Sunday, February 26, 2012

Nickel and Dimed

The review I have found is by a website called Feminist Reprise, start off with a positive review of the book stating 'Nickel and Dimed is a needed work--engaging, well-researched and
written in a directly personal style.' I agree that the book is very insightful and well-researched.

However the review continues to say ' The book contains numerous disdainful comments and one very disturbing rant--"We live in fear of being crushed by some wide-body as she hurtles through the narrow passage from Faded Glory to woman size, lost in fantasies involving
svelte Kathie Lee sheaths." It is unfortunate that a political writer of her caliber has not only not examined fat hatred, but has contributed to it.' I agree with this as I do not understand why it was a necessary comment to make within the novel and a very nasty comment at that. Although it may be true what she is saying, I don't feel like Ehrenreich should be making comments such as this whilst undertaking such an 'experiment.'

'Ehrenreich succeeds beautifully in conveying to her middle-class audience that
she is just like them and that since she could not support herself, never mind a
family, on the jobs available to her, the problem lies in the system of low-paid
work, not in the workers.' Overall I do agree with this review as I believe Ehrenreich did a brilliant job of conveying the depth and degree of low wages in American Society and how trying to support one person alone is bad enough let alone those with a family to sustain.

Nickel and Dimed

This is a review of Barbara Ehrenreich's book 'Nickel and Dimed' and from first impressions it would suggest that many people are angry about the living/working conditions that people are faced with everyday, but the extend of it only comes to light now that there is a book to publicise it. Furthermore, the book also may have annoyed different people because "Ehrenreich is actually incredibly forthright about the fact that her experience does not mimic what it is actually like to live in poverty--it merely shows the difficulty of living from day-to-day on low wages. She always has the option of pulling out." The review also states that even though this book has been praised by many critics, they personally find that even though the book works fine Ehrenreich falters when she tries to produce a commentary such as when "she starts describing the plus size section at Wal-Mart, she refers to the clothes as tent-like and uses a few unflattering remarks to describe the customers."
Therefore, this creates an annoyance amongst people because to Ehrenreich it does not effect her the same it would affect others, as she has a home and a job she can go back to in her middle class lifestyle, whereas the workers need these jobs even if they are low wage because they desperately need the money to survive to buy food and shelter. This is why Pajiba, who wrote this review is not happy because it just highlights how people are treated by their employers as well how they struggle to make ends meet but they can not do a lot about it because it could have a negative effect in that people lose their jobs and homes.
Overall this is a negative view on the book that demonstrates to people the poor quality lifestyles that people in America lead and in some respect the book ma be eye-opening to what needs to be done to help. but I do not think their circumstance will change for a while yet.

The Simple Dollar

So the first thing this article says to critique Nickel and Dimed is; " In short, [Ehrenreich]'s an excellent writer, though not an expert on any way in the matters of personal finance.". It then goes on to describe what the book is about before saying " A cynic might say she was “slumming it” for a book, but the book does succeed in one clear way: it is a well written account of what life is like near the poverty line.".

And that is true, Ehrenreich is a good writer and the point of the book is a great one - to raise awareness of the poverty in America. The critique points out that those reading the article (and most likely the book) think of frugality as "buying the generic bow-tie pasta at the grocery store, but the fact of the matter is that if you’re reading The Simple Dollar, you’re probably not eating beans out of a can and hoping that the heat isn’t turned off".

They then go on to write about how "Often, her coworkers were single who simply chose not to even try to better themselves... education is the most valuable investment you can make in yourself". The critique does point out that "However, most of the other people in the book simply do not see further education as an option". That probably is correct, and my problem with the writer's attitude is how can they afford the price of education?

The whole article is full of positive praise for Ehrenreich's writing and how the book raises awareness. Yet the article does not speaking highly of those living this life. The thing that bothered me the most about this article was how snobby the writer seemed. The example given above was the one that spoke out to me most - he's blaming the people themselves for this life. While on one hand, yes they are not setting higher goals and trying to better themselves, it's not like they can get that chance as easily as those born into more financially stable homes can. And because of how society treats them - or what society tells them- I can see why they do not feel further education is not an option and how it's not always their choices that lead to this.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

critique of Nickel and Dimed.

The first thing i noticed when finding a review of the book Nickel and Dimed that many focused on the financial and economic side rather than feminism. This means that maybe the book isn't as feminists as people (strong feminists) believe it too be as the majority of readers are seeing the difference in male and female rather the money issue is much more important and significant.

The blog from Brothers Judd starts by saying that Barbara is the rarest of breeds and is clearly a socialism. They also instantly criticise the way she has wrote the book and suggest that she doesn't give an insight into the real people who go through their jobs and suffering every day and also how she doesn't offer advice on how to improve their lives for the better, so what does this book actually achieve.

They later go on to say that she didn't look for a church to help her out with social and friendship issues. this could tells us the bloggers view point on Christianity, how the book maybe isn't 'real' in their opinion and their view on Barbara herself (possibly as arrogant, not realistic etc.) They go on to say that as she
refuses the Church's advice and later complains about the lack of available help, which has been offered to her and says her anti-religious sensibilities prevent her from accepting an available source.
This makes it clear that the writers of this blog, probably don't like her overall views in life about feminism, money, church and this is presented by the lack of positive praise for the book.

When the writer concludes the review of the book, he actually suggest a few points of how they could help the workers and she doesn't offer any ideas. i found this amusing that they try and basically re write the book as 'she doesn't bring much to the table.'
As earlier said the review doesn't speak of feminism and how she only chooses jobs that women apply for, but rather just speaks of the financial issues.
over all this review doesn't make the book sound interesting, well written or exciting, but rather puts me off the book and others.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Shinnecock Tribe.

The Shinnecock tribe are located on the east end of Long Island. They believe that they were born in America and are the 'human children of the goddess who descended from the sky.' This instantly tells us their spiritual beliefs as their time has also been measured in the moon and seasons.

They call themselves the people of the stony shore due to their location but they are coastal dwellers as well. They depend on the shellfish and scaly fish for their diet and have been fishing and whaling in this area long before the industry grew in the 19th century.

Today their is 1400 of their people, and still live on a small part of the ancestral land - the rest has been taken from them in previous wars. They have created a health and dental care buildings in their community to help the local people thrive in their ever-expanding community. Also they have built museums about their history and educational centres and playgrounds for the children. This tells us that they want to keep their history whether good or bad alive for people in the community and others to remember, due to most of their history just being word of mouth past down each century. By building health centres also tells us that they are moving in some ways to the 21st century for beneficial reason, but not the whole way.

They are a self- governing tribe and have federal recognition, which helps them to protect themselves and the land.
They have proposed a casino, which they say will benefit the local community by offering plenty of jobs and improving many peoples way of life;
create 3,450 construction jobs
5,500 full time jobs
12,000 jobs for the local communities
generate $200 million revenue that will help improve the school district
attract super markets, cinemas and other businesses
and create lots of green spaces

All of these are positive for the community and for Long Island in general for tourism attraction and revenue reasons, however does it go against their historical traditions.

White Mountain Apache Tribe

The White Mountain Apache Tribe live in Eastern Arizona, "where we have lived for thousands of years.. It starts at about 2,600' above sea level on our southwest side, and ranges all the way up to 11,400' on the peak of Mt. Baldy on our eastern border'.

'There are many different nations of Apache people. We are Western Apache, closely related to the people of San Carlos, Payson, and Camp Verde. Though there are differences in language, history, and culture, we are also related to the other Apache nations: the

Chiricahua, Mescalero, Jicarrilla, Lipan, and Kiowa-Apache peoples'

-They farmed, growing corn, sunflowers, beans, squash, and other foods. They hunted deer and other game and collected abundant wild plant foods. They travelled widely, trading and raiding throughout the region and deep into Mexico.
-They still hold dancing ceremonies open to the public, "during which visitors must abide by... [the] code of conduct".
-The White Mountain Apache Tribe now consists of approximately 15,000 members. Many live here on our Tribal lands, but others live and work all over the country and the world.
- It is home to the Apache trout, a species brought back from the brink of extinction through the efforts of the Tribe and many partners.
- While not much is said about their economical status, they do have their own resort and Casino!
- And hold lots of outdoors activities, in which visitors are welcome to join in! They encourage people to "leave the hustle and bustle of the city... and join us on the mountains where the air is cool and clear"
- The believe that we come from earth, and that "we belong to the earth".

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Klamath Tribes

The Klamath Tribes mission is to protect, preserve and enhance the spiritual, cultural and physical values and resources of the Klamath, Madoc and Yahooskin peoples.
'Yahooskin' means a band of Snake Indians comprising a part of the Klamath tribes.
"We are the Klamath Tribes, the Klamaths, the Modocs and the Yahooskin. We have lived here in the Klamath Basin of Oregon, from time beyond memory. Our legends and oral history tell about when the world and the animals were created, when the animals and gmok'am'c - the Creator - sat together and discussed the creation of man. If stability defines success, our presence here has been, and always will be, essential to the economic well-being of our homeland and those who abide here"
  • The Klamath tribes signed their treaty in 1864 with the United States of America.
  • The Klamath tribes contributes upwards of $25 million dollars into the Klamath County economy each year through goods and services.
  • The tribes are one of the largest equal-opportunity employers in the Klamath County.
  • Kl-mo-ya Casino is the second largest tourist attraction in Klamath County, with approximately 300,000 visitors ech year- second only to Crater Lake National Park.
The Klamath tribe had for years been living off the timber and revenue from leasing tribal lands. When termination occurred the tribal land was sold and most of the Klamath tribe was considered out of poverty because each tribal member gained $40,000 from the sale of tribal land. While they had escaped poverty for a moment their economy still suffered from termination. Most families quickly spent the money and then had nothing except more lands that they were forced to sell in order obtain food for the family. After just a few years the Klamath tribe was in the same situation as many other tribes that were terminated.
The Klamath language has not been passed on to the younger generations, and consequently it has survived only with those few elders who remember it, and in books where it has been preserved in writing.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cheyenne Tribe

The Cheyenne tribe, "whose name means 'red talker' or 'people of a different speech" would hunt on the hills and prairies alongside the Missouri and Red rivers. In the 1700's the Cheyenne tribe would move their encampments in order to follow the herd of buffalo and by doing so they became expert hunters. Like many other tribes, hunting buffalo had become very important in order to live because the Cheyenne would use the buffalo for clothing, jewellery and tools as well as for food. However, when it comes to clothing the Cheyenne would also use buckskins as it is finer than buffalo therefore, they would predominately use buffalo for winter clothing and for creating tipi coverings.

Furthermore, it is believed there is a myth that surrounds the Cheyenne tribe because it was once said that the buffalo used to eat humans and so it became a race between animals and humans and in the end the humans won and so "the buffalo told their young to take with them some human flesh as provisions, which they stuck in front of their chests. It was according to this legend that the Cheyenne did not consume the flesh beneath the throat of the buffalo, as it was believed to be made from human flesh." In addition an "important figure within Cheyenne mythology is that of Sweet Medicine, a deity responsible for giving the Cheyenne four arrows, two bestowing them with power over men, two giving them power over the buffalo." As well as mythology it is also said that this particular tribe have many legends and stories which have been passed through generations.

As well as having many legends and stories it is said that "The Cheyenne are probably one of the most culturally rich nomadic tribes because of their sedentary origins." They are believed to be rich because "when the Lewis and Clark expedition encountered the Cheyenne in 1804, they documented the tribe as being well organized on a social level, and being "rich in dogs and horses."
"They Cheyenne exercised diplomacy when dealing with neighbouring tribes, with whom they would also trade. Over the years, as they grew more powerful and economically strong, rivalries began to form within their ranks, and the tribe was ultimately divided into two factions, the Northern Cheyenne, and the Southern Cheyenne." The division of this tribe, however was not the only disruption the Cheyenne people had to face because the Sand Creek massacre 1864 saw nearly two hundred men, women and children killed because the white settlers wanted to obtain more land. Therefore, the Cheyenne, both north and south tribes, had to relocate to Oklahoma.

"Slowly, over the years that followed the wars and many conflicts, the Cheyenne population was decimated. Many died of disease and starvation, while others were killed by soldiers. The remaining Cheyenne, not strong enough in numbers to continue fighting, were eventually assimilated them into their culture, and indoctrinated into the Christian faith." Therefore, over the years what started out has a very strong and wealthy tribe has had a challenging life and "today the Cheyenne population has grown from what was only about a hundred survivors, into one tribe including five thousand members, and owning two reservations. The Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho currently live in Oklahoma, while the Northern Cheyenne live on the Tongue River Indian reservation in south-eastern Montana."

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Critique of push

This website is a blog, by someone who enjoys reading many books and likes to give advise of praise and criticism on which are thought provoking, detailed, interesting or non descriptive. This allows the reader to be able to make a judgement for themselves whether they would enjoy the book for based on her recommendations.
The interesting thing about this blogger for the review of push, is that she is an middle aged African American women. She says that her favourite book is the holy bible, which tells us she is very christian, this could mean she either dislikes the brutality of the novel or may enjoy the realistic details of African American lives. She also tells us that she enjoys reading books from people of colour, again allowing us to create a better understanding of her and what she may find interesting and what her opinion on push may be about.

She opens her blog detailing about how it is now a film and the main plot about pregnancy and her parental abuse, this instantly sets the scene for the reader of what the book is about and what it contains. She also says 'for the first 30 pages, I'm thinking as i read ' the things we for through for the sake of literature. This is not my type of book. The reason i finally decided to read this book was that I'm learning to venture outside of my comfort zone; and i thought this was a touching yet traditional story.' I believe this too be true of many people and most may have felt like this some point through out the story as of the brutal scenes that are explicitly detailed. 

When analysing the book and character of precious, she speaks about her as if she is a real person, this creates a meaning that the blogger obviously feels close, sympathy and support for precious. This means the book has clearly spoke and interacted with her for Donna to feel such emotions for Precious.

Donna also writes some observation from the book, this means she has clearly read and understood the book and put her own ideas into the book. She makes a strong judgement in her observations of what kind of person would want to read this book. i totally disagree with this statement as i believe, although it is a horrible book in the sense of the plot and description of abuse, it is also uplifting in other ways and very inspirational.

too some extend i do agree with what Donna write buts more with the facts, rather than her own opinions on the book, as they are quite strong and what one person hates another would love for many other reasons.

'Push' by Sapphire,,293209,00.html

This review is found on Entertainement Weekly online in 1996. The review is overall quite positive, however their are some aspects of the novel that Margot Mifflin does criticise. Mifflin says 'Push — the poet Sapphire's debut novel — is only partially successful: Precious' phonetic dialect and stunted vocabulary inevitably flatten segments of her story.' I don't agree with this at all as the dialect Precious has represents who she is and where she is from. I don't see how someone's speech and language can 'flatten segments of the story.' In my opinion it adds effect to the story. Althoug i agree at first it is hard to adjust to the way in which Precious speaks, it doesn't take long to understand with ease what she is saying.
Mifflin continues in a positve manner by saying 'its sad to watch her revert to frustrated illiteracy when, after progressing by leaps and bounds, she's thrown a tragic, unexpected curveball.' I completely agree with this. As a reader you get to know Precious, and seeing her develop and improve through the novel, only to find out she is HIV positive is frustrating and upsetting.
Margot Mifflin ends by saying 'Precious gains control of her life through writing.' I however believe that Precious always had control of her life, and always seemed to know what she was going to do. Even through having two children, Precious always came across as someone with a big heart and for the circumstances she was in, was a very positive person and knew how to behave in certain situations.
However I don't think that Sapphire as an author received enough credit for tackling such a strong issue in such a brilliant manner that is not only disturbing and sad at times, but with the aspect of comedy.

Push by Sapphire

This website gives many reviews on different books ranging from different styles and genres. The review for the novel Push was written by April (Books and Wine) in March 2010 and throughout the analysis she writes how she had mixed views about the story and the way it had been written as she says "To be quite honest, I'm still on the fence about Push by Sapphire. Now, I know I probably should have enjoyed Push a lot more than I did, but it made me so uncomfortable."

Furthermore, April also goes onto say how she finds parts of the story disturbing such as when the character Precious desires sex and the reviewer writes "you find out she didn't get a choice in the matter, but then okay Push by Sapphire goes into her desiring sex from her rapist. I'm sorry that's gross." However, this section of the book just illiterates real life situations because it has been known that rape victims feel ashamed for what has happened but feel as if they need more at the same time even when they know they have been sexually violated. Therefore, people such as April may "find this hard to read and accept" but then again Sapphire is trying to express her views about how people such as African-Americans are treated, and the fact that the character Clareece Jones also known as Precious is seen to be obese and in poverty as well as unable to read or write makes her overall situation sad. Moreover, people may find this an exaggeration of the truth, but this may be one of the only ways to makes people realise the extend of the way in which people from different cultures and backgrounds live.

On the other hand, although in this particular critique of the book April is seen to not be that keen on the novel she does however say "I did like the dialect in Push by Sapphire, I felt it really reflect someone who isn't educated and is illiterate." She also follows up by saying how "Push by Sapphire is a quick, gripping read, and while we are on tragedy train, there is a beacon of hope throughout the book, despite everything, and that beacon is education." As well as this she also likes how what is written in the book "is provocative and feels true, as it's told in stream of consciousness."

Therefore, even though for the majority of the review she criticises the book upon the fact that she finds it "gross" and perhaps exaggerates the truth too much, to which she finds uncomfortable she "doesn't regret reading it" and there are aspects of the book she enjoys. In addition this is just one of many reviews of the book and there are many people that like this and I personally thought it was a sad read and went onto watch the film which reflects this factor very well.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Push - Critic Review

This critique/review of Push, started with the basic written plot. The only thing I questioned in this was the reviewer's point of Miss Rain giving " Precious some questionable advice about being a mother." I tried to pinpoint this in the story, but could not recall any advice that I thought was "questionable" as such. The reviewer of this article did also mention how they thought it was "Surprising... [that] the author did not make Precious’ mother a drug addict". I honestly think that "crackers" were mentioned enough in area, and as her mother never left the house and Precious hated these "crackers", why Precious' mother wasn't a drug addict makes sense. It also creates more sympathy for Precious since her mother wasn't 'under the influence' when she abused her daughter.

After explaining the basic plot, the reviewer warns "potential viewers" this is not for the faint hearted. I guess it's easy to agree with that! The reviewer branded it as "eye-opening and educational", which I also easily agree with. It is hard to imagine that some people have to suffer with this daily, and that there are even worse cases out there. The reviewer summed up the ending nicely; "The ending left me with many questions... However, I feel that it was best for the author not to tie the end of the story in a neat bow... in real life, many of the issues faced... are never resolved. In that way, this book accurately reflects life". I defiantly agree with that too, and could not have put it better myself.

Overall I thought it was a good analysis and critique of the book - other than the issues I raised earlier. It's quite a basic one, expect for the last few paragraphs, but is more detailed than some of the reviews I looked at for the book!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Pro and Anti Latino Immigration


This is a Pro website run by a "Mexican American". His tagline is "Discuss Immigration Issues with a Mexican American. Truth, Honesty and the American Way!"

This site interested me as for the obvious reason that it's an individual offering people who are either pro or anti latino immigration. The Individual's mission is that these people can talk with them "civilly, freely and safely thereby reducing the hate, anger and misunderstandings currently inherent in most of these discussions".

What drew my attention first was the links and pictures down the side - at first there is an image saying "I support the Dream Act". It is a bill to give those illegal immigrations a permanent residency to those of "good moral character" who have arrived in the US as minors, and graduated from US highschool. Some sites referred to them "Aliens", a few sites referred to them as children. So I assume those who use/d the term "aliens" are those who are anti immigration.

There was then a stamp the blog's owner - Dee - had made which had the blog's name written posted a picture of an angel with a United States flag saying GOB BLESS AMERICA.

After noticing that, I then turned to the main reason I was looking at the site - how they address issues. As it's a blog, they make a blog entry every time something political and unjust about Latino Immigration comes up, explaining why it's unjust (in Dee's eyes) and a little about the background. At the bottom of each post people can write their opinions on whether they agree with Dee or not - which usually starts an interesting debate between those who are anti and those who are pro.

Despite the name, Fair is an Anti Latino organization. Fair claims it aims to "seek to improve border security, to stop illegal immigration, and to promote immigration levels consistent with the national interest—more traditional rates of about 300,000 a year". The second site is less of an advocacy than the first, and reminds me of the presidential campaign sites. It was harder to find an Anti Lation organization, which is arguably a great sign, and easier to find reports on off-cases.

The site lists ways you can help, news and research. There's also facts and Quotes for those wanting to make an intellectual argument... The site provides a more collective point of view as it's trying to convince people it's everyone else speaking to the individual reading.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Latino Immigration
The America's Society was established in 1965 by David Rockefeller. The Website 'supports the further intergration of immigrant workers into businesses and local communities.' The America's Society, together with 'Council of the America's' produce America's Quarterly, a policy journal for the Western Hemisphere. In these times of critical debate on immigration legislation and the backlash against immigrants, AS/COA believe that greater integration and appreciation for immigration to society will ultimately help advance immigration reform. The America's Society mainly focuses on advancing the immigration of latino's/hispanics, not specifying where it could be improved or how it could be improved. Although they do no focus on helping those who want to immigrate, they do focus on trying to help those who have immigrated adjust and fit in to their new surroundings.
AIC (Americans for Immigration Control) was founded in 1983 and is based in Monterey, Virginia. 'AIC is about deporting those illegal aliens already in the U.S.' AIC are in favour of enforcing stricter immigration laws and increasing penalties. AIC try to encourage all citizens to join their efforts to secure American Borders. This website continually refers to the latino immigrants as 'illegal aliens', giving the impression that they do no belong on the planet, let alone in the U.S. The website also has a list of solutions, one of which is to increase the manpower of U.S border control. I feel like this website is extremely negative towards Latino immigrants without actually giving them a chance. They do not take the time to think of the possibility that these 'illegal aliens' may bring positive opportunities to the U.S. Not only that but I think the AIC has the assumption that they are all illegal, with no reference to those immigrating in a perfectly legal manner. Surely America, as the land of Liberty would allow these immigrants into their country?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Latino Immigration

NCLA (national council of La Raza) is the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organisation in the United States.

"The work of NCLA and its Affiliates on behalf of immigrants builds on America's identity as a nation of immigrants by promoting fairness in the law and advancing a number of ways to help immigrants fully enter the mainstream of American life"

This organisation is dominated by the fact the Latinos should have the right to education, home ownership, health and economic security as well as being able to have the American dream. It is reasons such as the fact that the American identity is ever changing and the citizens and governments only take into account the illegal immigrants and assume that the legal immigrants are helping cause the issues that can be seen at the boarders in places such as California and Texas. Furthermore, NCLA are also trying to help restore order with illegal/undocumented immigrants in America by trying to allow them to obtain legal status, by giving them the chance to learn English and by assuming "the rights and responsibilities of citizenship while creating smart enforcement policies." As well as trying to restore order this organisation is also enacting proactive measures to allow the success of new immigrants moving into communities:

"By working with grassroots organisation at the state and local levels, NCLR seeks to defeat anti-immigrant initiatives and propel policies that best integrate immigrants into U.S. society." In addition "the nations most punitive immigration law, Arizona SB 1070, was signed into law on April 23, 2010, causing a ripple effect across the nation" this act is one of the strictest anti-illegal immigration measures. The image below emphasises the effect it had on the nation:

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Whereas as expected anti Latino immigration groups and organisations were pleased with the result of the Arizona SB 1070.

This particular website discusses anti-immigration groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, two extremist groups known for there violent behaviour in order to stand up for what they believe in. Furthermore, due to anti-immigration, coalitions have been formed in order to control this problem as illegal immigrants from countries such as Mexico are causing issues such as drug trafficking and people smuggling as well as sex trafficking. In 2008 the coalitions "joined together with local citizen groups located far from the Mexican/United States border with virulently anti-Latino border vigilant groups that send armed volunteers to patrol the border." Moreover, other coalition groups have also tried to exploit immigrants for issues such as traffic congestion and damage to the public infrastructure by producing mainstream newspaper adverts.

Although these groups are unhappy with the current situation and issues immigrants bring to the United States they could end up causing more disruption than they think because as previously stated the identity of America is changing, and they need to accept this because the immigrants are just trying to obtain a better quality of life even if it means entering the country with the documents required. Furthermore, these "anti-illegal immigration advocacy groups" can say things such as they are "third world invaders" but at the end of the day they are not going to be able to completely stop immigration from Latino's because they will still prosper for a better lifestyle, which may mean going to America as it is seen as a prospers country.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pro and Anti Latino immigration.


Both these websites create their own debate on how they should be treated and what should be done to try and improve everyone lifestyle. For instance the pro Latino immigration mission states :' Our mission is to improve the quality of life for low-income communities, promoting and protecting human rights, civil and political rights of workers, immigrants and their families. We stand for equality, social justice and economic, and environmental protection.' This tells the reader that they just want a better life for themselves and their families by improving the money difficulties and their human rights. This straight away puts across many good points that for most people would sympathise too and may also believe that they too should be able to try and achieve the American dream if not at least a slightly better life. After all why shouldn't they no one in America in actually 'American' ( apart from the Native Americans) as everyone else has had to immigrate over to America, and for most of the same reasons, whether escaping government, religion or low wages. To start with for me personally this already shows the better argument.

The anti Latino Immigration website was set up by Jim Gilchrist who says that 'after years of frustrated efforts trying to get a neglectful U.S. government to simply enforce existing immigration laws.' By using such words as simply suggests that it's easily done and is something that just needs sorting out without any dispute. Also the word neglectful also tells us about the type of American he is, due to him not agreeing to the governments point of view, whereas it seems the Latinos welcome the government which would make them more favourable to become citizens on the US.

The pro- Latino immigration website uses many images and videos of how Mexicans are mistreated by Americans at times and express how they feel about their life and country. By showing negative imagery of Americans again create support for pro immigration due to the contradictory, arrogance and rudeness of Americans. Considering the main words we connect with America are the dreams, justice, freedom, pursuit of happiness and so on this goes against all what they are trying to stop but also themselves.

I found the anti- immigration website humorous with comments such as donations of $5,000. Realistically people may contribute an average of $50 at best. This means he may be slightly deluded by thinking people will support him this much, which makes the website not seem real and would maybe put people off believing what he is saying. Also he is a veteran of the US Marine Corps, which he likes to keep addressing from his logo, his photos and the constant mention of this job title.

The anti immigration website doesn't really put across good points or facts of his point of view, which would make the reader not fully support his argument. whereas the pro immigration website uses facts, pictures and the use of good wording (justice, freedom etc.) to promote their point of view and persuade others to listen.