My thoughts and feelings on the Documentary

Is it understandable that witnessing the pain and suffering of others is making me hesitant to bring children into this world? It’s heartbreaking to see people go through such tough experiences because of the lack of care and empathy from others. It is especially hard to imagine watching my own kids go through similar struggles.

My mother’s advice about speaking up for myself at the doctor’s office has proven to be valuable, and it’s clear that she cares about my well-being. It’s important to continue advocating for myself and my future children to ensure they receive the care and attention they need. While it’s difficult to know how to react to such injustices, taking action to prevent them from happening in the first place is a positive step forward. It will be harder for my kids to do things because of the color of their skin. We all thought that it would have gotten better, but the 1619 project changed that for everyone.

The word “Rape” came up a lot in the 1619 document series. “Rape” is particularly impactful for me, as I have experienced its traumatic effects firsthand. Just hearing the word can bring up a flood of difficult emotions, and the thought of anyone else having to go through such an experience is heartbreaking. However, I often suppress my emotions on this topic as I have not fully processed them. The experience I had while watching was extremely emotional for me, and I felt like crying throughout. It was something I never anticipated having to endure, and the pain was more intense than I had imagined. Despite this, I recognize that without going through it, we wouldn’t have the same level of strength that we do now

The form and the language that was used to communicate a point of view were really easy to spot. The creators and presenters of the 1619 Project employ a diverse range of forms and language techniques to convey their perspective and make their case about slavery’s enduring legacy on American society. For instance, many essays use narrative storytelling to effectively communicate the impact of slavery by sharing the personal experiences of individuals and communities affected by it. Additionally, historical analysis is a key strategy employed in the 1619 Project, with extensive use of primary and secondary sources to trace the history of slavery in America and its continuing influence on different facets of society, such as politics, culture, and the economy

THE HARDSHIPS FOR BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICA

Black women have been going through a hard time in America since slavery. Especially with rights to their bodies and medical care when pregnant. Black women have the highest infant mortality rate and the highest maternal mortality rate. We have been resisting the domination of our bodies for years. Black women have done this by playing a crucial role in political activism, particularly in advocating for reproductive rights, access to healthcare, and bodily autonomy. In the United States, women fought tirelessly for the right to vote, and have continued to be instrumental in advocating for reproductive justice and gender equality. Their activism has brought attention to important issues such as equal pay, ending gender-based violence, and promoting diversity and inclusion in all aspects of society. Women’s voices and actions have been pivotal in effecting positive change, inspiring future generations to continue the fight for social justice and equal rights. We can also use art and literature as a means to express their experiences and challenge societal norms and dominant cultural narratives about women’s bodies.

MISCEGENATIONS & WEAPONIZED BLACK MEN

There are many ways we are still living with the legacy of centuries of miscegenation. These are the only ones off the top of my head. The history of miscegenation and racial segregation is deeply intertwined. Residential segregation, school segregation, and the persistent racial wealth gap are all legacies of this history. Black Americans, who are often the products of miscegenation, are more likely to experience health disparities, including higher rates of chronic disease and maternal mortality. They often link these disparities to systemic racism and bias in the healthcare system. Police violence against Black Americans is also a legacy of miscegenation and racial segregation. The system of policing in America has its roots in slave patrols, and modern policing practices continue to disproportionately harm Black communities. Not only this but black men are being weaponized in the American eye. The weaponization of fear against Black men is a deeply ingrained problem in the United States, with roots in the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow segregation, and systemic racism. They have wielded fear as a tool to justify violence against Black men and to portray them as innately threatening. This has had a profound and detrimental effect on how Black men are viewed in American society, contributing to a host of negative stereotypes and biases.

These ideas and ideologies of power still stand

All of us as a nation will like to disrupt the power tactics used to keep these ideologies and ideas. Disrupting power tactics and reducing centuries-old pain is a complex and ongoing process that requires a multifaceted approach. One way to disrupt these tactics is to educate ourselves and others about the history and impact of power structures and systemic oppression. By increasing our understanding and awareness of these issues, we can better identify and challenge instances of inequality and discrimination. This can involve reading books, articles, and other resources by diverse authors, engaging in critical conversations with people from different backgrounds, and seeking out opportunities to learn more about the experiences of marginalized communities.

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Olasubomi
March 23, 2023 2:05 am

This was very heavy read. Kudos on opening up enough to share very intricate information about your personal experiences in correlation to the documentary. Although, not in similar way to you, I do share similar fear of bringing in another being into this world in the future bearing in mind the sort of world we currently live in and the consequences of what being black in America entails. Looking towards the future, do you think legacy of power dynamics fostered by slavery would ever be overcome?

Maya
March 23, 2023 1:30 am

I appreciate you vulnerability in this post for sharing about your own personal experiences. My question to you is have you ever been in the position where you had to encourage another Black woman to speak up for herself?

Hayley
March 23, 2023 12:32 am

I loved the images that you choose.

Mason
March 22, 2023 11:51 pm

I truly understand and agree with your statement when putting things in your own perspectives in your post to show your own understanding of this topic. What was your thought process when picking your images?

Nazeerah
March 22, 2023 11:22 pm

Your first paragraph is really moving and really makes me think about the future and how it might be. What did you have to put into the AI to get the 2nd picture? (it’s really cool)

Bouyagui
March 22, 2023 11:17 pm

I agree with you about putting your own perspectives in your post to show your own understanding of this topic. Which gave me new insight into this topic. Does your perspective change after learning new information from your peers?

Nejat
March 22, 2023 11:10 pm

As said by many I do truly believe that you has inspiring for putting yourself out there and sharing your relation with the topic. Also putting an Curren event news was surprising in a good way and it well connect with your mains ideas of Black Women in todays society.

Sabria
March 22, 2023 9:52 pm

I first want to say you are a truly inspiring woman. In te paragraph where you expressed your feelings on a word that triggers you was astronomical and I can tell it was very hard for you. Second, I want to say I fully agree with your thoughts on the power tactics that are held today.

Isaiah
March 22, 2023 8:51 pm

Wylla,
Firsthand, I want to truly commend you on the sense of vulnerability you present in this post. The 3rd paragraph’s topic of “Rape” was hard to read, and to me that was a good thing. These subjects are always traumatic and hard to navigate through, but through your exposure by speaking on your own experience of Rape opens up the pathway for this subject to be normalized in speaking, and thus we can bring the pushes against Rape to the forefront.
On another note, I wanted to appreciate how you speak on black women and its ties to women’s rights as a whole. When you talk about women’s rights, black women usually make up a large portion of the topic due to the history behind them.
I wanted to inquire about your take on activism and how it relates to resisting the dominance of women’s bodies. Would a larger social media presence in women’s rights activism gain more traction and thus more supporters?

Overall, thank you for this post!

Makema
March 22, 2023 7:03 pm

I really like your insight on weaponized Black Men. Through the forms of repression, dehumanization, demonization, exploitation, and other forms of discrimination, structural violence includes the weaponization and privatization of Black youth’s masculinity. There is no reason that people of color should be met with police brutality. We as people should be met with support, dignity, and understanding.

Gavin
March 22, 2023 4:47 pm

I like the title that you used and the images you used within the article. The information within the article also gave me a new perspective

Joelle
March 22, 2023 2:30 pm

I think it is definitely understandable to not want to bring children into the world, especially after seeing these episodes. there is so much going on and so much that has to be done in order for it to even be SAFE to bring children into this world

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