In the past 30 years, the rate of marriage for African Americans has steadily declined while the rate of incarceration for African American men has sky rocketed. With more than 25 percent of the male community incarcerated the likelihood of maintaining healthy, stable relationships is greatly reduce (Western, 2006; Hattery-Smith, p.49). This greatly influences family formations as it automatically pushes the mother to a single parent status while simultaneously raising the chances of the family falling under the poverty line significantly. Men who have been jailed find it extremely difficult to find employment once released, especially employment that pays a living wage; which is clearly demonstrated in the interviews involving Chris and Wanda (Hattery-Smith, p. 55). Incarceration rates take a direct hit to the male marriageable pool leaving no room to doubt its
Roseâ€™s teachers were a nightmare; from an abusive homeroom teacher â€œhe would lose control and shake or smack usâ€ to an English professor who had little training in the subject. In Angelouâ€™s essay, the problem is with the injustice of the system, there was no support from the government, but they had support from the community, unlike Rose. Rose was a mediocre student at best â€œI developed further into a mediocre student and a somnambulant problem solver, and that affected the subjects I did have the wherewithal to handleâ€ he just did things to get by; there was no real connection with his studies. Angelou was an honors student, her â€œacademic work was among the best of the year,â€ marked differences that only point to a system that does not recognize greatness, in Angelou because of the color of her skin, in Rose because of an administrative error; a confusion with another Rose; a placement test that categorized him as
No one wants to be so unlike everyone else. No one wants to not be liked or viewed differently. Everyone simply wants to fit in. In the American Scholar, Margaret Drabble expresses this thought in the quote,” Our desire to conform is greater than our respect for objective facts.” We are constantly affected by external factors that create a view of how we should be living, and, as a result change our internal opinions and mindset. This explains our society today because people are conforming to society from external factors, like our appearance, and by internal factors, like with our opinions.
The Puritan community in The Crucible was vulnerable in many ways and susceptible to irrational and panicky accusations of the Salem Witch Hunts because of their strict and constricting ways. The children in the community are treated very poorly and less than everyone else in the town. As the Salem Witch Hunts were essentially started by the children the fact that they were treated as lesser beings contributed to the communities demise. “He (Reverend Parris) regarded them as young adults, an until this strange crisis he, like the rest of Salem, never conceived that the children were anything but thankful for being permitted to walk straight, eyes slightly lowered, arms at their sides, and mouths shut until bidden to speak,” (Miller 3). Miller foreshadows the Witch Hunts to come.
Another topic that is mentioned in the book is “Racism”. Most kids already witnessed the act of racism against one another. Others don’t realize how its holding us back from moving on. When I say moving on I mean African Americans who have a background of slavery and known for mistreat from other race (white). Parents should realize how it’s important for kids to know the past and present and therefore Toni Morrison gives us a little of the background past for African Americans depicting how hard it was for her people to survive in such town in which most people strive to survive everyday.
The early 20th century was a time of mixed social and political development for the United States. The country was in its infancy in the formation of a unified government and, with the drastic clashing of beliefs between the people of the North and South, the country remained divided, especially with regards to racial equality. This point was best stated when, in 1903, African American intellectual W.E.B. Du Bois stated “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line.” Even though Du Bois was referring specifically to the lack of African American equality, this “color-line” was also drawn for Native Americans and Immigrants. Were these beliefs becoming counter-productive for a country that was quickly becoming “the melting pot”?
But specially, why did my mom have this book and why was she hiding it? I was so annoyed of being in that town so I started loosing my appetite, but the least I ate the more alive I felt. Even though I was loosing a lot of energy I felt things that I’ve never felt
Asian Assimilation Are Asian Americans today considered as forever foreigners or are they perceived as honorary whites? Throughout history, Asians have faced an identity crisis that only minority ethnic groups seem to face. However, after coming to America, many Euro-Americans believe that these ethnic groups have undergone similar assimilation processes as them. We are here to examine whether this holds true for Asian immigrants and their children. The assimilation paradigm that most ethnic groups experience follows three main criterions: (1) all immigrants undergo period of struggle, adversity, rejection, (2) sociocultural, economic, political differences diminish over time as times to old ethnic identity and associations weaken,
A lot of people are just trying to get by life without ever stopping and thinking about how their actions are going to affect us now and later, they just go by life trying to get to the end without trying to make a change or impact in our world. Everyone should be here to do that. America does have it's good thoughts though, they have good means for the change that they want to do, but it's all talk, no action. We can't expect something to get done when all we do is talk about it, we have to actually get up and do something about the problems and the changes we think are here and should happen. I'm sure we could be an even greater nation, where people do care about what they do, and they think about everything they are going to do before even doing it..
The problem now, is that people feel too much of themselves. Everyone wants to be independent and an individual but they have to see that one day they’re going to need assistance from someone else. We would rather criticize and attack instead of rationally discussing our differences of opinion. We see this every day in our culture. Our community as a whole loves to be argumentative.