Sunday, February 28, 2016

Safe Places - August


1. "Refusing to talk about LGBT issues or showing discomfort issues when LGBT topics arise are nonverbal messages that tell youth that being LGBT is abnormal or wrong" (p. 1)
This quote is important because there are people that refuse to acknowledge the LGBT community. Those who refuse to acknowledge the community are older generations meaning that the younger generations look up to these people and seeing them being rude or acting like there is something wrong with the LGBT community, teaches them it is wrong. 

2. "Teachers around our nation narrate stories about single-parents... The idea is that tolerance will grow as students gain appreciation for difference... So far, so good - until the family is two moms and their children... they are invisible" (p. 85)
In order for today's generation, along with future generations, to be more active and acceptable of the LGBT community, we must teach from the start that same sex marriage is normal. 

3. "... instructors committed to inclusion find ways to bring the voices of the LGBT community into their curriculum... when a chorus of these voices are heard across our college campuses, anti-LGBT violence will cease" (p. 94)
Society today must identify the violence to the LGBT community and put an end to it. It must be stopped because it is wrong to be violent towards people who are doing nothing wrong and are just trying to live their lives.

Points to Share:
In all three quotes, they are connected to Alan Johnson because he talks about how we must speak the words to solve the problem. As a society today, we must talk about things and we must teach the younger people how to be more accepting and that there is no right and wrong way to live your life. 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Unlearning the Myths That Bind Us - Linda Christensen


After reading Linda Christensen's piece, I became more aware of what media does to a young child/teenager. Growing up, I wasn't aware of the hidden messages/stereotypes media created. Because of Christensen bringing awareness of the negative side of the media, I can now see that media is portrayed in such ways that young people think it is the right way to live, that they must look and act a certain way like the characters in the movies they watch or the articles they see in magazines. This article is important because people must see the reality of the impacts media has on teens and young children. 

Christensen's piece connects to Alan Johnson because he states that in order to fix the issue, you must speak the words. Here, Christensen states "our society's culture industry colonizes their minds and teaches them how to act, live, and dream" (126). She is speaking the words that others are afraid to. We must admit that the media is something negative and that something has to be done to allow young children and teens to live their own lives and not feel the pressure that today's society has. 

Points to Share:
Growing up, we were unaware of the impact media has on people. However, today, we see what the media does because we are at the age where almost everybody lives off their phones which is the major source of media. Teenagers feel this crazy amount of pressure to fit depending on what certain things are in magazines or what clothes are popular at the time. It's important that we take care of the negative issues media has on today's society. 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Aria - Richard Rodriguez


Richard Rodriguez talked about what it was like growing up in a Spanish speaking home while living in an American, English speaking environment. Unlike Rodriguez, I grew up around and went to school with kids and teachers who only spoke English just like me. I didn't have to go through a language change like he did. Rodriguez not only went through a language change, but his family life changed as they adapted to a new culture: "Those old Spanish words (those tender accents of sound) I had used earlier... I couldn't use anymore. They would have been too painful reminders of how much had changed in my life" (Rodriguez, 37). For Rodriguez, speaking Spanish with his family was a "private language", and as him and his family continued to use English as their primary language, he felt out of touch with his family and language. However, he felt more connected to his peers because he was able to speak and understand their primary language. Rodriguez piece connects to Lisa Delpit's rule number two, "culture of power". This connects to Delpit because the people who are in power speak English. Because of this, Rodriguez had to learn a new language in order to understand the codes and rules of the people with power. 

Points to Share:
It's important to realize that some families and students have to make the transition from one language to another and with that comes a lot of change. Most of us know English like the back of our hand considering it is our society's primary language. Because of this, we have to be considerate of the time and practice it takes for some people to adapt to a new language and the help they will need.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

White Privilege: Upacking the Invisible Knapsack - Peggy McIntosh


In her article, Peggy McIntosh talks about privilege between people of different races and genders. She mentions in her writing, "I think whites are carefully taught not to recognize white privilege, as males are taught not to recognize male privilege". This is important because it addresses the fact that there is such a thing as privilege and your race will allow you or not allow you to have it. At the same time as addressing privilege versus race, it addresses privilege versus the sexes. It is believed and known that males tend to have more privilege over females. However, the male population tends to push that idea to the side: "...often noticed men's unwillingness to grant that they are overprivileged...".

Soon after, she states that she "...had been taught about racism as something that puts others at a disadvantage, but had been taught not to see one of its corollary aspects, white privilege, which puts me at an advantage". McIntosh's statement is important because young people are being taught that depending on your race, you are at more of advantage than others. The problem with this is that if one wishes to end privilege overall, you must face the truth that society today is filled with certain people of a certain race/gender who have privilege over others.

McIntosh also mentions " my racial group was being made confident, comfortable and oblivious, other groups were likely being made unconfident, uncomfortable, and alienated". This is important because while one race is living life with no worries based on their race, another has to think about certain things that people of another race would not have to in their day to day routine.

Points to Share:

When McIntosh points out 50 ways where she sees that she is privileged, I was able to connect to some of the same scenarios. However, I was not raised to know I was privileged and at some sort of advantage that others are not. It is quite obvious that the majority of us don't realize that we're at an advantage until it is pointed out to us.