White Washed

“I like the metaphor of the melting pot. I like it for two reasons. First, its suggestion of pain-and there is pain.” says Richard Rodriguez. He means by this the changes that he felt growing up in America and feeling different but in the mean time becoming Americanized. The disappointment of his father watching him become more American than Mexican. Rodriguez also claims that you can identify with a culture without actually being of that culture or race. I agree with him that you can be more comfortable with a culture but to identify yourself as being of that culture when your not is strange. But I understand what he’s saying for example if an person with American parents is born in Russia that person will adapt Russian values as well as the values of the parents. America does have the tendency to “white wash” a person. When my son who is 7 is spoken to in Urdu by his father he replies back in English, I think because of the influence that he has in school and with his friends since they all speak English. from my own personal experience I can understand what Rodriguez means but I do not agree with him completely.


The Usual Story

This story ia about an author who believes that the jazz music and the blues were the same and tells the usual same old story. Only to later realize at a small jazz session, with deeper thinking he came to realize much more of the culure, and Americas culure overall. The story seems to takes place New Orleans, with the author walking around one night until he finds himself in front of a building called Preservation Hall, which is a place where jazz musicians would play. Though he admits to not being a big fan of jazz, and he thought the people who played at Presevation Hall were not that good, he entered anyway. Upon entering he notices that it is unusually small, about “twice the size of his hotel room” he states, and that it is dimly lit and was very crowded. At first the author believes that jazz never seemed “risky” enough. After listening to the band play a few numbers he had a hold new take. “The band rambled on, and i realized there was nothing at all quaint about this music; it had always been full of risk, unstable and liable to combust. He then talks about the blacks use of the white mans instruments, and how they found their own tune with them. ” The exchange and re-exchange of ideas between groups”. He then notices that the players of the instruments took it even farther playing notes in jazz people were not used to in that area, he noticed how culture argues, blends, and advances.  He then uses this learning to percieve American culture differently. He went from the idea that America had no culture to noticing that it has more culture thsn snyonc can take in. He uses this to explain the melting pot, it bubbles and explodes when we least expect.


Reading “The Chinese In All Of Us” had me thinking about myself. I do relate that we are all just our selfs. If you label your self as a race I feel like your are being stereotyped when you say “your not acting like your race”. I was adopted and do not know who I really am race wise. Like the writer I am someone who in takes everything around me. I really like how the writer did not label him self more made race a joke.Image


Sharing the truth

In 1963 the world was very different than what we know now. If a person was colored he or she was very inferior. I once talked to an old man at a restaurant in Celina Texas, a small town north of Dallas. The old man told me stories about how colored people were not allowed to cross the railroad tracks. It was an eye-opening conversation as I had never heard first hand experiences of the times of segregation.

During Martin Luther king Junior’s incarceration in Birmingham’s jail, martin wrote a letter to his fellow clergy men. The letter mainly comprised of trying to communicate the truth about Martin’s actions that landed him in jail. The clergy clearly did not know the truth, or didn’t want to know the truth about the goings on in Birmingham city. The other clergy members were critical of Martin’s Luther’s methods of getting the public to know of the atrocities that clearly taking place.

Martin clearly is disgusted with how the other clergy simply want everything to just stay the way it was and just keep going. Obviously, there were very difficult and deep rooted problems in the American spirit and need to be righted, and sitting complacently was not going to help. Martin Luther’s only with was for everyone to live in harmony and obey the laws that were set up, as long as the laws were just and fair. Although just is a difficult word to define, Martin believed that if the laws were truly created by the public and not only by a few people in power, it was just.Image


Letter from Birmingham

This was the longest letter I ever read. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” is a response to a statement the clergymen made, in the hope of defending King’s recent “direct action” against the segregation of racism. The point of the letter was to depict to the clergymen his intent was not to suggest violence, but simply to fight through negotiation for the freedom of his “black brothers and sisters.” King claims there is no better timing for something that has been at conflict for “more than 340 years.”  He is asking for the help of the clergymen so they can move forward with Civil Rights. The letter shows that King really believed that all people should have equal rights. He provides facts about many blacks who suffer to support his claim in the letter. He makes clear why unjust laws are harmful to society and he tells the clergymen of his views and the reasons for his “direct action” on the issue of desegregation. While reading this letter I notice that King uses ethos, logos, and pathos to explain to his clergymen about his present actions in Birmingham and to inform them about his future plans to disobey segregation. I believe this is the message of peace in this literature that touches everyone and makes people think about injustice and indifference.

A Ridiculous Proposal

It seems to me this article is not a serious article, and the author is not serious about his opinion on the topic. The name of the article is “A Modest Proposal”. The topic of the article is about poor families in Ireland. The proposal that the author, Johnathan Swift, gives us is that infants and small children should be used as food. It proposed that the poor people could make money by selling their children, people would not starve because of all the meat from these children. Basically, it proposed some very horrid things.  I find this idea quite ridiculous, as reflected in the title of my blog. The article states various problems of society, like starvation and poverty, in Ireland but the solutions he insists will help these problems are , as stated before, ridiculous. Who in their right mind could really think about eating a human being? No one. That is why I came to the conclusion that this proposal could not be taken seriously. In the article, the author repeatedly mentioned human flesh and other descriptive words which made readers visualize humans eating humans. I could barely read this whole article without getting sick. Even though the author was not serious about the proposal, how could he write this disgusting article? I understand the proposal was not to be taken seriously but It was hard for me to understand the tone of the article and if the author was being sarcastic. The last sentence of the article reads, “I have no children by which I can propose to get a single penny; the youngest being nine years old, and my wife past child-bearing.” This sentence makes me rethink the whole purpose of this article. Perhaps, I should reread the article. The author used his own “way of writing”, one which is not easy to understand and comprehend.

Superman and Me

In Sherman Alexie’s essay “Superman and Me” is a narrative of how he overcame obstacles in his life, became an avid reader which in turn helped develop his ability to learn at a high level. Sherman talks about how he learned how to read from a Superman comic book by focusing on the pictures and what they were saying even though he could not read the words. He also developed a passion for reading because his father had a passion for reading anything he could get his hands on. Sherman describes how he taught himself to read and learn by framing everything into paragraphs which seemed to be a simplistic approach that broke things down into easy to understand segments that he could put together as a whole and learn much faster. This helped him overcome a society (Indian Reservation) that almost all the kids failed and there was a culture of not having to learn.

Sherman also showed the innate ability to understand that he was smart and would not accept what would be a pre-determined life of failing within the tribal community. He made a statement that he was reading to save his life which shows great maturity for someone so young to understand that if he wanted any kind of life it would depend on his education. I also believe that he was telling us that there needed to be some sort of role model to help him see the importance of education (his father who read anything he could) and his father did that by example. Along with that role model mentality he went back to help teach the kids on the reservation as he could not remember any outside teachers that came to help.

Working with sources

By reading this article I learned that I can collectively group together people’s opinions to express a certain topic in a college-essay, and gather more thoughts from another source thus strenghting your paper if done correctly and wisely. It does a fine job of explaining and defining what college professors are looking for in a paper. They are looking for more sources besides one’s personal experiences. Sources that have some prestige to back them up such as an academic journal for example. Academic sources for a paper can range from a “book, or authoritive websites, or even personal interviews with experts”. To do so you must find one of theses sources and incorporate them into your paper correctly, making sure it has relevance to the topic at hand. These sources can be your best friend giving yourself quality information and quotes that you can blend into your paper effectively or even just by paraphrasing information in order to relay a message more to your papers taste. But one must be careful when doing so, if the source you use is not given credit it could result in plagarism. Citing the source within the paper or using in text citations equipped with a bibliography at the end of a paper can allow a reader to look at the sources where your information was gathered. If all these are done acccordingly and properly the better  your paper will be and the better grade you will recieve. Academic sources that we gather information from can help us in more ways then one as seen.

Delivering a Powerful Argument

There are many aspects that must be considered when trying to produce a powerful argument that will stir the senses.  Before you even consider sitting down to write your argument there are three critical questions that first must be asked of yourself.  The most obvious and probably the easiest of the three is your subject.  What are you going to write about?  What moves you so passionately that you would like to emphasize or inform the populace about?  The next issue to address is the desired purpose of your paper, not just what your paper will be about, but a deeper more profound purpose.  What is it about the subject that you choose that you are trying to convince people about, inform them on, or bring to their attention?  You must consider these issues together as you think of your paper, but you must also consider these facts along with the final element, your audience.  This is by far the most important of the three elements as it will be the key factor that ties your paper together.  A subject and purpose of an argument means little without it reaching the right audience, in the right manner, and with the proper information that will reach that audience.  You must plan extensively if you hope to impact your audience in a lasting and meaningful manner.  If you fail to properly prepare yourself or your paper, your audience will know it and your message will not have the impact it could have.

            Above all things, one must be vigilant with the production of their argument to bring to light information that has solid factual basis, a clear message, and that is custom fit for your intended audience.  Failure to give proper attention to this could lead to an argument that is ignored and unvalued by the people that you wish to reach, and will ultimately give way to undesired results and a failed attempt to having your issue expressed and received.  On the other hand however, proper planning, extensive research, and a complete analysis of your target audience will give way to a paper that is not only informative to your audience, but will leave a lasting impression on them and inspire further contemplation of your topic.  After all, making a lasting impression on your reader is what you are ultimately looking to achieve.  You want them to see your issue from your eyes, to have the passion for it as you do, and to possibly even change their opinion or position on the given topic.  Just remember, your arguing a point that you are passionate about, make the audience feel that passion, but don’t give an argument of emotion…give an argument of facts.