Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tied Downtown

With my hectic summer coming up, I'm becoming more and more skeptical to having the next two years of my life tied down. And it's not that I would not love to be teaching, but I'm questioning the sort of teaching I will be doing. After working at Mark's Meadow this semester and watching the inner workings of the first grade class I help out in, I can only assume that my experience will in no way begin to measure up to the ability of these students and the fun they have.

And my travel sense is picking up lately and I'm wishing I had instead opted to travel abroad once more to either China or South Korea to teach English. I would love to spend some time, while I'm still young, in South Korea working while I study the culture and language at the same time, meeting new people and exploring.

I'm excited to teach elementary students and transform my classroom into a fun environment for myself and them. I'm excited to finally make some money, to live on my own and have an apartment, and to move beyond college. But at the same time I'm very skeptical about the work that will be involved and the "special" work that will go along with working under Teach for America. And while I'm excited to move to Philadelphia, I'd much rather go abroad (as I stated above).

I think what's really got me down is this ridiculous "speaking math" online course they have me taking. It's utterly pointless and ill-structured. I'm sure nothing from the course will be retained once it ends, and from what I've seen so far, it doesn't seem like it is going to be very practical.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Off Color

Thanks to my new recent following of Scott Baio on Twitter, I am no longer placing myself under the term of "white" and I will instead place myself under "Mediterranean."

In my opinion, the "racial" term of "white", which hopes to encompass all "white" Americans, Europeans, Russians, etc. has absolutely no meaning and instead strips those who fall under the category of any significant heritage. On racial questions for surverys and job placements, there are a myriad of choices for people of Latino, Asian, and Middle Eastern decent, but for anyone of European heritage, you fall simply under "white/Caucasian". Well no more for this one!

My heritage is Italian, and therefore I should not have to fall under the generic term of "white" which I feel has no cultural meaning, and is in my eyes, borderline racist. For example, if you are of Chinese heritage and are born in America, you are thereby American by nationality but your race is still Chinese/Asian. Well, my family comes from Italy, and while I consider myself American, my heritage is still Italian which therefore makes me Mediterranean.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Take a Diversity

America claims to want to be all about unity and similarity, yet continues to divide its people and force them to label themsevles. At the same time, the nation continues to stick firmly to a policy of affirmative action which calls for diverse quotas in school districts, colleges, and the workplace. Yet are these quotes being filled merely for the diversity, while the merit takes a backseat?

America forces its people to take on an identity other than being American. For instance, my ancestors came from Italy four generations ago in 1915. I don't speak Italian, I have never been to Italy, and I have no contact with any family members who may or may not still be over there. Does that make me an Italian-American? Yet to the common folk I am seen as just "white". What is wrong with having white skin? In today's America, there is reverse racism against white people, for instance, assuming that white people are not diverse or cultured, and continuing to blame white people for past imperialism. Should I feel bad that white Europeans occupied most of the globe centuries ago? Should I be remorseful for American slavery against Africans that were not even committed by any of my ancestors (all of whom were in Italy until at least half a century after emancipation).

Forcing people to identify their ethnicity further alienates white people. For example, African Americans and Asian Americans who have lived in America for generations and have little if any ties to their ancestral nations continue to be placed in these categories solely because of their skin color and features. Yet white Americans are lumped into the "white/causasian" category with no regard for where they came from, making a white South African the same as someone from the Mediterranean or Russia.

By not speaking about racism and causing race to be so taboo in America only makes racism a bigger issue.

I wish I had created a White Student Association...

I Was Made in the USA

While sitting in class today I got this interesting idea for a new blog. In this blog I would go on a quest to live my life while buying only products that were made in the US, and post about my difficulties (if any) in doing so and how that could change the way I live. And by this I would mean all products, from the cups my coffee came in to the clothing on my back, to the cleaners I use to wash the dishes.

But then I thought about how I would have to buy either clothing from American Apparel or else really ugly clothing with American flags and eagles plastered over them, and that detered me.

On another note, I really want to move to New York City.