In my household to say you were black was unspoken, many things we different. I was prejudice against within my own race of people, the mannerism I had such as speaking was very articulate, while I lived in a very well developed suburban area. Both of my parents, were educated and had very well paying jobs. I really didn’t know what is was like to be black until I became an adult, experienced racism, prejudice among other things as an African
Before reading the book I figured it would be more a story line, however it’s in like manner to a documentary. I questioned if the book was going to mainly be about the hardships of slaves (which it mostly is). I chose this book due to my high fascination with slavery. I worship to learn about the hard times blacks went through (mainly slaves). I feel as if I’m not only learning more about my history, correspondingly I’m enlightening myself on how I could’ve been treated, comparatively what some of my ancestors probably went through.
Over the years, in historians’ quest to stay “neutral,” this glossing over has become normalized and resulted in society seeing this writing as “impartial,” when it actually gives us an incredibly slanted and incomplete view of history. As a result, Zinn’s recognition of his personal biases when analyzing history and telling it from the side of the victims instead of the victors is very important. Through Zinn, we see a side of history that is not usually shown, that is hidden and practically ignored because it makes some uncomfortable. Zinn’s personal experiences also make the events more
Anzaldua story is familiar to my story in a way because of the experiences we have went through. Anzaldua sheds light on what she has been through in her essay. She has gone through some tough experiences at school, as did I. When I was smaller not only in school, but my life at home, it was hard because I never knew where I fit in. When I was with my father’s side of the family, whom are African American, it was hard because I was basically the only mixed child.
According to document c, northern neglect wasn’t intentional, but resulted to numerous problems in America . Ulysses Grant is in a barrel attempting to sort through all of the nations problems. The barrel is symbolic to grants distractions. Northerners didn’t think much of blacks who were recently freed from slavery, were fit to be apart of the government. The northerners were anti-slavery, but believed that blacks needed time to be educated on the system.
The superego is when the oppressed don’t do nothing about their situation. When they submit to injustice laws because that is what they saw their parents do and that is what is expected of them. Nonviolence resistance is the ego in the reading which tries to negotiate with the id in order to get what it wants (freedom) and also with the superego so it won’t go against what they have been thought. We see this situation described in Dr. Kings Letter from Birmingham Jail. Dr. King Jr. stated that he (his idea of nonviolent resistance - ego) stood in the middle of two opposing forces in the black community.
As I can recall in school we were taught some African American History, but it was truly limited. Anything extra you wanted to know required you to seek additional research on. At a young age I always ask teachers why was it so much information on American History and not as much on African American History? We were given the response of that’s all that was put into the textbook. It was pretty hard to learn about
While passing this information, their humanity is ignored as their humanity was denied in the past. However, when the huge contributions of the African Americans during, before, and after their enslavement are acclaimed, then their humanity is un-denied, and their lives start to matter in the society. The start of initiatives introducing the learning of black history in schools allows the restoration of the humanity of African Americans. It opens up the society to the ideology that society can only learn to appreciate the African American members of the society by learning about their history. This revelation should also allow children to grow appreciating African Americans, not just from their color but from their historical path that has led them to strive to be crucial members of the society.
Overall, going to this event was such a good idea; it opened my eyes to another culture other than my own. I 'm guilty of focusing on myself sometimes that I forget that people in other cultures struggle just as I do, we all have issues, we all have things we face and struggle with on a day to day basis. African Americans have been the victims to injustice for such a long time, coming from slavery and now high levels of incarceration. Understanding how correcting this can actually change history little by little is so important but cannot be done by one person, we all need to come together as one and correct these deep rooted issues that African Americans have been the victims to
And believe it or not some still have the notion that Africa is a country and not a continent, how redundant can things get? They make the assumption that since I am from Africa I shouldn't be able to dress properly, like the time a girl asked how I learned to dress so fashionably being that I am from Africa. It has really been an unpleasant few months here. The experiences I have had in America have made me see black Americans as ignorant. They should get better educated so that they will not offend other people with their unlearned questions.