Reading 101 Textbook: None. Selected writings found online will constitute the textbook.Instructor: Mba Mbulu

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Class #9

 Review

 Lesson

 Explanation

In previous classes we have discussed some important hints. Included are:

(1) Assume a comfortable position, but get out of it every eight to ten minutes.

(2) Practice blinking while you read.

(3) If a sentence "loses" you, reread that sentence until you have pinpointed the source of that confusion.

(4) Don't worry about what others might think when you read.

(5) Think about what you read.

(6) Keep a good dictionary within reach.

Subject Matter

Read the following Extract and think about it. Then read the Explanation and compare your thoughts to those in the Explanation.

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Class #9 Reading Extract [Top] (From Black Smart, page 118)

Black and white people in American need to be Black-smart as well as white-smart. All Americans grow up exposed to white culture, white history, white perspectives, etc. All Americans need to be exposed to Black history, Black culture, Black perspectives, etc., as well-- in extreme doses, without equivocations, without reverent tones and without attempts to make either race swallow the pill easier. Much has to be said and understood, and Black People and white people must read and understand in spite of whatever prejudices we are slaves to. Otherwise, all Hell could break loose, and that would be to the detriment of us all.

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Explanation of Class #9 Extract

The capitalization of the term "Black" is neither erroneous or poor grammar, and the failure to capitalize "white" is not a prejudicial slap at caucasians. The adept reader would observe how each term is treated and ask "Why is that done?".

Additionally, some readers would assume that the "prejudices" that are referenced refer to white people only. There is no basis for coming to that conclusion. Many of Black People's prejudices are more damaging to Our progress that white people's prejudices.

You should have taken note that "Hell" is capitalized. Why is that done. Does it imply that "Hell" is a positive response? Maybe. But if that is the case, why would "Hell" be "to the detriment of us all"? The author is manipulating concepts, and an adept reader would recognize the need to understand more before coming to a definitive conclusion about that extract.

Reread the extract!

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