You Ain’t Heard? I Gotchu.

Here go Obama yesterday on “Bloody Sunday”

Here go John McWhorter on txtg

Here go Gunther Kress on multimodality (because)

…And have a nice day–no Mankind.

…And the more I steady think about the MOOC–I also gotta give props to Larissa and Eloy because we’d just been talkin bout MOOCs when I brought it up. And it just made the most kind of sense, know what I’m saying? (Considering I’m currently basically paying for one.) Because it shouldn’t be the way it is: chumping folks outta mad dollars: interdisciplinary training, i.e., sensitivity to differences, runnin you beaucoup bucks like it not a given. Because the truth thereof is: folks not gettin the exposure the way others be getting it. My black experience has made me privy to injustices the way others’ not for them; not saying, either, that we all not susceptible to a level of fuckedupness in life, respectively. Severity, IMO, just different. Like, it doesn’t necessarily switch up everybody trajectory of life the way it do others, I feel like. I mean, do y’all remember CrimingWhileWhite? Hilarious. Like, duh. White boys and girls I remember growing up wit always gloatin bout how they parents schooled them on how not to get dogged by cops, the crazy shit they got away with; whereas me and mines was trained to be as docile as lambs, to take it: “That’s just the world we live in.” No. An aside, too: I get pullt over. White passenger woman in the car wit me get axed: “Is everything OK?” Meanwhile I’m getting TSA’d the hell out of, out of view of the dash cam, being told: “I pulled you over for your headlight.” No. (It don’t help none either that I’m a broadchested brother. But don’t let the literature and autodidact-ness fool you, though.) Just no and more no, and “nein,” and why not over a PA system, for hyperbole sake?

…And this; peace.

Identity and me 2015-03-08 21:18:00

Linguistic discrimination......

There are so many things that as a hispanic man I internalized and just accepted as reality. One of those things was linguistic discrimination. Among the greater hispanic(I the Caribbean and South American Hispanic nations) community there has always been a ranking of which hispanic nations speak the "better" spanish. It is something that I just internalized and accepted. Dominicans were always at the bottom of the linguistic totem pole, but that isn't the part that gets me heated or upset; I accepted it. Now after learning about how languages evolve, change, grow, and adapt over I feel like an idiot for never questioning this convention. There is no one way to speak spanish. Every nation has developed their own standard and within that that standard there exist different dialects. O but before I continue what is "good" spanish anyway. Not many have been able to give me a precise answer but the closest I have been given is a spanish that is close to the original spanish from Spain. That is interesting since within Spain there are slight variations of Spanish. Why are so many obsessed with labeling everything that is considered "good" that which is most similar of to the things of our conquerors?

I was having a conversation with one of the people I will be interviewing and it is fascinating to hear her perspective. Due to the fact that she obviously looks black she has always identified as Afro Cuban, but she has cousins that may be lighter in skin and acknowledge don't  heir racial roots. For many Latino people, their racial identity has been robbed. They can not answer that question since the idea of race is so tied up to nationality that it does not allow the consciousness to accept that which is so plainly obvious(unless it is). While many Hispanics/Latinos  have troubles articulating a racial identity, it seems much easier to articulate racial discrimination based on the idea that white is right(Dominicans better than Haitians because they have more white blood. Soap Opera stars always been white in skin tone not reflecting reality, creams to lighten the skin, being told to reproduce with a lighter skin spouse in order to refine the race). For many(from what I have seen) in Spanish speaking countries the idea of race is internalized. Racial relations may not seem to be as divisive as it his here, but I believe that is because many have just accepted that inequality based on "race" is just a fact(how do we determine, mostly on obvious looks).

I believe this basic documentary is on to something. Instead of embracing our multi racial background, when push came to shove most picked white. My religion(Catholic) came from Spain. My language came from Spain. I do not hate my White identity or influences but I equally embrace how my African culture has infused my food, music, art, dance, etc. For my own personal racial identity I am proud to embrace my bi-racial identity.....I feel for my Cuban friend who was told by another Cuban that she was not Cuban because she was too black.....Blacks, Native, Whites all inhabited these lands We fought. We mingled, and yes we produced a wide variety of multi-racial people.

For my project, I reached out to all the people I want to interview and started to develop my framework for how I want to tackle this project. I am reading a lot and watching a lot of documentaries, interviews, case studies that will inform my interviews.

The Idea of a MOOC

       Since I am not very tech savvy and I am not familiar with MOOCs whatsoever, this proposal is a

bit daunting. I think it might be somewhat of a challenge just because it is so out of the box and we

are a big class with a lot of different opinions. However, with that being said, I like out of the box. I

am interested in doing something different that makes us step out of our comfort zone a little. I've

had 16 years of schooling where there is always the same generic and boring conclusion at the end.

This project idea is so different, so innovative, and so interactive that it creates excitement and

intrigue. I will definitely have to brush up on my MOOC facts but I am pretty open to this idea. I still

think that it is something we need to discuss and organize a bit more but I am very interested to see

what we as a class can create.

Blog #5

My individual part to this group project is working with Tamieka to come up with many different microaggression scenarios that the class can act out together. We all grouped up in twos and sectioned off doing different parts of our presentation, which we found a lot easier. Tamieka and I focused on doing about 15 scenarios that we will have the classroom portray by picking names out of a hat. We felt that this would've been a much better idea than a skit because the classroom can get involved and we can also have discussions on the way that each person portrayed their character to be and what they did that the audience liked and what they did that they didn't like. We really wanted the class to get involved in our presentation so we felt this was the perfect idea. Tamieka and I last class, worked on putting this scenarios together and I think we did a pretty good job. By allowing each person in the class to partake in these scenarios, I think it's going to have a good outcome because we will be able to see how each person would individually react to a situation that they may not like.

Blog #5 Mooc/Grp Project

Last Tuesday in class was the first time I heard of Mooc.  I read the information and looked at the link Dr. Zamora posted on our home page.  If I am understanding it correctly, we are already moving forward with tweets and blogging on different text already.  Its now taking the actual information in which we are compiling from our projects and putting into together for others to view.  I am ok with trying something new, I will probably need some help with getting started.
Our group got a lot accomplished last Tuesday night. We have an outline as to how we would like to see our project being presented . I am looking for links from the movie Lean on Me - link to administrators / school culture  - how can we promote an atmosphere of success. I actually found three links and I sent them to those in our group to get some feed back from them.

Debunking Racial Identity and Promoting a Cultural One Instead for Latin Americans

Hispanics are considered the most diverse ethnic group around the world. There is such biological and cultural diversity that it would be fallacious to throw Hispanics under one homogenous category. But I am a believer in a pan-Latino/a identity. In an ideal world race shouldn’t define who you are; to me I think it’s cultural. I purposely asked a client who is from Puerto Rico the other day what was his race, and he responded “I’m Puerto Rican.” It’s a tough question for Hispanics who don’t usually identify in terms of racial categories (e.g. black or white) because, quite frankly, many Hispanics (1) identify nationally, and (2) are mixed biologically and culturally, that is, they are mestizos. Therefore, it’s perplexing to think of Hispanics in terms of race. Some suggest the brown race, but this is just creating a whole new category, which in my opinion separates Hispanics rather than brings them together. Because there are white Hispanics of direct European decent, Asians, Africans, and indigenous peoples who make up Latin America. Hence, this racial categorization will just demarcate Latinos/as in general.
I personally, solely focusing on my father side of the family, have a mix of Spanish European along with indigenous peoples, and who knows, maybe even African or who know what else my family has mixed in there. Point being, I am mestizo. I speak a language and have cultural aspects that derive from Spain, but I have traditions that have been passed down to me from generations such as my food, music, family values, work ethic, and other ways of life that come from my country and from Latin America in general. In my case it becomes more complicated for the fact that on my mom’s side of the family I’m genealogically mostly fourth generation Russian (what is now modern-day Ukraine in Kiev) with a little bit of Polish mixed in there. (It is interesting to know that white ethnics don’t face the same racial issues in the U.S. as nonwhite minorities. Perhaps being because they can assimilate easier to the white Anglo society, than nonwhites who “stick out” from visual racial categorizations, not to mention, nonwhite minorities have a history of colonization with the U.S.)

But I believe that people aren’t tied by any type of biological essentialism. In other words, we are free to self-identify, which is why I associate culturally with my Colombian heritage on my father’s side as it has shaped me in large part to the person I am today. But despite that I’m Colombian, it does not mean I can’t relate to other Hispanics. At the end of the day I  have more in common with someone from, say, Peru or Argentina versus somebody from Greece. Therefore a key to the unity of heterogeneity in Latin America is its common history.