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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Does this help people in the long run or hurt them?

Richard Rodriguez "Aria"

This author Rodriguez argues that when a bilingual family makes English their primary language they lose a but of who they are. He describes English as being a public language and Spanish a private one. Implying that being able to speak Spanish is what makes his family different, and they can have that private connection with one another without worrying about the rest of the world. But after being forced to learn English as their primary tongue they are being more connected with the outside world and losing that private connection they once had with one another.
He feels that speaking Spanish is what held his family so close, and having to learn English pulled them apart. The children now speak English a lot better than the parents and are often misunderstood, so to aviod that they simply rarely talk to their parents at all anymore. Then the father lost his head of the household role by not being able to speak English as well as his wife, so now just remains silent most of the time and lets her control everything.
Pretty much it seems that Rodriguez feels that learning English is what has teared his family apart.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Peggy McIntosh "White Privilege:Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"

The author being a white female and sharing many the same thoughts as I helped me to connect to this text a lot. She talked about how racism still includes white individuals. It was kind of an eye opening read for me, the things she talked about never really crossed my mind. Like racism to me was when people were mean to other people based on different skin color or sex, but I have never really experienced it myself. Weirdly like she said I never really considered myself to be privileged though, even though after reading this I guess I kind of am. I do not have to live my life wondering if anyone is going to be mean to me simply because of my skin color, or have to fear that I won't be able to get something based on it either. Kind of sad that even today there still are people that have to worry about things like that.  The buying a house example really hit me, I plan on getting my own place in a year or so and I never would have thought of having to worry about if my neighbors are going to judge me based on skin or sex. Yet there are people everyday buying houses that have to worry about that. This just kept making me think about how you never really know what another person’s life is like until you can actually walk in their shoes. It's just weird, I thought I understood racism yet simply reading a 6 page article to figure out that there is a lot more to it and it's been right under my nose the whole time.

In class: 
Never understand what it’s like to be someone until you walk in their shoes.
·         Forget about the everyday little things they have to go through
Why is it that whites are so privileged in a way yet most of us don’t see it or choose not to see it?

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Hi my names Elyssa Renzi and I am a sophomore at Rhode Island College studying to be a teacher. I just transfered from Umass Amherst and am still adjusting to how different it is. But so far classes this semester seem to be going well. Lets just hope it stays that way! When I am not at school I am usually working at the BK Lounge aka Burger King. I practically live there sometimes working 20 plus (usually plus) hours a week. Other than that I just hangout with family and friends and keep in touch with my sorority sisters.