Wednesday, September 14, 2005

June Jordan reading

"Report from the Bahamas" by June Jordan
Jordan's observation of the male server wading in the water in extravagant attire displays how priviledge and dominance are portrayed in marketing without the concern of racial portrayl and sensitivity. When most people go on vacation, it's likely that they leave their political and sociological thought process at home before they go to the beach. However, this was not the case for Jordan, who made the connection with the ad when she saw it. Tourism is such a strong proponent of economies on island nations that thrive on the wealth of a lot of westerners, who often probably don't exercise their social conscience when encountered with interaction with a poor foreigner (ie. vacationers trying to talk native women to lower the prices of their goods in the market). This financial and economic separitism is distinctly visible in the case Jordan gives.I found it interesting how Jordan gives an example of someone that downplays discrimination (ie. the woman who considered her "lucky" because of it) and an example of someone that's socially concious and wants to help (ie. the Irish female student who lends a helping hand to the emaciated, beaten, South African female student). The Irish female student is able to make a powerful connection with the South African student in that her father was an alcoholic who killed himself. She's aware to the devestating effect that alcoholism can have in a household between family members. The other middle-class, white woman that Jordan encountered is negligent to realize that Jordan is far from "lucky" possibly due to introversion. Why do you think this woman could not look beyond herself to see that Jordan is not "lucky" due to discrimination?
Establishing a connection with the people that surround us is the most important process in awaking ourselves to be more socially concious people.


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