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Name _____________________            =             &nb= sp;            =        English 10 Honors –MPHS

A Lesson Before Dying

We will discuss your responses when we come together as= a class


Circle the number of the statements that are accurate to your life (race).

  1. I can, if I wish, arrange= to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.
  2. I can go shopping alone m= ost of the time, pretty well assured store personnel will not follow me.
  3. I can turn on the televis= ion or open the front page of the newspaper and see people of my race wide= ly represented.
  4. When I am told about our national heritage and about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.
  5. I can be sure that I will= be given materials in school that represent my race.
  6. I can go into a music shop and find music of my race represented, or into a supermarket and find staple foods that fit with my cultural tradition, or into a hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can cut my hair.
  7. I can do well in a challenging situation without being told that I am a credit to my race= .
  8. I can remain ignorant of = the language and customs of persons of color who are the world’s majority without feeling in my culture any penalty for such ignorance.=
  9. If a traffic cop pulls me over, I can be sure it is not because of my race.
  10. I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong to feeling something in common with others, rather than feeling isolated, out of place, outnumbered, unhea= rd, held at a distance, or feared.
  11. I can worry about racism without being seen as self-seeking or self-interested.
  12. I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without having my co-workers on the job suspect that I got it because of my race.
  13. If I should need to move,= I can be pretty sure of renting or buying in an area which I could afford and in which I would want to live.
  14. I can be pretty sure that= my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me.
  15. Whether I use checks, cre= dit cards, or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial reliability.
  16. I can arrange to protect = my children most of the time from people who might not like them.
  17. I can swear, or dress in second-hand clothes, or not answer letters without having people attri= bute those choices to bad morals, the poverty, or the illiteracy of my race= .
  18. I can be pretty sure if I= ask to talk to the “person in charge” I will be facing a perso= n of my race.
  19. I can easily buy posters, post-cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys, and children’s magazines featuring people of my race.
  20. I can be late to a meeting without having my lateness reflect on my race.
  21. I can choose public accommodations without fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated in the places I have chosen.
  22. I can be sure that if I n= eed legal or medical help, my race will not work against me.
  23. I can arrange my activiti= es so that I will never have to experience feelings of rejection owing to= my race.
  24. I can easily find academic courses and institutions that give attention to people of my race.
  25. I can choose blemish cove= r or band-aids in “flesh” color and have them more or less matc= h my skin.