Word Bank

Kwame Anthony Appiah

quote/ Concept “There’s something misleading or mistaken about the pictures that underline these identities and yet they bind us together in spite of that. They do bring people together, as well as divide people, and I think that the lies, the untruths, are often a very important part of how they work. They’re important to how people are held together.”

Meaning:  That just by having these labels as your so called identity can bring you closer to a group of people but can also shift you away from people.  Having that label means that you are who you are.  Some people think that because of there identity that they have a special place in society.


Concept:  Do you think that identities force us to reduce ourselves and other people to abstractions?

Meaning:  The people don’t really realize how diverse the identity groups are that we think that because a white person does this or a black person does this that we have to do what they do so we match because of our identities match or we have the same skin color or where you grew up.


Concept: Each of us has multiple overlapping identities. In my case, I’m white and male and straight and American and a journalist and on and on. What determines which of these identities are activated at any given time?

Meaning:  They can get activated by what setting you are in such as in who you are with or what you’re doing and also what you have done your whole life and also based on what you think you are.

Name essay

Franco Abbatessa


Name Essay

My name is Franco Harris Covalucci Abbatessa. The person who picked my name was my Dad because my mom picked both of my brothers names. My name came from a very interesting place, it came from my dads love of football. He named me after a hall of fame running back for the steelers Franco Harris. The reason why my first and middle name are what they are is because my dad loved the way he carried himself as a person and the way that he played. He was the patient kind of running back and whenever he would get the ball he would wait for the running lane to open instead of just trying to make a lane. Covalucci my mom decided to give to me and my brothers when her and my dad got divorced she wanted us to have her maiden name. Covalucci is mostly a Italian last name it is almost never used as a first name, it mostly comes from Sicily.  Abbatessa is just my dads last name it comes from northern Italy. The name Harris is commonly used as middle name its not usually used as a first name. Franco is more common last name then it is a first name. My name connects me to the football life that my family has lived every male on my dads side has played a snap of football at least once in there life most of them went on to play college ball so he thought it would cool and fun to name me after a family favorite hall of famer. What was also cool about my name is that when talking to coaches and people who know football it is a great conversation starter and usually helps to get a good football talk going. I do like my name, I would not want to change it. What I like about my name is that it is unique and not a lot of people can say that there named after a hall of famer, but I do like some of the nicknames that I have gotten with my name and sometimes I hate the nicknames. But what are you going to do I’m sure everyone at least once in there lifetime got a nickname that they didn’t like. The one thing I do wish I could change about my name is I would’ve liked for it to have a little bit more meaning to my family.