I found most of the pieces in “This Bridge Called My Back” to be a comforting representation of my experience as a woman of color. Furthermore, I was inspired by a multitude of the unproblematic pieces such as “I am What I am” and “The Bridge Poem” regarding their desire to become closer to their respective cultures and their themes of reclaiming oneself as a method of self-care. Even though other pieces such as “A Pathology of Racism” were hurtful considering they denied the opportunities to build coalitions with white women and boarded on what some would term reverse racism, I still saw myself. Which sounds terrible, but it’s true. And never have I seen my skin bleeding so profusely into ink.
They believe it is a mans job to help end sexism in society. Even though, they might not be apart of the negative intentions or sexist actions, they must stand up for the women and parts of society that have no voice or struggling to be heard. As marginalized groups in society, they both are aware of the unequal benefits of life of the class and race standpoints. According to Angela Davis in Women, Race, and Class, “We are still faced with the challenge of understanding the complex ways that race, class, gender, sexuality, nation and ability are intertwined—but also how we move beyond these categories to understand the interrelationships of ideas and processes that seem to be separate and unrelated (Davis , pg. 30).” Therefore, a absence of males in the feminist movement would lead to a collapse in the inclusiveness of the movement.
This is the biggest theme throughout her entire piece. McIntosh shows the readers that people who are African Americans should be treated the same as their white counterparts. She even later goes on and says that the word “privilege” used in this sense seems to mislead and states, “We usually think of privilege as being a favored state, whether earned or conferred by birth
Miller also provides a historical overview of the native residents of the Tohono O’odham Tribal Nation. The Tohono O’odham Nation lies on the border between the United States and Mexico. It has become the frontline in America’s battle for border surveillance. The border surveillance apparatus has impacted the O’odhamians whose aboriginal land extends well into Mexico and has been bisected by an international boundary they never wanted. To strengthen his argument, he gathered a considerable number of anecdotes from Indians, where they claimed that the residents have experienced the human rights violations by the Border Patrol agents including bodily injuries and verbal threats He also mentioned tail gating, blinding spotlights, arrests and deportations
She introduces four ideologies essential to their history. Each contains a set of language and symbols to describe them. The ethnic nationalist ideology of sexual slavery dominates the historiography (47). Soh pays extra attention to the South Korean nationalism vis-à-vis the Japanese struggle with how to confront the issue of the comfort women. The author stresses that the variety of terms describing these women infers “the significance of both individual and collective social psychology in dealing with the gross social injustice” imposed on the colonized young Korean women, which lay in the intersection between sexual and cultural violence, and the disparity in power between Korea and Japan
Now that I am middle-aged, I incline more toward the Mexican point of view, though some part of me continues to resist the cynical conclusions of Mexico.” The use of pathos helps of connect ot the other on an emotional level to just how conflicted he is feeling. He emphasizes these feelings through usage of synthetic personalization, such as when he stated how the people in this societies interact in these society which was referenced previously. Also through evidence of personal conflict on how he will address these matters and decide which societal wisdom should be first reviewed, “How shall I present argument between comedy and tragedy, this tension that describes my life? Shall I start with the boy’s chapter, then move toward more ‘mature’ tragic conclusions? But that would underplay the boy’s wisdom.
Wallace Thurman poses the question “What did the color of one’s skin have to do with mentality or native ability” (Thurman 50). For a woman in America, quite a lot! While some have the luxury of living in “one nation, with liberty and justice for all”. For African American women, justice is hard to come by, and liberty is nothing more than a term without any true purpose or meaning. It is true, “to be black is no disgrace, just often very inconvenient”, but to be both African American and female, is nearly unbearable (Johnson,.
The ability of CLHN to shape the perspective of external groups is powerful because it gives a voice to the historically powerless, which by extension creates an entirely new narrative that amalgamates both the majority’s and minority’s stories to catalyzes social change. A paragon of this notion is Ronald Takaki and his book A Different Mirror in which he details the constant sociopolitical struggles he faces as an Asian American in the United States. Takaki’s novel is an attempt to utilize CLHN to highlight the story of the minority in a day and age when the majority chokes the throats of the minorities with an iron fist in a velvet
Zora Neale Hurston does not consider herself to be “tragically colored,” however, she might indeed consider Langston Hughes’s speaker to be. She appears to be all about being accepted for herself without necessary regard for the color of her skin, and she does not need to be given special allowances because her ancestors were slaves. Mr. Hughes, on the other hand, writes about slavery and their abominable treatment with references to his excellence in expression through the poems “Mulatto” and “Song for a Dark Girl.” I believe while acknowledging that they are both persons of color, they are expressing their artistry from different platforms. Mr. Hughes might respond to Ms. Hurston by reminding her of her heritage and not to dismiss it so lightly.
From the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, they recognized there are variety types of discrimination in America such as race/color, religion, gender etc. Indeed, American people usually see themselves as superior people and see other immigrant people with different colors or different accents are inferior. According to the article Welcome to America? International student perceptions of discrimination, a Mexican woman commented that Mexicans are often discriminated against in Arizona due to border issues, and that they are portrayed negatively in the media. She has had experiences where people blatantly treated her as inferior until they learned that she was teaching at the University (as part of her graduate program).
She hones in on the the Arab, Muslin, and Asian populations that are prescribed the negative label of terrorist, especially in our post-9/11 society. In her own experience when showing her photo ID she was asked “You’re not a terrorist, are you?” Critical Race Theory states that race is a social construct, very similar to how gender is a social construct according to Risman . She states that those who self-identify in their race also perform in that race, meaning they label themselves and then
While living in Cape Verde, a society with many Black/White mixed-race individuals, De Brito had seen herself (and was perceived by others) as White. Upon arriving in the US, however, De Brito began to see herself as different from White people. For De Brito, her experience as a multiracial individual in America involves others questioning her Black identity. Because of her physical appearance (hair that was not "nappy," light skin), De Brito was not seen as being truly Black. In response to the invalidation of her Black identity by her peers at Dartmouth, De Brito tires to act more Black.
The combination of this and slavery has brainwashed the black community to think they are not as valuable as non-blacks. “Black women need to be empowered so that they can protect themselves against the negative messages that they receive from their environment.” (Bryant, 89) The naturalista niche is essentially the black community uniting to let the world know that the Eurocentric idea of beauty may not include them but they are not the ones who need to change to become beautiful. The definition of beauty is “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit” (Merriem-Webster), saying that black women are not beautiful is implying that there is nothing about her that stimulates one’s senses in a positive way. When someone is told continuously that they are not worth anything, nor will they amount to anything, over time they will begin to believe it and treat others who look like them the same way. The naturalista niche is a movement that aims to empower the black community and to educate them on how to take care of themselves, mainly hair care.
Both women are able to select their racial identity based on their skin tone, however by passing between white and black they still cannot seem to make a choice. They create a world where they both can exist and perceived. Although Irene believes she has found her identity because she has remained closer to her roots. She has realizes where she belongs unlike Clare, who mocks their roots by passing and betrays the race.
During his presidential announcement, he spoke how the U. S. is a dumping trash, where any other countries can drop it, in our country to solve. He specifically targeted the Mexicans because of the border that’s separates America and Mexico. He says Mexico brings their worst people in our countries, to bring problems such as crime, rapists, and drug dealers. This is racism, because he is labeling the Mexicans as harmful, dangerous people to the whole country. He doesn’t know that some Mexicans aren’t that bad, and can successfully accomplish their dreams in America like any other would, if they have a chance.