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My essay is related to the film/ book The Hate You Give, which provides an issue that is very common in today’s world. My thesis is for those who face unjustified racial inequality . The sources stated below are some pieces of evidence that I used to help back up my thesis related to the film.

 

Dowie-Chin, Tianna, Matthew P. S. Cowley, and Mario Worlds. “Whitewashing Through Film: How Educators Can Use Critical Race Media Literacy to Analyze Hollywood’s Adaptation of Angie Thomas’ the Hate U Give.” International Journal of Multicultural Education. 22.2 (2020): 129. Print. https://ijme-journal.org/index.php/ijme/article/view/2457/1373

This article highlights the issues linked to racism and white supremacy portrayed in the film The Hate U Give. It also provides distinctions in the portrayal of racial segregation and discrimination between the film and the book.I feel like all of those issues are relatable for a lot of people in todays society and because of how they are treated. This evidence helped back up my essay because it is related to the film and it describes difficulties people face in reality.The critical race theory ( CRT ” the view that race, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is socially constructed and that race, as a socially constructed concept, functions as a means to maintain the interests of the white population that constructed it. It argues that ” when The Hate U Give was rendered into a film, a number of the changes weakened the novel‘s counterstory messages around racism and white supremacy

“Weissmann, Elena. State Violence and Racial Justice: ‘The Hate U Give’ Could Sear on Screens. 2018. Retrieved from: https://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Movies/2018/1005/State-violence-and-racial-justice-The-Hate-U-Give-could-sear-on-screens

The article addresses race relations depicted in the book: The Hate U Give and the response from the public relating to racial justice protests. It also provides an outline for the book’s plot and movie. In the movie along with the book there is protests happening for justice and its where people’s voices are heard. This source was good evidence because it is specifically related to the book and the issues. It provides  good examples that people are in ” Starr’s shoes” and face the same unjustified issues.

 

 

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Blog #6

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The text I will most likely be writing about is the movie The Hate You Give.Thesis Statement: The battles black people are facing due to police brutality and racial inequality are unjustified. 

I think that this movie is one of the best examples to show how police brutality was and that it still exists today. This movie is about a 16-year-old girl named Starr and her childhood best friend Khalil who got shot three times by the police. Although he was unarmed, the police mistook his brush as his “gun” and automatically took his life. His death represents the lives of many young black people that lost their life to police brutality. In this assignment I want to be able to show why people should speak up for their rights and seek for justice even if it might be hard for them. I want to discuss racial injustice, protest, police brutality and inequality. One of the major reasons what may inspire my desire for future research is the unfortunate fact that this is still going on today and it must stop. Till this day racial in justice is happening all over the world and police are so cruel to the people of color and it doesn’t get any better. Another good point that I would include is the ” THUG LIFE” which stands for ” The Hate You Give Little Infants F**** Everyone”  because it is a great representation that the negativity and brutality shown to people at a young age will influence their decisions and actions when they are older. It also represent the difficulties people of color go through.  I came up with my thesis statement by putting together one of the major points in the movie and the cause of everything that happened along with-it including protests and the things Starr had to face. I will be exploring my statement by breaking down main ideas stated above  and exploring valid backups as to why my statements relate to my thesis.

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Blog #5

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In the story of ” The Good immigrant student ” Nguen says, “I would like to make a broad, accurate statement about immigrant children in schools. I would like to speak for them (us). I hesitate; I cannot.”  for several reasons. One of the reason is because she always felt like if she spoke up or got noticed she would feel ashamed because of her background.  Nguen dad got married and the step mother would always worry about her and Ahn not being bilingual. After their marriage. Nguen got to switch a lot of different schools in or within the same boroughs which were middle class after her fathers marriage.  They would intentionally fail assignments at first because they would pretend to not speak English when in reality they struggled with Vietnamese. Due to that , Nguen could not make a broad statement on behalf of the immigrant children including herself because she did not want to stand out of all the students.  She was a simply good, shy and innocent immigrant who was afraid to be judged. In paragraph 19 it states “Some kids want to rebel other kids want to disappear I wanted to disappear I was not brave enough to shrug my shoulders and flaunt my difference because I could not disappear into the crowd I wish to disappear entirely anyone might have mistaken this for passivity” this shows that she did not want to be seen and often she even wished to disappear so people wouldn’t notice her because of the guilty / embarrassing feeling she had of not knowing about her background and seeming different from others.

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Blog #4

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After reading both Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” and John F. Kennedy’s “Inaugural Address” I realized that there are a bunch of similarities as well as differences within these speeches. In both of the speeches there were two different problems that were going on in the different period of times they were presidents. While Kennedy’s solution was trying to have a ” peaceful  / strong nation ” Lincoln’s was to not forget those who sacrificed for the civil war. Lincoln states ” The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining – that from these honored dead we take before us increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.” This explains that Lincoln wanted the people to pursue the inheritance in regards to equality and freedom which men of Gettysburg sacrificed they lives for. However, Kennedy’s speech was refers to having a peaceful nation and coming together as one to help achieve that. Kennedy says “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not that America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man”. This explains that in order for us to have a distinct nation we must assist and take actions for our rights.  However, Lincoln and Kennedy both believed that the nation needed to be more powerful.

I believe that the United States has still not solved these problems. In today’s society we are facing racial discrimination and inequality.

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Blog #3

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Malcom X’s story is proof that the way you connect yourself with literacy is how  you learn to view the world too. Malcom was in prison for quite some time and he was interested in learning how to read and write ,therefore he spend his time trying to figure that out. He was very amused and felt very accomplished once he got used to reading what he wrote, it felt as if he can achieve anything he puts his mind to. Literature was such a powerful thing to him that even while he was in prison he felt as if he was free. The article states ” my reading of books, months passed without my even thinking about being imprisoned. In fact, up to then, I never had been so truly free in my life” this shows that he was very focused on the books that he was reading that he found literacy his way to feeling free although he was in prison.  Although Malxom had not went to school beyond eighth grade, his passion about reading and understanding the world made him feel powerful enough to be confident in what he was doing. This is rare to many people because a lot would see prison as a place where they lose hope, feel stuck, get angry, have anxiety and lose themselves but to Malxom viewed prison as a place where he could focus on his reading and have ‘ freedom” by having a good relationship with literature and finding peace within himself.

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Blog #2

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Language played a big role in Tan’s life, especially English. Growing up she often found herself struggling with the fact that she was living and being surrounded by her family that speaks ” broken English”. Amy Tan’s mother was specifically  the one Tan had to deal with because she spoke ” broken ” English and that was quite shameful for Tan. Tan had to be the one translating words for her and speaking for her to other people because most did not understand the mother. Amy considered the fact that her mother spoke ” broken” English more of a problem than a blessing. In the text it states ” I was ashamed of her English. I believe that her English reflected the quality of what she had to say That is, because she expressed them imperfectly her thoughts were imperfect. And I had plenty of empirical evidence to support me:  the fact that people in department stores, banks and at restaurants did not take her seriously, did not give her good service , pretend not to understand her, or even acted as if they did not hear” this shows that not only she had to deal with this at home e but everywhere she went with her mother she saw that people did not have any sympathy towards her.  Eventually Amy came to a realization that her mother’s way of speaking English was somehow a way that helped her grow and be more open minded to other people’s perspectives / speaking. 

 

I am an immigrant myself along with my parents. I learned how to speak English because of school and social interactions while my parents spoke ” broken” English. At home I speak Albanian with my parents all the time or even with my siblings. I was never ashamed that my parents don’t speak ” perfect” English because I totally understand why they don’t and I would rather look on the bright side and appreciate the sacrifices they have made to even have the opportunity to educate their children in America. Although, I did relate to Amy where she mentioned she has to translate for her mom and even speak for them. I used to do that when I was younger and still do if necessary . I am aware how English is used around me because I have been hearing it for years but I am used to it. 

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Class Introduction – Arlinda Mulliqi

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My name is Arlinda Mulliqi. My gender pronouns are her/she. I am undecided on what I intend to major in.

 I am very excited and nervous at the same time for this course because I have difficulties in using the right writing techniques but  I am looking forward to improve throughout the semester.  After reading the syllabus it made me realize that I must put in a lot of effort and thoughts into my work in order for it to be good.Some qualities of good writing would have to be to focus and use the right vocabulary and ways to express your thoughts.

I feel like making the readers connect with you is also very important because it will be easy for them to understand. The writing should be powerful if you are passionate about it. I always tried to be passionate about whatever I wrote but I never put in my best effort which is a reason why my writings never came out as great. I am happy that I will also be learning how to cite my resources correctly and how to make good use of them for relevant information. 

The easiest part of writing for me would have to be the fact that I gather my thoughts very well but the hardest part is finding ways to put them in perfect words to express myself. I need to work on using the right techniques and developing my writing skills considering I am not used to writing long pages of work. Although I am undecided, I plan on possibly majoring in business where writing will be very useful. Being an effective writer will affect my career opportunities by making my work clear and understandable and how others will view it. 

 

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