[Part 1] Privilege: The Knapsack

We've all heard about white privilege but it's really hard to really explain what it is and how it affects, say, your life or my life. The definitions and discussions we hear about it in class or on TV include big words, race theory or the people talking over each other. None of those things... Continue Reading →

White History Month #1

There is a good number of Americans who believe that we are more racially integrated than ever before and that segregation is a problem of the past. This is simply not true. This is a mini-series or as I call them, ramblings. Since some people want a white history month so bad during Black History... Continue Reading →

Subtle Biased Traits

Hello, it's been a while. Today, I want to talk a little about some of the experiences I've recently had with what may be covert racism and also my own reckoning with my biases. We all know about how instances of hate crimes towards Asian-Americans spiked during COVID and it's not hard to figure out... Continue Reading →

[Repost] 13th: From Slave to Criminal With One Amendment

https://youtu.be/krfcq5pF8u8 Excerpts: “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people...We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black. But by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin and then criminalizing... Continue Reading →

“I Don’t See Color”: Racism

Personally, few things are more infuriating when you can see that there is a problem and others can also see that there is a problem but the supervisor/teacher/parent/authority figure denies it or just claim not being aware of it. Sometimes, it's laziness. Sometimes, it's an "ignorance is bliss" defense but it is indefensible to those... Continue Reading →

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4-Part Analysis of Invisible Man (Part 4)

[Synthesis with "Nomenclatures of Invisibility" by Mahtem Shiferraw] This poem resonates with Brother Clifton’s last moments and what his actions near the end meant. There are two things to be considered when talking about what happened when the IM sees Brother Clifton for the last time. One side says that Brother Clifton, by trying to sell... Continue Reading →

4-Part Analysis of Invisible Man (Part 3)

[Synthesis with “Caged Bird” by Mary Angelou] I thought this poem was very representative of the IM’s internal dissonance in what he’s doing and in what he’s feeling. This something that we see throughout the book but in these hundred pages, we also see him assume another identity; one of a public speaker for the... Continue Reading →

4-Part Analysis of Invisible Man (Part 2)

[Synthesis with Rudyard Kipling's "If"] I thought that this poem really fit with what’s going on in the story. It is also kind of ironic to apply this poem to Invisible Man when Rudyard Kipling is someone who also wrote “The White Man’s Burden” but that’s a topic for another time. Here, the poem is... Continue Reading →

October 2018 Quote of the Month

“For, like almost everyone else in our country, I started out with my share of optimism. I believed in hard work and progress and action, but now, after first being 'for' society and then 'against' it, I assign myself no rank or any limit, and such an attitude is very much against the trend of the times. But my world has become one of infinite possibilities. What a phrase - still it's a good phrase and a good view of life, and a man shouldn't accept any other; that much I've learned underground. Until some gang succeeds in putting the world in a strait jacket, its definition is possibility.”
― Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

4-Part Analysis of Invisible Man (Part 1)

Originally written for my AP Lit class IM stands for the main character, the titular Invisible Man Each part of this series will cover material on approximately every 100 pages of the book, although there will be some overlap. [Battle Royal scene] The blacks in this society are treated as little more than circus monkeys,... Continue Reading →

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