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What If There Were No Black People?

“What If There Were No Black People?” is a poem written and self-published by Sean Mauricette, also known as “SUBLIMINAL.” 
Author
Sean Mauricette (aka SUBLIMINAL)
Grade Level

Source
Written by: SEAN MAURICETTE, aka. SUBLIMINAL.
Text Dependent Questions
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What is the gist of the poem? In other words, what is it mostly about?
Answer
The speaker contemplates what it would have been like—and what the world would have missed—if black people never existed.
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The poem mentions three distinct areas to which black people have contributed. What are they?
Answer
They are music, history and literature.
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How does the speaker describe the contributions black people will make to society in the future?
Answer
Breathtaking.
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What is the author’s purpose for asking, “What if there were no black people?” Refer to the poem to support your explanation.
Answer
The author poses this question as a device to set the stage for the poem. It’s a rhetorical, somewhat ironic, question. Asking this question forces readers to think about what their lives and society would be like without the contributions of black people, a mental exercise that underscores the greatness of black culture.
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Sean Mauricette’s poem highlights the accomplishments of people from across the African diaspora. What sectors of society does the poem focus upon?
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Music, art, science, architecture, engineering, leadership, policy and civil rights.
Question
Build upon Mauricette’s poem by adding an additional stanza that begins with “If there were no black people.”
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Student responses will vary.