1. In 2017, an artist named Joyner Lucas came out with a song titled “I’m Not Racist.” He created the song as a way to show two sides of racism through a Trump-supporting white man and a black man. The two characters in the video represent the message that there are two sides to every story. In verse 1 of the song it says, “I’m not racist, and I never lie / But I think there is a disconnect between your culture and mine.” This line reflects on the idea that there is a way for everyone to compromise and live in peace. 2. The song “I’m Not Racist” and the novel To Kill A Mockingbird share similar concepts. In To Kill A Mockingbird the setting is set in the 1930s in a small town called Maycomb. At this point, being black set you on the lower side of the social hierarchy. In Maycomb, many don’t like the idea of people of color and fear interacting with them. Only a few white people including characters named Atticus, Jem, Scout, and Dolphus Raymond believe in the equality of all people. 90 years later in 2017, a song was released. In both the song and the novel, the artist/author demonstrate the central idea that may lead to the beginning of equality. Both creative pieces talk about the idea of reaching a consensus. From that central idea, they branch out to talk about both sides of the story. The point of view of a black man and white man are introduced and talk about their similarities and differences.
1. The piece of art represents “the other.” Segregation towards people of color began when one group wanted to have power over another group. They feared to have the same power as someone else and as a response decided to make that person(s) a lesser group of people. In the photo you can see the fountains for the whites; It is clean, well built, and overall better looking. Additionally, blacks were not only segregated in using water fountains but public facilities, trains, buses, and schools. The photo of a woman at the water fountain is a powerful image showcasing the way people of color were treated in the 20th century. In the present time, racial segregation still exists. With gun violence towards people of color (blacks), we still have a long way to go with human rights. 2. In To Kill A Mockingbird we don’t get a day-by-day on what it is like to live in the 1930s as a person of color. As readers, we see snippets of Calpurnia’s and Tom Robinson’s lives, but the story only focuses on Jem and Scout’s understanding of life in Maycomb. During the story, they focus on the wrong decisions of the jury towards the trial but not experience life as a black student in a school at the time. A character in the story named Dolphus Raymond married a black woman and had mixed children. We only knew of them through Jem, Scout, and Dill exploring the streets of Maycomb. If we fast forward 88 years, we reach the year of 2018. Although we have completely gotten rid of discrimination and racism, we have accomplished a lot as a generation and as a society.
1. The title of this article is already compelling in itself. The title says, “Are We Raising Racists” which reminded me of the current events occurring in the United States. Gun violence, for example, towards people of color; more specifically Latinos, blacks, and Muslims. Gun violence and prejudice towards these groups of people began in the early development of children. Based on the children’s exposure to certain events depends on where they grow up and what their racial background is. In the article it says, “White children are exposed to racism daily. If we parents don’t point it out...over time our children are more likely to accept racist messages at face value.” This article was created based on a conversation between Jennifer Harvey (the author), and her daughter had. Her daughter had been talking about George Washington and how great he was for fighting for freedom. Jennifer Harvey tells her daughter that George Washington had black people as his slaves. She was in a state of shock by that answer and then asked, “If Washington held slaves, why do we celebrate him as if he was such a great man?” This question asked by the 7-year-old girl is one America is still trying to answer today. Some Americans may treat George Washington as such a great man because they fear “the other.” One may feel this way because of the idea of the people before us doing something terrible may make them feel bad. 2. The article “Are we Raising Racists” has similarities with the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. In the article, it discusses the idea of the reasons children may be growing up to become racists. The environment that a child grows up in decides whether or not the child will become prejudice. Similarly to To Kill A Mockingbird, characters including Jem, Scout and Dill are learning about the world around them. Towards the beginning of the story, they believed that Maycomb was a perfect town. At this point, they didn’t know of the racism that coursed through the veins of the city. Later they learn about how prejudiced people can be. During the story, a trial is in session: the battle between a black man and a white man. Jem, Scout, and Dill learn how unfair the judicial system is and how it is unjust for Tom Robinson, the black man in the trial to be treated the way he was. At a very young age, the characters in the story start to understand racism and how it works, but because of the environment that they are growing up in may affect their views on prejudice. “First Encounters With Race and Racism: Teaching Ideas for Classroom Conversations”
1. The article titled “First Encounters With Race and Racism: Teaching Ideas for Classroom Conversations” represents the idea of “otherness.” Early learning is the first step to developing opinions in young children. Children may build their views as students in school. Younger children will be exposed to racism because of the current events happening in the news. Because they are curious to learn about their surroundings they may ask questions. To talk about racism, you may discuss bias and discrimination. 2. To Kill A Mockingbird and the article discussing racism in school share the same ideas. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Jem and Scout are in school during this time. They learn about racism from their father, Atticus. As the story progresses and Scout and Jem grow up, they discover that their small town called Maycomb isn’t the way it seems. Their father Atticus defends a black man named Tom Robinson in the trial which allows for the children to see life from a person of color’s perspective. Even though Jem and Scout disobeyed their father’s orders, it allowed for them to have a better understanding of their town. Many kids in Maycomb don’t experience the same things as Jem and Scout; A black woman who works in her house named Calpurnia brought Jem and Scout to the church she goes to. At the church, Jem and Scout were treated differently because a woman there believed that they didn’t need to be there. The blacks had their church, and the whites had theirs. Their first encounters with racism shaped them to be the people who they are at the end of the story.