Whiteness on the Boarder: Mapping the U.S. Racial Imagination in Brown and White (2016)

…notes from an Identity and Conflict Analysis class

Introduction
In the scholarly accounts of The Genealogy of the Mexican Other found in Lee Bebout’s 2016 text Whiteness on the Boarder, what I find most intriguing is that the identity of the Mexican Other is largely made with “depictions of Mexican-descent people [as images] within specific historical moments and thus [it] implicitly reinforces an emphasis on change over time” (Kindle location 982 of 6139).  I understand that boarders between nations to have become little more than imaginary lines in the ground drawn with fiat monies, lawful value by unlawful representation.  This schism in the human psyche creates a false and unnecessary sense of competition between peoples.  Economic competition is then radicalized and sensationalized with Hollywood images such as the typical Mexican, of whom writing like de’ Leon script as thematically indolent, morally defective, un-American, and savagely violent” (Kindle location 1032 of 6139).
Shelly Streetby, as the book proclaims, later links those Hollywood images however to the U.S. expansion and political propaganda that influences in and beyond the American people.  According to Bebout, Streetby readings alongside the like of Nericco, confirm my suspicions suggesting the all-too-common sense tropes can be expanded upon in every-which-way imaginable as they are resituated beyond the visual.  They become, as Bebout suggests, “deployments of a vast symbolic reservoir” (Kindle location 994 of 6139).
This symbolism puts, at least in my view, the oppressors of the Mexican Other at the center of the studies while the Mexican people are seemingly marginalized.  I say this because these studies do what they can to identify the source through which the image of the Mexican Other is viewed, which is, in these cases, almost exclusively the non-Mexican, especially Anglos and white persons.
Some questions that I believe these studies leave me, for example, are how far back in history do the implications of prejudice verses favoritism go?  It seems they are largely centered only around the Mexican-American boarder when the Spanish conquistadors have a just as large if not larger an influence on the identity of the Mexican Other as does their relationship to the white community.  According to Sarah Horton in a work published with The Public Historian entitled Where is the “Mexican” in “New Mexican”? Enacting History, Enacting Dominance in the Santa Fe Fiesta, (2001, p. 41), “there appears to be no consensus among public officials or historians on how to best commemorate the history of the Spanish empire,” as is the case even in communities that were known for having a particularly Spanish legacy.
The discourse on the Mexican Other has largely underwritten Anglo actions as well as being somewhat biased in making its contrasts.  I can see how this makes it more challenging to bring the studies together for a clear comparison unless we were to throw out the concept of “the Other” altogether in sort of an anti-racialized, cross-cultural analysis.  Such an analysis would be more honest foundationally as economic and climatic conditions will highlight the cultural conditions more equally.

Chapter 2 of Bebout’s book Whiteness on the Boarder: Mapping the U.S. Racial Imagination in Brown-and White (2016) reveals very significant historical accounts of what happens when cultures collide.  These moments in time, as this class’ professor Angel mentions, form “a basis for collective experiences to become what they are and how they wish to continue to be.”  If, in the U.S. imagination, all weapons and biases thrown down, “unassimilability” (Bebout, 2016, Kindle location 1611 of 6139) of ‘so-called’ non-American identities should no longer be necessarily un-American as they are called.  The tropes have been fading in terms of severity.  However, the clash comes when the fear and paranoia about colonial history repeating into some endless, downward spiral of Mexican governmental aggression and “radical Latino” (Ibid.) politics.  However, sometimes, there have literally been tunnels dug to override what I will call legal propaganda spoken in coded languages.  I point out here that lawful and legal are not the same things but respectfully, express verses implied connotations.  This is where the written word facilitates the exchanges in very particular ways.
In textual-accounts, in general it is legalism that any name or phrase spelled in ALL-CAPITAL-LETTERS is considered yelling and is somehow improper.  However, patterns can show us how any incorporated entity into capitalism will usually spell its’ name like so and will spell living-peoples’ names all it caps too, assuming they are or want to enter into contract.  It is a subtle in acceptability and a revealing example of how territorial rights and property laws have been morphed into some neo-genesis of artificial intelligence, so everything that is not black and white becomes a shade of grey.
The language differences in sensuality might also be an indignation to those considered to be “Others.”  The language of love and kindness is a universal sign of honor and appreciation.  This is echoed by characters like the Latin lover like Don Juan DeMarco but paralleled in Anglo-cultures by the likes of the skunk, Pepe Le Pew from Warner Brothers.
Etymologically, English is a sharp and perhaps broken mixture of all previous languages.  It is much more seductive and cunning in elusiveness.  The Anglo supremacists have certainly, even today, profited more off of their neighbors, again due to inherited, semi-hedonistic conditioning.
The multi-media conglomerates that began with word of mouth was recorded, and this is what now fashions the mainstreams of conscious awareness.  Critical to erasing dissonance as collective responsibility is awakened is the media, I suggest, to make the color-blindness of white-saviorism more apparent.  White is a however symbol of purity, and such a weaving together of cultural conditions presented in this chapter is difficult to respond to with anything other than awe and wonder, given to an intentionally pro-unity symbol.

References

Bebout, L. (2016).  Whiteness on the Boarder:  Mapping the U.S. Racial Immagination in Brown and White New York University Press.  New York.

Horton, S. (2001). Where is the “Mexican” in “New Mexican”? Enacting History, Enacting Dominance in the Santa Fe Fiesta. The Public Historian, 23(4), 41-54. doi:10.1525/tph.2001.23.4.41

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The World of Rhythm

Introducing global musical instruments for Abigail’s home learning becomes easier with the aid of The World of Rhythm  children’s book.

The World of Rythmn

Photo Credit:  Amazon, The World of Rhythm

We are thankful to Author Patrick Adams Patrick’s World of Travel, LLC for his effort of sending us a digital copy and sharing this story with us.

Inspired by his youngest daughter Rhythm who was diagnosed with Infantile Spasms, but by God’s grace and healing she’s seizure free with the helped of medical cannabis.

This book is very educational for toddlers ages 1-4, and the art works illustrated by our very own Filipino Artist and musician, Joey Dimaguila (Rhythms grandfather) are fantastic, and lively. The illustrations are clear, and goes well with the text. With repetition, it enhances our child’s photographic memory, and instruments familiarity. We are thinking to have a family visit at musical instruments museum for an outdoor fun learning time.

The story line showed how Rhythm used the various instruments and performs in front of the crowd. We love the part in which Rhythm is playing the Violin outdoor with friends.

When we asked our 2-year-old what instruments she likes best, she said she wants to play Saxophone.

The story is simple, yet educational.  Once again, another “AHA!” moments was added in our memories. Through this book, us together with our child became fascinated and aware about the existence of bagpipe, a wind instrument that using enclosed reeds, (thin strip materials which vibrate to produce a sound on a musical instrument) fed from a constant reservoir of air in the form of bag. Source: Wikipedia

We are suggesting this book to be considered by parents, educators, and librarians as a reference for an early educational introduction to musical instruments of different cultures.   The World of Rhythm is available both in kindle and paperback.

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Earth 3D: Interactions and Intellectual Advancement

Joshua discovered this amazing application as suggested by windows 10 store.   Its called Earth 3D.  Its been installed in his laptop a couple of months, and explored it a little bit when he was thinking about our plane trip to Malaysia to avail the Balikbayan Program.

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Earth3D was developed as part of a diploma thesis of Dominique Andre Gunia at Braunschweig University of Technology to display a virtual globe of the earth. It was developed before Google bought Keyhole, Inc and changed their product into Google Earth. Earth3D downloads its data (satellite imagery and height data) from a server while the user navigates around. The data itself is saved in a Quadtree. It uses data from NASA, USGS, the CIA and the city of Osnabrück.  Source:  Wikipedia

Paraphrasing Gunia’s statement from http://www.earth3d.org,

“during the program’s first release the features it offers were: viewing the earth as a whole, zooming it until countries, cities and even single houses becomes visible (which at that time was limited only to the city of Osnabrück, Germany for the limited maps he had on his hands, and the other feature was embedding external data like current earthquake positions or cloud data.”

Quite genius right?

Right now, the application is free to download from windows store, android play store, and google play only with limited educational features such as:

  • You can zoom 3D earth on your phone.
  • The auto-rotate feature and the user can rotate the 3D earth.
  • 3D earth and Google Maps can be viewed in conjunction.
  • You can see the borders of the country on the 3D earth.
  • If you touch the flag of searched nation, you will see many information of the nation.
  • You can set the live wallpaper of earth.

Joshua already introduced this to Abigail months ago, and yesterday.  Since we are currently journeying on her book called 1000 Things You Should know About Wild Animals,  last night we decided to let Abigail used the Earth 3D of course with our supervision.

1000 Things You Should Know About Wild Animals

In this newest version of Earth 3D that we are using the Animal World (add-on) is included. Joshua only paid a minimal amount of $1.99, and we can access and zoom-in the various types of animals in 3D form like Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Huge and Monstrous Sea Creatures.

Just like us, Abigail was fascinated seeing those 3D images of animals in its 15x zoom.   We let her hover across the globe, while her Daddy was reading the description of each animal she was pointing on the surface.   As Abi summarized what she learned, we asked her to choose three animals that she likes best.   She enumerated elephants, turtles and bears.

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Photo Credit: Earth 3D, African Elephant 3D and its description

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Photo Credit: Earth 3D, African Elephant -more photos

This will be a very educational tool to use for Abigail’s  home learning .  It teaches (so far)  geography, zoology, social studies, and astronomy. Like the relief model of the earth, World Political and Physical Maps, Day/Night Cycle with the City Lights, Real-Life Night Time Sky, Time Zones, More than 2,100 geographic objects, More than 500 wonders of the World, More than 2,000 photos, and the add-on: Animal World, and Sky Map (which we don’t have yet)

Earth 3d World political and physical maps

Photo Credit: Earth 3D, World Political and Physical Maps

Earth 3d Full description of any object or point on the surface

Photo Credit: Earth 3D, More than 500 Wonders of the World

Earth 3d Sky Map

Photo Credit: Earth 3D, Sky Map (Add-on)

The continuous development and upgrades in our technology, can help us to set our child to an accelerated learning path at an early age.  And together with her, we are learning too.  In times like this, Interactions and Intellectual Advancements (IIA) are applicable. Learning at home, like this is a thing we didn’t even have access until we were adults ourselves.

Imagine when every home is equip with this kind of learning capacity, learning together with our kids, experiencing together those “AHA!” moments, and us ourselves guiding them to know which path they might want to choose themselves.  Our daughter, at this age, is emboldened by knowing that her voice is being heard in her development, letting her to start to make decisions.

 

Abigail and the Sahara Adventure

Re-published: 

I go for a 5 Star Rating for this children’s book Abigail and the Sahara Dessert, another work of author Tali Carmi.  Though the story is simple story but clearly conveyed the act of Kindness well. Also, the graphical and colorful pictures are artistically done and will surely enjoy looking by our little one.  For parental screening and story familiarity,  I read it first before reading this with our daughter whose name is also Abigail.

According to the book Teach Me to Do it Myself, us reading the story first will not just enables us to check for suitability, but will prepare us to introduce the story well and draw our child in before we will start reading to our kiddos.  You know those background knowledge… 🙂

The story of Abigail and the Sahara Adventure begins when our favorite character named Abigail found the magical bike in her grandparents old house which brought her to Sahara which is Arabic for “The Great Dessert”.

In this magnificent dessert, she met Jasmine (the tribe girl).  She also learned that Jasmine needs to bring water for her family but there was nothing to drawn from their well, she immediately shared what she discovered while she was flying with the magical bike. Abigail mentioned to her the large group of trees she saw and the idea that there might be a water nearby. In her kindness, Abigail didn’t even hesitate to talked with the tribe leader and even led the tribe to the oasis when she was asked by the tribe leader. In responds to Abigail’s kindness, Jasmine’s father gave Abigail a pita bread and sweet tea plus a friendship bracelet.

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Photo Credit: Amazon

This remind me of the passage from the book of Galatians regarding doing good thing and harvesting the fruit of that goodness in proper time.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do-Galatians 6:9 New International Version

 

Because Reading is Teaching, I will suggest this book to be read by parents, teachers and mostly homemakers to their little ones.  Abigail and the Sahara Adventure is now available in kindle and Audible (unabridged) format.  To God be the glory.

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