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We Wear the Mask
Transcript of We Wear the Mask
We Wear the Mask
Paul Laurence Dunbar
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Did you Know?
-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.
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.
to human guile;
O great Christ,
the clay is
and long the
as part of this project we created a video from a protest poem related to our cause. Check out our videos here:
Saving the world, one poem at a time ap literature @seagoville