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  • My group members and I thought that the passage, The Ethics of Jim Crow, would be a good text to do this project on because we felt that the message from the passage was still relevant to today. Black men and boys […]

    • Your group did a great job of adapting “The Ethics of Jim Crow.” There were moments in your skit where you effectively stayed pretty true to the original, and others where you added your own creative spin. Your props worked really well in the fight scene, and you did a great job of acting it out. I’m glad that your group collaborated effectively. Thanks for a great semester.

  • Harriet and her husband Bruce were put at a disadvantage because they listened. They allowed Levene to talk giving him the power and in the end he fucked them. It was funny to me how Levene was getting all […]

    • Good observation. You might want to consider Levene’s diction when he talks about the sale. Is his diction at all sexually charged?

  • The first reading, “the standard of living”, started of really odd. The author start off by describing the food that Annabel and Midge eats, and we can tell by the adjectives that shes uses that the author is not […]

  • The first short reading, “Fish Cheeks”, was so relatable. Being the first generation African-American in my family has had me in many awkward situation just like the narrator of the story. It took me a while to […]

    • I am glad that you were able to relate to Tan’s experiences. Good observations about the disparity in the education of white schools and those on the reservation. Here we have another example of separate being inherently unequal. Good discussion of “Never Marry a Mexican.” I especially like your observation of how Clemencia’s experience of childhood trauma affected her actions as an adult.

  • The first reading, “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow”, showed me how many black people accepted and even black themselves for the treatment they got from the white poeple. Instead of trying to rise against it, they […]

    • Good observations about the internalized racism present in “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow.” There are a number of occasions in which characters of color are blamed, even by members of their own community, for the brutality of white people. Why do you think they react this way? I like the way in which you contrast this with “Everyday Use,” which was written during a historical period in which people of color were debating how to shape their identities within their historical experiences–how to negotiate the legacy of slavery and the African diaspora.

  • In chapter 5 there was like a bit of change in the magistrates atitude and outlook. He went from being a selfish opportuned man who kept allot of his feelings and thoughts to himself, to someone outspoken and […]

    • Good analysis of the magistrate’s character. I especially liked your interpretation of what being “fat” represents to him. Very nicely done. Also, really strong insights into Mandel and their army. You do an excellent job of connecting their actions to broader trends in colonization and empire.

  • I find it interesting how the book automatically begin on Joll and the way he was dressed and how he behaved. From the start readers are aware of his difference from the narrator of the story, the magistrate of […]

    • Good discussion of the significance of Joll’s sunglasses. I like that you connect it to his lack of empathy, perhaps an inability to see the humanity of the barbarians. Your comparison to the Salem witch-trials is also insightful; there does not seem to be much evidence to support the actions of the empire.

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  • As I read the second part of graphic novel, I noticed that their was a shift in character personalities; in this part of books secrets about the characters and ture natures were illuminated. The main character, […]

    • Great observations about Yorick. We do see him start to grow up a bit. In the beginning of the graphic novel, he might be the last man, but he acts like a little boy. I agree that Vaughan does a good job of constructing complicated characters that don’t neatly fall into gender stereotypes.

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