The Black Man in Main Stream Media

Here’s a video that discusses the portrayal of the “Black Man” in media and how that influences the mainstream viewer’s opinion of him.  This “Black Man” is similar to the one that my English class last semester delved into after reading Richardson’s “Introduction” From Uncle Tom to Gangsta.  Several topics in this video tie into the stereotype “of the black rapist” that he discusses and builds on it with today’s so called statistics and opinions of the Black Community.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBL_qtn47eI&feature=share&list=UUJ4GdmcByqxopfrmmWT8dnA

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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.  

 

      

Chickens are Friends not Food

Everyone deserves to be treated equally and have the same opportunities.  In John Lewis’s March, he uses his flashback about raising chickens as a way to show equality.  As a boy, he took care of each and every chicken.  He gave them names; he feed them; he buried them; he made them his congregation.  No one else in his family took the time to form bonds with these chickens.  They had no problem killing and eating them or selling them off for money.  The flashbacks serves to parallel the Civil Rights movement to something more tangible for the two visiting boys who did not grow up in the struggle for Civil Rights. The chickens are the black community.  John Lewis could be seen as either a black empowerer (maybe MLK) or the white community that supports freedom while his family represents the white supremacists.  His family disliked that Lewis had such a strong bond with the chickens. They did not see the need to take the time to care for the chickens like he did similarly to the way whites felt about blacks: we don’t need to waste our time on people who can’t contribute to our society.   Even though Lewis knew that these chickens weren’t like him he still treated with respect and kindness because he believed everything deserved to be treated fairly.  

Despite this Lewis has no problem eating chicken when he goes up north. So does he now represent someone against the Civil Rights?  I don’t know.  Maybe this change is to signify how the north is different and opened his eyes to a new world. Possibly it has to do with their being less noticeable racism.  Image   

Imperialism

“Go bind your sons to exile to serve your captives’ need;… half-devil and half-child.” Imperialism. An idea that every major state power observed in the late 19th century and the early 20th century. Similar to colonization, Imperialism was the search for new land to exploit the natural resources; however, in contrast to colonization, the military occupied and controlled these new areas.  As a result of this new colonization, the native peoples, who were considered weak, were put to work for these powerful states such as England, Germany, and Japan.  As Karl Marx put it Imperialism is about powerful, rich people going out to look for weak areas to dominate and invest in.  There was no real concern about the peoples already established in these areas.  Imperialism just degraded the native people by keeping them lower on the social chain while empowering the Imperialist who in the name of Social Darwinism and Moral Responsibilty claimed the land for their nation and proceeded to extract the natural resources. 

 

As a visual artifact I plan on using the prezi collage I made a couple of weeks ago, with a few changes.  The colors will be dark, for example, black and white photos.   A few spots of color(red, orange) to engage the eye.  I hope that I can play around with spinning the pictures to emphasize that Imperialism was all around the world and that natives turned around their culture to try to please the invading power.  Pictures/political cartoons are the best way to show the realities of Imperialism.  While pictures may show a distortion of what actually happened, they still provide a feeling of injustice to the viewer.       

Blog Revision

Well, for starters, I need to figure out why the prezi will not open. The background could be a dark color like brown or black to emphasize the evil behind Imperialism. On the left side there could be more photos because there is a gap which draws the eye away from the overall picture. Also, the picture of the Cherokee sign could be black and white instead of color. The color competes with the word “Imperialism” which is in color as well. The eyes doesn’t know where to focus between those three elements.
The quote could be in a harsher font and darker color. The font is too soft for such a hard topic. The bright blue evokes a feeling of happiness/lightness that Imperialism does not evoke.

Imperialism is Unjust

Here is a response to the quote ” Any law that uplifts human personality if just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust” from Letter from Birmingham Jail.

 

http://prezi.com/eqhnxjndxdk9/present/?auth_key=lw9sxir&follow=owswu9g8jrx2

Resources:

http://iulzzang.hubpages.com/hub/lifeonreservations
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FCultural_assimilation_of_Native_Americans&h=0&w=0&sz=1&tbnid=GsoHvwuZalV9uM&tbnh=255&tbnw=198&zoom=1&docid=2trRDJRvA2Sd3M&ei=5m48UpKuGon48wSO4IFA&ved=0CAUQsCU
http://livinfuture.blogspot.com/2011/03/sophs-hawaii.html

Southern Black Stereotypes: They’re a joke!

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 Dyer describes about the South in his Introduction from ” From Uncle Tom to Gangsta: the black criminal.

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. Detectives don’t think it is related to the murder from yesterday morning on Broad and Liberty.” The response from most be people is “hahaha, the murderer must be a black gang member!” People laugh about it because murders are so common and most of the suspects turn out be black gang members. Guessing the culprit can be somewhat of a game to people. People make jokes about how the murderer is so and so’s cousins, laugh, and move on (sometimes directly to the so and so).

Dyer’s stereotype “of the black rapist that emerged during the South in the Wake of Emancipation” still holds a prevalent spot into today’s culture. While people do laugh about the stereotypes and make seemingly “comedic” comments, they still avoid sketchy areas of town like Hitch Village (where our underprivileged black families live) for fear of that black rapist.

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.

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

Racism in Ballet

Yep, Racism is still present in the ballet world. The ballet world is moving forward, only years behind the rest of society. Companies are not segregated like schools in the 50’s and 60’s; however, there are few African Americans in the Ballet World. Most of them dance at the African American companies, while very few dance elsewhere which makes the dynamics very similar to the 60’s with segregated schools.

I challenge you to look at the dancers in any professional ballet and tell me how many African American dancers there are. I bet there is less than five. Why is that?

Artistic Directors usually look over African American dancers for a variety of reasons. Michaela DePrince, a pre-professional ballet student who competed in the Youth America Grand Prix, was an African American girl striving for a place in a professional company. She feels that the ballet world has labeled black dancers as too powerful and not graceful;therefore, companies don’t want to hire them. In order to be noticed by companies she feels that she has “to work ten times harder than everyone else,” or companies will ignore her. From Ballet West, Joshua White is the only African American dancer in the company. Earlier this year he was denied the role of Napoleon in the ballet Cinderella because of his color. The Artistic Director, Adam Slute, felt that because Napoleon is made fun of in the ballet he did not want White to be the “butt of all the jokes.” This may seem heartfelt, but White says that it is the twenty-first century. People should not be focusing on the color of a dancers skin but on his or hers talent.

BREAKING POINTE

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http://www.businessinsider.com/teenage-ballerina-who-is-breaking-down-barriers-2012-7#ixzz2dKPsblGw