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1. Why does Coates see Howard University as his Mecca?

2. Why does Coates refer to white Americans as “people who believe they are white”?

3. Why does Coates have trouble feeling sympathy for the first responders of 9/11?

4. How does Samori’s mother change Coates?

5. How does Coates use journalism to express his views?

6. In what ways is Samori’s world different than the one in which Coates grew up?