Thoughts and Reactions

The 1619 Project is a powerful collection of essays that explores the social issues that affect black people. This project highlights several topics, such as the mistreatment of women in medical care, miscegenation, and interracial marriage, which resonated with me. I find it disheartening that women are being mistreated in hospitals, and I strongly believe that everyone deserves to be treated equally, regardless of their gender or race. Moreover, I used to think that miscegenation and interracial marriage were trivial matters. However, after reading the 1619 Project, I now understand the significance of these issues. I have come to realize that who we choose to love and marry is a deeply personal decision and should not be dictated by societal biases or prejudices.

Ideologies of power

Although many ideas and ideologies remain deeply ingrained, we must continue efforts to challenge and disrupt those that perpetuate harmful stereotypes and biases. One example is the belief held by some doctors that black people do not experience pain to the same degree as other races, which is both illogical and dangerous. It is important to prioritize education and training for healthcare professionals so they can better understand and address the unique needs and experiences of patients from diverse backgrounds. Additionally, the black community as a whole is actively working to dismantle systems of power and oppression that perpetuate inequality and discrimination.

Miscegenation in the US

Miscegenation refers to relationships or reproduction between people of different ethnic groups. In her discussion, Hannah Jones highlights how the black community continues to struggle with the challenges posed by miscegenation. Some individuals insist on racial purity and reject people who don’t fit neatly into a single racial category, perpetuating the legacy of racism and discrimination. Despite progress in recent years, many people still struggle to accept the idea of interracial dating and relationships, and this can lead to irrational and hurtful behavior. Unfortunately, the African American population in the United States is frequently the target of verbal and physical abuse from others who hold onto these outdated and harmful beliefs.

Women Fighting Back

The harmful misconception that black people do not feel pain has led to some doctors treating female patients differently based on race. These doctors may downplay the severity of a patient’s symptoms, assuming that the patient is exaggerating or overreacting. One way for women to combat this discrimination is by seeking out black healthcare professionals who understand and address their unique needs. This kind of medical care can help women feel confident that they are receiving proper treatment. Unfortunately, this kind of dominance over women’s bodies has existed in the past and continues to affect women today. During slavery, white owners would sexually abuse their female slaves and impregnate them against their will. Some women found ways to resist this oppression, such as by developing escape plans and strategies to protect themselves.

Black Men Struggles

Fear has been used as a weapon against black men, with police often abusing their authority and firearms. White people frequently call the police on black men for no valid reason, even when they pose no threat. The 1619 Project highlighted a clip that showed a black man being stopped by police without cause, merely because they believed he did not belong in the neighborhood based on his skin color. Such incidents often result in the police claiming that they were afraid of the black men or felt threatened by them, perpetuating a cycle of fear and violence.

Words and Phrases

Two phrases that caught my attention were “Negro by choice” and “mulatto.” I found the phrase “Negro by choice” confusing because no one chooses their race, and being black is not a choice. The word “mulatto” refers to a person of mixed black and white ancestry. I only recognized the term because it is used as the stage name of a rap artist. Seeing it used in this context made me curious about its origins and history.

Emotional Reactions

As I watched the 1619 Project production, I found myself wondering about the many other experiences that black people go through. The program offered insights into ways that we can avoid being mistreated and oppressed. I found many of the stories and contents to be relatable and resonant, and I felt intrigued by the new information that I was learning. It was clear that the project offered a perspective that is rarely seen on social media. Overall, the experience left me feeling upset, shocked, and distraught. One of the most upsetting things I learned was that children were enslaved simply because their mothers were black.

Point of View

Throughout the 1619 Project, the authors and speakers employed highly deliberate language and references to convey their message. Slavery was a recurring topic in the series, and it was clear that the writers were attempting to show how slavery served as the foundation of America and how we continue to build on that foundation today. Through interviews with relatives and victims, as well as direct interactions with those who have experienced injustice, the project often asked viewers to focus on the emotions and feelings associated with these events. This approach helped to provide a more nuanced and empathetic understanding of the lasting impact of slavery and systemic racism.

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March 24, 2023 11:35 am

The word mullato also caught my attention! I wasn’t aware it was a slur and spoke about it in my essay as well, very interesting considering the singer.

March 23, 2023 7:39 pm

I love how this is formatted, this helps me truly understand what’s going on. It’s a great way to help others! I love this!

March 23, 2023 5:56 pm

I had the same thoughts and feelings as you after seeing the 1619 project. Especially wondering about the many experiences black people have that go unheard of or is not talked about enough.

March 22, 2023 11:58 pm

In your emotional reactions paragraph, I can definitely agree with you when it comes to wondering about all the other injustices that have gone unheard of.

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