Boys of Baraka Essay:
After viewing the documentary Boys of Baraka, Cosby makes two of many claims. His first claim is that having people watch over you and make sure your on task with your education and acting appropriately will make you a success. His second claim is that people need to act and save kids, like the Baraka students! I agree with both of Cosby’s claims because every student has the potential to succeed and the Baraka students and Cosby are proof of that. Cosby claims that having people watch over you and make sure your on task with your education and acting appropriately will make you a success, saying “They needed someone to put a body on them” (Cosby 1). Brandon Harlee was one of numerous victims of the corrupt abyss of inner-city Baltimore. His mother was shot and paralyzed by his father when he was only two years old, becoming fatherless soon after and grew up in a neighborhood plagued by drugs and gangs. Without much support from his family and the lack of good influences in his life, he did poorly in school, scoring “Ds and F’s in his classes and was constantly in trouble for fighting with other students” (Goldstein 1). Brandon’s future was grim, and most likely was in a jail, where “nearly 50%” of the “two-thirds of black males in Baltimore who don’t graduate from high school” ended up in (Goldstein 1). But he wouldn’t end up being a part of those statistics. Instead, he would end up attending a school in rural Kenya, the Baraka School, where black boys like Brandon would be disciplined and educated, with plenty of adult attention for two years. After attending Baraka, Brandon “was named Most Improved Student” and “aced his first Latin test” at “a highly regarded magnet school in Baltimore” (Goldstein 1). But Brandon was not the only Baraka graduate to experience success. Kevin Prem “won five awards for academic excellence” and plans on being “a prosecuting attorney, so he can put in jail ‘people who sell drugs to...
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