Reading Response Obama-Rehana Parvin

On pages 76, Obama says and I quote “away from my mother, away from my grandmother, I was engaged in a fitful interior struggle. I was trying to raise myself to be a black man in America, and beyond the given of my appearance, no one around me seemed to know exactly what that meant.” This quote means that he has a sudden negative strong emotion inside him that he struggle with being away from his family and being African-American and what he means by “The Given of my appearance” means that he inherited his skin color from his parents. And the people around him that doesn’t know exactly why could be his family and friends.

On pages 82-83, I choose a scene where Obama and Ray get into a heated argument because Obama feels that one of Ray’s friend name Kurt and his friends were making fun of him and Ray took offense to that and he says “Look, I’m just getting along, all right? Just like I see you getting along, talking your game with the teachers when you need them to do you a favor.” This all happened at the senior bench which was mainly for the popular kids at his high school and there were a lot of jocks and cheerleaders and a partygoing set.

On page 86, Obama says “If Malcolm’s discovery toward the end of life, that some whites might live beside him as brothers in Islam. “In another quote that Obama says I looked to see where people would come from who are willing to work toward this future and populate this new world. Obama learns that after reading about Malcolm X, some white people can follow Islam and he also learns and try to see that people are willing to work hard in the future and make the world a better place and he can see that there is hope in the future.

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