Controversies in the book, "Name is Not Friday"
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In the book, Name Is Not Friday, the main controversy that I found was that stereotypes can generate incomplete opinions. Stereotypes is a common issue that many people in our society have faced to date. It may be recognized, but in the wrong way. For example, everyone has a common opinion that stereotypes are terrible and they can decrease uniqueness. What we don't realize is that overtime they can make incomplete opinions and make topics unclear. Many topics have this issue, especially topics in the past. For example, J, the author of "Sick From Freedom : African-American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction, " writes that the emancipation of slaves had a terrible side effect, even if we see the event as a wonderful thing. He writes, "Bondspeople who fled from slavery during and after the Civil War did not expect that their flight toward freedom would lead to sickness, disease, suffering, and death," (Downs). This shows that although it was a great event it did have a bad repercussion, which we do not see.
In the book Name is Not Friday and in the poem "Beauty in Diversity" authors Jon Walter and D Awanis both make the reader believe that stereotypes can generate incomplete opinions.
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The book and poem Name is Not Friday and "Beauty in Diversity"are similar because they have akin controversies. Both authors Jon Walter and D Awanis write about the topic,"incomplete opinions generate from stereotypes," in their book and poem. To prove this, in their works the authors include lots of information that can connect the two writings. For example, in D Awanis' poem she states, "Break down the stereotype that beauty is fair skin,…" (Awanis, stanza 2) . This quote exemplifies that she wrote about stereotypes . In his book, Jon Walter writes, "Gerald hadn't thought of that. I can see it in his face. 'All I want is for us to be friends'" (Walter, 92) . This proves that Jon Walter wrote about stereotypes, because Gerald was a slave master and in this scene he was telling a slave that he wanted them to be friends. We do not typically see slave masters during the Civil War as being nice, but instead we see them as terrible monsters, but this quote proves otherwise. Therefore, he wrote about stereotypes because he proved a point about an issue that no one pays attention to. Overall, D Awanis' and Jon Walter's writings are similar because they wrote/had many examples about stereotypes.
Other quotes relevant to Stereotypes:
"The eight essays included here show that throughout the antebellum period, southern whites and blacks worshipped together, heard the same sermons, took communion and were baptized together, were subject to the same church discipline, and were buried in the same cemeteries." -John Boles, author of "Masters and Slaves in the House of the Lord: Race and Religion in the American South, !740-1870".
This quote is related to stereotypes because we never expected them to worship and do other things together, which has been an effect of past stereotypes.
"Downs recovers the untold story of one of the bitterest ironies in American history--that the emancipation of the slaves, seen as one of the great turning points in U.S. history, had devastating consequences for innumerable freed people." -Jim Downs, author of "Sick From Freedom : African-American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction".
This quote is related to stereotypes because we never imagined the emancipation of slaves to have such a devastating effect, which has been due to opinions overtime.