This relates to our theme because Douthat expresses that "there is no unifying story". Therefore, we have to start and build our own story and identity as individuals, if we chose to make a name for ourselves outside of prejudice.
This piece more focuses on the values of America. The speakers in this video emphasize the fact that a book is banned over a gun. This can be further analyzed to see what this specifically says about what America values, but a part of this poem really touches on the things that America makes more of a priority.
DuBois shows the lack of meaning that the actual merit of knowledge has regarding one's American identity. This can mean that no matter what you do, your accomplishments still may not come before your appearance. This is emphasized through DuBois' technique of giving two characters the same name, but a different skin tone, which results in two completely different endings for them.
From Brooklyn Museum, Kehinde Wiley, Shantavia Beale II (2012), Oil on canvas, 60 × 48 in Kehinde Wiley recreates and exemplifies the uniqueness of the African American identity through a colorful and detailed background (as it is in real life) and a 20th century British composition.
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, "Between the World and Me," has been called "required reading" by Toni Morrison. "I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin d