How to Write an Argument Paper on Racism

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How to Write an Argument Paper on Racism
An agrument paper is also known as a pursuasive essay. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

An argument paper is generally referred to as a persuasive essay. In its most basic form, the persuasive essay should take a clear position on an issue and then lay out a concise argument for or against the stated position. If your topic is racism, then you first must decide whether you are going to argue in support of racism or against it. For purposes of this discussion, let us take the position that racism is wrong.

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Things you need

  • To write an argument paper on racism, you will need the following:
  • Thesis statement
  • 3 supporting points
  • 2 vivid details for each of the supporting points
  • Concluding statement

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    Steps for an Argument Paper

  1. 1

    The very first step in creating a solid argument paper against racism is to craft what is called a "thesis statement." The thesis statement is a sentence that clearly states the position for which you are arguing. For example, if your paper is arguing against racism, your thesis statement might be something like this: "Discrimination based on a person's race or ethnicity is wrong." Or you might take a slightly different angle and argue: "Racism hurts all members of society."

    How to Write an Argument Paper on Racism
    A thesis statement comminucates the point you are arguing in your paper. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  2. 2

    One you have written your thesis statement, you should provide at least three strong details that support your position. It is not enough to state that you think racism is wrong. You must convince your reader why it is wrong by providing details that, in your opinion, prove that it is wrong. If you are unable to come up with at least three points that directly support your thesis statement, then you should rewrite your thesis to take a different angle.

    How to Write an Argument Paper on Racism
    To properly support your thesis statement, you need three supporting points. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)
  3. 3

    Next, you should elaborate on each supporting point by adding at least two vivid details for each of the three points. Vivid details can be sentences that further describe or explain your points, or they can be concrete examples of your points. Vivid details should include strong adjectives that evoke feelings or paint a picture in the minds of your audience. For example, if one of your points is that racism is morally wrong, a vivid supporting detail might be that the Bible instructs people to "love thy neighbour."

  4. 4

    Your argument paper should end with a concluding statement. Generally, the concluding statement is a restating of the thesis statement but not exactly word for word. For example, if your thesis statement was that "Racism hurts all members of society," then your concluding statement might be something like this: "Racism is detrimental to our communities and our nation as a whole." Finally, follow your concluding statement with a summary of your three supporting points.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure your supporting points speak directly to the thesis statement. For example, the comment "I do not like racist people" does not prove your thesis statement that "Racism hurts all members of society."
  • Be careful that your supporting details do not conflict with your argument. All supporting evidence must add to your argument, not contradict it.

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