MonthOctober 2018

30/10/18, In Class Writing

I have read Faye’s response, and I like what she said: “I feel that these days studying in college and trying to earn a degree can show ambitiousness to prospective employers and a desire to remain informed and be prepared for new upcoming challenges in the future.” Also, college is not only about learning our field of study and gaining a detailed idea about that field. Rather, it is more about getting the basic knowledge about many fields of study which is crucial for everyone to have and which can be helpful in future.

October 25, In Class Writing

Junzheng Li, Ayush Agarwal

Major selected: Business

In the video, we will input how the world of business looks like, sounds like and how people interact and behave. With effective background music, sound effects, images, and video clips, we will reveal the effectiveness of business.

October 23, In Class Writing

  • A  new form of media composing tool involves textual practice with multimodality along with disciplines of film studies and composition studies.
  • This form of media can put multiple forms of literacy – functional, critical and rhetorical – into actual practice by adding a wide array of modes like visual, audio, and alphabetic text.
  • By making use of new media processes including visual and aural layers. By inheriting digital culture, we can eliminate the old sequential linear model of write/film/edit and give more emphasis on the new media era.

Oct 18, Reflection on Education

In my country, India, college education is based more on specific marketable skills. It follows more of a stereotyped pattern. There are different college for specific fields of study. The National Institute of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), Indian Institutes of Technology are among the most prestigious institutions within the technology sciences. Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISERs) are the premier research institutes in the field of science education and research. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higher_education_in_India). Image result for college education fields in india

https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2017/02/02/the-countries-with-the-most-stem-graduates-infographic/#327f1eb5268a

Oct 2, Essay 2

That Word Black – Langston Hughes (Did racism end? Historical context)

You and your partner go to see the film The House We Live In… – Claudia Rankine (Supporting material that racism exists)

White America’s Racial Illiteracy – Robin DiAngelo (Challenges the white people face in the context of racism)

Weary Oracle – Dawn Lundy Martin (Existence of racism in colleges & universities) Racism in Kindergarten – Tom Jacobs

From “What to a Slave Is the Fourth of July” Frederick Douglass (Historical context)

Why Black Lives Matter Isn’t What You Think – Bryan Stascavage (Supporting material for racism)

 

According to Martin Luther King, a society judges its individuals “not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”. However, this statement is not true in every case. Some critics argue that racial injustice still plagues American society, and in particular that African Americans and other minorities are the persistent victims – sometimes unknowingly – like the incident mentioned by Claudia Rankine. In the story, the narrator’s neighbor misjudges her friend as being “menace” just because he had a black skin. Moreover, he called the police without giving him any further notice. Taking into consideration the mentality of the whites, her neighbor never would have imagined that Claudia could have a friend who is a black guy. This reflects the kind of racial prejudice that thrives in her neighborhood. Such kind of incidents that are a part of everyday life can spread the feeling of racism and can question the legitimacy of the Black Lives in America. Further, in the story, Claudia restricts her friend to talk to her on the phone openly where people can easily witness him. This creates an unnecessary tension and creates a sense of racial discrimination.

The perspectives about the racism of whites are different from those of the blacks. Living in a white dominant context, most whites have a limited understanding of racism because they have not been trained to think in complex ways about it. Because race is constructed as residing in people of color, whites have the liberty not to bear the social burden of race. For example, the centrality in history, textbooks, historical representations, and perspective, the teachers, role models, heroes, and heroines that are all white, one cannot avoid the internalizing the message of white superiority. One cannot understand how racism functions in the U.S. today if one ignores group power relations. The socialization renders people racially illiterate and the mainstream sources – schools, textbooks, media – don’t provide us with the multiple perspectives we need in order to judge the topic as a whole. In order to get that knowledge, one needs to think outside of the box and go beyond the normal rumors of the society to gain the different perspectives and viewpoints. According to Robin DiAngelo, “it’s an ongoing and painful process of seeking to uncover our socialization at its very roots. It asks us to rebuild this identity in new and often uncomfortable ways. But I can testify that it is also the most exciting, powerful, intellectual stimulation, and emotionally fulfilling journey I have ever undertaken”.

 

 

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