Tonight’s class was about Disney and how racists and wrong their movies are. Many people on the video pointed out how kids watch this stuff and let it define who they are. One woman in the movie said that her daughter asked her why the black characters were always portrayed as people who always did bad. It wasn’t only African Americans who were portrayed as being bad in this video. It was also ethnicities like Asians, Mexicans, and Indians. Throughout the video it was said over and over how children were watching these videos and letting this define who they were. This alone speaks out loud to me, i was one of those kids who always saw the character who was the darkest as the one who was doing the most wrong. It takes me back to English class in high school and how we learned what colors meant in literature. Black was always seen as doing wrong, it was always the bad thing. So was red, green, and multiple colors. But one that stood out was the color white, it was the pure one, and it never could be turned bad until a color were to get onto it. Then it would turn bad and unwanted. I still see this today in movies. One movie i can name right now is the film where jack frost has to save christmas from the character “nightmare”. Jack Frost was white as snow, as “nightmare” was black. I think that the color scheme in literature should be changed. As in this era and day black is seen as a rich color. And i think it should be portrayed that way in movies. Not only the color black but every other color other than white as well.
Today’s lecture was about hispanics and latinos and how they are portrayed in the media. We learned that Caucasians are rapidly becoming the minority in Texas. It’s projected that they will be the minority in the next few years. Something that stuck out to me was when Professor Everbach read that “No person can be illegal” it really impacted me because I have a lot of friends that are hispanic and even though i might not know if they were legally born here this kind of gives me something to talk to them about and figure out ways to make them feel better about either them or their family being “Illegally” here in America. We talked about a lot of different things that people in American say about immigrants and some of the names that they are called. We also talked about “DATKA” and how people are trying to say that as soon as President Obama leaves office that they are going to do away with the “DATKA” act. DATKA is the act of taking the immigrants that are brought over when they are young being put into cells that are away from the people in America, but at least they are getting to stay in America. With these immigrants being brought over of course it’s easy to see that people in America wouldn’t like it. People of power took to the media saying that these immigrants are bringing in a lot of diseases so we shouldn’t let them say. In my opinion, I feel that immigrants help out a lot.Yeah they take up a lot of the jobs, but that fact alone makes it possible for the Government and President to create more jobs in the US. The more jobs we have the more money we’re making and we don’t even think about all of the great culture values that these immigrants could bring over and show us. I feel that if they aren’t trying to take over the nation and they aren’t a threat to us then they should be able to stay and live life freely in the way that we mostly do. The video that we watched today was about illegal immigrants coming into the country and how they are negatively portrayed by the media. Many ways that they are portrayed are through cartoons, video games, and in motion pictures. In the end it’s really sad that immigrants have to go through all of this just to be accepted into a nation that preaches how free choice is everything to them, but they won’t allow it to anyone else that’s outside the country unless its making the country some money. That is truly sad.
In class today we discussed Men and male stereotypes along with Native Americans. This discussion brought up a nice little debate on if we thought that certain mascots were insulting to a certain culture and race. I think we could use a change in names to fit the era we are in currently today. Even though a lot of these team names are traditional, when you think about it these names can be offensive to that certain race. We also watched a documentary about men and the stereotypes that they have and how unfair it is for the men that don’t fit the description. They also talked about the shootings that have been happening for a while now and how they have all been by men. It also talked about how gender isn’t a factor when it comes to women or different races. When talking about the shootings that we are having in our society today, they mentioned that the entertainment and the gun businesses were at war with each other when it came down to who to blame for the violence in our society. This film was really interesting and influential at the same time.
The next part of class we talked about the two stories we read at home. Then that led into stereotypes of lesbians and gay men. From there we went into how you have to be masculine in America even if you’re a gay man so you can get the respect you feel that you deserve. That led into multiple stories of people’s experiences of helping people come to terms with who it is that they are. Also they spoke on their own experiences about accepting themselves whenever they thought that they were homosexual or not.The “Celluloid Closet” was a very interesting movie. I might actually re-watch it to see what else that I missed. I usually learn more when I re-watch things.
Tonight we had a guest speaker (Tyler Curly) who is HIV positive and he told us his story and what he is going through now that he is HIV Positive. He also told us how he’s able to use his status to inform people by becoming a journalist. He also talked about how there is a “morning after” pill for aids. Something that I had no idea about. The next thing he talked about was Ebola and he told us about how we already knew about it and how no one ad treated it yet until the hospital in Dallas did. He talked to us about his website and going to work for him. While on that topic he also told us what it is that he looks for while working for him on his website.
Tonight we watched people present their projects. There was some really nice presentations about a lot of interesting findings in some of the aspects that my classmates presented to us. Some people used card boards to present their projects, others used powerpoint to show them. One of the presentations that caught my attention was the one with “Steven’s World”. I felt it was a clever topic to go with the animated series that was made by a woman. I also believe that this one was the longest presentations that we had tonight. We also went over our midterm exam review which was very helpful. I now know what it is that I am supposed to study. Overall a nice night of class before the midterm.
Tonight in class we talked about culture norms and how different they really are. Something that really stood out to me is how the Mexican race isn’t considered a race in America, but rather just an Ethnicity. Like they’re either White-Mexican or Black-Mexican, they really don’t have a race for themselves. I think that’s kind of sad, but it’s the way that America wants to do it. We also had a nice discussion about women in the work job and why women receive less money than men do in the workplace. Through discussing about women in the workplace, we started talking about how to ask for raises and how women are supposed to do it. I learned that during our first job we are supposed to ask for a lot of money when we go in for an interview. I didn’t know that until then. We also watched a document titled “The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords”. It was about the newspaper that was ran by African Americans. It described to us the pain and struggle that they had to go through since they couldn’t get the word news that was important to them out into the media and neighborhoods that where it really mattered. The first ever African American newspaper was called “Freedom Journal”. They used this newspaper to get out the news that they needed to get out. Soon after it got started, it ended up being torn apart due to the differences between the two editors. The newspaper paved the way for 24 more other African American newspapers, including the one that introduced the media to Frederick Douglas.