If Beale Street Could Talk: Emasculation by Racism In the novel, If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin uses the motif of emasculation, to show the sense of powerlessness, and the suffering, caused by racism. The wooden sculpture Fonny makes is a symbol of his own helplessness and the misery he feels in the world. Fonny pours great passion into his carvings and this endless drive and determination is what initially gets him into trouble when he steals materials from a nearby school. The sculpture Fonny made and gave to his mother, was one of his first creations and it ceremoniously hung on a table in the living room of their house. It was described as “not very [tall], it’s done in black wood.”, this is a mirror image of Fonny who is depicted as an average sized, young black male.
According to Zinsser, "Along with economic pressure goes parental pressure.inevitably the two are deeply intertwined...Poor students, poor parents. They are caught in one of the oldest web of love and duty and guilt." (Zinsser 212) many college students when asked why they are in school will answer because my parents want me to. It has become a sad reality because college is no longer a choice was somewhat of an obligation. Students who forced to go to college because that 's all they were told growing up.
The abundant value of her provocative, concerning memoir is in exploring the psychological impact that racism could make on an individual, spreading a stain of self-doubt and self-hatred that, shared with lack of opportunities, abets black people in collectively destroying themselves all together. Drugs and violence, the disintegration of families and a range of other social difficulties are traced back to this common afflicted root. In Men We Reaped, Ward grapples with the self-condemnation: “We tried to ignore it, but sometimes we caught ourselves repeating what history said, mumbling along, brainwashed: I am nothing. We drank too much, smoked too much, were abusive to ourselves, to each other. We were bewildered.” Telling her family history between the stories of the boys’ deaths, Ward, despite her feelings of self-loathing, emerges as an exception in her beleaguered community.
Basis on these, whites can make black slaves lost their individuality and qualities as human, they will have not have consciousness aware their place in the society. They became a living tool or property could obey the absolutely orders from whites. Douglass showed his hatred of slavery was slowly reinforcing and the seed of consciousness was slowly growing as little Douglass grow up from his psychological and physical torture of slavery in his childhood. Douglass failed to describe more about his happiness moment under his grandma’s or Mrs. Auld’s care. As we know he depicted the more tragic childhood, the more we can expose the cruelty of slavery, and the
In one end of the spectrum, Mr. Ewell does not show any self-control nor did his children and this causes the Ewell family to be filled with prejudice and hatred towards almost everyone. The lack of self-control in the family will continue to plague them with misery and crime. On the other hand, Atticus Finch uses self-control appropriately and successfully educated his “children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will” (Benjamin Franklin). In teaching his children to have self-control and a strong willpower, Atticus helped to lessen “the misery from their future” (Benjamin
August Wilson describes the life of Troy as someone who feels he is being oppressed and how different the culture was when his was a child growing up compared to his children’s lives. Troy’s outlook on life is more narrow minded however, his family is more optimistic for a better future. Troy was raised by a very dominate male figure who was abusive. His father would be little him and made him like he would not be able to overcome racism. Troy despised his father who was mean and never showed him any love.
And they probably came to Pencey that way” (2). In this paragraph, the audience hears Holden’s negative immutable perspective about his school Pencey as he seems to not like the school at all, much less the people in it. The author uses words like “splendid” and “clear-thinking” to really express holden’s strong opinion about the guys at Pencey and how they don’t meet the expectations that the school holds. In the beginning of the book the reader is introduced to Mr. Spencer who is one of Holden’s teacher’s. Mr. Spencer comes out as a nice teacher whose only intention is to help Holden and guide him through the misfit of society as he realizes that Holden needs a hand to hold.
Djimon Bailey 2/13/2018 English ii Honors Mr. Griffin Bad Teacher Essay There’s no doubt that a bad teacher can make school such a frustrating, embarrassing and bad experience, such student won’t learn much. Bad teachers often don’t have organization skills, class management, and professionalism. Teachers like these make high school difficult. This paper discusses traits of bad teachers, and the study habits they fail to create, in their students. Firstly, a bad teacher is someone who comes into class, and reads from his/her notes, and gives one a problem to work on for an hour with no input from the teacher at all.
The Main argument the author makes is that both teachers and parents are not taking action. The teachers seem to feel sorry for their students and end up passing them, instead of using tools of negative reinforcement such as failure to determine whether the student should graduate. The parents are not supporting the teachers and may end up doing the work for their kids. The one contradiction I see is on the tenth paragraph where she talks about the students she sees at night living a hard life of unemployment, chemical dependencies, abusive relationships
Douglass uses flashbacks , deep characterization, and appeals to the emotions to address the negative effects of slavery. Douglass recounts his own life events to show the difficulties faced when a master plays the role of a father. He explains that the vile desires of the owner will destroy the lives of his children, “The master is forced to sell his mulatto children or constantly whip them out of deference to the feelings of his white wife“ (Douglass 17). This situation destroys the
The evidence of a desperate society yearning for a leader to carry them out of poverty and distress is best echoed when Chino says “Bodega did something to the neighborhood, something with staying power, like that song that no one could possibly like but you, because you heard it at a time when your heart was breaking" (Quinonez 85). These inhabitants of SPanish Harlem are “heart-broken” because of the falsehood of the American Dream, making their diasporic experience
Tahiti Anyabwile in his essay “A Call for Hope in the Age of Mass Incarceration” states that “Coates fails his readership and fails to represent something vital about African Americans – his writing lacks hope”. Anyabwile states that “if incarceration pillages a person or family so completely, it’s difficult not to feel hopeless”. Yet by accurately describing the way mass incarceration robs a family, Coates is robbing these families of hope. The hope that they desperately gripe at daily and blacks have for the past hundreds of years. Without hope, the blacks lose motive
Although, discriminatory discipline overtly plays a significant role in pushing youth particularly students of color out of the classrooms and into the pipeline, this shines a light on the fact that our public school system is failing our children regardless of race. While a faulty public school system can not foster students educational development nor prepare students to be responsible citizens who lead economically and socially productive lives. Therefore, stopping the bleeding of school-to-prison pipeline is merely a prelude to a much larger social justice challenge—the right to quality education that constructs the well-being for all.
Growing up in the projects gives off a terrible first impression; even if that’s the only place a family can afford to live. Students growing up in areas high in crime rates, drug abusers, and gangs, tend to take the label of an appalling civilian, and a schoolyard fight between two white males reflects an assault and eventually imprisoned man if the fight were to include two African-American males (African-American because they are mostly of color). Alice Goffman explains in her speech how the government asks children already fighting poverty, living in the “most disadvantaged neighborhoods, and attending the country 's worst schools…to basically never do anything wrong.” The subject of this speech includes urban sociology and the impact of the different demographics living in certain neighborhoods on these teenage students facing more criminal charges than they would if they didn’t live in communities full of families attempting to overcome
It destroys a person’s self-esteem, destroys communities and creates divisions within societies. Victims find it hard to concentrate in school, fear to relate with others around sets in and after some time depression creeps in, and the next thing on victims mind is suicide! That is why we all need to fight against it before someone else gets killed or commit suicide. But the question is how do we stop these acts? My goal in this paper is to provide solution(s) by which racism can be reduced or better still eradicated.