Project #94991 - 250 words,100words discussion and two 75 words reply

Primary Post (250+ revised words)

Did you identify with one of the poems? Did one of the poems make you think? Discuss stereotyping and use one of the poems i porvided  to do so. In your post, use at least one quote. Remember that when you quote, you should use citations! You can choose to pull from the videos to help you flesh out your ideas.

http://peoplesworld.org/poem-of-the-week-pat-mora-s-legal-alien/

 

 

Comment Requirement (75+ words) 

Respond to a primary post. Did you classmate fall into a stereotype while talking about one of them poems? Do you like what he/she has to say? Can you use another quote from that poem to add to conversation your classmate started? What did you think about that poem?

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The poem that I identify with is “Legal Alien” by Pat Mora, in fact it describes something that I have always felt very strongly about. The poem that made me think was definitely “Pigeons” by David Hernandez.

Stereotyping is very common today, and has reached a level of severity. In fact, it has become so extensive that many are deciding to speak of it, and in this case, write about it. The poem “Legal Alien” by Pat Mora discusses the type of stereotypes that “Bi-lingual, Bi-cultural” (1) people experiment. For these type of people, stereotyping is done by two groups of people, the Mexicans and the Americans. Some Mexicans believe that because one was not born in Mexico, one is just not the same, and some Americans believe that because your parents were not born in America, you are just not the same. However, Mora points out that “Bi-lingual, Bi-cultural” people are “able to order in fluent Spanish/at a Mexican restaurant,” (6-7) but are still “viewed by Mexicans as alien,/ (their eyes say, “You may speak/ Spanish but you’re not like me)” (11-13). On the other hand, one can “[draft] memos in smooth English,” (5) yet still be “viewed by Anglos as perhaps exotic” (9). This definitely depicts the life of a “Bi-lingual, Bi-cultural” person; it is like one is divided in two, and one cannot be fully accepted by one side. Mora says something that really closes up the poem nicely. She says, “an American to Mexicans/ a Mexican to Americans” (14-15).

The author falls into stereotyping as she considers that all American and Mexicans think the same way of Mexican-Americans. Truth is, there are exceptions to Mora's claims.

Although Mexican-Americans are split they should not be stereotyped as the each have heir identity and have the privilege of being a part of two wonderful cultures. In my opinion, Mexican-Americans are very fortunate.

Mora, Pat. “Legal Alien.” Making Literature Matter: Am Anthology for Readers and Writers.Ed.   John Schilb and John Clifford. 6th ed. Boston: Bedford, 2015. 830-831. Print.

 

 

Primary Post (100+ revised words)

Take a moment to think about the essays you've read in this section. Use a quote from one of the essays to describe how surveillance can be a type of confinement. Remember to cite! Does this "surveillance state" help enough to warrant the sacrifice of freedoms? Explain. For those of you who watched the David Tennant Hamlet, I challenge you to make connections back to the film during this discussion. 

http://peoplesworld.org/poem-of-the-week-pat-mora-s-legal-alien/

 

Comment Requirement (75+ revised words)

Respond to your classmate's ideas. Use the essays to support your statements.

In the essay, " The Banality of Systemic Evil" the author talks about how surveillance can be confining. " In recent months there has been a visible struggle in the media to come to grips with the leaking, whistle-blowing, and hacktivism that has vexed the United States military and the private and government intelligence communities". People are leaking top secret information to the media and a lot of people are saying this is a good thing because they want to know. The author says that this is wrong because it can put people in danger because the information wasn't meant for the public to know. The information was for the National Security Agency only. I believe that having all of this surveillance does benefit us in the long run. It may be a violation of our privacy, but I'd rather have that taken away and make sure I'm safe. Surveillance can capture a crime in action, and if I was the victim in that crime I would be glad a camera helped catch the criminal. There are so many things surveillance systems can do to benefit us, this is just one example. 

 

Ludlow, Peter. “The Banality of Systemic Evil.” Schilb and Clifford 1003.

Schilb, John, and John Clifford, eds. Making Literature Matter: An Anthology for Readers and Writers. 6th ed. Boston:Bedford, 2015. Print.

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