My First Conk - Sean Quigley AP English 2A My First Conk...

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Sean Quigley AP English 2A 11/13/11 My First Conk Comprehension: 1. A conk is a hairstyle that many African Americans had in the early to mid 1900’s that made their hair straight. Many famous African Americans started to conk their hair and Malcolm X like many other African Americans believed it was fashionable. At the time he gets his conk he thinks that he will become more fashionable and look better in the eyes of other people, but looking back on it he realizes that him, like man other people in the black community were betraying their own kind and trying to look more like white people. Purpose and Audience: 2. The thesis of this essay is explicitly stated in the 23 rd paragraph. “I had joined the multitude of Negro men and women in America who are brainwashed into believing that black people are “inferior” –and white people “superior” –that they would even violate and mutilate their God-created bodies to try and look “pretty” by white standards.

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