Movement at UNE – Revised

Ryan DeLuca

April 21, 2019

ENG 123

Dr. Drown

Movements are started when a bunch of people agree with what you are trying to accomplish when trying to advertise the movement. When the civil rights movement started it started with a group of people who thought the same thing, then as word got out that they were protesting civil rights people who agreed with their protest joined the cause to show their support.

For a movement to be started at the University of New England I don’t think would be very difficult, a majority of the UNE community I feel have very similar views on certain subjects such as Race. If one person were to be racially profiled on campus I believe some sort of action would be taken to do something about the person who racially profiled that person. For there to be a protest on campus about one person being racially profiled I think it would be difficult to start a movement just from a single incident, people don’t like to act the first time it happens people like to act after it happens multiple times because after a racial incident has happened multiple times in a week or month then people start to see that something is wrong and we should start doing something about it. With that said in order for there to be a movement over anti-racism, the community at UNE would have to see a problem with racism on campus, and since there is such a small percentage of black students on campus I think the community would have a hard time seeing a problem because the black community at UNE is so small so they don’t really have a huge voice.

To counter what I just said, having the black community so small it could have the opposite effect since the black population is small and is mixed with the predominantly white community I think they could easily get people together to start a movement for anti-racism. The black community’s voice may be small because of small numbers, they made friends with a large portion of the white community which amplifies their voice by adding numbers to the anti-racism movement. The types of issues I think the movement would run into is skepticism, people thinking that there isn’t a race problem, so they will just ignore the activist. We would use examples of racists acts that happened as examples to show that there is a problem. A social habit we would promote equality and inclusiveness, we would promote that everyone should practice including everyone regardless of race for any activity. If you see someone sitting by themselves don’t profile them and watch them sit alone invite him or her over to sit with you, you never know you might just make a lifelong friend by being inclusive. We would also promote that everyone gets treated with an equal attitude as well as be put on equal ground so everyone has an equal chance at being successful.

Movement at UNE

Ryan DeLuca

April 21, 2019

ENG 123

Dr. Drown

Movements are started when a bunch of people agree with what you are trying to accomplish when trying to advertise the movement. When the civil rights movement started it started with a group of people who thought the same thing, then as word got out that they were protesting civil rights people who agreed with their protest joined the cause to show their support.

For a movement to be started at the University of New England I don’t think would be very difficult, a majority of the community at UNE I feel have very similar views on issues involving the environment for example and problems with the ocean. If One person were to start a protest to protest plastic straws on campus I think at first all the marine science peeps would be a part of the movement. Then once word gets around that there is a protest on plastic straws people that are outside of the marine science department would join if they believe in the cause and would gradually get bigger. But if the protest was for something that affected a majority of the student body and faculty and staff such as parking then I think everyone would join in. One person would have to start a protest or demonstration and since the issue affects basically everyone who has a car on campus at the university the turn out would be massive.

In order for a movement to be started it has to affect a majority of the people in the community or a majority in the community need to see the benefit of joining, what is the out come going to be. If people in the community don’t see the benefit in the movement or if the movement doesn’t affect them then people won’t join, If the movement were to affect them such as the parking movement for example then people would be more apt to show their support because it would directly affect anyone who has a car on campus.

Krover – Privileged

Ryan DeLuca

April 18, 2019

Eng 123

Dr. Drown

In the Krover essay I see string ties at work at the beginning of the essay working towards the middle of the essay, he talks about his friend ship with Thabo and how he is close to him and how they have each other’s backs and supports him through anything. Krover also talked about his relationship with his team and how he supports all of them 100% and has all of their backs. The social habit Krover is trying to do away with is that race isn’t a big issue and that his black team mates have the same privileges as he does. At the beginning of the essay he talks about how his first thoughts of his friends arrest and injury wasn’t “Is he okay” but were actually “What was Thabo doing out at a night club on a back to back?” he didn’t give the thought that it was race related because if it were Krover in that situation Krover probably wouldn’t have had an injury or been charged with anything.

The ways Krover is going about making these changes in his social habits are by changing his thinking and we’ll put it the way he put it, “Shut up and listen”, Krover says after hearing about the experiences of his team mates his eyes and ears opened and after that he knew he had to stop talking and start listing to better understand the issues his black co-workers are facing when it comes to racial incidents on the basketball court and outside of the basketball court.

Blackness project V. Whiteness project

Ryan DeLuca

April 9th, 2019

ENG 123

Dr. Drown

The way black people and white people think about racism in America come from two very different perspectives. White people know racism in America is a thing but they don’t think it’s as big of an issue as it actually is but there is a wide spectrum of opinions, but I believe a majority do not think about how black people have had to change the way they live to avoid being a victim of racial unjust. One person from a program called “The Whiteness Project” thinks that there isn’t a big issue simply because they doesn’t see black people as black people only as people, her name is Sarah, she says “I don’t really see people as black, Asian, Hispanic, or white it’s kind of like, boy, girl, 25, 15, you know its just people to me”. In her mind race isn’t something that she takes seriously because she doesn’t see any issues with, she adds, “When me and my friend who is a different race and I tell her I don’t see a difference, I feel like she gets mad at me for something I can’t control.” Part of the issue with millennials now is they are so naïve and close minded that they fail to see the big picture of racism. From a black persons perspective racism and race in general is a big part of their lives and shapes the way they show them selves in public, black people that are in professions such as doctors especially doctors who deal with the public every day feel that certain white people think blacks cant be doctors or can’t be nurses, so black people work harder and make them selves look over the top professional in order to be recognized as a professional in their field.

To supplement “The Whiteness Project” a group people produced a program called “The Blackness Project”, this was created by blacks to show case their opinions on racism in America. They share their opinions on what they think about “The Whiteness project” and they share what they think is wrong with our current social system. One man named Juan Shared his opinion on “The Whiteness Project” he says, “If they were trying to be sincere I commend them, but I believe they’re shunned from, I can’t say reality because it’s their reality, you can’t judge someone for the world that they live in.” Juan understands the people from “The whiteness project” were raised in a different reality than him, he doesn’t agree with most of what was said in “The Whiteness Project” but he seems to have an understanding of how white people think and act. Another opinion of “the whiteness project” comes from a woman named Lakisha she says, “The whiteness project was a bunch of ignorance, it was basically people talking about things that they really had no knowledge about.” One thing that is a reality for black people is how much harder they have to work to only achieve half as much recognition, Another person from the blackness project named Verniece calls out this issue by saying “If you go into a bunch of folks, you’ll realize that we work just as hard if not harder, because often times my grandfather said you gotta be twice as good in order to get half the credit.” White people from “The Whiteness Project” don’t really acknowledge this issue, some think blacks have the same change of becoming successful as them when in some areas of America, the system doesn’t work for them it works against them.

Blackness project Essay

Ryan DeLuca

April 7th, 2019

ENG 123

Dr. Drown

After watching and listening to the “whiteness project” I was shocked to think that this is how people in my age group think, some people are protected from seeing how brutal the world is and those people are the people that think there isn’t a huge race issue in America. There was another documentary created called “The blackness Project” this was created in response to the “Whiteness Project”. The “Blackness project” is made by interviewing black people and getting their opinions on what they think about race in American, some even shared their personal race experiences mostly about unfairness in the work place, a woman named Verniece says  “If you go into a bunch of folks, you’ll realize that we work just as hard if not harder, because often times my grandfather said you gotta be twice as good in order to get half the credit.” The work place is where a large majority of racism happens in my personal opinion, maybe not by colleagues but by customers thinking they can say whatever they want because they are the customer.

In the past racism was more apparent in the work place amoung colleagues and even bosses, black people wouldn’t get hired because of their skin color they would also be judged harder in an interview by the interviewer, this made some black more conscious about how they were perceived, there was a story about a black doctor who was getting dressed in her scrubs to start her shift and a white nurse came over to her and started asking her questions about her name and is she was a doctor or not, the white doctor didn’t believe that the black woman was a doctor so she took her I.D and reported her. After that experience the black doctor moved her I.D from her waist to her chest area to be more visible. Another story is about a black man who is a business entrepreneur, he dresses normal because he can dress normal if he wants to but, since he is black and dresses normal some people think he is “The Help” so he had to start dressing in more business casual rather than regular casual to avoid such a mistake happening again.

Race shapes people of color in a dramatic way, black people have to plan their lives around the fake concept of race

Essay 4

Ryan DeLuca

March 31, 2019

ENG 123

  1. Drown

Race has been an issue all around the world and there seems to be no definitive way to stop it. In my college writing class we examined multiple sources to try and come to a conclusion if race is even real and what ways people think about race that relate to reality and finally what it would take to put a stop to racism.

Racism was a part of history when the American constitution was being written there was slavery and suppression of people that weren’t white. Since then we have come a long way but still have some ground to cover. In my examination of race, I looked at the whiteness project to see what people close to my age thought about whiteness. Some of the words that people said were very eye opening one person named Connor who is white pointed out that he would have been in prison if he wasn’t white and thinks the reason the hammer hasn’t been brought down on him is because he’s white, Connor says “I always kind of knew that is I got in trouble I could get a lawyer, suit up, show up and it would be a slap on the wrist.” Connor has been arrested multiple times for possession of drugs but has never gotten charged or put in jail. Another person from the whiteness project named Wade who is also white has a different perspective, Wade seems to be ashamed of being white because of the awful things that have gone down in history because of white people, Wade says “The people that say the most awful things that ive ever heard in person are those people, are those white people that get drunk and sit at my bar and spout  off nonsense and makes me really disappointed that I have to be lumped into the same category as them.” Wade obviously knows there is a race issue and feels disappointed that he is categorized the same as those people that spout off nonsense. People around my age know there is a race issue everywhere not just in American, they are aware that they will have an easier time getting though the wild rollercoaster called life because they are white, so how do we accomplish a non-racist society?

One person seems to have the answer, his name is Steve Olson and he wrote an article about how mixed Hawaii is and if racial mixing would solve the problem of race he also talked about is race is genetic or if its mythological. In his article stated Hawaii’s high rate of intermarriage has painted the picture in our heads that in order for racial tensions to diminish everyone would need to be racially mixed. But Steve Olson proved this to be wrong. Olson says, “Despite the high rate of intermarriage here, ethnic and racial tensions haven’t really disappeared.” Although Hawaii has the highest rate of intermarriage people still think that there racial mixing is better than someone else’s racial mixing even though they all started in the same spot and more than likely have similar racial mixing. This makes the arrangement of mixing everyone racially would solve the race issue useless. People are raised to think that they have the best of the best even if there stuff isn’t that great, I’ve seen it first hand when someone thinks they something that is better than someone else’s and they flaunt it, same deal with racism people think there genes are superior even thought they might be prone to ingrown hairs or get a lot of hang nails.

I spent 5 with trump fans

Ryan DeLuca

March 28, 2019

ENG 123

Dr. Drow

The key beliefs of the Deep story on the Hochschild article are that there are cost and benefits to being white. A couple of the costs of being white according to the deep story is that there are people that cut in line and achieve the American dream with the governments help, those people came here either illegally or on a refugee ship and are getting government benefits while there are American citizens in poverty not being accepted into these programs. According to the Deep story there are also people receiving financial aid while the white people aren’t qualifying while they might have the same qualifications.

Economics has a huge impact on how people feel about certain parties and people. Some people don’t think that money should be redistributed or used to help people that aren’t citizens of the country or to help other people be more successful over the people that the money is being taken from. Economics and race for some reason are related, the reason economics and race are related is because it has to do with money redistribution and when money is redistributed it is done improperly and is given to people who don’t actually need it.

The Invention of Race

Ryan DeLuca

March 25, 2019

ENG 123

Dr. Drown

The Invention of Race

While I listened to the podcast “The Invention of Race” I kept in mind my meaning of race which is a means to classify people. The podcast talks about how race became a thing and who was the perpetrator that made one race more superior than the other. The Podcast also talked about how closely related we are to people of different colors and how we actually aren’t different at all, we all originated from the same area back before the continents split apart we were all black at one point, there was no difference in color but when we humans parted ways to colonize around the world there were different climates that didn’t require the dark skin anymore and over time the people in the less sunny colder climates slowly lost the darkness in there skin. There is also a claim that Race is biological and real, but scientist don’t agree and actually anthropolinguist from the 1940’s are the ones who made the statement that Race is real and one race is superior over the other. The first people who started suppressing other peoples because of the skin color and enslaved them were the westerners according to Suzanne Plihcik.

Steve Olson – Prewriting 2

Ryan DeLuca

March 21st, 2019

ENG 123

Dr. Drown

Steve Olson – Prewriting 2

The reason it is difficult to answer the questions whether someone is pure Hawaiian is difficult, Rebecca Cann explains why it is difficult to tell if someone’s ethnicity “The only way for a person to have mitochondrial DNA from a woman who lived in Hawaii before the arrival of Captain cook is for that person to have an unbroken line of grandmothers dating back to that woman.” Since present day Hawaiians are so mixed it’s difficult for geneticists like Cann to find their ethnicity because the DNA is so mixed and intertwined with so many other ethnicities.

The concept of race was created by humans to classify people to help organize people. Race according to biologists and geneticists isn’t real and is just a concept created by humans. Race is used a lot in politics to gain followers, certain parties use race in their campaign and say they will address the race problem. Some current presidential runners use race to attack the economy by calling it “racist” even though our system is fair game you just have to know how to use it. Another example of politicians using race to push them selves ahead by promising free everything and calming that the rich should be responsible for solving everyone’s problems. Politics has a very large influence on keeping Race alive because they keep talking about it and making it an issue

Steve Olson – Pre-writing 1

Ryan DeLuca

March 20, 2019

ENG 123

Dr. Drown

Pre-writing 1 – Steve Olson

The implications of ethnic thinking that I think would be beneficial for everyone to take into account are that everyone is mixed, it doesn’t matter if your grandparents grandparents grandparents say that you are pure bread the likely hood that you are pure bread in this day in age is highly un-likely everyone is mixed with something weather it be culture are genes everyone is mixed. The other implication of ethnic thinking that everyone should take into consideration is everyone has the same skeleton, if you strip the skeleton of the flesh and organs so the only thing that’s left is the skeleton and compare the Skelton to other skeletons of different “races” and colors, the skeleton is relatively identical.

Hawaii’s high rate of intermarriage has painted the picture in our heads that in order for racial tensions to dimish everyone would need to be mixed. But in the article Steve Olson proved this to be wrong, Olson says, “Despite the high rate of intermarriage here, ethnic and racial tensions haven’t really disappeared.” Despite the amount of ethnic and racial mixing in Hawaii there is still tension, so if mixing everyone wont get rid of tensions then what will it take?