Essay about Analysis Of The Poem ' Blink Your Eyes ' By Sekou Sundiata

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In the poem “Blink Your Eyes”, by Sekou Sundiata there is a discriminatory attitude towards racial profiling. Racial profiling is simply the belief that because of your race, gender, ethnicity, or religion you may act a certain way. Sundiata’s poem emphasizes one of the many ways in which African Americans are racial profiled in the United States. Sundiata shows us first hand what he experiences being a black man from the ghetto.
The first major element of this poem is the word choice that the author chose to use. He used the word “ride” instead of saying car. The phrase “you dig” instead of saying do you like. He refers to law enforcement as just “Law”. “Law” came to his window and asked, “what’s happening?” Instead of spelling brother correctly, Sundiata spelt it “brutha”. By choosing these phrases and spelling choices the author is trying to best portray how African Americans are believed to have behaved. Although these actions might be true, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all people of that race act that specific way. This makes me believe that Sundiata is criticizing how the world paints people with a brush only based on the way they speak. Racial profiling plays its role in the way that the police officer automatically assumed that just because of his race, it was necessary to pull the man over and talk to him in a way that the cop felt the man would best understand. The author also used terms and phrases that he thought best portrayed how black people might speak.…

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