WritingHW1 - Kacy Grady WRTG 1150 April 15, 2008 After...

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Kacy Grady WRTG 1150 April 15, 2008 After carefully reading the following essay, answer the following questions by typing out relevant excerpts from the essay to answer the following questions: 1. Where does the essay present a controversial issue? A controversial issue is presented when the author writes, “The Redskins and the Kansas City Chiefs, along with baseball teams like the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians, should find other names that avoid highlighting ethnicity.” 2. Where does it assert a clear position on the issue? The author gives their clear position on the issue by stating, “as an adult I have concluded that using an ethnic group essentially as a sports mascot is wrong.” 3. Where does it argue its position by presenting plausible reasons and support? “By no means were such names originally meant to disparage Native Americans. The noble symbols of the Redskins or college football’s Florida Seminoles or the Illinois Illini are meant to be strong and proud. Yet, ultimately, the practice of using a people as mascots is dehumanizing. It sets them apart from the rest of society. It promotes the politics of racial aggrievement at a moment when our storehouse is running over with it.” “Another argument is that ethnic group leaders are too inclined to cry wolf in alleging racial insensitivity. Often, this is the case. But no one should overlook genuine cases of political insensitivity in an attempt to avoid accusations of hypersensitivity and political correctness.” 4. Where does it anticipate readers’ objections and arguments, either conceding or refuting them? “By no means were such names originally meant to disparage Native Americans. The noble symbols of the Redskins or college football’s Florida Seminoles or the Illinois Illini are meant to be strong and proud. Yet, ultimately, the practice of using a people as mascots is dehumanizing. It sets them apart from the rest of society. It promotes the politics of racial aggrievement at a moment when our storehouse is running over with it.” 5. What can you infer from the writer’s rhetorical choices?
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This note was uploaded on 10/08/2008 for the course WRTG 1150 taught by Professor Jones,bris during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.

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WritingHW1 - Kacy Grady WRTG 1150 April 15, 2008 After...

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