Asynchronous Assignment (The deadline is 11/9 before the online class)
1. Read the essay “Paraíso Negro” by Khalil Waywood.
2. Group A (Acevedo to Lester): In the comment section below, respond to ONE of the following options.
Group B (Lorenzo to Woods)Respectfully interact with ONE of your classmates’ responses. Do you agree with their arguments and interpretations? Do you disagree? What other observations about Haywood’s essay do you want to bring into the discussion?
Pick ONE of the following prompts and respond in the comment section below.
Khalil Haywood starts his essay by saying “When people think about a Spanish speaker they don’t necessarily rush to think about someone who looks like me. You know, a brown-skinned, kinky-haired man, at least with my hair grown out.”
Elaborate on Haywood’s identity formation as an Afro-Latino while growing up in a predominantly West Indian community in Brooklyn.
Khalil Haywood writes: “I’ve had the privilege of going back to my family’s homeland and seeing firsthand things that many others haven’t had the opportunity to see here in the States. Paraíso is a lot of things. There’s beauty in it. It’s peaceful- a place we created a lot of fun. But make no mistake what it really is at its core: Black”
Thinking of this quote, describe some of the takeaways Haywood gets from traveling and experiencing life in Paraíso, Panamá.
In the last section of the essay, Haywood argues that “We have the knowledge that white people can speak various languages, and we have never batted an eye. Yet, Black people historically seem to have been made fit under one umbrella many times.”
What things make Haywood hopeful that times are changing and people are understanding the diversity of Black folk? What type of social work needs to keep happening to improve this awareness and embrace inclusivity?