The Politics and Poetics of Racial Identity

The Politics and Poetics of Racial Identity

Muhammad Ali

What is the overall message of the text, its major themes or patterns? Take note of the usage and frequency of specific words phrases, terms, or their descriptive language, as well as their meaning. Consider the significance of tone, humor, sarcasm, or hyperbole, if any. How do these narrative elements contribute to the larger message of the text?
· How is the race or ethnicity of the writer, speaker, or performer established within the text?
· Who is the intended audience for the text? What kind of reaction is the text trying to elicit?
· What is the importance of the historical and social context in which the text was created? Are there references to people, events, or social problems?
· How does the text tackle issues such as racial and ethnic identity; racism, prejudice and discrimination; social inequalities; and intergroup relations?
· Does the text deal with intersectionality, where race or ethnicity is also linked to class, gender, sexuality, age, or other forms of inequality?
· In what ways is the text both an individual story and the story of a larger group?

· Why did you choose the text? What about it is interesting or meaningful to you? What do you think or feel?
Choose a poem, speech, song, or performance piece and do a content analysis of the test. Write a 3-4 page essay responding to the above prompts. Make sure to incorporate the relevant sociological concepts in your discussion. Include a copy of the text with your paper.