March 19, 2018 in Blog
During this past Spring Break, I slept most of the time but I took the time out of my not so busy schedule to read the three short stories that were assigned. From my favorite short story to the least favorite, the list is “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow”, “Black Men in Public Space”, then “Everyday Use” I really enjoyed “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow” because it made me think of different scenarios that I have seen in a movie or I have read previously. However, The author incorporated a lot of diction which helped readers such as myself, envision as if they were actually experiencing what Wright had to go through. I was furious at first reading about the woman who got beat up by Wright’s boss and the son of the boss. To put the cherry on top, she got arrested because she was “drunk”. I questioned why Wright did not bother to help her, but after rereading a few times, I realized he might have lost his life if he tried helping. I find it clever that he mentioned how his “Jim Crow Education” was expanding however he did not go to college and went right to work. He was not able to get “book smart” so he got “street smart”.
“Black Men in Public” is definitely more of a child-friendly reading. I find it quite funny the experiences Staples had to face back then are still relevant today. There have been times where I have witnessed someone starts walking faster if there is someone of color behind them. This might have been a safety precaution, however, would the person react the same way if they were not colored? Going back to Staples, I like how although he might have look intimidating, he would whistle popular composers which might have confused the white people, maybe even made them more scared. My least favorite is “Everyday Use” because of the change Dee went through. She forgot her routes and changed to a point where she cares more about materialistic things such as jewelry. Her mother worked hard to keep her family healthy and it seems like Dee was very ungrateful. My mother worked hard throughout the years and continues to do so. Dee’s mother did the same so she deserved more respect. Despite not liking this short story, I enjoyed the readings as a whole.