It was January 17, 2005 and three cadets were training to become police detectives. The sergeant decided to test their (they were *removed) skill at recognizing a suspect. He showed the first cadet a picture for five seconds and then hides it. Then he says, “That was your suspect, how would you recognize him?” “That’s easy, answered the cadet. “We would find him quickly because he only has one eye. The sergeant thought for a minute and then answered, “Well that’s because the picture I showed you is a profile. It shows only a side view.” He can’t believe (removed the d) the cadet had given him such a ridiculous answer, but he goes on to the second cadet. Flashing the picture for five seconds to him. Again, he asks, “That was your suspect, how would you recognize him?” The second cadet smiled and says, “He would be easy to catch, because he has only one ear!” The police sergeant shakes his head in disbelief. Then angrily responded, “What’s the matter with you two? Of course, there is only one eye and one ear are showing, it’s a picture of his profile! Is that the best answer you can come up with?!” Extremely frustrated at this point, he shows the picture to the 3rd cadet and in a very testy voice asked, “This is your suspect. How would you recognize him?” He quickly adds, “Think hard before giving me a stupid answer.” The cadet looks at the picture intently for a moment. Then she said, “The suspect wears contact lenses.” The sergeant is speechless. He goes to his office checked the suspects file in his computer and comes back. He is beaming. “Its true! The suspect does indeed wear contact lenses. Tell us how you were able to make such an astute observation! “It was easy,” said the cadet. “He can’t wear glasses because he only has one eye and one ear.”
Discussion reflection:
So I chose Angill’s response to reflect on, I read a lot of similarities between our interpretations. We both strongly agreed on the importance of the author pointing out the aspects of isolation and loneliness. While reading the story I got a firm understanding about what it feels like to be torn between two separate cultures in one family, which brings in the second thing. We both agreed that a contrast in culture for someone can cause overwhelming reactions to culture itself. When you have to constantly make a choice or jump back and forth between cultures, it makes wanting to participate in them none existent. Finally, we both agreed on the Identity confusion associated with multi-cultural people. It’s hard to identify yourself when you have multiple cultures and backgrounds weighing in on you. We definitely have different experiences with multi-cultural, I have little to none, while she has history and culture to hang onto.