Second Reading Response

When I hear the phrase “I am my language”, I instantly make a mental relation between myself and my religion/ culture rather than my language. Language is simply an extension of said religion/ culture. The quote “I am my language” refers to how the writer or “I” is close with his/her own religion/ culture. Now, as far as my history as a language user goes, the quote: “If you want to be American, speak ‘American.’ If you don’t like it, go back to Mexico where you belong.” (69 Anzaldúa) is very relatable. Seeing as language is just an extension of religion, this quote describes (almost perfectly) my experience with language. I am Jewish and speak Hebrew. Although I am not the most proficient in the language, regardless, I speak it. Whether we like it or not, racism is a very common thing all across the globe. As a jew, I have been condemned for speaking my second language. Antisemitism is a relatively common thing today and I relate to the quote above as it summarizes what the main objective of racism (in this case Antisemitism) is… Being different or culturally diverse makes you stand out, people who do not agree with your beliefs will try to condemn you for said beliefs. It is disgusting that people all over the world (including myself) have to deal with other people forcing their ideologies on us. I wish to live in a world without hatred, or racism… a world where we can all simply live in peace and love each other and respect each other’s values. For so long we have all hated on one another and have not respected each other’s “languages” or in other words cultures. We all come from different backgrounds, have all been raised differently, but at the end of the day that should not matter. We are all human beings with feelings and emotions; just because one person is different from another should not give anyone a valid reason to make fun of, humiliate, or bully an individual.

One phrase that I relate close to that outsiders may not understand is “0-60”. This phrase relates to the amount of time it takes for a car to reach 60 mph from 0. I love cars and although I am a safe driver on the road, I enjoy “going fast” (with caution). I really enjoy driving and go out for a drive roughly every day. It is a way for me to clear my mind and enjoy myself simultaneously. I normally drive with all of the windows down and roof open, while playing my favorite songs through the speakers. This helps me unwind and enjoy myself. The phrase “0-60” helps me relate to many others as I have many friends who also love cars… we converse about the topic regularly. Overall, I love the topic of cars and the technological advancements that have led to the creation of such wonderful machines today. I relate to the term “0-60” as it reminds me of my love for the topic of cars.


2 thoughts on “Second Reading Response

  1. Could be interesting to explore how you have shared your love of cars with your friends and how language has played a role in your history with cars and your friends! And I’m glad the reading helped you think through your own struggles with linguistic terrorism that you have unfortunately faced

  2. I like this entry in particular because it’s very much an eye-opener to hear the perspective of someone who is Jewish on modern-day anti-semitism, seeing as that i honestly feel like i don’t hear much about it from large news outlets. I also like that the origin of the phrase you chose comes from something that most folks wouldn’t think twice about, but someone who is interested in cars would absolutely understand. And I like that you added context of its importance for those of us who don’t know the first thing about cars, such as myself lol. Well done.

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