Today was our last day of class, and there were many eye-opening topics the we came about. I wanted to say that it was a great lecture and am surprised at the level of discussion. I wanted to make a comment on the literature in a while related to reality. As we have discussed of the various books, Ive accepted its hard to get every scope of a single story represented in any way. Now India is a sovereign nation, and younger than the U.S. As the population of Indian immigrants as well as those who have Indian ethnicity in them grow in the United States it is impertinent that a less-oriental , more factual representation be presented, in my opinion. Now my question to you is what needs to be done/should be done? Should someone take charge, and who? I was also wanted to mention I was going through National Geographic videos/films and have noticed that all of the title for exotic/weird/taboo things have hands with henna tattoos in the background. Now this may have little relation to my question, but I though I might point out that I found this to be extremely curious.
PS Is there a better way of representing India than what we have gathered in class, should it be?
Heyy Guys! There was a lot of talk about arranged marriage and how it was a new idea to many people. Here is a video that may help you understand it a bit better. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYHeLoj1H2Q
The situation in this video is more ideal, but the general idea is the same. However I wanted to say how surprised I was, when people in this class were a lot more understanding than I had expected. There were some interesting points made on relationship in relation to happiness. I know one of the couples talked about, was in a bad relationship. However I wanted to talk about my own family a little bit more. Now everyone in my Grandma’s generation is arranged with the exception of my Grandmas older brother, the first of five. He was initially in a love marriage which ended in divorce, and than a marriage was “arranged” for him. I am not trying to say that one type of marriage is better than the other but rather trying to take out a great deal of misconceptions. My parents generation was arranged as well. All with the exception of my three aunts who were actually raised in the united states. Now I am the oldest of my generation in respect to my mom’s side and my time is approaching. I am not forced into one side or an other, but my parents do want me to have a life partner, and they wont me to get one before I get a job. My mother believes if one become to independent it will create problems in marriage. Now I will have the option of choosing people and “courting them.” So the idea that many people have, surprise Im your husband is not very true, at least not so much in this age. I mean it does not mean people necessarily marry who they love rather they love who they marry.
I am originally from New Jersey, if you didn’t already know. However there is no significance in that fact but in the culture with-in. My entire life has been in an area of diversity both racial and religious. Everyone was generally aware of other cultures, religions, and customs. However I have learned over the weekend that type of social diversity is not always the case in every country. I was volunteering in Extreme Makeover Home Edition in North East Columbus on Friday going into Saturday morning. (Yes I volunteered for about 18 hours). However I met different people from throughout the state as I was there. I should also add that I had Henna on my hand. Now its not a big deal however everyone I talked to that took notice had no idea what henna was. Not exactly the response I was expecting. I could understand people asking me about the design but not what it was, being it is widely used at carnivals and fairs. I was even more surprised that more people asked me if it were part of a tribal ritual, though it may be argued as one at at very different academic setting, I was bewildered. In addition no one had heard of Hinduism. Actually I was the only (excuse my racist grouping) non-white person there. I was also the only non-christian person there. Now that is not something I have a problem with but I was just bewildered at this. Now one situation that really bothered me was a young man, who was extremely outspoken, and to my observation not a worldly person, said the most annoying thing. He had asked me if I had watched Slum-dog Millionaire. Before I could answer he was spitting out “information” form India. He made it a point to say/ask that in India there are no states, they are, according to him, called slums. Even before I could correct him or inform him he went on to another “piece of information.” Finally when I was available to say a word and inform him of his mistake it was almost as if what I had said couldn’t be the truth. I am not going into some of the religious conversations I had with others, however these were much more accepting and light-hearted. I guess our “melting pot” or “stew pot” is still mixing.
I just saw two related videos, one was an add for nickelodeon. I don’t even know how to respond at the moment. I am not sure if they are Indian Commercials or not, but I dont know how to respond to it.
I have read though most of the blogs and one think struck out to me. As if it is an equation: racism = uneducated = BAD BAD BAD. Now, I am not condoning it in any sense or denying it but I wanted to bring up an argument I had made in a previous class of mine. My argument was that each person was Inherently racist, be it good or bad. According to the Oxford English Dictionary Racism is defined as the following: “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race” , The later part says prejudice based on assuming one’s race is better that on another, which is what I think is wrong.Now look into the first part “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race.” So inherently racism is prejudice based on race.
Here is something you can try, a game of mad libs: Choose a word for each underlined sections
There is a random, unknown, male/female (verb) towards you. They are wearing _____(noun)_______. They are (adj.). Their skin color is __(adj.)___. They are carrying a _(noun)__. They are _(adj)_____.
Now read the above paragraph to a “non racist person.” Ask them Based on their (clothing/skin color/etc) what do you think they are/were.
If it worked similarly to that of my “experiment game of madlibs” Some conclusions were drawn on a variety of things. Was that person not being racist? For sure they were being prejudice now in this light it’s not a bad thing.
Now that I have explained (or tried to explain) by argument that people are inherently racist/prejudice I want to tie it into entertainment. Racism not only about India, about other countries/races too, is prevalent in entertainment. Does it make entertainment bad, less funny? Personally I don’t think it does. Russell Peters a well-known Indian-Canadian Comedian has most if not all of his jokes based on racism. However his audience is laughing even those who identify with that race/grouping. Why do I believe this is ok? Because I know most people now how to “sift” the racism out. By this I mean they understand that something is racist is one thing and perusing it or applying it to another thing, are two different things.So I aim to say that I believe just because something is racist does not mean it is not entertaining or one can’t/shouldn’t watch it but one should be able to decipher racism and leave in a level where it does not cause you do be ignorant of truth. This where some people go wrong, they take racism and apply it and believe it is truth.
This is my thought on racism and how it applies to many of the posts about how because it is racism it can’t be watched/etc.