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Adolph Reed Jr. Readings from “Class Notes”

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Read two essays from Adolph Reed Jr.’s Class Notes:

–“‘What are the Drums Saying, Booker’: The Curious Role of the Black Public Intellectual” (p.77)

http://libcom.org/files/ReedWhatAreTheDrumsSayingBooker.pdf

–“The Underclass Myth” (p.93)

https://progressive.org/magazine/the-underclass-myth-reed/

In the discussion below, write at least two paragraph (each paragraph should be about 8-9 sentences on your thoughts of each essay). You can write one paragraph for each essay or you can combine your ideas on both essays in the two paragraphs.

It’s up to you what you write about. What did you like about them? What didn’t you like? What did you agree with or what didn’t you? What parts of the essays were confusing and why? Were there historical references you didn’t understand? What do you think Reed was getting after when we wrote these essays?

Again, you can approach this discussion however you’d like.

After you’ve submitted your responses, please respond to at least one of your fellow classmates. Make this response at least 8-9 sentences. If you agree with something he or she said explain why and maybe expand the discussion; if you disagree with what your classmate wrote and would like to engage with what he or she said, you can do that also; if you have a question or would like to take the discussion in a new direction, that is okay also.

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