February 22, 2017

Homework Help: Editorial Evaluation (Writeacher)

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:32pm.

What do you think? Does it require any improvements? What do you suggest?

What I have been assigned: "[w]rite a 3-paragraph editorial that tries to persuade students at the University of Georgia to accept African-American students."

What I have written: "As a student, why have you enrolled in the University of Georgia? What do you wish or intend to gain? You might answer by naming the degree you want to pursuit in order to achieve your dream job. This is the same reason African Americans have for attending our university as well. However, although they came here merely for an education, African Americans have only dealt with harsh prejudice at the University of Georgia so far. Therefore, it is time for us to make a change.
I believe we should change our behavior towards African Americans for many reasons. The foremost one, however, is that African American students are the same as us: students who possess the same goals for education. The color of their skin doesn’t nor should matter. Like us, African Americans are living, breathing beings. They possess feelings and emotions; hopes and dreams. And yes, one of them is to receive an education. Who are we to deny themselves of that? Who are we to deny them of learning, to harass them, to judge them based upon their skin tone? We consider them as monsters, but what are we when we treat African Americans in this way? How are we any different?
Furthermore, I believe we should treat African Americans differently because, according to the Declaration of Independence, “all men are equal” and “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” Therefore, they have the same right to attend this university as we do. Thus, we have no reason to treat African American students as unfairly and cruelly as we have. They came here as students; nothing more. So we should treat them as such; as we want to be treated."

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