Monday, February 23, 2009

DuBois - How does it feel to be a problem?

DuBois presents us with an analysis that urges us to explore the subtleties (as well as the more explicit) ways that power disparities shape our lives through structural, cultural, and formal institutional arrangements. The "how does it feel to be a problem?" piece in Allen(2007) is an especially important and meaningful way to provoke the audience. What are some of the ways that you, as a member of society or of a collective, might make people feel like problems? Have you ever felt like a problem? Why and how did this realization come to you?

1 comment:

  1. Hmm I don’t know if this directly applies to your question but here it goes.

    When I went to school some of the teachers, mainly the non-Hispanic ones did not allow the Hispanic, Mexican, or Mexican American students speak in Spanish. Even at times when the scenario was completely social for instance during breaks and between classes on the hallways. Even though back then I had no problem speaking in English I felt oppressed by the discouragement that those professors imposed on my fellow classmates and I. I can completely understand that some professors discourage students form speaking Spanish because they need to monitor their classrooms but in social settings the students might feel that its their ethnicity that is the problem.