Literacy is political, historical, and material, as it is defined “in terms of what it has meant to people over time and through specific contexts” (Edmondson 148). Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue” are both bibliographical writings about the author’s experiences and perceptions about race and language. Through sharing their experiences, both authors display that the highly proficient usage of language promises social authority and influence.
My Rhetorical Analysis Language is a part one’s identity and culture, which allows one to communicate with those of the same group, although when spoken to someone of another group, it can cause a language barrier or miscommunication in many different ways. In Gloria Anzaldua’s article, “How to Tame a Wild Tongue”, which was taken from her book Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, she is trying to inform her readers that her language is what defines her. She began to mention how she was being criticized by both English and Spanish Speakers, although they both make up who she is as a person. Then, she gave convincing personal experiences about how it was to be a Chicana and their different types of languages. Moreover, despite the fact that her language was considered illegitimate, Anzaldua made it clear that she cannot get rid of it until the day she dies, or as she states (on page 26) “Wild tongues can’t be, they can only be cut out.”
Thesis: Both authors in the essay “In Defense of Prejudice” and “Mommy What does ‘Nigger’ Mean?” address controversial topics in the world. While Rauch tackles the idea to protect minorities, Naylor discusses the power of language; however, they both hit on the different stereotypes presented to them throughout their own lives. By successfully using their own personal stories, both authors are able to justify their arguments and create credible personas for the audience.
Richard Rodriguez’s memoir, Hunger of Memory, and Sandra Cisneros semi-autobiographical collection of short stories, House on Mango Street, encompass juxtaposing perspectives with regards to space. Rodriguez’s expresses the purging of one’s past ethnic roots, including his association with the Chicano/x community. He develops his public voice through his mastery of English and his astute scholarship. Cisneros and Rodriquez alike expose the bleak realities of their experiences with regards to their affiliations with their ethnicity. Cisneros proclaims authority by embracing her cultural hybridity.
“The Columbian Orator” has profound effects on Douglass’s life, as he recalls, “The readings of these documents enabled me to utter my thoughts, and to meet the arguments brought forward to sustain slavery.” (Douglass, 2014, p. 132) Douglass’s ability to read empowered him to read documents which strengthened his stance against slavery, giving his arguments validity and basis, rather than only his biased opinion. As a result, he has the opportunity for a credible argument. He continues to further his pursuit of education by learning how to write.
In the culture we live in today, we are bombarded with ideas and images of “what we should be”. We are expected and obligated to modify ourselves in order to live up to social expectations and to feel accepted by others. It is the fear of being an outcast that pressures us to mask our true identity. Therefore, in an American culture, one can form an identity and still remain true and authentic to oneself through nonconformity and self-reliance. Jon Krakauer’s novel Into the Wild portrays Chris McCandless’s journey of discovering his true identity through the idea of nonconformity.
Literature plays a vital role in enriching human experience as it provides readers with an opportunity to both engage with and challenge perceptions, by inviting readers into new worlds that teach them more about their own. By challenging personal perspectives and preconceived notions, literature can be a crucial catalyst for ideological change and the development of empathy, as seen through the exemplary works: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Red Tree by Shaun Tan. Lee’s classic bildungsroman adeptly confronts racial and social discrimination in the segregated American Deep South, provoking readers to step outside of their occasionally marginalised perspectives and develop empathy as they push aside prejudiced stereotypes to seek
Michael Timko, a professor Emeritus (English) of the City University of New York seems to have the same opinions about this short story. “The author's central focus is on several aspects of human nature, especially the attitudes towards tradition and ritual, and the way humans look upon relationships, familial and others. In the story Jackson is asking the reader to look again at the various characteristics of human nature, especially in regard to the way human beings treat one another in religious, social, and civic contexts” (Timko). The lottery has started to be challenged by other communities, those communities are evolving with the morals that have started to be acknowledged in this time. This change is in essence attacking the traditions of those who still believe in the lottery as essential to their
There are many similarities and dìfferences on hơw they theorize consciousness. Their theories similar in the way that they describe the oppressive experiences that the minorities face everyday and dìfferences on how to resolve the problem. For me, Dorothy Smith’s theorization of the Self is more applicable in my everyday lìe. Dorothy Smith and W.E.B Dubois
Social justice is defined as promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity. The O’Hanlon organizer defined diversity as cultural differences in society that are related to such factors as race, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, socio-economic status, physical/mental ability, religion, sexual orientation, and ideology. I will be talking about how Dominican’s core values which are scholarship, reflection, community, and service connects to the social justice and diversity on
Coming from a bi-racial background can be blessing and a curse all in one. Gloria Anzaldua exploits the truth in her essay in the context of language; however, I truly feel that it is deeper than that. Language is an important aspect of a person, although culture and experiences embodies individuals as well. I have a similar experience to Anzaldua, in the in the context of coming from a mixed background, but our stories are different. I come from a Puerto Rican and African American background; both ethnicities are a part of who I am.
Thus, CRT will be used as a means to allow Latina/os to express their experiences. Further, CRT scholars would argue that those with minority status have an inherent competence to speak about race and racism (Delgado & Stefancic, 2001; Solórzano and Yosso, 2002). The primary purpose of this study was to advocate for the needs of Latina/o students in higher education, and provide information that could ensure that their needs are being met and that they feel supported in higher education. Thus, CRT will be used as a framework to discuss the continued marginalization of Latina/o students attending higher education and allow for their voices to be understood. Finally, Critical Race theorists contend that while more virulent forms of racism may
Next, he provides how beliefs may contribute potential problems in a workplace. This article relates to the course in giving diversity education in which enables us to develop diversity consciousness. (Bucher, pg. 27) Harris provides the example
Paul Taylor, in his book, ‘Race: A philosophical Introduction’, says typological race-thinking urges the people to focus on whatever the local structure of categorization anoints as the important differences of human beings.
Department of Justice is that it does include ones gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity, as I had stated before. The previous legislations simply had race/ethnicity. The U.S. Department of Justice also requires data collection, training on racial profiling, and accountability by agencies. This helps to ensure that agencies (FBI, police, investigators, etc.) are informed on what profiling is, to learn from their colleagues. It also helps to track the complaints that agencies get when it comes to racial profiling and helps to further research, and it makes the agencies be cautious about the decisions