Sunday, January 20, 2008
... today is the middle portion of a 3-day weekend. The scene outside our kitchen window appears bright and sunshine-y, with animal (deer, squirrels, others?) tracks in the snow, especially under the bird feeders right behind the house.
Inside the kitchen, I sit with student papers. I am grading 3 written assignments for 97 students this weekend; this afternoon I graded about 120 in 3 hours or so, leaving about 180 for tomorrow.
Speaking of tomorrow, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I am reading Ghettonation by Cora Daniels. Inside book jacket - "thoughtful critique of America's embrace of a ghetto persona that demeans women, devalues education, celebrates the worst African American stereotypes, and contributes to the destruction of civil peace." After reading 3 chapters so far, I can't stop thinking and categorizing what's "ghetto" and what's not "ghetto" about my daily life, the lives of my family, neighbors, friends, students, colleagues, acquaintances, strangers, celebrities, ... None of us are immune to this social phenomenon.