This Bridge Called My Back

I enjoyed reading “Gee, You Don’t Seem Like an Indian from the Reservation” by Barbara Cameron. I think her story really illustrates the invisibility cloak that is cast upon Asians and Native Americans. “What’s worse than being invisible among your own kind?” This was about the issues affecting the Native Americans and Asians being ignored at the Third World Gay Conference. What made this frustrating was that it was done by other people of color. A few presentations made it clear that “third-world” people meant Black people. However, racism isn’t selective about which group it chooses to terrorize. It can affect every non-white person. “Being third world doesn’t always connote political awareness or activism.” This quote touches on the homophobia many gay people of color face within their own racial communities. This article really encompasses the intersectionality gay women of color face. Some liked to ignore the politics and choose to live how they please. However, I think the color of skin has become political. Laws and policies have been made to target people with a particular skin tone. I liked how Barbara took accountability for her own preconceived notions about other third-world people. They should be exchanging information with each other, this is the way to work together.

Midterm: Black Feminist Theory

Hello everyone for my midterm project I did a time line of what I was able to learn from the the teachings , what we have been able to discuss and our readings on women of color, because of this I have decided to focus on The Black Feminist Theory and how far we have come in regard to making sure black women are being heard and also having value in their opinions and issues they may have in the world.  Being a black feminist is so complex and very layered that I want people to feel and understand that wanting better is not taking away from what you need it helps everyone have a true say of what is going on in the world in which black women are rarely at the forefront of and it is okay to speak your truth for you to have that.http:/https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQZum5_WBhz5pNo_e3ezviD2ZUIuis5u24nY7XlE-ounu29EFRQ4kvkMeu-bBPFmDW7D-SzF6Sc4Biv/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000

Midtern – Short Webcomic

Hello everyone, for my project I decided to adapt Yomaira Figueroa’s short story into an illustrated webcomic.

You can access it here: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/your-lips/list?title_no=702234

If you are not familiar with the format of vertical scrolling, it might be a little unique but nothing difficult to read through. I utilized digital art because it is a great medium that many have not yet been introduced to. The purpose of adapting writing in illustrations is because I believe a visual aid can attract those who don’t want to read heavy writing. As someone who struggles to find the motivation to read, I believe that illustrating text brings it to life. Figueroa’s story touched me deeply when I initially read it, especially because of the way she uses second-person perspective because it makes it so much more relatable. I could really feel the core moment “I” realized I was not like the others, not enough to sit at their table. I wanted to see how that would translate in my own art and hopefully do it justice.

Midterm Skills Self-Reflection

Hello Everyone!

As you know, your midterm projects were designed as opportunities for you to show the knowledge and the skills we are practicing in class.  Besides reading Hortense Spillers’ essay, “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe:  An American Grammar Book” for discussion on Wednesday, this week’s asynchronous assignment is about metacognition.

Metacognition is an awareness of your own thought processes.  Metacognition is self-reflection.  It gives us a chance to think about the knowledge and the skills we are working on in class.  Metacognition is a good way for you to be conscious and intentional about how your learning in class are skills that are important to your future careers and to your lives after college.

Please think about the skills you demonstrated in your midterm project and offer your self-reflection about those skills in the comments.  What skills did you do well?  Which ones would you like to continue to practice?  How do you think they apply in careers?  Our learning goals can also be considered career-legible skills.  In addition to these skills, how did your midterm work show other skills, like time management?  Problem solving?  Here are our course learning goals:

  • Articulate key themes and ideas concerning women of color feminisms. (critical thinking, communication)
  • Design arguments about gender and identity using both qualitative and quantitative evidence. (research and analysis)
  • Communicate interdisciplinary and intersectional methods in written, oral, and digital forms.  (communication)
  • Read texts closely and be able to integrate  textual details and quotes in your analyses and discussions. (attention to details, critical thinking)

 

 

Intersectionality midterm

For my midterm, I have also made a podcast. This episode tackles intersectionality and how discrimination affects black women and how it connects to sojourner truths “Aint I a woman”. I was a bit nervous because public speaking is something I’m actively trying to get better at but it was fun to do in the end.

 

Kimberlé Crenshaw on  Intersectionality, More than Two Decades Later, Colombia Law

Sojourner Truth, “Ain’t I A Woman” (1851)

 

Black Feminism: Path to Liberation

I created a podcast named, “Black Feminism: Path to Liberation,” for my midterm. This episode defines feminism and intersectionality. This episode provides a deeper understanding of these terms with selections from the Combahee River Collective Statement and other related information. This episode also highlights issues that separate the white and Black feminism movements, as well as solutions for strengthening the Black feminism movement. I hope you enjoy it!

Black Feminism Path to Liberation Podcast

Invisibility

For the midterm, I decided to do an illustration inspired by some of the topics we’ve discussed in the class throughout the semester. More specifically, in “This Bridge Called My Back,” Rosario Morales’ piece titled “I Am What I Am” brings to light the voices of many young first generation Americans. The quote ” I am what I am and I am U.S American. I haven’t wanted to say it because if I did you’d take away my Puerto Rican but now I say go to hell” addresses the idea that said first generation American’s suffer identity erasure. What I mean by this is, that despite many of us coming from mixed back grounds or culturally rich homes, our identities are either assumed or grazed over my third parties. When we are asked where we are from, these third parties often tell us, in my case “you don’t look Colombian” or ” why don’t you have an accent?” Little do they know, Spanish was my first language and I had to take English classes all throughout elementary school. We are expected to perform our identities or reduce their “appearance” in a way that is more manageable for those around us. In my illustration, I did a self-portrait and sketched my face in pencil and left the space completely white, to represent the idea that my identity is presumably up to the assumptions of others rather than my accord. I’ve also placed the genderfluid/non-binary symbol on my cheek, not only to represent my gender expression, but the fact that for many years my sexuality and gender expression has come under question to many wandering eyes. Many ask whether I am a lesbian, a gay man, or transgender because of my androgynous appearance. Hence, my identity in terms of both gender and ethnicity have long been invisible and left to interpretation by others. Not because I chose this, but because people are afraid to simply ask.  All in all, I encourage everyone to wear their identities proudly, regardless of your gender, race, sexuality etc.