Prewriting & Research Assignment



Writing Activity 1: Prewriting & Research Assignment

Anita F . Cherry

ENG 215 – Research & Writing

Dr. Kasraie

June 11, 2020

Topic, Position, Audience, and Goal


Should people change on how they think about other races?


I believe that all people worldwide should change how they see and think about other races. It is vital to practice equality among all people regardless of their race.


The audience of this draft is to persuade all people, young and old to change their view on other races. The goal is to reach to any individual who is aware of what racism refers to; this include young adolescents who are being exposed to the world of different races and older adults who tend to adopt racism. The audience of this draft is to appeal to men and women with or without families. The audience thinks that a particular race will dominate the world and surpass the other races. Such thoughts can make a certain race object my argument on how to change the way we think about other races. I believe that in the 21st century racism is the least mechanism of living people should adopt. We should adopt love, peace and harmony among all races in the world. I believe that we all need to adopt racial equality in all sectors of the world.


My goal is to persuade any person who believe in or practice racism, to stop and appreciate other races.

Supporting Points

1. A large category of persons who face racial discrimination get exposed to mental health effects such as depression.

2. There is need to review what our society and cultures teach us concerning other races.

3. To overcome racism we need a united mind both from the whites and blacks.

Research Organizer

Top 3 Sources with Summaries

Sheehan, B. E., Derlega, V. J., Maduro, R. S., & Winstead, B. A. (2019). Prior experiences with racial discrimination predict psychological reactions to a recent incident of race-based rejection among African American university students. Journal of Loss and Trauma24(2), 115-128.

This is a informational article from the health sector that discusses the effects of racial discrimination to the mental health of an individual. The article gives an overview of mental related illnesses that can occur to persons facing discrimination due to their race. Such illnesses include, anxiety and depression, distress and psychiatric symptoms. The study has shown the importance of treating and changing our thoughts to people of other races. Negative thoughts pose a threat to the victims involved in any type of racial discrimination. This source supports my view that people need change on how they think about other races. A negative reaction to people who are not of your race will definitely affect their lives. They feel as a segregated group of persons; this can lead to negative mental effects such as depression.

Wan .W, Sarah, K. (2017, August 14). The Washington Post.

The information from this source seeks to answer the question why are people still racists. The case study is performed in America after a race discrimination case. It is the role of parents to teach their children that being a racist is not the heroic way of living. The writer seeks to understand whether older people in America are becoming more racists and their children progress more on the same. It is important for all Americans to learn that being a racist is an outdated system of living. Additionally children should be trained up teaching them to appreciate all people regardless of their race. The source provides a substantial support to my topic on the significance of understanding other races. As children grow they adapt and learn new things according to the environment they are exposed to. It is essential to train all children to love other races for a successful racist free society.

Pew research center. (2019, December 31). On views of race and inequality, blacks and whites are worlds apart. Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends Project.

In this article published by the Pew Research center, racial equality seems to be a difficult aspect to achieve in America. According to the study four out of ten black people are not certain whether racial discrimination shall end in America. The article reports how blacks and whites are treated in America based on different aspects such as in the work places, in courts, and when dealing with the police. Generally, the article gives an overview of differing views on the lives of blacks and whites. This source supports the need for change on how people think about other races. There is need to treat black and whites equally regardless of their varying colors.

3 Additional Sources (No Summary Required)


Cheesman, N. (2017). How in Myanmar “national races” came to surpass citizenship and exclude Rohingya. Journal of Contemporary Asia47(3), 461-483.

Seekings, J. (2008). The continuing salience of race: Discrimination and diversity in South Africa. Journal of contemporary African studies26(1), 1-25.

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