So the black people did not speak Black English all the time. They tend to use code switching between Black English and Standard English to be more understandable. Some blacks use black English because they didn’t want to be something they aren’t. They wanted to reserve their African heritage. Black English is highly figurative, metaphorical, rhythmic, and often melodic language, which reflect the blacks oral traditions.
For instance, business started by the black people are not well received in the locality they intend to serve. This issue can be related to the story cited in the book; whereby, Woodson refers to the black employees who questioned the authority of an African-American
The Blacks, however were limited in what they could take to get higher in education, and the schools they attended provided them with less resources for learning. During this time, education was a main force for advancement in society. The lack of education, resulted in less paying jobs, which created the stereotype that African Americans were not on the same level of intelligence with the whites. Therefore, the Whites felt as if they were supremacy in the race. Even after, fighting for educational rights over a long period of time.
People that fall under the legalistic fallacy think that removing racist laws ends racism in everyday life. This suggests that people are only racist because they follow the laws that are in place. This is not true because de facto racial discrimination continues to exist in the United States even after racist laws are removed. The tokenistic fallacy suggests that since some people of color are successful, racism no longer exists. The suggestion that racism is eradicated because a select few are successful is harmful because it ignores all the other people of color that are struggling.
Additionally, African-Americans faced many hardships during this time, such as unclean bathrooms, unequal and separate water fountains, voting restrictions, and awful schooling compared to whites. Segregation was allowed in the United States of America as the 14th amendment abolished slavery, but left gaps on the topic of fair segregation on all levels.
She soon realized that she had a passion for learning. Dorothea being the oldest of three children ran her household at a every young age. She also began to teach some of her siblings how to read and write. When she was just 12 years old Dorothea ran away from home to her wealthy grandmother’s house in Boston and then soon after moved to her aunts home in Worcester Massachusetts. (Encyclopedia Britannica).
The tone wasn’t exactly meant to draw in a younger audience but it shouldn’t discourage them from reading it. The piece itself calls out to those who aren’t aware or those who want to nourish their minds. It’s context is eloquently presented and the explanations are a bit circuitous but still informative none the less. But the true audience is the one’s who disregard other forms of English created within the circumstances that they themselves have created for the creation of this form of English. To be more specific, the whites who deny the existence of black English, stating that there is only one way to speak proper English.
One sentence later, he deduces another claim based off of another aphorism: “You were not expected to aspire to excellence: you were expected to make peace with mediocrity” (Baldwin 7). This example of deductive reasoning uses the word “you” in both the general and personal terms. You, the black population, were not expected to aspire to excellence, and therefore you, the nephew of Baldwin and the reader of this passage, were expected to make peace with mediocrity. But you don't; you are not at peace with mediocrity, which is why this statement strikes a chord with the reader. Few people are okay with the fact that they are mediocre.
Although looking the same and having the same level of intelligence may decrease jealousy, people shouldn’t force others to change because of this. In this short story, everything has to do with equality. No one can be more intelligent, stronger, or more attractive. Handicaps are making people unequal. People in this short story isn’t equal because the most intelligent people have to suffer because of the handicaps.
Personal Literacy Narrative Reading and writing is a tool everybody needs in their lifetime the basic reading and writing skills are used on a daily base no matter what field you plan to study. Reading and writing are taught at a young age. I personally was taught by preschool I noticed on how I grew with my writing and how I became a better reader and writer throughout my life I personal love reading and writing it’s a way for everyone to express themselves through their choice of words. Everybody learns how to read and write differently some students tend to be stronger than others, personally speaking I feel I tend to be higher in reading then writing. I learned how to read and write at my elementary school named Saint La Salle.