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He's American But…

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On the Question of Race - Quique Avilés

What is the significance of the word “but” when the speaker speaks from the persona of the fifth-grade kid, who says “he’s American BUT…” (lines 23-34, emphasis added).

A

“But” undergirds the complexity of trying to put a name on one’s identity.

B

“But” emphasizes the speaker’s lack of confidence in his identity.

C

“But” bolsters the idea that the speaker feels he is both American and Spanish.

D

“But” implies the idea that America is a ‘melting pot’ where no real sense of identity can exist.

E

“But” suggests the speaker’s doubt that people of color are 100% American.