African-Americans and Social Etiquette Persuasive Essay by tpmaven

An analysis of the importance of social etiquette for young African-American men.
# 109379 | 1,529 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published by on Nov 30, 2008 in Sociology (General) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper discusses how a person who knows the rules of social etiquette will feel better about himself and will also make those around him feel respected and important. The rules of social etiquette help people learn not to act on their first, natural impulses. When young men fail to do so, sometimes they get in trouble with the law. This paper explore the importance of social etiquette among young males, especially African-American males and offers guidance in business and personal etiquette.

Older Rules of Etiquette
Basic Rules of Social Etiquette
Cell Phone Etiquette
Email Etiquette
Introduce People Properly
Business Attire
Table Manners

From the Paper:

"Bill Cosby, in his famous, controversial "Pound Cake" speech, noted that "we are in a new time, where people are behaving in abnormal ways and calling it normal..." He said that although racism is still present in society, it is not an excuse for young African-American men to stop trying to act in a manner that they should. By remembering their traditions and learning personal responsibility, Cosby said that young African-American men can be proud. Part of this involves learning the rules of social etiquette. Young men, regardless of their race, need to take responsibility for their own actions. Ultimately, they must learn and decide to behave in a way that correlates with polite society."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bailey, Deryl F. "Empowering and Transforming African-American Males: A Personal Reflection."University of Georgia, Dept.of Counseling and Human Development Services,
  • Carter, Stephen L. "Civility: manners, morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy." The Christian Century, April 8, 1998, pp. 366-371.
  • Coates, Ta Nehisi. "This Is How We Lost to the White Man. May 2008 The Atlantic Monthly.
  • Cosby, Bill. "Pound Cake Speech." May 2004. Accessed

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