Thursday, February 28, 2008


Wednesday, February 27, 2008

In class yesterday, we read from Letters from Mississippi. We read the letter dated, June 18 aloud and then looked for arguments and discussed the key points in each paragraph, sometimes summarizing them and/or looking up words. Ray commented on how these letters made him think about what his grandmother must have felt living in Mississippi when these events happened. I gave students the term structural violence as something to think about when one considers the continuing disenfranchisement of certain people in American society because of the color of their skin, where they were born or how much money their parent's have. The issues Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Movement addressed have certainly not disappeared 40-50 years later.

Homework was to read up to page 39, the end of the first section and to respond to one letter and identify and post one argument and its evidence here.

If you went to the event today, Books not Bars not Death in the Student Lounge F-Bldg., you can post a response to that also (three paragraphs or 250 words would be great).

I have made copies of the first section of the book. I will put them outside my office Monday, March 3. Only one person came to my office today to get copies. Bring your copies of Children of the Movement to class Monday, March 3.

You are responsible for your education. Come to class on time and stay the entire time. Remain focused and serious. Find a copy of the book at the library or like Raymond did, come to my office to make copies from my book. Stay on top of your assignments and if you need help get it in the Learning Resource Center where there is free tutoring and writing assistance for those who ask Monday-Saturday.

Old Assignments
If you didn't respond to the Baldwin essay, and only three students did, the assignment is still due. Post it.

E201A 1-3
You are quite right that there is plenty to do in the filed of race relations right in our own back yard. That's one of the favorite excuses of those who don't want anything done. I have done a great deal in my own back yard, which is New York City.
1. I have helped Negroes to get a decent apaetment which was denied them merely because they were Negroes.
2. I have helped get five-day trash collection on some streets in the Negro ghetto area of Brooklyn.
3. I have helped break down the hiring discrimination practiced in New York City.
Sophia Andrews

Pg. 19
Dear Lynne

The organization is a real student Movement. And it looks like it will be around for a long time.

Evidence 1
The savvy of the organization is a marvel

Evidence 2
It is shrewd, calculating, and geared for years of struggle.

Evidence 3
Its members.... have the strange ability to dicuss, plan, scheme, openly, and honestly disagree, and then come to a definite desciosn and all follow....
English 201, 10-12

PP 8-9

The turning point of noticeable tension between the volunteer and the staff came with the showing a film that describing how the blacks were discriminated against in Mississippi with regard to voting. While the film showing it, some of staff members walked out since it too real to them, and volunteers laughed because it was so ridiculous and foreign to them.

Argument is even though volunteers gathered to go to the South and to fight for discriminations, they didn’t recognize the reality and seriousness of the situation. And their misunderstanding created gap between staff members and volunteers.
Evidences are
1. Some of volunteer complaints about the gap between staff members and volunteers, and mistrusted staffs’ serious reaction when they walked out the movie left volunteers behind. They thought, “Did the staff trust us, could we learn?” (8)
2. When staff members entered the discussion, they showed real example of brutality in the South that staffs experienced in their flesh.
3. Staffs let them know that instead of laughing at the reality which is shown on the film, you [volunteers] should understand what’s really going on the South and the seriousness of their brutality. When you go down to the South, it going to be your turn since you want to work for the same human right, not for blacks.
4.With love, staffs showed their concern and commitment to volunteers, “When you get beaten up, I am going to be right with you”(9).

Before the movie, it was blacks’ problem which makes whites came down to help blacks. After a week of training, their problem became our, all American’s problem. Since white volunteers understood the crisis in the South, which going to be their crisis, they recognized that we are in the same boat to fight human right.
good work women!
Sophia Andrews

Children Of The Movement
pg. 37

Maisha Moses
Daughter of Bob Moses

Moses mystique is rooted in his resilience.

1) Few civil rights leaders endured such a prolonged exposure to cruelty.

2) He was beaten and shot at: several if the people he persuaded to work alongside him in Mississippi were murdered.

3) He had no federal marshals or sympathetic politicians to protect him.

Yet he pressed on, never seeming to lose his Zen-like calm
Chesi Brown

In America some countries still remain all white. In 1912 one of many family were to evacuate their homes in Forsyth. A women, a great-great-grandmother, who is now living to see the age of 95 years-old. From time-time tells her family of 5 generation, about a tragedies that occurred in 1972. She and family was force to leave their home and land, in fear that their lives were going to be taken.( this is what we call a racial cleansing). The reason for this behavior is still unknown besides the fact that white didn’t care for blacks because of their skin. Rumors have it, that a black man rape a young white girl and this is the cause of white not liking blacks( no mans land).

The Morgan Strinklin family is seeking for justice. It is now 2005, and the family want some kind of information, on how their land was sold, took, and purchase. The question this family asks is how can they be compensated for their trouble and their land.

This family makes several attempts to local courts to find some information on how the property has been sold. Some how, there is no record of the person handling this case. The man that is in charge of the deeds, says he has no idea what happen because its over 100-year ago. This is know conspiracy. The state does not want to admit being wrong or compensate this family in know kind of way. The continue to find legal ways to avoid that this situation, and are ignoring that facts shown this family was apart of Banishment
Ammnah babikir
pg. 18
Dear John and Cleo,

As Robert Moses told us: when your not in Mississippi, its not real and when your there the rest of the world isn't real...

Evidence 1:
Does America really know about these people and these places and about incidents of terror that occur everyday? Ididn't really. And I still don't sometimes. And I expect that even you really don't.

This letter speaks about the hardships that these slaves and black people of Mississippi were forced to endure. While serving their time on the plantations in mississippi their blood sweat and lives were spent building a foundation that whites eventually took over.

The cilil rights of the mississppi slaves were faught hard and stripped away by the reaminders of conseqeunce to speaking up for one's rights. Like starving children on the St. judes christian donation stations we turn our heads because we are afraid of seeing our faces bembedded in the truths of the everyday lives that we never see; or when some folks curse out a homeless person for asking if we could simply pare a dollar.

It is in fact, a different world. A world apart from wanting to see the truth being forced to see the tuth, and then try to positivey change the shape of the economy that thrives on the blood, sweat, and tears of our ancesters/fore fathers. The U.S. alone holds the undeniable truth that could offset the current government's position. which is to starve the poor and insure the rich. We posess the ability to end world hunger and or slavery after recognizing it, diagnosing it but we have yet to do something about it. however, these issues that need to be top priority, are allmost a figment of the imagination. I could argue that these people aren't people because no one participates with them in every day activities;or associate any intimate relation with. so it isn't that serious to people.
Carmen Truong
Sabir 10-12
Dear Mom and Dad, (pg.31)
Barbara seems to be insecure with everything around her, she told he parents that things are worst, people are in danger.
1. And then there’s this weird feeling (pg. 31)
2. Everyone suspects the worse to have happened (pg. 31)
3. I cannot begin to tell you how it feels to be here..(pg.31)

Barbara describe everything to her parents, the good and worst. Other people may lie to their parents what is really going on, but she wants to tell the truth. Barbara is starting to be afraid but yet she left home.
Ashley Dorsett
Argument: This was a painful rather intimate discussion.(p.13)
Evidence: One boy from West Virginia confessed that he is quite embrassed when confronted by a group of Negros and asked how he should act.
(2) A little blond Smith girl said she knew what he meant althought she did'nt have the problem herself...She found Southern Negros quite attractive.
(conclusion) The discussion was very valuable in posing the problem of how does one adapt without selling out his own identity,
Ashley Dorsett
Books Not Bars- Speakers David Merritt& Dr.Salma Rashid,Joyce Cook.
So far Books not bars have closed down 2 prisons making that 6more to go.
June 1st-silence the violence.
Turf Unity.
Memory of Belief vs. Memory of Reality.
Society as a whole is the balme to why youth do not read.
It's not important what goes into your body, but it's important what goes into our minds.
You can't have a testimony if you have'nt been put through the test.
What are the main causes of why people have poor human relations.
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