Get rid of the stigma associated with complexion

Colorism is a big issue within our society today and we must not only address it but fix the issue. There are many people all over the world with different complexions. And every shade is beautiful. Yes, every shade. I remember being in my government class in the tenth grade and we watched a video called “The Doll Test” on YouTube. It showed a picture of five girls ranging from very light to dark complexions. The young children were asked questions such as “Which doll is the pretty one?” “Which doll is the nice one?” “Which doll has the skin that you want?” but “Which doll looks just like you?”. This test showed how some young children are raised to judge others about the color of their skin, whether it be through their parents, TV shows, movies, and modeling shows. Most children said that the white doll was the pretty and nice one. However, one of the black girls said that “It does not matter what is on the outside but what is on the inside”. This was a very pivotal moment in the video because although a lot of children are taught directly or indirectly to think that the lighter your skin is, the better you are, there are some parents who go the extra mile to really teach their children that all shades, shapes, and sizes are beautiful.

Although, some children are taught indirectly through television shows and movies. For example, on Disney Channel shows such as Good Luck Charlie, Hannah Montana, The Suite Life on Deck, these shows portrayed white families shown as your ideal and successful families. Overtime, children are taught indirectly to think that white must be superior and privileged. Even on the modeling runways, and mall advertisements for JC Penney and Macys you used to always see Caucasians modeling clothes or walking the runway. We must get rid of this notion that because you are brown or dark skinned that you are inferior to Caucasians when we are all created equal and we bleed the same color. Society has a way of knocking us down and putting us in a mental stronghold of reaching success. However, we cannot continue to allow society to do this. In order to fix the problem, we must rise above the occasion and achieve our goals no matter what anyone says. So I encourage you to feel empowered, no matter the color of your skin because you are royalty.

What can science & innovation tell us about cultural perceptions of the human in terms of embodiment or identity? How do we know what we know at any given time? How does man (human) create his own reality or is it collectively created by culture (society)?

Science and innovation can tell us a lot about cultural perceptions of the human in terms of embodiment (representation) or identity. Science is the way the world interacts and connects with us. Innovation is about something changing. Science and innovation tells us about cultural perceptions of the human in terms of identity because of certain inventions that exist today. For example, we have makeup and beauty enhancers to cover up our blemishes, pimples, dark spots, etc. This is not to say that we do not think we are beautiful but this is to say that we are insecure about certain things on our bodies. Also, we have doctors that perform surgery such as tummy tucks, butt and breast implants. We know what we know when we can fully explain ourselves about a subject or topic. Not only does man create his own reality but it is also collectively created by society. Man creates his own reality by choosing their own decisions and they have to deal with the consequences and outcomes of their actions. Man’s reality is also created through society because society tells us that we should only be one way and if you are not that way then you are wrong. Man creates his own reality by choosing what to see, what not to see, what to engage in, and what not to engage in. Man chooses their decisions to make but sometimes, we do not have control over what we do in certain situations because we react to things so fast we do not take the time to think before acting on something. For example, society tells us that we should be a certain height, weight, complexion, etc. to be considered beautiful. Society tells us that women should be stay at home moms, teachers, nurses, etc. but society tells men that they should be doctors, scientists, inventors, etc. How come women are not able to do the same? When society creates our reality for us, it puts us in a stuck and fixed mindset to where we rely on society and government to think and make decisions for us. This is the reason why certain movements have evolved such as, Black Lives Matter, Feminist movement, and the LGBTQIA movement. These movements have made it very essential that we should strive to be our very best and not worry about the stigmas, labels, or stereotypes associated with us.

Critical Response of The City and The City

After reading The City and The City by China Mieville, I have mixed emotions. I loved the detective and mystery aspects of the book because I want to pursue a detective career. The mystery aspects of this book gives me a feeling of interest in order to keep reading the book. I enjoyed the different characters and the roles that they played on the suspense aspects of the book. I also loved the originality of this book! I have never read a book like this one. A book where two cities are separate but they are really one. A larger issue China Mieville could possibly be talking about is how different races interact or how they do not interact with each other. This reminds me of African-Americans and Caucasians. Some of us are separated completely from one another. We act like we do not see the other race or completely disregard their emotions and feelings toward a certain matter when really we should all be treating each other equally. But, I say all this to say that in the book Beszel and Ul Qoma were separated but they were basically one city with people that changed their names. Another thing that interests me about this text are the different types of names and the spelling of them. For example, Mikyael Khurusch (the van owner) and Yorjavic. I wonder where China Mieville got these names from. Another larger question or issue that China Mieville could be trying to address is it is harder to get along with someone that is just like you. For example, these two cities don’t really mix well with one another and they act like the other really does not exist. I wish I could have a conversation with the author in order to see his perspective about these two cities and the message he was trying to send to other readers through creating this novel. I also enjoyed how this book was unexpected. You never saw anything coming, from beginning to end. With Mieville writing this book, he caused me to not only become engaged in a text but also think about the reasoning behind why certain events took place. For example, like how did the two cities become separate in the first place? Books like this fully engages the reader and makes room for an open mind to make different inferences and draw different conclusions.