Revision of Southern Stereotypes

People like to think that we have grown past stereotypes to describe people, well at least I like to think that so; however, I know that I haven’t. Growing up in Savannah, I was surrounded by the general statements that Richardson describes about the South in “Introduction” from From Uncle Tom to Gangsta. Richardson’s stereotype “of the black rapist that emerged during the South in the Wake of Emancipation” still holds a prevalent spot in today’s culture.

Most nights the local news starts off: “Breaking News, tonight on the corner of of 37th and Bull there was shooting around 5:00 pm this afternoon.” The response from most young people is “hahaha, the murderer is another black gang member!” They don’t even begin to think the suspect could be any other a female or a different race, mainly because the south still lives in a society where the stereotype that all young, black men are criminals is the norm. White locals give no thought to what they say they automatically assume on the premise that a few of the criminals were black.

If someone was passing this guy on the streets while in Hitch Village, they would cross to the other side or lock their car doors.

Brodhead, Andrew. “Welcome to the Hitch Village.” 2009./Flickr

Blogging about Blogging

A public diary of all your personal thoughts and feelings.  I have always been the kid with 5 diaries/journals each one with its own topic. (Now, I have at least consolidated to three!) For this reason blogging resonated with me, hence this blog aaaaand the other two I have. hhaha.  

Having to blog for my college English class helped me to define who I am as a blogger, writer, and college student.  While I may not have incredible skills nor did I go from lonely blogger to internet sensation overnight, I do feel that I developed a better sense of what blogging is about.  

While some of the assignments were a tad confusing, writing my response to pieces discussed in class helped to solidify my opinions as well as opened my mind to different perspectives.  As a shier student who likes to avoid playing Devil’s advocate, blogging gives me a way to voice my opinions without the fear of someone arguing directly to my face.  

As a wordier writer, having to blog weekly made me more aware of the word count than before when I blogged whenever. As it is I am already approaching my 200 word limit. oooops! Some things take longer to achieve than others!!!  

Final Project Idea

Immigration Reforms:

Many immigrants are treated unfairly because there revolves the stereotype that all immigrants are illegal.  Whether or not they hold a visa, green card, citizenship, or are illegal, Americans don’t care.  The Southwest struggles with immigration conflicts more than any other area of the United States.  Some of Arizona’s anit-Immigration laws end up hurting non hispanics too (read more here: http://www.thenation.com/blog/174829/supreme-court-strikes-down-arizona-voter-suppression-law# ). 

Legal aliens also suffer because of illegal immigrants.  Growing up with a mother who holds a green card, I have noticed some of the security checking.  For example, when re-entering this country in January, my mother was asked detailed questions about her green card application that she filled out over thirty years ago.  Who is going to remember what version of the application they filled so long ago out after flying for 13 hours and worrying about how to settle an estate from the other side of the world?  There were other questions that she had to answer as well even though she showed her New Zealand passport ( an allied country) and green card, and was married to an American citizen.  

Round-ups still happen in the United States in order to hunt out illegal immigrants.  Those found here illegally are deported back.  No questions asked.  Many of these immigrants are expats who wanted to escape from drug wars or totalitarian regimes in South America and Latin America.  They can’t go to their government to ask to provide documantation for them to be legally accepted into the United States.  Unfortunately, this scares away other immigrants who are unsure of their status as well as the illegal workers who provide much of the labor in agriculture industry.