glorifying it but it is still a truly bad place to grow up.

Perhaps we should return to Mecca 2/21/19

Coates writes that “laws of school” were “aimed at something distant and vague” (p. 25). Pull together material from throughout the section of the reading to explain what precisely (and there’s more than one thing) the laws of schools were aimed at.

The Place that you supposed to be a process of enlightened yourself. It’s supposed to take you from who you are to who you want to be, but in the neighborhood, it is a far dream. It is a system that does not help them but chained them by the right leg.


Coates emphasizes the role of reading and writing played in his life in at least two different places in this segment. Pull together that material and explain Coates’s commitment to reading and writing. What adult figures were important to him as he learned to read and write for his own purposes?

On pages 26 and 29 two strong connection to writing and reading can be found. On page 26 Shows a connection to reading as he recalled something, he read in college a few lines from something in reading before he dropped out.  “Ecstasy, coke you say you love its poison. Schools are where I learn they should be burned its poison”. This quote feeds back into how he saw school as the shackle on the right foot and how it fits in with the other idea that the streets are the left shackle.  On page 29 he talks about how his grandmother told him how to write in the way school didn’t teach him how to emphasize the importance of his family in this time of his life that how it wasn’t the institutions that were supposed to help him.  it was the people around him.



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.


I can see where he’s coming from on that front, but I think that saying that all of America’s wealth is due to the foundation built upon slavery Is a tad unrealistic. now I’m not going to deny that a lot of the wealth during especially the 19th Century. The South producing the cotton and the North manufacturing that cotton and into cloth for sale to European nations, but despite my condescension’s it undeniable that the oppression of people of color in this nation. And that on equitable practices have been thrust upon them which have led to an almost perpetual system of poverty and inequality. But these practices were extensively done because racial hatred of course some of them did benefit economically from it, because it isn’t human if it isn’t going to befitting off the misery of others.

To be black in the Baltimore of my youth

What are some of the “rules of the street” in the Baltimore of Coates’s youth? What does “toughness” mean in that context? What’s the price of toughness? How are those rules a response to the American Dream? This is a Text+Me question.

One of the rules of the streets is to know who’s who and who controls what. Actualities I really, we have the street as much as a rule of life and survival. Knowing these groups and their histories allow you to better plan around their activities and keep out of trouble. this stuff just knowing these groups or how to avoid them it’s also how to communicate vocals and physically language. not to mention the difficulty of cultivating in the image of “toughness”. the complexity of which requiring every minuscule detail of a person to reflect this idea of strength withheld. Details such as how large of a social group you were walking with was or how many times you smiled at someone or Where you were walking. This type of social restriction too necessary survival tactics on the streets runs completely contradict too the ideals of the American dream. “The crew walked the block of their neighborhood, loud and rude because it was only through their rudeness that they might feel any sense of security and power”. ( Coates 22) What should be an ideal time in your life before the realities of work and family become involved and it is turned to a time of pure survival instinct and social stress? Instead of worry about his baseball card collection, he must worry about the local street gang. instead of worrying about whether he was going to apply to the local Ivy League school They have to worry about whether they’re going to pass high school. That’s a type of environment just opposed to the American Dream. instead of worrying about what you want to accomplish in life you’re worried about if you’re going to be able to make it to the next day.



Speculate, to what degree might Coates’s son’s experiences in his neighborhood be similar or different to Coates’s? This is a Text+Me question.

While Coate’s son Experience may be radically different than his father’s due to his father’s experience. like all parents, they want better for their children and he may know what ways to for a son to move down in order to move beyond his childhood condition. Most likely to astringe his son from the condition which seems to have shaped his life. So, his son would have a better chance with academic work in order to keep economic depression away. He highlights his inability to focus on his studies due to the conditions he grew up in this quote, “And what precisely did this have to do with an education rendered as a rote discipline? To be educated in Baltimore mostly meant always packing an extra number 2 pencil and working quietly.” (Coates 25) This paper is written for his son this is probably to tell him about his experiences with American Society at large and the dream. The fact that he wrote a book for his son so that he’d know what life was like for him really is telling about how large the problem he talks about is. So that his whole experience about the American dream can only be contained within a book shows you how difficult and complicated such a thing is to explain to other people and why it is so special to America.

Reflection – Peer Review

In terms of giving up your reviews, I feel like along some sort of comfortable ground. When reading other people’s papers, I’m as direct as I can get.  The find it easier to be direct then to beat around the bush, but if there’s one thing I must improve on it is the Menasha of giving a peer review like word suggestion. I clinically abuse word in my write and unless of the word is really sticking out like a sore thumb, I don’t suggest new words in others writing. I mean before I have suggested better words for other people’s writing but that was only because he was having a hard time finding the words and it was a defined problem he had found before I review it. So, I’m not confident in my ability to suggest new ways of wording papers. With the bigger things like theme and overall pacing, I’ll call out whenever I see it. It’s a lot easier for me I think because I’m not focusing on the minutiae I’m focusing on the bigger themes. I Also find myself trying to help people extend what work they must cover more of the criteria that the assignment requires.  As in high school and elementary school middle school, I found myself having a lot of trouble with writing and meeting seemingly arbitrary criteria like oh it must be 2 pages long or have three paragraphs. So, in that time I picked up a couple tricks on how to extend work a bit more. But since most of the papers but due to peer review being more about the substance of the paper than the actual technical minutiae of what goals that accomplish that doesn’t really need it most of the time. For the one-year thing, I found is that it’s a lot easier to place quotes in other people says then it is my own.   maybe it’s because I’ve been placing quotes in my essays all wrong or maybe it’s because the degree of separation makes it easier to deconstruct and throw away easier to insert new information without worrying how it affects the rest of the essay. In general, I think a lot of my problems with writing have to do with my inhibitions about writing.  The way I have call return since I was little his probably stick with me for a very long time. and I feel that it’s probably a lot of my method which is bad with my work when is I do write well people say it’s good.

Reflection – Writing Process

In all honesty, this essay is just not my best work.  I know exactly why I didn’t do well and that’s because I didn’t understand the topic on a level that got me interested in it.  You know it’s easier to write on stuff like animal rights because I had an opinion on that, but my opinion on civil rights and how laws affect how people those people who are affected by them. I’ve always been like you know yeah give them rights people should be allowed to love people, but I’ve never thought of it on a deeper level. So, my writing process is basically sitting down and trying to get it done turn on some music and have all the relevant information upon separate tabs. The way I do a lot of my writing is kind of a combination of typing and using speech to text programs as let me get out volumes of words on to the paper. This helps me get through the roadblock of getting the words onto the paper and allows me to keep up with the workload. On the note of animal rights, the essay animals place think I did well on I was proud of that. I was invested in the topic even though I’m skeptical about some animal rights I was very interested in the topic and very excited to write an essay about it.  It’s it was suddenly I had in my head for a long time about how certain animal rights organizations just take it too far with what they do. I feel like an animal place essay was my first real college essay. I think the essay that has a lot of parallels with The Owens essay as I had a bit of trouble. Mainly due to me not completely reading it. This heavily restricted the amount of material I felt comfortable using. It also didn’t help that this was like A continuation of animal’s place, but it was saying who has more value human hunting endangered animals or endangered animals.  I not proud of it, but also, I don’t remember most of the stuff I wrote for it. A lot of the points were really flimsy, and I think I in an attempt to cover up my lack of knowledge on the topic I turned full blast on the owns trying to paint them as the definitive villains

Reflection – Integrating Ideas

I find that my ability to on integration is very hit or miss. Sometimes it has to do with the topic the paper is on. Beyond just liking topic, I really need to understand it. In the topic of Yoshino and covering I didn’t really get it enough to make deep connect about the material. As much as I understood the idea of covering and True Self vs False Self, but it was just words on the page. There was a layer I couldn’t really understand that deprive me of the drive I need to write a good essay. As an example: “However, Kenji Yoshino says it best “Everyone covers. To cover is tone down a disfavored to fit into the mainstream.” So, for example, covering for being gay would be portraying yourself as straight.”. Look at how poorly I attempt to integrate quotes into the essay. It sticks out way too much and it’s not naturally integrated into what I was talking about before it.   I’m not able to make any good connections because of how It boxes away from the concepts within the paper. I’m too quick to define what it is and that’s the problem. For example, when I was writing about an animal’s place last semester, I was really interested I was really interested in the topic. Therefore I did a lot more research into the topic. It allowed me to work with the topic on the level that I feel I didn’t reach in this essay. Here a section I feel could have been better:  Covering, just like all ill-applied survival, can result in serious damage to one’s health and sanity. One can become disconcerting with themselves and society. Hatred can be a natural response to pent up emotions especially to those who are the source.” I really don’t feel like it missions with the rest of the essay and it has a bit of difficulty coming out.  It’s a common strategy for me to try and aspire to like some natural science angle whenever I write. I do this whenever I’m just having trouble starting a paragraph in an essay. It can lead to a real mishmash of themes if I don’t do it right and really sticks out a lot most of the time.

The Nutshell: Covering Final Confrontation

Identity is something that is intrinsic to any human being. A unique collection of memories, relationships, and, physical space. But We all cover something in our identity. Whether it is to make some small talk flow better or get that job you really need, but it works in an even broader sense like covering your national origin or race. Why do we hide these things, because it is not mainstream? Covering is the act of withholding part of one’s identity when in a social situation and is a critical component of assimilation. The word covering was coined by Yoshino Kenji a Constitutional Lawyer. He uses it in his book of the same name. Despite not making any sense, some people just hate other people for factors far out of there control. Now, in all honesty, the fact that you’re gay should not come up during any job interview. Let alone be one of the many criteria you’re judged by during the hiring process. As a large population, especially within the United States, still views being gays unfavorable trait and as It’s relatively unknown how they will respond to such topics. Now, active withholding this information with changing you are perceived to others is Covering. However, Kenji Yoshino says it best “Everyone covers. To cover is to down a disfavored to fit into the mainstream.”. So, for example in the statement, I said earlier about being gay. Covering for being gay would be portraying yourself as straight. So, let’s say you’re in the company showers and the guys are talking about celebrities that they think are attractive and everyones throwing out names like Scarlett Kohansson, Kim Carasson, and, Jegan Fox. You really want to say Jeff Goldblum, but you know that you’ll be ostracized for saying that, so you say Jessica Elba. It basically amounts to pre-emptive reaction to social ostracization.


Hiding has been part of humanity since before we were human. Actively withdrawing yourself to a secluded area too be sheltered from threats is something that all life does. However, like all survival strategy strategies, it’s only effective in the right place at the right time. Just like how you don’t conserve water in a rainforest or go to Antarctica naked you shouldn’t have to cover in. And you shouldn’t have to hide in a society that should expect you for who you are.  Covering, just like ill-applied survival, can result in serious damage to one’s health and sanity. One can become disconcerting with themselves and society. Hatred can be a natural response to pent up emotions especially to those who are the source. “The True Self is associated with human spontaneity and authenticity: “Only the True Self can be creative and only the True Self can feel real.” The False Self, in contrast, gives an individual a sense of being unreal, a sense of futility. It mediates the relationship between the True Self and the world.” No matter what in someone’s life not being able to be who you are can be maddening. It Leads to a disregard of those who put you down and not in their self-interest. Such as saying things that take their cause for social recognition back years. It is almost paradoxical as those who wish to bring their authorization to an end must be stronger than their oppressors. So, murderers are terrible people. I’m glad to live in a society where murderers are fully punished by the law. Outside of the moral ambiguity of medical procedures and horticulture. Someone with a gun going around killing other people is wrong and gets punished but Is that a violation of their rights. Do society have the right forcing people who true self is to kill others to not by punishing those who do.


Yoshino’s paper on Covering really shows how it connects to topics like true self and civil right. It also shows how covering is something humans have been probably doing since the beginning of the mainstream and how covering isn’t the problem but a symptom of the problem. The civil right movement Still has more ground to cover as legal representation does not mean social acceptance.