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Arrogance & Discrimination

English ISU seminar

Leslie Medina

on 11 December 2012

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Transcript of Arrogance & Discrimination

Arrogance &
Discrimination Prejudice Arrogance Preconceived opinion not based on reason or experience Social Darwinism concept of Darwinism applied to social structures Discrimination Darwinism - natural selection
- struggle for existence
- "survival of the fittest" "They were conquerors, and for that you only want brute force - nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others" (Conrad, 7) "'We want,' he began to declaim suddenly, 'for the guidance of the cause entrusted to us by Europe, so to speak, higher intelligence, wide sympathies, a singleness of purpose" (Conrad, 28) "A slight clinking behind me made me turn my head. Six black men advanced in a file, toiling up the path. They walked erect and slow, balancing the small baskets full of earth on their heads, and the clink kept time with their footsteps. ... I could see every rib, the joints of their limbs were like knots in a rope; each had an iron collar on his neck, and all were connected together with a chain whose bights swung between them, rhythmically clinking" (Conrad, 25) "The Belgian foremen would bring baskets full of brown hands back to the boss, piled up like a mess of fish" (Kingsolver, 144) "The Belgians went on speaking of rule with a fatherly hand" (Kingsolver, 165) "I live among men and women who've simply always understood their whole existence is worth less than a banana to most white people" (Kingsolver, 437) "...well intentioned white people spoke to my children (they fluently interchange French, Lingala, and English, with a slight accent in each) by assaulting them with broad, loud baby talk" (Kingsolver, 469) "a timeless rant against racial discrimination and the mindless commodification of news by American TV" - Barry Miles Well I'm about to get sick
From watchin' my TV
Been checkin' out the news
Until my eyeballs fail to see
I mean to say that every day
Is just another rotten mess
And when it's gonna change, my friend
Is anybody's guess

So I'm watchin' and I'm waitin'
Hopin' for the best
Even think I'll go to prayin'
Every time I hear 'em sayin'
That there's no way to delay
That trouble comin' every day
No way to delay
That trouble comin' every day

Wednesday I watched the riot . . .
Seen the cops out on the street
Watched 'em throwin' rocks and stuff
And chokin' in the heat
Listened to reports
About the whisky passin' 'round
Seen the smoke and fire
And the market burnin' down
Watched while everybody
On his street would take a turn
To stomp and smash and bash and crash
And slash and bust and burn

And I'm watchin' and I'm waitin'
Hopin' for the best
Even think I'll go to prayin'
Every time I hear 'em sayin'
That there's no way to delay
That trouble comin' every day
No way to delay
That trouble comin' every day

Well, you can cool it,
You can heat it . . .
'Cause, baby, I don't need it . . .
Take your TV tube and eat it
'N all that phony stuff on sports
'N all the unconfirmed reports
You know I watched that rotten box
Until my head begin to hurt
From checkin' out the way
The newsman say they get the dirt
Before the guys on channel so-and-so

And further they assert
That any show they'll interrupt
To bring you news if it comes up
They say that if the place blows up
They will be the first to tell,
Because the boys they got downtown
Are workin' hard and doin' swell,
And if anybody gets the news
Before it hits the street,
They say that no one blabs it faster
Their coverage can't be beat

And if another woman driver
Gets machine-gunned from her seat
They'll send some joker with a brownie
And you'll see it all complete So I'm watchin' and I'm waitin'
Hopin' for the best
Even think I'll go to prayin'
Every time I hear 'em sayin'
That there's no way to delay
That trouble comin' every day
No way to delay
That trouble comin' every day

Hey, you know something people?
I'm not black
But there's a whole lots a times
I wish I could say I'm not white

Well, I seen the fires burnin'
And the local people turnin'
On the merchants and the shops
Who used to sell their brooms and mops
And every other household item
Watched the mob just turn and bite 'em
And they say it served 'em right
Because a few of them are white,
And it's the same across the nation
Black and white discrimination
Yellin' "You can't understand me!"
'N all that other jazz they hand me
In the papers and TV and
All that mass stupidity
That seems to grow more every day
Each time you hear some nitwit say
He wants to go and do you in
Because the color of your skin
Just don't appeal to him
(No matter if it's black or white)
Because he's out for blood tonight

You know we got to sit around at home
And watch this thing begin
But I bet there won't be many live
To see it really end
'Cause the fire in the street
Ain't like the fire in the heart
And in the eyes of all these people
Don't you know that this could start
On any street in any town
In any state if any clown
Decides that now's the time to fight
For some ideal he thinks is right
And if a million more agree
There ain't no Great Society
As it applies to you and me
Our country isn't free
And the law refuses to see
If all that you can ever be
Is just a lousy janitor
Unless your uncle owns a store
You know that five in every four
Just won't amount to nothin' more
Gonna watch the rats go across the floor
And make up songs about being poor

Blow your harmonica, son! Trouble Every Day - Frank Zappa Discrimination in Today's Society "I'm more advanced and therefore better than you" Justification for: - classism
- racism
- imperialism Reveal the realities of Belgian involvement in the Congo "Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish" - Albert Einstein explores attitudes behind colonialism Display the ill-treatment of people in developing countries by Western foreigners Both novels... Contemporary Artifacts Song acknowledges presence of cultural arrogance Billboard displays prejudice and "white supremacy" attitude Article and video demonstrate ongoing discrimination against people of different cultures based on Conrad's experiences in the Belgian Congo in 1890 describes the essence of Belgian presence in the Congo depicts the superior attitude of developed countries displays the injustice committed against the Congolese Price family goes on a mission trip to the Congo in 1959
the Congo gained Independence in 1960 portrays "black inferiority" prejudice illustrates more acts of Congolese exploitation articulates the effects of colonialism on the oppressed people Thank you for listening Presentation by Leslie Medina
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