The Good Indian Friend Analysis

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Words are extremely powerful; perhaps if people understood what a single phrase can make an individual do, feel, or think, we would think not only twice but rather three or four times before we went on in speaking our minds. The United States of America symbolizes freedom; the statue of liberty located in the city of New York, is a good representation of what we as Americans are guaranteed. Freedom of speech, the right to follow any religion, and the right to love and marry whoever we want are among the very few. Though these are rights granted to us by our constitution, there is a dark shadow that many minorities experience at first hand; darkness that is portrayed through the thoughts, words, and sometimes actions of those that are fortunate …show more content…
In my interpretation and analysis of this reading, the author tries to bring to light how at times certain comments don 't seem stereotypical, but if we look further and apply them to the context of race and ethnicity, they can be hurtful and at times racists. The narrator of “The Good Indian Friend,” extensively relies on the use of "positive words" to surface and give light to the generalization of the Indian Woman; who knows everything and is the best source for Indian information one can possibly find. As I read this article, it came to me that this woman, by the way in which she is presented, can be compared to an encyclopedia as she knows the best foods, music, and dance moves. I truly believe that it is possible to connect the same concepts of “The Good Indian friend to certain sociological generalizations that are commonly made today; many white individuals, especially those who are blinded and caged to the idea of superiority, make generalizations to African Americans, Hispanics, …show more content…
Just like “The Good Indian friend”, “Coleman 1984” relies on the idea of generalizations and stereotypes, in this case directed towards African Americans. On page 69 of the "Coleman 1984” reading, I found what in my interpretation is the most valuable point of this piece. The idea on page 69 revolves around the idea of acceptable behavior; or that what we see with our eyes sometimes is not the right thing or how all people from a certain group behave. Coleman illustrates this belief by giving examples for right and wrong within a group of people or more specifically about “Mr. Mudbone”. I will try to give my own example that can perhaps relate to this concept; take an African American individual who participated in the Chicago riot, in the point of view of a fellow African American, he is acting in heroism and courage in speaking his mind, just like “Mr.Mudbone” represented courage for his audience; in the point of view of a conservative white individual, this advocate of justice is seen as a menace and a bad person because of the participation in deviant behavior. “Coleman 1984” also tries to give light on the generalizations made towards African Americans specially the generalizations revolving acts and performances; though it is true that many African Americans living in the

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