The Search Past Silence

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Wendy Rendel Professor Isaiah Ayafor English 101.018 September 17, 2013 “The Search Past Silence” Not enough people believe that peer pressure, in addition to all of the social prejudice young black men face today, is a significant issue, but it in fact is it holds young black men back from educationally prospering. This problem is greatly overlooked to the point that it feeds into racial stereotyping, victimization, etc. It sometimes can become so overwhelming for some that they start accepting what is happening and begin to drag others along on their downward spiral. Black males have the potential to be anything that they want, but yet they are constantly settling for the bare minimum. Young African American men are being denied of reaching their full potential because they are ceaselessly getting attacked with verbal abuse from their peers, enemies, and people that do not want to see them prosper in any respect, as to them never amounting to anything in life, it later on does cause them to continuously fear what their “friends” might have to say about them trying to better themselves. David E. Kirkland wrote the book, A Search Past Silence: the Literacy of Young Black Men, to provide a humanizing narrative of young Black men that illustrates the susceptibility and intimacies that shape his ways with words. In other words he wants to give readers a feel of compassion and sympathy for the struggle that black males face by showing us how their education and community can be pulling them in opposing directions and the affect that it has on them. The author makes use of conflict to show how the main character, a young black male named Derrick, yearns to be accepted from his people so much to the point that it begins to blind him of how successful he can actually become via education. Derrick chooses his friends over his education quite a few times throughout

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