Seeing More Than Black and White Essay examples

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Critical Reaction to Readings for Week 4 October 1, 2013:
I am writing my critical reaction journal based on my readings in regards to a two writings titled, “Seeing More Than Black and White” by Elizabeth Martinez (1998) in “Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology,” [edited by] Margaret L Andersen; Patricia Hill Collins, 2013, (8th Edition ed., pp. 85-90) and “Color-Blind Privilege” by Charles A. Gallagher (2003) in “Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology,” [edited by] Margaret L Andersen; Patricia Hill Collins, 2013, (8th Edition ed., pp. 91-95).

In Martinez’s writing, I do not agree with her. I do not like her tone, her calling names, calling names that don’t fit everyone or all White people, classifying all Whites in one group. She
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In my opinion, she is classifying Whites as bad people and that in itself puts me in a very defensive mode and my “Mama Bear” instinct wants to come out.

Martinez even goes on to call White people Yankees, and yes, White people have been called Yankees, but she really should know more of what she is talking about, because the people that live down south call us northern people Yankees. When I lived in Alabama and people asked where I came from, I told them that I was from Montana and they said, “Oh, you’re a damn Yankee!”

In my opinion, Martinez is what I classify as one of the worst types of racist. She is the dangerous kind that goes around creating situations and breeding prejudice, racism and stereotypes. She would be more credible if she herself was not so biased.

I believe Martinez is very opinionated and off base. I would be willing to give her a fair chance if she presented her material objectively. It’s not only what she says, but how she says it, it’s her tone. It appears to me that she is trying to cause distention in the ranks. She uses extreme examples. What is this going to solve? I believe we will have the same problems in reverse later on. Personally, I do not like to be classified in one entire group and then have someone come and basically say that all non-White people should form a coalition against White people. I am going to briefly talk about one of our other writings; I’m only

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