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We Wear the Mask

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Dakota Allen

on 20 May 2014

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Transcript of We Wear the Mask

We wear
It
This
With
We Wear the Mask
Paul Laurence Dunbar

And
Why
In
We
To
Beneath
Presentation created by:
Dakota A.
&
Darius G.
But
Did you Know?
Statistics

-More than 2 million people of the African-American community are below the poverty level. This also happens to be the most victimized group in America

-In 2010, the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that African Americans receive 10% longer sentences than whites through the federal system for the same crimes.

-In the United States, the census from the very beginning (1790) has sorted people on the basis of their race.

Many people encounter racism whether its inflicted upon them or they're just bystanders. Our cause is to stop this terrible act upon others simply because they are different in some kind of way.


Sources
http://www.potw.org/archive/potw8.html

https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-racial-discrimination

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Laurence_Dunbar

http://www.shmoop.com/we-wear-the-mask/
In the revealing poem
"We Wear the Mask"
Paul Laurence Dunbar opens the poem with the declaration that we wear masks which hide our true feelings. He goes on to emphasize the severity of the pain and suffering that these masks try to cover up. By the end we understand that all of the subdued emotions are just phony disguises of the painful truths that hide behind them.

that
and
Pay
pay
to human guile;
and
hearts
We
myriad
the
over-wise
,
all
and
let
While
We wear

O great Christ,
our
cries

tortured
from
ARISE
We sing,
BUT
the clay is

OH
and long the
let
We
OTHERWISE
BUT,
be
counting
and
lies,
grins
our eyes,
shades
smile
subtleties.
tears

our
wear
the
mask!
should
w
the

mask
we
with
mouth
the mask.
souls
vile
m
i
le;

sighs?
NAY,
NAY,
us,
see
only

them
cheeks
our
hides

thee
s
e,
l
i
m
o
r
l
d
the
w
o
r
l
d

dream
our
feet,
as part of this project we created a video from a protest poem related to our cause. Check out our videos here:
http://padlet.com/menzies/seagoville2014
Saving the world, one poem at a time ap literature @seagoville
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