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final blog post, forreal lol

May 6, 2018 in Blog

My group  did a spin on “the lesson”.  Our goal was to take the position of white families who were opened to helping but didnt voice that concern because it was easier to be quiet. I wanted the audience to assume that the family only came in to make fun of and degrade the hard workers in the african american communities.  The father was supposed to take his son to pop’s place so that he could understand the troubles people in other communities had to face that they didn’t. The young boy jeremy unintentionally missed certain ques. For example, all of the toys were marked at extremely low prices so that the children could afford it.  Second, the woman behind the desk immediately mistook his father for a debt collector because he was a white man in a button down. Jeremy was supposed to understand the fear of white people that has been installed in the african american community. Lastly, Jeremy was supposed to see that his father gave the store owner 50 dollars to help her with rent, not to make fun of her.

By allowing Jeremy to miss those points, it created an environment for us to create the same “in case you missed it, here’s the lesson” effect as in the original story.  This would’ve been easier to see if my peers stuck to the script and spoke louder. I don’t blame them though, acting is hard and scary. The reason I gave jay and darian so many lines was because   I wrote most of it but I should’ve given lines according to their strengths. Other than speeding through our skit, i loved my group, we were able to get over disputes quickly and enjoy each other’s efforts.

This was an amazing semester, that I am sad to see end because I was able to watch people think in ways i’ve never seen them think, and explore topics relevant to our times.  It was an experience and this group project was a great way to tie it up.

final blog post

April 16, 2018 in Blog

It would be easier for me to address my thoughts on the second act if i go in chronological order.  Starting with the setting.

Act two opens on the office evidently broken in to, which makes me believe that moss had Aaronow break in and steal the leads like he said he would.  I also want to pay attention to what was stolen. Leads, Contracts, and the telephones. The leads were a given, moss already announced that he’d be stealing the leads to give them to the competitors, however, the contract and telephones were not part of the original deal.  I’m going to assume that the contracts were taken to knock roma off the board and the telephone theft played into the idea of communication and power. If the office isnt able to call out, and talk to people, they are no longer the ones fucking but now they have been fucked.  

 

Next, Aaranow’s conversation with roma.  I definitely thought that Aaranow would have cracked under pressure after the tender words Roma bestowed upon him.  It only made me think, was Roma genuinely a nice person, or was he just selling himself again.

 

NEXT, WHAT MADE ME CRINGE, SO. HARD.

When lingk pulled up outside i knew exactly what he was coming to do.  I knew that he was coming to cancel the sale, especially when williamson set us up so beautifully by telling Levene that his sale was going to close.  Which brings me up to a very important question. Whyy is levene talked over and discredited like he is a child. He is literally given no power unless he is cursing williamson out, which he did beautifully in act 2.

 

LASTLY, I REFUSE TO BELIVE THAT LEVENE STOLE THE LEADS.  I REFUUSSSEEEE, HE IS AN INNOCENT CINNAMON ROLL!

Im sorry, im not going to lie, my heart wouldnt let me keep reading knowing that levene is getting arrested. Nope.

The second enemy of the African American community, Thine Brotherin.

April 2, 2018 in Blog

The Lesson by Toni Bambara, definitely hit home on several different different spectrums. For starters, I believe that post civil rights, there was a Miss Moore in every black neighborhood. Much like Dee from everyday use, Miss Moore was one of the very few black women to go away to college, and embrace her african decent, hinted to by the constant reference of “nappy hair” the kids used to describe her appearance. However, unlike Dee, Miss Moore didn’t want to marvel her heritage, she wanted to give back to the community that needed her. Which leads me to the second spectrum, the community’s reaction.

The first thing I want to look at is her appearance, specifically her hair.  The narrator constantly referred to her being nappy, which is a common derogatory phrase used by white people to mock the appearance, let alone beauty, of African American women. Although it is not justified, it is understood why a white person would call Miss Moore nappy, but when it comes from her own community of people, who have hair like hers, is when it becomes a problem.  Then i think back to my life growing up. If i hadn’t gotten a perm, my mother and siblings would make fun of me and call me nappy. They’d also refer to the back of my head, where it got most curly, as the kitchen, because no one wanted to be bothered with it. Its crazy how much of a toll, the hatred that was thrown on us by white people affect black communities even to this day.  Over the past five years women have been going natural, cutting their hair off, only to be made fun of by black men and it wasn’t until our hair grew long strong and beautiful that they ceased to tease.

The last spectrum is her education.  I know that post slavery, African Americans were eager to obtain an education.  So much so that they risked their lives to obtain it. Somehow, everything shifted, and in people began to sneer at educated black people,l especially other black people! That baffles me, that the educated African American not only had to face their oppressor, but their own people as well. Somewhere along the line, educations and knowledge became a “white thing” and it breaks my heart. These kids neglected any knowledge that this woman tried to pass down to them.  I believe that’s why we were put in the little boys point of view so that we form this predetermined dislike for her, only to se that at the end she was trying to educated, and when sugar tried to absorbed that education, she was silenced by her own people. This happens constantly in black communities, but in the form, of guilt tripping. Parents and friends make their kids believe that if they go away to college to try to make anything of themselves, they are turning their back on the community instead of helping it.

culture vultures take meals too.

March 26, 2018 in Blog

 

I wanted to talk about things I loved in both fish cheeks and indian education.  

To begin with Fish cheeks, i wanted to look at the narrator, and her position.  She is a young adult who comes from a rich culture, filled with beauty and extravagance, yet she disregards it as secondary because of her crush, and the essence of “American Excellence”.  I wanted to point to this idea because a lot of foreign girls go through this. We change our appearance, and we lie about our heritage in order to avoid being teased, or to gain the attention of a male in another culture.  When i was younger, I attended a predominately hispanic school. To fit in i’d perm my hair, hide my southern accent, and tell my peers that i was puerto rican and black(to account for the chemically processed hair).

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 Later in the years i found myself around more west indians than hispanics.  So i’d put my hair in bantu knots to make loose curls, and i’d tell my peers i was black, hispanic, and trinidadian.

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I’m not sure why i chose that specific nationality. I never know why when i pick a new region of the world to claim. However, Now years down the line, i didn’t know what my natural hair looked like, or where my family comes from, beyond Hephzibah Georgia.  My accent has also left me. I sometimes miss pronouncing hard “aw” sounds, and elongating words for emphasis. But because i’ve tried so hard to be something that i’m not, who i truly am has become a stranger to me.

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I couldn’t relate to indian education as much as i connected to fish cheeks, but i have read sherman alexie’s work before so i tend to look for poetry through his works, because it is there in abundance.  And sure enough i stumbled upon the beautiful segment where he talks about the juxtaposition between two types of forced starvation. The difference between starvation due to lack of food, and the starvation due to lack of confidence.  It’s heartbreaking that the population of people who don’t have a choice, are forced to starve, and the people who are given a plethora of food, are choosing to starve. It reminds me of a video that i watched about men going into restaurant garbage bins and collecting the pounds of food that gets thrown out at the end of the day because the store owners would rather waste and no profit than just giving the food to people who need it and can’t afford it.

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I chose the title culture vultures take meals too because i don’t believe that culture vultures are the ones that take other peoples culture. I believe that culture vultures are the people who present culture rich people with a bland existence, and shame them for their own, resulting in them rejecting their own cultures to fit into the new system of things.  These people are indirectly robbed of their own cultures, by trying to fit into another, which is easily seen in both articles. In Indian Education, the american culture vultures took heritage, and nutrition.

truth makes me sad.

March 18, 2018 in Blog

I have read two of the three articles assigned. I’ve read “Black men in Public space” and “everyday use”.  I read them for my writing 101 course over the summer with professor Dabovic. We spoke about how the black man in the public space speaks on the racial stereotyping and how African Americans have been willing to alter themselves to avoid it rather than confronting the problem due to fear.  We made a few jokes about how its equivelant to a racist white woman clinching her purse when a black man walks past her. Although we joked to cope with the accuracy of the message behind the passage, we understood why it was important that we read this article. On the other hand, Every day use was extremely interesting and relevent.  It speaks to two sides of the “keeping heritage alive” spectrum in the black community. We have one end thats stayed home, and continued to live life as if nothing changed, and the other side thats gone away to college and absorbed everything in her textbook and “found herslelf”. The two sisters fight over the blanket but i believe that the blanket could symbolise African American culture and the fight that it goes through to stay alive.  Some of us want to live in it and utilize it, keep it alive. Others, want to pin it up and just marvel at it, without putting an effort into it to pass it down or add to it for the generations that follow us. Its truly sad and relevant to our current situation. Now, I didnt forget about the other article.. Its just.. Damn.. Ive never read so much racism in such an abundance, i almost cried for this man i dont even know. I literally cringed the entire time.. Its hard to swallow the fact that our family members have been through things like this, not even 60 years ago.  That means most of our grandparents have stories like this and it hurts that we dont acknowledge it because we are afraid of being accused of pulling the race card… I don’t know… The world sucks. Most of the men today always scream that they would never be as quiet or submissive as our ancestors but its hard to say that because they lived in a time where they could be assulted, and still arrested because the law was made to dismantle us and empower the barbarians.

The Set Up For my Essay

February 26, 2018 in Blog

I  love watching irony play out to its advantages.  I only wonder how severely did the Barbarians invade that mad the town cower so desperately within the time the magistrate was locked away, and if it was solely the influence of the empire that  made the town cower or if it was also the pressure of the empire’s involvement that caused the town’s dismay.

 

I believe that i’m gonna start to form my analysis of the empire being an allegory for north korea.  Bothe the empire and North Korea use oppression tactics to control, and maintain control, of its people.  I Know that North Korea, Under the rule of kim jong-un, has limited basic freedoms like freedom of speech.  Simply speaking out against the sovereignty is grounds for counts of treason punishable by jail time, and often times death.

 

Although it isnt clearly stated in the book, it is inferred that simple acts such as jaywalking are often considered acts against the empire. What connects the two sovereignties is the constant fear or paranoia of an uprising that causes the two “empires” to force its people into a fear induced oppression, with very little room for basic freedom, comfortability, and even safety in one’s own home.  Ive seen many videos of people who went to north korea in attempts to reveal the truth about the society.  It was revealed that the country barely had enough food for everyone. Most of the super markets presented were for show.  The only person who remained constantly fed and comfortable was the president.  Yeonmi Park of North Korea spoke out about how she escaped and the things she’s witnessed since she was a baby. I plan to encorporated her anecdotes along with actual statistics to not only explain the allegory but to also shine light and bring awareness to the oppression that takes place in north korea.  She speaks of how her family was murdered and raped for Being accused of acting put or speaking out against the sovereignty.  She tells of how the townspeople are even afraid to speak and often say whatever they think the police want to hear in order to keep themselves alive.  Much like the way the barbarians behaved in the beginning of the book, in order to stop the torture they were experiencing for “not tell the truth”.    I wanted to compare the leader of the empire tio kim jong-un in order to help my assignment, until i noticed that there was no leader mentioned..

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufhKWfPSQOw )

Waiting for my brain to decide if the magistrate is evil or not

February 19, 2018 in Blog

Chapter 3 baffles, excites and confuses me all at once. I am not surprised that the water supply began to diminish.  It is all a part of the deforestation process, I only feel bad for the natives who treated the land with respect and the civilians who are oblivious to the empire’s cruel and wicked way of “prosperity and protection”.

In other news, I know that we aren’t supposed to like the magistrate, and that has been evident in previous passages, however, Taking the Barbarian women home was one of the most selfless things ive witnessed him do. (maybe i misunderstood, i do read at 11 at night ) I say this because he had nothing to gain taking her home. Yes he gets rid of her like he previously wanted, but if he was truly displeased he could’ve dropped her outside the borders of the town and kept it pushing.  He had nothing to gain but everything to lose. His job, His life, his values as part of the empire.  It seems as though the darker the times ghet for the magistrate, the more he see’s.  Much like the Barbarian girl,  she is physically blind, but she sees what goes on rather than ignoring it.  She even saw good in the magistrate, (not that she had a choice to see otherwise).

Ive also noticed that the magistrate preys on weakened  people. (pray may be an exaggeration).  He took in the barbarian woman because she was injured unable to help herself, and far away from home.  He took in the fox because it was small, unable to take care of itself, and he chose the men to come with him based off of their ability to be humble and ask little questions. At first glance it could be assumed that the magistrate wants to help people, but in all reality he did so for personal gain which completely contradicts or conflicts his motives for taking the girl home.

The more disturbing passage, before he begins to enjoy the girl once more, is when he comments on her balled up and cold.  He says that he “would hug a dog for comfort” inferring that she isnt even on the same level as a k-9 and does not deserve the same respect.

My only question for this chapter is what is “the promised campaign” is it like, war?

 

Chapter four brings home even more confusion when dealing with the magistrate.  After he is accused of Treason, and imprisoned, he calls on memories of other innocent people that have been imprisoned and tortured in the very room that he is in.  The dark and gloomy cells, adding once again to the motif of relative blindness. Although he is physically in a dark room, the light of his current experience allows him to see the truth of his past and the truth of the empire.

What broke my heart was the fact that homes and beautiful pieces of infrastructure were being torn down to make way for more prison cells to hold innocent people accused of imposing  on the empires way of life. This reminds me of every genocide known to man, but mainly the holocaust.

At this point i see that the empire is just paranoid and power crazy.

thanks, for giving me something else to spend my money on

February 3, 2018 in Blog

Finally ! we get to talk about the second half of the book! There are three points that i want to question and sort of blab about, so this blog is pretty much me ranting through topics and considering my own solutions.  

  1. Doctor Mann and her “Clone”

Dr. Mann supposedly cloned herself a child, by taking essence of her being from her bone marrow, and created an embryo then implanted it into the wall of her uterus.  Now, i do not mean to degrade the fact that it is possible, or that she is able to do so, however, the child was a boy child. We know this because he, along with all the creatures with y chromosomes on earth at that time, were killed collectively.  Here is my issue,  women do not have y chromosomes. Women cannot give their children y chromosomes therefore making it impossible for doctor mann to impregnate herself with a boy child.  Unless, she was able to clone a Y chromosome, and if she could do that, what makes Yorrick so important in her ability to do it again.

2) The women of oregon

These women in this town that yorick and the crew have stumbled upon were the only women who could run a city by themselves, keep a surplus of food, and keep electricity running. One more important fact about these women hm, oh yea, THEY’RE CRIMINALS.  Why did the author choose to make the only functioning women in the story….escaped convicts…..  It’s almost to say that when women are able to function without men its criminal.  Almost the same as the message given off by the adam and eve story. (women who think for themselves are sinners, and give birth to many more sinners there after) .  Lesson of the day? Women mustn’t be independent. Or whatever haha.

3) the men in space…

Now I have to buy the next book because, what the hell?!?!? If there are still men in space, why weren’t the affected? This sort of makes the  story veer completely away from any chance of being a feminist book because not only was the last man on earth made the protagonist, but now there are more men! And the book has completely shifted our focus to them.  What a great day for all the women in the world huh, men to save the day!

Y: Is This Book so Amazing

January 29, 2018 in Blog

Reading this book has made me think about things that ive never considered. Like all the men in the world dying one of witch being my son.  The extreme illustrations of men bleeding from their eyes noses and mouths grabbed my the heart and yanked as hard as it possibly could.  During the countdown i got extremely uneasy when the countdown went from minutes to seconds i started pacing back and forth, and once i hit one, i ran to Aiden’s bedside and kissed him until he woke up.  I must have given him the love cooties or something haha.  Besides giving me several panic attacks, and the uncontrollable urge to make my son sleep in my bed, the book is, so far, well developed.  It’s hard to believe that so much complexity could come from a book with pictures. I had to read the first volume twice just to make sure that I wasn’t missing any key details in the plot development. I began with analyzing the characters. Although i’ve analyzed all the characters, i’ve taken the time to write about only three, because the time I have wouldn’t allow me to voice my opinion on all of them.

 

Lets start with Yorick..

Before i began reading i noticed that the name yorick was extremely familiar.  Then it hit me! “Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him well!”. Yorick was a deceased jester whose skull Prince Hamlet picked up in the play by William Shakespeare. A jester was a man who did tricks to entertain the king.  Its intriguing to me how the author decided to name an escape artist after a court jester.  By labelling Yorick an escape artist also prompts the readers to consider how he escapes the gendercide of 2002.

 

Yoricks girlfriend

I wonder why it was so important that Yorick has a girlfriend who we barely see.  I guess that in certain aspects she is indirectly guiding the entire story.  Because of his love for her, he decides to buy an engagement ring from a magic shop that may be the cause of his survival. Then he wants to go to australia to find her thus guiding his destination.  This woman has so much control over the plot and doesn’t even knows it

 

The amazons

I believe that the labeling of the amazons as angry lesbnins is extremely accurate.  Feminism  is about equality not the genocide of ever living creature with a dick. And why on god’s name do they burn a titty off?? That titty has done nothing to you or anyone else! #Alltittiesmatter.

PAIN:the sequel

January 24, 2018 in Blog

 

As I embarked on the journey that was the reading assignment, I began by reading A sorrowful woman.  Initially, I began to cry because at first I saw myself.  Too often have I become depressed to the point where I was incapable of taking care of Aiden, and relied on his father to take care of him while Ii rest.  Reading this story I grew furious at the woman, because all her son wanted to do was love her, and she shunned anything that made him happy.  The baby sitter, contact with her. Shunned.  She began to incaptivate herself with her own wants and needs rather than those of her family.  In a way it was appalling, and satisfying that the same time.  Appaling because mothers are supposed to put their families first, but satisfying because it diminished the gender bias in family structures.

 

The second reading made me laugh until she died.  She was excited that she was finally set free from the gender role she was forced into through marriage.  I was laughing and excited, and then she died and I felt bad.

 

MOTIFS

I noticed a recurring theme of women breaking free within the home and the connection between spring life, and death.

The mother in a sorrowful woman, broke free from her work as a mother and, receded to her room.  It wasn’t until she returned to her “duties” as a woman, that she worked herself to a literal extinction.

The second story, allowed the second woman to break free through the death of her husband. Once both women realized  the freedom they held was acknowledge both the women died, which was quite unsettling.  

 

In another aspect, the idea that wherever there is life there will always be death, almost made up for the short lived freedom.  The common concepts were springtime and opened windows made me think of freedom and sacrifice. Everywhere all over the world, something is born, and something dies. It’s the balance of life.  Once the freedom from social norms was born the women both figuratively and literally experienced death.

 

The mother in “a sorrowful woman” gave birth to freedom, but experienced the death of her relationship with her family.  Now that i think of it, it was more of a death sandwich for both women; Death of family, life of freedom, death of self.  And for the second, Death of husband, life of freedom, death of self.  And i guess somewhere in between there was spring life.  

 

This raises so much room for debate among whether or not woman should have said freedom or if it truly is their job to take care of their husbands and children, or if women have a definite role as the maid of household. If not, why when these women were finally able to experience freedom, were their lives ripped away from them.  Is this to say that women could never be freed? Or is it to say that once freedom is occurred it is always short lived.

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