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Tree Girl: In what classroom does it belong?

The Maya are to the Native Americans as the Spanish are to the English settlers. According to the article, “Genocide in Guatemala (1981-1983)” published by the Holocaust Museum Houston website, Guatemala was in a civil war from 1960 to 1996 due to economic and political inequalities. In the 1970s, the native Maya people began to protest against the government in an effort to increase equality, as well as integrating the Maya language and culture into the country. A decade later, Operation Sophia was enacted by the Guatemalan government to end the guerrilla warfare, which targeted the Maya who were suspected to be supporters. Continue reading “Tree Girl: In what classroom does it belong?”

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Toughing Spirit Bear: Myself in Cole’s Shoes

Hypothetically speaking, if I had anger problems such as Cole in the book Touching Spirit Bear, and was subjected to a circle of justice after nearly killing a fellow classmate, the best course of action would be to place me into a mental institution until I was deemed fit to return to society by a psychologist/psychiatrist. Cole only had to deal with anger problems, which stemmed from his abusive father and absent mother. I, on the other hand, suffer from depression and anxiety – if in this strange scenario, I was struggling with anger management issues too, the only place that could possibly heal me would be a psychiatric facility.

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Will Grayson, will grayson: A letter to my sister

Dear baby sis,

Don’t be like Will Grayson (the straight one, who uses proper grammar in his portion of the story). “Don’t care too much” and “Shut up” are not ideal rules to live your life by. It didn’t work out for Will, and he ended up ditching them because of how restrictive they are. You know that we were put on this Earth to express our agency – the war in heaven was caused because some didn’t want to risk their agency leading them down a dark and miserable path. We need a pinch of salt to make things even sweeter.

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Sneewittchen: A Feministic Analysis of Snow White

I want to state from the get-go that these fairy tales were written in a time and culture that could burn a hole through the feminist lens. However, since these stories are still being told to this day, I think it fair that they are analyzed and adapted to the 21st century. Walk Disney did that to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the early 20th century (and how it reflects that era when it comes to women), but this analysis is reserved for the Brothers’ Grimm version, “Sneewittchen”. This analysis will focus on Snow White’s personality and its connection to her interactions with men.

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Persepolis: The Making of Marji

The Satrapi family is full of diverse and interesting characters. There is a feminist mother, skeptic father, firm-breasted grandmother, and an uncle who escaped to the U.S.S.R. and was in prison for nine years. There are two maids throughout the story: Mehri, who is like Marji’s older sister and falls in love with a guy from a different social class (it ends in heartbreak, introducing young Marji to the ill-treatment of lower-class citizens in her country), and then another maid who ends up taking Marji to a protest when she is older.

It is these people, as well as family friends, who make Marji become the artist/author of this graphic novel, Persepolis.

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Between the World and Me

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My sociology professor, Professor Van Alstyne, at Centralia College taught me that race was completely social, that the human species did not have races. From that point on, I rejected the word race and prefer ethnicity, because ethnicity is what race is trying to be. Coates is right: race came from racism. Ethnicity came from diversity. I don’t care if we are semi-aware that race is a social construct – it is actually a biological term, and we are using it wrong so I will not use it that way. (That also means I hate using the word black and white, because it refers to race, so I try my damnedest to say Caucasian and African-American instead.)

As I was reading this book, and thinking about Professor Van Alstyne’s anthropology and sociology classes, I remembered something that happened to me a few years ago during my last quarter at Centralia College.

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