Essay 3 – Final

Ryan DeLuca

March 1, 2019

ENG123

Dr. Drown

Identity

Our social identity isn’t shaped by ourselves, our social identity is created by the people around us, what our peers say and think will have an impact on our social identity. Our social identity very much effects our personal identity, it will reshape what we think but not necessarily how we feel for example you and a couple of friends may have never smoked before but one of them has, personally you may feel drugs are bad but since your friends want to try it you feel obliged to try it. Another way of thinking about social identity is how they shape our life paths, your personal identity may have you pointed in one direction a life of wealth and prosperity, but since our social identity is so influential the social identity may point you in the opposite direction from wealth and prosperity to poverty and suffrage. The American dream can be accomplished in multiple different ways the other outlier that would keep you from becoming successful in the workspace is, drugs or a criminal record. From Coates to Rose they both were shaped by their neighborhoods but both in two different experiences with similar outcomes.

Coates was shaped by the violence surrounding him as well as his parents fear of seeing him consumed by the never-ending drugs and violence that’s present on the streets. Coates parents were especially scared for him and tried everything they could do to keep him safe and on the right path to greatness. Coates parent’s used physical lessons to try and point him in the right direction, “I remember watching him in a kind of daze, awed at the distance between punishment and offense. Later, I would hear it in Dad’s voice—“Either I can beat him, or the police.” Coates parents did what they thought was right to ensure their son wouldn’t become a statistic. It was difficult to grow up black because in the decade Coates was a child blacks were still being suppressed, discriminated against and targeted simply because of their difference in skin color, Coates adds “Maybe that saved me. Maybe it didn’t. All I know is, the violence rose from the feat like smoke form a fire, and I cannot say weather that violence, even administered in fear and love, sounded the alarm or choked us at the exit.” Coates childhood wasn’t your regular childhood, in his tough neighborhood you had to grow up quickly or you were very likely to join or be killed by the streets. Coates experienced in the social aspect when trying to create his personal identity, group violence, personal fear and physical abuse these all shaped Ta – Nehisi Coates into the man he is now.

Mike Rose had a similar but different experience growing up. Rose parents moved from Italy to American in hopes of starting a better life for themselves, when Rose parents first came to America they lived on the east side of America. His mother and father opened a spaghetti house in Pennsylvania that was successful up until the railroad had to stop production in the area then the shop had gone bankrupt. Rose says, “My parents managed to salvage seven hundred dollars and, on the advice of the family doctor, headed to California, where the winters would be mild and where I, their seven-year-old son, would have the possibility of a brighter future. Rose had an easier childhood, it was a dreamy childhood but he had the chance to be a kid longer, he was lucky enough that his parents would buy him stuff to stimulate his creativity such as a chemistry set he received on Christmas one year, “One early Christmas they got me a small chemistry set. My father brought home an old card table from the secondhand store, and on that table, I spread out my test tubes, my beaker, my Erlenmeyer flask, and my test tubes, my gas-generating apparatus.” Rose had a childhood that wasn’t filled with fear of being jumped or being caught in gang violence because he didn’t fit the criteria so the gang members in his area left him alone. It was much easier to grow up light-skinned, being light skinned during this time meant you weren’t discriminated against, suppressed or targeted. That doesn’t mean he didn’t have dangers lurking around his neighborhood.

The types of danger in Rose neighborhood were similar to Coates but the surrounding gangs didn’t have any interest in Rose if anything happened to Rose it would have most likely been an accident. There was one story Rose was telling about what he experienced in his neighborhood, “One night I watched as a guy sprinted from Walt’s to toss something on our lawn. The police were right behind, and a cop tackled him, smashing his face into the sidewalk. I ducked out to find the packet: a dozen glassine bags of heroin.” Rose came in contact with drugs not only with this situation but with the people that were living with him at the time, one of the guy’s name was Lester, “… Lester, the toothless cabbie, who several times made overtures to me and who, when he moved, left behind a drawer full of syringes and burnt spoons.” Not only did he have drugs around him he also had an old man asking for sexual favors. Rose and Coates had similar dangers during the course of their childhood’s, but Rose was out to find danger while danger found Coates they both found their way up and out of these dangerous neighborhoods.

Rose neighborhood compared to Coates sound very similar, they both have a crazy neighborhood shop owner, they both have groups of “bad boys” also called gangs who roam the streets causing trouble. Coates dangers were more likely to consume him, he could have easily been abducted and could have easily been shot or become a drug dealer. But, that didn’t happen to him, he stayed safe he took school seriously but also had to take the street seriously at the same time. School might have been the best thing Coates could have done to pull himself away from the dangers of the streets and neighborhood, school kept him safe and allowed him to chart a new path to greatness. Coates had a harder time growing up because he was battling race and prejudice growing up, out of Coates and Rose, Coates was more likely to have become part of the streets than Rose. Coates uses this analogy to describe what racism is and how he thinks it was created.  “But race is the child of racism, not the father.” The but in the sentence refers to a sentence in the paragraph above “In this way, racism is rendered as the innocent daughter of Mother Nature…” How these two quotes link together is such a complex and deep topic, the first sentence gives us the idea that Racism came before race and the daughter of mother nature is Racism. This is a very complex sentence to think with, it is hard to understand, Coates says everything that we think we know backwards and says it in such a way to get you to think about it.

What I’ve learned about Social and Personal identities has changed some of my thinking on how our different and diverse societies shape our social and personal identities. I never put much thought into it but the atmosphere we are raised in has a huge impact on how we act and what we think and that ultimately shapes our personal identity. The neighborhood that Coates grew up in and his race had a huge impact on how he grew up as well as his perspective on life. Rose didn’t have much trouble because he didn’t struggle with race and his parents had enough money to be able to provide him with gifts to spur his creativity. What Rose had growing up was opportunity and fewer weights holding him down, from Coates perspective he didn’t have much opportunity if he wanted opportunity he had to work for it and I mean really work hard for it. These readings gave me a new perspective on how our social identity is created, it’s not only created by your friends and the people you hang out with it’s shaped by the society you are raised in, your social identity becomes your personal identity.

7 March in nutshell

A social identity is what everyone gets to see. It’s the you who goes to the bank, it’s the you who ride the train to work, and, it’s the one who talks to your acquaintances at the office. It usually reflects social norms with minor degrees of variants in a variety of different aspects. These slight variances are only small indicators of what lies below the immediate surface.  Weather-conscious or not we all have these small little tells which signal the true person we are below. Our personal identities are far more elusive. Maybe only a hand full of people will get to see this side of you the real you behind the mask that lured them in. Even then it can be very difficult for one to connect with their true self. As it can take years of self-reflection to truly get at who you are as a person. So, if it is the case that it’s hard to contact with your personal identity can your social identity affect who you are? For instance, Ta-Nehisi Coates as a child grew up on the streets of Baltimore and his social identity was all-consuming. This was due to the danger of the streets. The fact that if there was even the smallest crack in the social identity it could result in your death. Mike Rose grew in a similar situation but dealt with it differently he ignores it. He just kept to himself and didn’t pay attention to the streets.

 

Our minds and our relationships kind of go hand in hand. From day one of our lives, our minds are shaped by our caretakers whether these are our mother and father or Legal guardians. They   Are for a time some of the only human beings you know and the only ones you get to learn from and Thus shape an immense part of your life and how you think. They can pass on cultural traditions, local social norms, and, mindsets and these sorts of things shape how you think and how your mind works. This also suddenly influences how you seek out relationships with other people. Thus, our mindsets affect how we find new relationships. Coates parents had to teach him about the street from an early age and how they swallow people whole. They had to stop that, so they need to shape him to survive the streets. To make sure he learned the lessons that would be crucial for him to survive they would need to take some extreme measures, but all necessary. Rose’s family were Strangers in an unknown land not knowing what kind of environment, they work in for the rules to survive they just isolate themselves from it, but this also isolates them from other people as their struggles go unnoticed by the community.

 

Our lives and our life paths again just like our minds and our relationships share a heavy correlation with each other.  As the way, someone lives their life affects where they go in life. Now the way someone lives their life obviously can be in varying degrees of control of the person who lives it. So, people are not totally responsible for their life path, but it is still expected that at points in which would have required self-agency that someone takes it in order to get themselves a respectable life path. however, this does bring up how circumstantial life path are at times. It’s not to say that people cannot achieve a goal even if they work for it. It’s more saying that certain people are set up better to achieve certain goals. This inequality means that certain people tend to end up in certain places in society while others tend to end up in other places. For example, a person from an upper-class family is more likely to stay in the upper class then someone from the lower classes to enter the upper classes. Now you can look at this in a lot of ways like one way is that there is a systemic biased for people being the upper class staying in the upper class and for people who were poor to stay poor or you could see it as a table of probabilities in ratios that usually trend out to stay wherever they are. Coates Would find himself at the far end probability of getting out of a situation if it wasn’t for his love of writing he would have never gotten out just like Rose.

 

So much affect someone’s path where they’re from, who is they, family, what goals that what to accomplish. Where the limit is what education you have and what biases surrounding you. Working harder and better to climb the ladder of work and accomplishment.

Essay 3 – Draft 2

Ryan DeLuca

March 1, 2019

ENG123

Dr. Drown

Edited Draft

Our social identity isn’t shaped by ourselves, our social identity is created by the people around us, what they say and think will shape our social identity. Our social identity very much effects our personal identity, it will re shape what we think but not necessarily how we feel for example you and a couple of friends may have never smoked before but one of them has, personally you may feel drugs are bad but since your friends want to try it you feel obliged to try it. Another way of thinking about social identity is how they shape our life paths, your personal identity may have you pointed in one direction a life of wealth and prosperity, but since our social identity is so influential the social identity may point you in the opposite direction from wealth and prosperity to poverty and suffrage. The American dream can be accomplished in multiple different ways the other outlier they would keep you from becoming successful in the work space is drugs or a criminal record. From Coates to Rose they both were shaped by their neighborhoods but both in two different ways with similar outcomes.

Coates was shaped by the violence surrounding him and his parents fear of seeing him consumed by the drugs and violence of the streets. Coates parents were especially scared for him, Coates parent’s used physical lessons to try and point him in the right direction, “I remember watching him in a kind of daze, awed at the distance between punishment and offense. Later, I would hear it in Dad’s voice—“Either I can beat him, or the police.” Coates parents did what they had to do to ensure he wouldn’t become a statistic, it was difficult to grow up black because in the decade Coates was a child, blacks were still suppressed, discriminated against and targeted simply because of their difference in skin color, Coates adds “Maybe that saved me. Maybe it didn’t. All I know is, the violence rose from the feat like smoke form a fire, and I cannot say weather that violence, even administered in fear and love, sounded the alarm or choked us at the exit.” Coates childhood wasn’t your regular childhood, in his tough neighborhood you had to grow up quickly or you were very likely to join or be killed by the streets. Coates experienced in the social aspect when trying to create his personal identity, group violence, personal fear and physical abuse these all shaped Ta – Nehisi Coates into the man he is now.

Mike Rose had a similar but different experience growing up. Rose parents moved from Italy to American in hopes of starting a better life for themselves, when Rose parents first came to America they lived on the east side of America. His mother and father opened a spaghetti house in Pennsylvania that was successful up until the railroad had stop production in the area then the shop had gone bankrupt. Rose says, “My parents managed to salvage seven hundred dollars and, on the advice of the family doctor, headed to California, where the winters would be mild and where I, their seven-year-old son, would have the possibility of a brighter future. Rose had a easier childhood, it was a dreamy childhood but he had the chance to be a kid longer, he was lucky enough that his parents would buy him stuff to stimulate his creativity such as a chemistry set he received on Christmas one year, “One early Christmas they got me a small chemistry set. My father brought home an old card table from the secondhand store, and on that table I spread out my test tubes, my beaker, my Erlenmeyer flask, and my test tubes, my gas-generating apparatus.” Rose had a childhood that wasn’t filled with fear of being jumped or being caught in gang violence because he didn’t fit the criteria so the gang members in his area left him alone. It was much easier to grow up light skinned, being light skinned during this time meant you weren’t discriminated against, suppressed or targeted. That doesn’t mean he didn’t have dangers lurking around his neighborhood.

The types of danger in Rose neighborhood were similar to Coates but they weren’t targeting Rose, if anything happened to him it would have most likely been an accident. There was one story Rose was telling about what he experienced in his neighborhood, “One night I watched as a guy sprinted from Walt’s to toss something on our lawn. The police were right behind, and a cop tackled him, smashing his face into the sidewalk. I ducked out to find the packet: a dozen glassine bags of heroin.” Rose came in contact with drug not only with this situation but with the people that were living with him at the time, one of the guys name was Lester, “… Lester, the toothless cabbie, who several times made overtures to me and who, when he moved, left behind a draw full of syringes and burnt spoons.” Not only did he have drugs around him he also had an old man asking for sexual favors. Rose and Coates had similar dangers during the course of their childhood’s but they both managed to stay away from those dangers and find their way up.

Rose neighborhood compared to Coates sound very similar, they both have a crazy neighborhood shop owner, they both have groups of “bad boys” also called gangs who roam the streets causing trouble. Rose and Coates experienced the same dangers they both could have easily been abducted and they both could have easily been shot or become a drug dealer. But, that didn’t happen to them they stayed safe they took school seriously, but they also had to take the street seriously both simultaneously, taking school seriously might have been the best thing they did to pull them-selves away from the dangers of the streets and neighborhood school kept them safe and allowed them to chart a new path to greatness. They both took seriously, Coates more so than Rose, Coates had to take school seriously or he wouldn’t have been able to work for anyone but the streets. Coates had a harder time because he was battling race and prejudice growing us, out of Coates and Rose Coates was more likely to have become party of the streets than rose. Coates uses this analogy to describe what racisim is and how he thinks it was created.  “But race is the child of racism, not the father.” The but in the sentence refers to a sentence in the paragraph above “In this way, racism is rendered as the innocent daughter of Mother Nature…” How these two sentences are related is as follows, the first sentence gives us the idea that Racism came before race and the daughter of mother nature is Racism.

 

nutshell draft

Alivia Shattuck

March 1, 2019

Eng 123

 

As your sitting in a classroom full of people you many or many not know everyone, but each person has their own life story and identity. From their race and gender to their social class and work ethics, we are all put into a category. In the past and even now today the way that black people live are very different. The way you get treated, raised or even the footsteps they have to follow vary by race. In order to understand the way that our lives and life paths are shaped by our social identities, let’s look at Te-Nehisi Coates and Mike Rose, both grew up in a neighborhood where they had to worry about their race as they walked down the street every day and fought to find themselves a future. Although Coates was black and grew up in Baltimore in the 1980s and Rose was white growing up in Los Angeles in the 1950s, they both had their lives changed by their social identities. Coates grew up hearing stories from his family about the challenge he has to face because he is black. However, Rose, had to face similar challenges due to him being white and living in a neighborhood of Hispanics and African Americans. For Coates, he had a fear of walking down the street because he was black. These causes him to feel vulnerable as his social identity has changed the way he lives his life. He lives his life in constant fear and always be on the lookout for safety. When for Rose, he was afraid because he was white. Roses life is shaped by his neighborhood and who stood around him. Coates helps us to explain how he felt as a black person living in the 1980s by stating “As for now, it must be said that the process of washing the disparate tribes white, was not achieved through wine tastings and ice cream socials, but rather through the pillaging of life, liberty, labor and land; through the flaying of backs; the chaining of limbs; the strangling of dissidents; the destruction of families; the rape of mothers; the sale of children; and various other acts meant, first and foremost, to deny you and the right to secure and govern our own bodies”(Page 8) For Coates, growing up as an African American has shaped how he thought of his social identity. He became angry at the fact that people who are black have to be shaped because of their identity.

 

As Coates grows up living in Baltimore, he came to an understanding of how Americans are shaped based on their identity. He adds “Americans believe in the reality of “race” as a defined, indubitable feature of the natural world.” (page 7). He believes that race is something that naturally taught to be different. The way black people are treated is a way to destroy their body and who they really are. They are taught that they are less than those who are white. Coastes growing up in a black family was exposed to violence and comments. This shaped who he as. As he dedicated his story “Between the World and Me” to his son, he explains that because you are black their will changes as you go throughout your like. Living in America and hearing about the American dream, he comes to his own understanding of the American Dream. The American Dream to him is that people who are black are taught that it is natural to have racist comments towards them and that because of this their bodies where to be destroyed. The American Dream is based on enslavement and our schools are there to fail us and the destruction of the population. Coates explains how “When our elders presented school to us, they did not present it as a place of high learning but as a means of escape from death and penal warehousing. Fully 60 percent of all young black men who drop out of high school will go to jail. This should disgrace the country.” (Page 27). For Coates, he faced fear and violence within the ways school affected him. Schools affect those who were black, and they shaped their life path. Because those who were black did not feel comfortable in school, they convinced them that there was no future ahead of them because of their race.

Even though Mike Rose was white, his social identities shaped his life paths and his life. Rose’s experience was similar but different as he grew up. Rose grew up in a working-class family on Vermont Ave in Los Angeles. He lived in fear as he left his front door. He found a passion for chemistry. In his senior year of high school, he met a role model who helps shape who he was as a person. Jack McFarland was a role model to him on being able to succeed in life. McFarland was able to let Rose see that there is a world outside of Vermont Ave. He explains this by saying “It enabled me to do things in the world. I could browse Bohemian bookstores and Farah call my mysterious Hollywood I could go to the cinema and see if vents through the lens of European directors and most of all I could share an evening talk that talk with Jack McFarland the man I most admired at the time. Knowledge was becoming a bonding agent. Within a year to the Persona of the disaffected Hipster would prove too cynical to alienate to last. Before our time it was new and exciting it provided a critical perspective on society and it allowed me to act as though I were living beyond the limiting boundaries of South Vermont.” (Page 37). Rose believed that after he met McFarland, he could do anything. He was able to override his social identity and persuade what he wants to as he lives his life paths. As Rose had McFarland as a role model, he was able to see that this world has in hold for him.

 

Rose and Coates both were shaped by their social identities and how they were treated. In Coates story, he was able to teach his son the information he needs to live in a world where blacks are mistreated. He talks about America as if the things they did harm his body in a way he was unable to succeed. For Rose, he was taught that no matter your upbringing with the help of a persuasive adult you can do what you need to succeed.

 

 

 

M3 IN the nutshell

A social identity is what everyone gets to see. It’s the you who goes to the bank, it’s the you who ride the train to work, and, it’s the one who talks to your acquaintances at the office. It usually reflects social norms with minor degrees of variants in a variety of different aspects. These slight variances are only small indicators of what lies below the immediate surface.  Weather conscious or not we all have these small little tells which signal the true person we are below. Our personal identities are far more elusive. Maybe only a can full of people will get to see this side of you the real you behind the mask that lured them in. Even then it can be very difficult for one to connect with their true self.  as it can take years of self-reflection to truly get at who you are as a person. So, if it is the case that it’s hard here in contact with your personal identity can your social identity affect who you are? Well your personal identity usually shaped by how people treat you in life and that can wildly very even in just the United States alone.

 

Our minds and our relationships kind of go hand in hand. From day one of our lives our minds are shaped by our caretakers whether these are our mother and father or Legal guardians. They   Are for a time some of the only human beings you know and the only ones you get to learn from and Thus shape an immense part of your life and how you think. They can pass on cultural traditions, local social norms, and, mindsets and these sorts of things shape how you think and how your mind works. This also suddenly influences how you seek out relationships with other people. Thus, our mindsets affect how we find new relationships. Showing how intertwined these 2 things are.

 

Our lives and our life paths again just like our minds and our relationships Share a heavy correlation with each other.    As the way someone lives their life affects where they go in life. Now the way someone lives their life obviously can be in varying degrees of control of the person who lives it. So, people are not totally responsible for their life path, but it is still expected that at points in which would have required self-agency that someone take it in order to get themselves a respectable life path. however, this does bring up how circumstantial life path are at times. It’s not to say that people cannot achieve a goal even if they work for it. It’s more saying that certain people are set up better to achieve certain goals. This inequality means that certain people tend to end up in certain places in society while others tend to end up in other places. For example, a person from an upper-class family is more likely to stay in the upper class then someone from the lower classes to enter the upper classes. Now you can look at this in a lot of ways like one way is that there is a systemic biased for people being the upper class staying in the upper class and for people who were poor to stay poor or you could see it as a table of probabilities in ratios that usually trend out to stay wherever they are.

 

So much affect someone’s path where there from, who is they family, what goals that what to accomplish. Where the limit is what education you have and what biases surrounding you. Working harder and better to clime the ladder of work and accomplishment.

Final Rough Draft – The Same Tree But Different Fruit

The Same Tree But Different Fruit

Jack MacFarland came into Rose life at the right time. Especially with all the stuff that Rose was dealing with at the time. Rose liked how hard and how invested Jack was into his work. MacFarland was important to Rose success because he made Rose more invested into his school work and got him into college. Coates did not learn much from the classroom as much as Rose did from the classroom. Most of the knowledge Coates received was from outside the classroom and in the books he read. If it wasn’t for MacFarland Rose would have never went to college because he had not even thought of the idea of higher education. Coates had similar figures in his life when he read books about powerful black figures in the black community. Malcom X was a huge role model to him in his life because he admired how real he was with society. Rose and Coates received different mentorship in life but ended up at the same end goal which was being successful. The mentorship that Rose received was mainly from his teacher MacFarland. Learning the ways to get your work done and enjoy the work you do. For Coates the mentorship that he received was from multiple people but mainly from the books he read and to be more specific from most of the books he read about Malcome X.

Our social identities shape our personal identities, our minds, our relationships, our lives, our life paths, our prospects, our sense of America and the American Dream in many ways. The reason why these identities shape our lives is because society cannot function without categorizing everything. Therefore, the way you present yourself to the world decides your life path and etc. For example, when Rose was going to school, he uses to goof around and not take school seriously, never thinking about a higher education after he graduated high school. Until one day he decided to change his life around and take school serious by taking pride in the work he did. The day Rose decided to step it up in the classroom and change the way he was perceived as a person to society was a turning point that lead Rose to a successful life.

When Coates explains the fear of his life at the 7-11 it was easy for me to understand. The boy in the ski jacket at the 7-11 wanted to state the power he had by pulling out the gun showing how easily he could of taken Coates life. The reason for that boy doing that is because he fears life to just as much as Coates does, but his way of expressing this and feeling secure was by pulling out that gun showing his power. Coates explains how he was so shocked from what happen that he didn’t tell anyone what happen and just try to process what happened to him all that day. The differences that Coates describes between the experiences of the little white boys and his owns is that they live in a different type of environment. Where in their world the only worry they have is not getting poison oak on them. For Coates he has two worry about the destruction of his body that other can inflict on him. When Coates says, “Comparing these dispatches with the facts of my country was a galaxy and this galaxy stretched from the pandemonium of west Baltimore to the happy hunting grounds of Mr. Belvedere. I was obsessed over the distance between that other sector of space and my own.” Coates calls this the American Galaxy because how different his life is from other people around the country; preferably white people. Rose is a great example of this because he grew up in a similar environment as Coates but never faced the same problems as Coates. Rose even explains how, “There were gang members who sauntered up from Hoover Avenue, three blocks to the east and occasionally I would get shoved around, but they had little interest in me either as member or victim. I was a skinny, bespectacled kid and had neither the coloring nor the style of dress or carriage that mark me as a rival.”

Rose use to read a lot of sci-fi books when he was younger, then he stopped for a while because he had become a mediocre student. If it wasn’t for his teacher MacFarland, Rose would have never reconnected his passion for books. One thing that Coates and Rose shared was the passion they felt for the books they read. Coates use to always read books and the main reason why was because whenever he looked for an answer to a question, he didn’t understand he would ask his parent for the answer. They would always refer him to a book to find the answer his self. Another influence on his reading career was his uncle he would always give him interesting books to read because he knew how much Coates was interested into reading. For Coates writing skill I believed they came from his grandmother because whenever Coates would get in trouble in school, she would have he sit down and write about why he felt the need to get in trouble. She did this to Coates not to discipline him but to challenge his feelings and how he can express then in writing. For Rose his writing skill became from his teacher MacFarland. Since he admired his teacher so much, he took an interest in what he taught. Which was the being to Rose writing career.

Essay 3 – Draft one

Ryan DeLuca

March 1, 2019

ENG123

Dr. Drown

Draft One

Our social identities aren’t shaped by ourselves, they are shaped by the people around us. From Coates to Rose they both were shaped by their neighborhoods but both in two different ways with similar outcomes. Coates was shaped by the violence surrounding him and his parents fear of seeing him consumed by the drugs and violence of the streets. Coates parents were especially scared for him, Coates parent’s used physical lessons to try and point him in the right direction, “I remember watching him in a kind of daze, awed at the distance between punishment and offense. Later, I would hear it in Dad’s voice—“Either I can beat him, or the police.” Coates parents did what they had to do to ensure he wouldn’t become a statistic, it was difficult to grow up black because in the decade Coates was a child, blacks were still suppressed, discriminated against and targeted simply because of their difference in skin color, Coates adds “Maybe that saved me. Maybe it didn’t. All I know is, the violence rose from the feat like smoke form a fire, and I cannot say weather that violence, even administered in fear and love, sounded the alarm or choked us at the exit.” Coates childhood wasn’t your regular childhood, in his tough neighborhood you had to grow up quickly or you were very likely to join or be killed by the streets. Coates experienced in the social aspect when trying to create his personal identity, group violence, personal fear and physical abuse these all shaped Ta – Nehisi Coates into the man he is now.

Mike Rose had a similar but different experience growing up. Rose parents moved from Italy to American in hopes of starting a better life for themselves, when Rose parents first came to America they lived on the east side of America. His mother and father opened a spaghetti house in Pennsylvania that was successful up until the railroad had stop production in the area then the shop had gone bankrupt. Rose says, “My parents managed to salvage seven hundred dollars and, on the advice of the family doctor, headed to California, where the winters would be mild and where I, their seven-year-old son, would have the possibility of a brighter future. Rose had a easier childhood, it was a dreamy childhood but he had the chance to be a kid longer, he was lucky enough that his parents would buy him stuff to stimulate his creativity such as a chemistry set he received on Christmas one year, “One early Christmas they got me a small chemistry set. My father brought home an old card table from the secondhand store, and on that table I spread out my test tubes, my beaker, my Erlenmeyer flask, and my test tubes, my gas-generating apparatus.” Rose had a childhood that wasn’t filled with fear of being jumped or being caught in gang violence because he didn’t fit the criteria so the gang members in his area left him alone. It was much easier to grow up light skinned, being light skinned during this time meant you weren’t discriminated against, suppressed or targeted. That doesn’t mean he didn’t have dangers lurking around his neighborhood.

The types of danger in Rose neighborhood were similar to Coates but they weren’t targeting Rose, if anything happened to him it would have most likely been an accident. There was one story Rose was telling about what he experienced in his neighborhood, “One night I watched as a guy sprinted from Walt’s to toss something on our lawn. The police were right behind, and a cop tackled him, smashing his face into the sidewalk. I ducked out to find the packet: a dozen glassine bags of heroin.” Rose came in contact with drug not only with this situation but with the people that were living with him at the time, one of the guys name was Lester, “… Lester, the toothless cabbie, who several times made overtures to me and who, when he moved, left behind a draw full of syringes and burnt spoons.” Not only did he have drugs around him he also had an old man asking for sexual favors.

nutshell draft 2

Joey Abely

3/4/2019

Dr. Drown

ELA-123

 

Have you ever thought about what shaped your very own personal identity? Actually our social identity and the way we interact with others affects our personal identity. Now this may be a fetch to understand but famous writer and critical thinker Ta-Nehisi Coates illustrates this perfectly when he says, “The streets were not my only problem. If the streets shackled my right leg, the schools shackled my left. Fail to comprehend the streets and you gave up your body now. But fail to comprehend the schools and you gave up your body later.”. This illustrates my point perfectly because Coates is saying that if you are not a quick learner you will be punished now and later for your mistakes; obviously now meaning the streets and later meaning school. That shows that somehow Coates’ personal identity was shaped by his social identity after learning the way of the streets and school because he obviously personally changed and adapted himself to thrive in all settings he was in considering his respectability and him being widely known now as an author.  If that was being said for Coates then that obviously has happened to all of us but more under the radar. In my own personal experience I was never a Bruins fan growing up even though all of my family was and after the years and years of going to parties and watching the Bruins hundreds of times somehow it grew on me and I began to really like the Bruins, so much so that I even ended up going to a bunch of their games and now I attended fifteen annually. But it is also like that for everyone; just think of how you became to like the things you do, certain foods, movies, sports teams, religion, etc… I am sure you can find some area in your life where the people you were surrounded with helped influence a decision you made or changed your opinion on something which in turn affected your personal identity.

Think about it this way; what is your favorite sport? How did you come to like and learn about the sport? I can tell you in my case it was from the constant watching and knowledge, sometimes unwanted, being thrown at me from my father who was an excellent hockey player. He would always bring home new hockey sticks for me and always drove me to be the hockey player I am today and in turn he helped me as a person. Not from the gentle conversations related to hockey but by the powerful meaning and impact behind every word spoken to me. This segways us into how our social identities shape our personal identities. In Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Coates has been leading a lifestyle of staying out of trouble but the best example of how our social identities shape our personal identities is when Coates gets a gun drawn on him, “ The boy with the small eyes reached into his ski jacket and pulled out a gun. I recall it in the slowest motion, as though in a dream. There the boy stood, with the gun brandished, which he slowly untucked, tucked, then untucked once more, and in his small eyes a saw a surging rage that could, in an instant, erase my body”. This probably the most powerful part of the book shows us that this “boy” who is flexing his gun off to Coates clearly was influenced socially by people to make him at such a young age carry around and wield a gun. We understand the characters young age by the imagery created by Coates and the boys “small eyes”. This shows somehow that the boy was influenced in my opinion for the worst, which then in turn made him pull his gun on Coates.

In conclusion well all know that other people and things influence our identities, but will we take every measure possible to be the best person we can be rather than feeding in and being like the “boy” with the gun?

 

nutshell draft

Joey Abely

3/4/2019

Dr. Drown

ELA-123

 

Have you ever thought about what shaped your very own personal identity? Actually our social identity and the way we interact with others affects our personal identity. Now this may be a fetch to understand but famous writer and critical thinker Ta-Nehisi Coates illustrates this perfectly when he says, “The streets were not my only problem. If the streets shackled my right leg, the schools shackled my left. Fail to comprehend the streets and you gave up your body now. But fail to comprehend the schools and you gave up your body later.”. This illustrates my point perfectly because Coates is saying that if you are not a quick learner you will be punished now and later for your mistakes; obviously now meaning the streets and later meaning school. That shows that somehow Coates’ personal identity was shaped by his social identity after learning the way of the streets and school because he obviously personally changed and adapted himself to thrive in all settings he was in considering his respectability and him being widely known now as an author.

If that was being said for Coates then that obviously has happened to all of us but more under the radar. In my own personal experience I was never a Bruins fan growing up even though all of my family was and after the years and years of going to parties and watching the Bruins hundreds of times somehow it grew on me and I began to really like the Bruins, so much so that I even ended up going to a bunch of their games and now I attended fifteen annually. But it is also like that for everyone; just think of how you became to like the things you do, certain foods, movies, sports teams, religion, etc… I am sure you can find some area in your life where the people you were surrounded with helped influence a decision you made or changed your opinion on something which in turn affected your personal identity.

Think about it this way; what is your favorite sport? How did you come to like and learn about the sport? I can tell you in my case it was from the constant watching and knowledge, sometimes unwanted, being thrown at me from my father who was an excellent hockey player. He would always bring home new hockey sticks for me and always drove me to be the hockey player I am today and in turn he helped me as a person. Not from the gentle conversations related to hockey but by the powerful meaning and impact behind every word spoken to me.

This segways us into how our social identities shape our personal identities. In Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Coates has been leading a lifestyle of staying out of trouble but the best example of how our social identities shape our personal identities is when Coates gets a gun drawn on him, “ The boy with the small eyes reached into his ski jacket and pulled out a gun. I recall it in the slowest motion, as though in a dream. There the boy stood, with the gun brandished, which he slowly untucked, tucked, then untucked once more, and in his small eyes a saw a surging rage that could, in an instant, erase my body”. This probably the most powerful part of the book shows us that this “boy” who is flexing his gun off to Coates clearly was influenced socially by people to make him at such a young age carry around and wield a gun. We understand the characters young age by the imagery created by Coates and the boys “small eyes”. This shows somehow that the boy was influenced in my opinion for the worst, which then in turn made him pull his gun on Coates.

In conclusion well all know that other people and things influence our identities, but will we take every measure possible to be the best person we can be rather than feeding in and being like the “boy” with the gun?

 

MARCH 2 IN THE Nutshell Essay

A social identity is what everyone gets to see. It’s the you who goes to the bank, it’s the you who ride the train to work, and, it’s the one who talks to your acquaintances at the office. It usually reflects social norms with minor degrees of variants in a variety of different aspects. These slight variances are only small indicators of what lies below the immediate surface.  Weather-conscious or not we all have these small little tells which signal the true person we are below. Our personal identities are far more elusive. Maybe only a can full of people will get to see this side of you the real you behind the mask that lured them in. Even then it can be very difficult for one to connect with their true self.  as it can take years of self-reflection to truly get at who you are as a person. So, if it is the case that it’s hard here in contact with your personal identity can your social identity affect who you are? Well, your personal identity usually shaped by how people treat you in life and that can wildly very even in just the United States alone.

 

Our minds and our relationships kind of go hand in hand. From day one of our lives, our minds are shaped by our caretakers whether these are our mother and father or Legal guardians. They   Are for a time some of the only human beings you know and the only ones you get to learn from and Thus shape an immense part of your life and how you think. They can pass on cultural traditions, local social norms, and, mindsets and these sorts of things shape how you think and how your mind works. This also suddenly influences how you seek out relationships with other people. Thus, our mindsets affect how we find new relationships. showing how intertwined these 2 things are.

 

Our lives and our life paths again just like our minds and our relationships Share a heavy correlation with each other.    As the way, someone lives their life affects where they go in life. Now the way someone lives their life obviously can be in varying degrees of control of the person who lives it. So, people are not totally responsible for their life path, but it is still expected that at points in which would have required self-agency that someone takes it in order to get themselves a respectable life path. however, this does bring up how circumstantial life path are at times. It’s not to say that people cannot achieve a goal even if they work for it. It’s more saying that certain people are set up better to achieve certain goals. This inequality means that certain people tend to end up in certain places in society while others tend to end up in other places. For example, a person from an upper-class family is more likely to stay in the upper class then someone from the lower classes to enter the upper classes. Now you can look at this in a lot of ways like one way is that there is a systemic biased for people being the upper class staying in the upper class and for people who were poor to stay poor or you could see it as a table of probabilities in ratios that usually trend out to stay wherever they are.