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Writing an Intro

A solid introduction is essential to good writing. It is your chance to pull the reader in
and set up the rest of your essay. An introduction should have all of the following:
1. Hook - An opening sentence that will pull the reader in. This could be a
provocative question, a bold statement, an anecdote, or a relevant and engaging
2. Important background information on the issue.
3. A clear and concise thesis statement


When Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem before a
preseason football game in 2016 in protest of police brutality and the oppression of
people of color, his action illustrated one thing: One person with a match is all it takes to
start a fire. People responded to his protest in many different ways, but few could deny
that he kickstarted a national conversation not just about race in the United States, but
also about the roles and responsibilities of professional athletes. Should sports and
politics remain segregated? Should athletes “stay in their lane”? Or do professional
athletes have a responsibility to use their platform to promote issues of justice? Despite
the firestorm surrounding Kaepernick’s protest, his action was not unprecedented. His
decision to kneel was just the latest action taken by a long line of athlete activists such
as Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul Jabaar, and Roberto Clemente who used their
platform to better their communities.​ Professional athletes should use their status to
promote positive social change because the issues affect them, they have greater
influence than the rest of us, and when you have great power and influence, you
should use it to help those who may still be struggling.