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Baratunde Thurston
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The epigraph of the book is an altered quote from Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night. How does the epigraph reflect Thurston’s experience?

The epigraph, “Be not afraid of blackness. Some are born black. Some achieve blackness, and others have blackness thrust upon them” changes the original Shakespeare quote using “greatness” to “blackness.” This question asks the reader to find how this anomaly achieves its goal within these essays.

How does the inclusion of photographs create intimacy with Baratunde Thurston’s experiences?

The photographs of Thurston’s mother or of Thurston in the press briefing room at the White House offer a visual glimpse into Baratunde Thurston’s life. These primary documents relay photographic substance and context to the dynamic of the story and the question asks the reader to contemplate on this added intimacy.

Thurston attempts to create a book readable for all races. Is he successful?

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