The film John Hope Franklin was a good film. I came to class a day late because I registered for class late. I still managed to get a good understanding of the movie. I learned more about the inequalities of the world and about the hardships of African Americans. I admire John himself for following in his father’s footsteps to be successful. Throughout their many trials and tribulations they still managed to overcome the weaknesses of being African American.
The text readings were interesting. One of the stories that stuck in my mind was, “ The Thread That Binds Us” by Celia Alvarez. The story was interesting to me because the girl in the story had a strong sense of determination. Her goal was to finish high school and go on to college. Being that her family was poor she knew that she would not have money to go on to school. She talked to someone from a special program for minorities (ASPIRA). The program funded her money to continue her education. This story goes on to show that if an individual wants something in life that all they have to do is have faith and will. Specialized programs for minorities are good for those who do not have money that is needed to go to school. I do not mind paying taxes for programs that help those individuals that are in need.
The classroom discussions are quite interesting. The other pupils in class are not afraid to speak up and say what is on their minds. The discussion about the “CRACKHEADS” was very interesting. A lot of feelings and emotions came out and I feel as though people should be more considerate of other’s people’s feelings. It is hard to judge a book by its cover and people do not realize that until they open the book and read the pages. Talking about drug addicts is a very sensitive situation. More people should reach out to help those that have fallen to drugs instead of walking over them.
September 6, 2000
In conclusion with Journal One, I have come to the realization that this class if of some
importance to all. The course should be a required class because it teaches about everyday
situations and the realities of life. Yes, it is very true that racism still exists. Not only are there
prejudices on race but also on gender. In looking at the table on page seventy two this clearly
written out. Not only are females at disadvantages sometimes but male are also disadvantaged.
By me being a female I never consider the males disadvantages because it seems as though all
of them (disadvantages) are aimed towards females. "Tears Still Taboo for Average Guy", by
Carl Ryan was a good piece. I feel as though people shed tears for different reasons. Tear
can be a sign of joy, relief, happiness, or sadness. It does not matter who cries because all
humans have some type of emotion. Personally I respect men who cry. To me it lets me know
that they do have feelings and that they can also be hurt just as a woman can be.
In the computer lab I learned somethings that I did not know and somethings were a just a
review. Being able to do power point presentations so it should not be as hard for me to
prepare a slide show.
The class is already interesting, but now the computer management will add more life
and excitement to the process of learning.
The readings in Asymmetries in Communication by Deborah Tannen were very interesting. In the “Don’t Ask” story the plot is so similar to lifelike situations. I have been in the car with my parents on various occasions when my father just simply refused to pull over. As said in paragraph two my mother wasn’t mad because he didn’t know the way, but she was angry because he would not pull over and get directions. A lot of time and gas could have been saved if they would have asked for help instead of driving around in circles. I don’t think it occurs often that people just make directions instead of saying that they don’t know. I have been given the wrong directions before, but I don’t think that it was done on purpose. It is also true that a woman telling a man directions will add the statement “I don’t know” at the end. I agree with Tannen when she said that the woman says that just to save face in advance. I have been in situations like that, but now I feel like if you know something say that you know it instead of just sitting there pretending like you don’t know anything.
“I’ll Help You If It Kills You”, is another common asymmetry I don’t think it always occurs when males give instructions or advice that they have to belittle the person in which they are giving the directions to. When I was working at a supermarket the head cashier always said everything with authority and tried to talk down on everyone else. I don’t think she realized exactly how she made the other people feel, but it made me feel as if I didn’t know anything. I have had males to do that to me also, but I usually try to overlook other people’s ignorance.
All of the stories by Deborah Tannen were interesting and true. I have experienced all of the situations. At one point I thought that I was the only person that had gone through similar situations, but now I know that the problem is worldwide.
Diane Kobrynowicz stated some interesting facts in “The Automatic Nature of Stereotyping.” The example that was given was a good example. Marge didn’t chase the thug for herself, but for Homer’s money. Homer felt as though Marge was being hysterical. If Marge hadn’t run after the thugs, then Homer wouldn’t have been “hysterical” enough to go after the thugs. In the next to the last paragraph in the story it does piss me off when people say things like that. When that is said in my presence it makes me feel as though I’m incapable of achieving anything. I know I may stereotype people at times, but it is not that I do it purposely but probably just naturally . Since I do it out of mistake I try to understand it when it is done to me.
The technology class is interesting. I don’t understand why we are using GRITS if we are using power point. Although the class is interesting I like the class discussions better.
Domestic Violence is a serious nationwide problem that is not discussed often. When L.J. came in and talked with the class I thought that was good of him to lay the problem out on the table. I just wish that he could have spoke longer, but it was still informing. I learned some things in what he was saying and I think that we should have more speakers come in to discuss nationwide problems.
“Claiming the digital world” by William E. Kennard is a story that needs to be carefully analyzed. The story contains many truths. It is sad to say, but it seems as though African Americans and Hispanics will be cut off from key information. It is like a continuing cycle in which African Americans and Hispanics are constantly being left out on some major aspects of the world. That is not to say that it is not there for us to reach, but it is usually harder for us to access it. A majority of my friends don’t have any knowledge of the Internet and I try my best to inform them on information that does concern our generation. In closing I would agree with the author that more Black women need to pursue high tech degrees and also invest in the technology sector.
All of the other stories that I got off of Galileo had a similar point to that of Kennards’. When I began reading the stories I didn’t realize that everything would truly be based on the Internet in about five years. Technology is so popular that it is almost necessary to be educated about the new processes and things like that. In the story about how more people are beginning to spend more time surfing the net then watching TV I think that is true. When I walk into the library a majority of the students are just browsing the Internet. Sometimes you can’t even find a computer because everyone is sending email, checking email, or either looking up documents for class. Sunday night when I went into the library two males where on the chat line talking to each other and they were no farther than 200 feet away from each other. I thought that was kind of funny, but in actuality it probably is occurring all the time, but that was my first time noticing it. I guess now it is important that we add some type of technology to the class because in the long run it will be very helpful. At first I didn’t understand the point of the class going to the lab, but after reading the stories they changed my insight on going into the lab. Now I look forward to working on the Power Point presentations because I feel as though it will be a great learning experience.
September 18, 2000
The readings were concerning Economics and the American Dream. Not a Classless Society were very informing and interesting. All of the readings were very intriguing and were well prepared and written out. Zandy and Hooks all wrote stories that made one think logically. "The Truth About Growing Up Rich." By Sallie Bingham was the reading that interested me the most.
The story begins by saying how rich women are perceived as "highly vulnerable." The author goes on to say that these rich women are only mere shadows of their husbands and that the outside world has a misconcepted view of rich women. The woman in this story reflects on her moments as a child. She was to always set a good example, not condescend to those who have less, never ask the price of anything, and to avoid being conspicuous in anyway. She also says that the commandments were also backed by fear. The story continues by going into detail about the rich woman. The rich woman has all the material possessions that money can bye. The rich woman usually has no friends, they are not strong leaders, strong mothers, or strong friends. Rich women are often lost and are forced to follow their husbands for guidance.
The author says that wealthy girls must be educated and be prepared for careers. A large example could be set by rich women if they helped out with poor women. The author states the differences that rich women could make if they contributed to the less fortunate women. The story concludes by saying that women need to stop working behind the scenes and step up front and be leaders.
This story stood out to me because it contained so many truths. There are very few women that just stand out for their accomplishments without having their husbands highlighted. Women need to step up to the bat and become leaders instead of followers. It is the year 2000 and I refuse to simply be a reflection on my male companion. The reading is very interesting and informative.
The subject of Racism and Nationality is a very important yet sensitive matter. When people get on the subject of discussing Racism they are often afraid to express their true feelings for fear of offending someone else. Although the subject is indeed a sensitive matter it should be talked about openly and more freely in the public. Even when discussing the matter in class, some students probably leave the classroom feeling offended are often regretting the comments that they may have made in hopes of not making someone else mad. I feel as though Racism truly does exist and the American society needs to accept the fact that Racism lives on. Color is only skin deep, but how can one get over the color of one's skin when that is the first thing that another person sees. A lot of people are quick to say that they see no color, but that is very untrue. These people may accept a person for who they are, but the color of a person's skin continues to play a major factor. People usually judge a person the exact moment that they see them. In is the year 2000 and it is sad to say to Racism still exists and probably always will.
The reading on page 179 by Oscar Handlin titled "Racism and Nationality", is a very interesting story. Discrimination not only exists between Blacks and Whites, but also between other religions and races. Discriminations have existed since the beginning of mankind and that has been many decades ago. The story speaks about the trials and tribulations that African Americans have experienced. Throughout all of the boycotts, sit ins, demonstrations, and marches have African Americans gained their independence yet? I think not. African Americans still have not earned the respect and equality that we have long earned. I am not only defending African Americans, but for all non- white citizens now is the time to make a change in America.
As I began to read the stories in this section I knew that my emotions would fly. I still can not understand how people back during slavery and Civil Rights Movements dealt with the insults and being degraded. It
is sad to say that many people still feel that white represents superiority. While reading Beyond Stereotyping by Daniela Gioseffi it made me have a lot of mixed feelings. I can not honestly say that I hate white people for treating blacks the way that they did because that is history and I should not act on the injustices that were placed on my ancestors. Not only were blacks discriminated against, but the other races that associated with blacks were also tortured and humiliated. The story tells about how she had always been considered as a “Nigger Lover.” The thing that many white people had failed to realize was that being a nigger is anyone who is ignorant or something of that nature. So if we actually take a look back into the future who was being more ignorant. Was it the blacks who simply did what they were told to do against their will, beaten, raped, and tortured? Or was it the whites who constantly stayed on a black person’s back simply because of the color of their skin? I can not say that it was the blacks so may I say that the whites were truly being ignorant and call them a nigger? That could be something to think about when someone wants to go off and call someone a nigger. Besides who even came up with the word nigger? Was it some intelligent white person who had sought after a word to describe a black person? Not realizing that they were defining a word that was truly representing them. This is not to say that all white people are niggers, but if we are going by the definitions that are given in dictionaries, then yes some white people were and still are niggers. I wouldn’t call anyone a nigger out of hatred, but it is a term that black people have taken and now use it on a daily bases. Now it is even hard for someone other than a black person to even mutter the word nigger. I find it very amusing that black people have overcome such hardships and can use a word that was originated by white people and they (white people) cannot even use the word without causing some type of conflict. The author of this story was raped by a jailer after she had been with black people and had used “their” water fountain. She not only speaks on the hardships of black people, but she also speaks about other races that experienced discrimination. I must agree with the author when she says that she is sorry that some people feel as though they must get even with the injustices that were placed on African Americans, it is time to find a way to end the problem and not cause more problems.
In this journal I want to mainly focus on a recent class discussion about one of the group presentations. The group
Topic dealt with Racial Discrimination or something of that nature. I feel as though the group did a very good presentation, but what mainly caught my attention was when one of my classmates said that there should be a White History Month. I do not know if this was a good suggestion for the rest of the class, but to me I felt as though it was out of line and that it should not have been said. The comment made me think if white people have really been oppressed and discriminated against as much as blacks. I feel as though Black History Month is a month that blacks have long deserved. It is not only placed in the shortest month of the Year, but one can not actually learn all of the facts about Black History in one month. I feel bad to think that I only have one month set aside to learn about my ancestors. I have learned facts about white people every since I entered a learning facility. And for someone to say that there needs to be a White History Month is in degrading. I am not racist and I don’t think that the person who made the comment is racist, I feel as though she has just been mislead. Black people have went through many hardships, trials and tribulations and I don’t think it is hurting anybody for us to learn something about our own culture. Blacks and whites don’t have the same culture because each race is taught and are afflicted with their own problems that come along with their skin color so how can we have the same cultures. I feel as though Black History should be taught everyday and not just during the month of February. Black people are still being discriminated against and I basically feel as though it is time for blacks to stop taking bullshit from everybody and make one final stand to deserve equality about Black History being taught on a regular basis and not just once a year.