creating a movementt

Alivia Shattuck 

 

Professor Drown 

 

English 123 

 

29 April 2019 

 

What does it take to create an anti-racism movement?  

 

In this paper, I am going to examine the social habits of humans and how they are connected to weak ties and strong ties in order to understand how to create an anti-racism movement here at UNE. Coming from a city where 26.43% of people are colored, made an impact on me as I came to UNE.  

 

During my first year at UNE, I have only been in two classes with people of color. Not only is the majority of UNE being white, but people of color come to this school they feel “alone”. When it comes to race in the classroom, people may interpret their actions and words into something that white people believe is rude. There are different body languages and ways people speak in the classroom, so faculty and students who are white may not understand why they are Like that or may think they are misbehaving in the classroom. White people and Black people are both raised with different social habits and this causes the other race do not understand their actions. In the classroom when a professor hears a student speaking loudly, they may tell the student to be quiet or send them out of class. However, that student may have grown up in an environment where that is okay and normal for them to do. This causes the student to feel like they do not belong in the classroom. Which poses more of an option to transfer.  

 

As I am majoring in Elementary Education, this is a topic that concerns me for my future classroom. As a future educator, I never want my students to feel unwanted in the classroom or school. I think about ways that I can help the student of color feel more comfortable in my classroom. There are many different key components in order to make your students of color feel more important. The ones I thought were important are teaching my students to love themselves, inviting families and community member into my classroom, exposing the students to role models of color and letting the students tell their story. Teaching students to love themselves inside and outside the classroom is very important because this invites the teacher to better understand the students. Another important thing is to honor their language. When teachers try to fix students’ languages to make it more like theirs, they often communicate to students that their way of speaking is “wrong”. These important factors do not only apply to the elementary classroom, but it applies everywhere.  

 

  

When it comes to creating a movement, it is important to think about your social habits. Social habits are the unthinking behavior of a large group of people. Social habits create a wall in front of you that prevent you to think otherwise. One social habit for people is to cover. Covering is defined by Kenji Yoshino as to tone down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream. Covering plays, a role in creating a social movement because people have a social habit to cover who they are and their background. The socials I will be targeting at UNE is racism, diversity, and people who are looking to get involved in a group.  

 

 

As I think about the key components of creating an anti-racism movement at UNE, I think about my strong ties and weak ties. Strong ties are a close friendship, like friends, roommates, specific departments (Erica Rousseau), and professors. Strong ties help to get the word out to the people around you but not to the people outside of your group. These Strong ties are important but however, weak ties are more important when it comes getting the movement out there for people to hear about. When weak ties is a tenuous friend, like people in different grade levels or faulty at UNE. Weak ties are very important because it allows the word to get out too many more people. I will spread my movement by hanging posters around the campus and having a booth in the commons.  

 

 

Here at UNE, the majority of people are white. This causes people of color to not feel wanted in their community. This is an important problem that we need to address at UNE as the number of colored people is limited. There are many ways that we can help. White people may not know exactly what they are going through, but they are there to help them. As I have thought of ways, I can create a movement for anti-racism, I have finally understood how much a movement like this needs to occur here at UNE. 

 

 

 

 

 

Work cited  

 

Yoshino, Kenji. The Pressure of Covering , 15 Jan. 2006, kenjiyoshino.com/articles/pressure_to_cover.pdf. 

 

Duhigg, Charles. “From Rights to Megachurches.” Https://Ericdrown.uneportfolio.org/Wp-Content/Uploads/Sites/5/2019/04/Duhigg_FromCivilRightstoMegachurches.Pdf. 

 

homework

When it comes to creating an anti-racist movement, there are many things that you have to think about in order for it to become known. I would think about who my strong ties and weak ties are. Strong ties are a close friendship and during a social movement you can tell them about your movement, and it would just stay within your clique. When weak ties are a tenuous friendship and during a social movement you can tell them, and they have different friends that they can tell. These are important when it comes to creating an anti-racist movement.

 

If I were to create a social movement at UNE, I would begin by finding a topic that has a social backing and I would tell my strong ties. My strong ties would be my friends, roommates, Erica Rousseau, and professors. However, I just tell my strong ties, my movement will not go anywhere. From then I would tell my weak ties. They could then tell people and my idea of the movement could grow and become something big.

 

When creating a movement, you need to think about your social habits toward that topic. Social habits are the unthinking behavior of a large group of people. When it comes to race, people who are white just tend to look past it. Social habits that targeting for change is racism, diversity and looking to get involved. Our social habits are to focus on our race more than those who are of another race. In order for my movement to work I will need to figure out new social habits will promote my movement. Those would be bringing new ideas from our movement to change the diversity and to talk about exploring new opinions to bringing in more diverse classes and creating an open mind when it comes to race. I will need to spread my ideas and habits around campus. I will do that by having booths in the commons and hanging up posters.

 

There are many important things to think about when it comes to creating a social movement. However, when it comes to creating a movement on a campus like UNE the movement can become more successful. I could talk to my strong ties and weak ties to come up with plans on how we are going to get the word out to people. From then I would continue to have meetings and ask people to join.

 

creating an anti-racism movement

When it comes to creating an anti-racist movement, there are many things that you have to think about in order for it to become known. I would think about who my strong ties and weak ties are. Strong ties are a close friendship and during a social movement you can tell them about your movement, and it would just stay within your clique. When weak ties are a tenuous friendship and during a social movement you can tell them, and they have different friends that they can tell. These are important when it comes to creating an anti-racist movement.

 

If I were to create a social movement at UNE, I would begin by finding a topic that has a social backing and I would tell my strong ties. However, I just tell my strong ties, my movement will not go anywhere. From then I would tell my weak ties. They could then tell people and my idea of the movement could grow and become something big.

 

When creating a movement, you need to think about your social habits toward that topic. Social habits are the unthinking behavior of a large group of people. When it comes to race, people who are white just tend to look past it. Our social habits are to focus on our race more than those who are of another race.

 

There are many important things to think about when it comes to creating a social movement. However, when it comes to creating a movement on a campus like UNE the movement can become more successful. I could talk to my strong ties and weak ties to come up with plans on how we are going to get the word out to people. From then I would continue to have meetings and ask people to join.

How to change a habit

When it comes to changing a habit, there are many steps you need to take. A habit is something that you will not be able to change in a day but it will happen over time. Some examples of ways to change a habit are to go slow and make tiny changes, set reminders not to do that habit, change your environment, coach yourself out of those habits, and find hobbies that make you happy. This description of how to change your habits can help to change

Alivia's Site 2019-04-09 22:39:37

Alivia Shattuck

ENG 123

April 9,  2019

When people talk about race there are two things to keep in mind. One is the challenges they’ve gone through and two, the way they are treated. When it comes to the whiteness and blackness project, they have many things that are in common and things that are different. In the whiteness project, white millennials from Dallas, Texas talk about how they are faced with racial judgments and how it makes them feel. However, they might look white it may mean they are not. In the blackness project, black adults talk about how they have been treated differently for decades. These people. may face challenges. that are similar. however, in my opinion, those in the blackness project have been treated the worst. As we know from history, white people have been put on a pedestal. when black people got treated like animals.

Homework essay

Alivia Shattuck

April 5, 2019

ENG 123

 

 

In this paper, I am going to examine different people’s view on race in order to understand though people use to think and talk about race relate to reality. Black millennials interviewed by Korey Green in the Blackness Project talk about their view on race and how it affects them.

 

In Kenji Yoshino’s Covering, he describes covering as “to tone down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream.” (Covering, Preface) People use covering as a way to hide who they really are and what they have gone through. To go along with covering, Hochschild’s article I Spent 5 Years with Some of Trump’s Biggest Fans, she uses a similar concept of covering and calls it a deep story. She describes a deep story as “is a feel-as-if story—it’s the story feelings tell”. When Green interviewed the black millennials, he got the inside of their deep stories. In the interview, Merkel states “Some might start addressing me as black, negro or African American. Let’s just say I have a nationality. So, the first thing is, you denationalized, dehumanized for being black or African American.” He told his deep story to Green about how he felt growing up and things people would say to him. Everyone has a deep story. It might be something they were hiding, or it might be how they were treated and how it affected them mentally.

 

The interviewees from the Blackness Project explain what they have gone through while being black. There are many challenged that white people and black people have to face. One of these challenges is their privileges. As we know from recent social media, black people tend to get targeted by the police. Maxwell states “police brutally it doesn’t just happen in New York it happens all over the world as you can see once it went to social media and people had cameras and stuff, we were able to see it and not just hear about it”. Those who are black feel as if they apt more in getting in trouble by the police. When it comes to school, black people feel as if they just get stuck in their race and not who they really are.

 

The blackness project was created because of the Whiteness project. The Whiteness Project was white millennials from Dallas, Texas that talked about how they are faced with racial challenges. Those in the blackness project did not understand how they are faced with these challenges when they were white but people who are black get mentally and physically tortured every day because of their skin color. As I view both projects, I felt sympathy for both. However, I agree more with the blackness project. That is because as we know from history people who were black has been mistreated since they came to this country.

 

Informal Essay

Alivia Shattuck

ENG 133

March 30, 2019

Dr. Drown

 

 

For centuries, the idea of race has been an ongoing important topic. After reading many different articles, I have found an understanding of what race means to other people. In Hochschild’s article I Spent 5 Years With Some of Trump’s Biggest Fans, she emphasizes the idea of a “deep story”. She describes a “deep story” as “The deep story reflects pain; you’ve done everything right and you’re still slipping back.” (Hochschild, Page 24) As she talks about what a “deep story” interviews many different people. These people she has spent five years with and has a view of how they live with a different perspective. One of her interviewees stated “You are patiently standing in the middle of a long line stretching toward the horizon, where the American Dream awaits. But as you wait, you see people cutting in line ahead of you. Many of these line-cutters are black—beneficiaries of affirmative action or welfare. Some are career-driven women pushing into jobs they never had before. Then you see immigrants, Mexicans, Somalis, the Syrian refugees yet to come. As you wait in this unmoving line, you’re being asked to feel sorry for them all. You have a good heart. But who is deciding who you should feel compassion for? Then you see President Barack Hussein Obama waving the line-cutters forward. He’s on their side. In fact, isn’t he a line-cutter too? How did this fatherless black guy pay for Harvard? As you wait your turn, Obama is using the money in your pocket to help the line-cutters. He and his liberal backers have removed the shame from taking. The government has become an instrument for redistributing your money to the undeserving. It’s not your government anymore; it’s theirs.” (Hochschild, Page 14) People are coming to the United States from all over the world and as they entered this country, they are getting treated how they shouldn’t be. As we know from Kenji Yoshino’sCovering, covering is “to tone down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream.” (Covering, Preface) Hochschild’s interviewees use covering as a way to hide their “deep story”. People who enter the U.S also use this as a way to hide how they came here as a way to hide who they really are. Yoshino also talks about the idea of True Self and False Self. True Self is “the self that gives an individual the feeling of being real.” (Covering, Paragraph 13). The false self is “the self that gives an individual the feeling of being unreal.” (Covering, Paragraph 13). Those with a “deep story” try to hide their true self and false self in order to avoid racial judgments. Steve Olsen’s The End of Race: Hawaii and the Mixing of People and Covering see eye to eye on this idea. Olsen explains how moving does not solve the problem of racism. No matter where you go, you are going to be faced with racism.

 

The real way to get the answer on how somebody feels when they are faced with racial challenges is to ask them directly. A website called Witness Project, asked white millennials from Dallas, Texas ideas on race. Many of them had experience with racial judgments and others have viewed it. Lena age 21, described her experience as “I would tell my dad not to come to my basketball games. don’t come to my volleyball games because he looked very middle eastern and so when people saw him, and they found out I got called tritiated and people were very rude to me.” and Liam age 18 describes his experiences as “If you ever watch an NFL game and you look at a white receiver vs. a black receiver you know the white receiver is a lot of time will be described as he’s such a smart receiver he knows how to run his routes very well. A lot of the times when they describe black receivers, they say this guy is a real athlete. This guy can make any sort of catch.”  Each person has their own story of how they have experienced racism, but you can never know how it feels until you experience it yourself.

 

 

 

Essay 4 Prewriting pt.3

Bullet 1:

People are hidden behind theories that shape the U.S. However, behind those theories are people’s deep story. Everyone has a story behind who they are and what the believe in. Sharon describes the deep story as “reflects pain; you’ve done everything right and you’re slipping back.”(Page 14) From my understanding of a deep story, a deep story is something that people hide to protect them. They use this as a way to cover their rights and for personal protectionism.

Bullet 2:

No matter your race or social-class people judge everyone. However, people of the higher-class tend to get more judgments towards them. People who have money are stereotyped.