Journal Entries - Lailani Bartlett Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela Journal Entry “Africans of my generation and even today generally have both an

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Lailani Bartlett Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela Journal Entry “Africans of my generation -- and even today -- generally have both an english and an African name. Whites were either unable or unwilling to pronounce an African name, and considered it uncivilized to have one.” (Mandela, 14) Summary: In this passage, Mandela talks about his first experience with schooling. He speaks about how he was expected to assimilate into british culture, hence why his name is changed. His teacher then changes his name, Rolihlahla or Madiba (his clan name), to Nelson. This tells the story of how his original name was changed into a more european name. Analysis + Reaction: Nelson Mandela states a comment on Europeans in Africa, saying that Europeans often are unwilling to pronounce African names. I agree with his stance on Europeans being unwilling to take the time to learn African culture. As it is seen in many other colonized countries, Europeans are known to view the native culture as uncivilized in an effort to justify their motives. Personally, I know many teachers that have asked students of color to simplify their name, and even in some cases substitute teachers tell the students to call them by a reduced and more simple name. It happens all of the time with people of color and how Mandela chose to word the statement was blunt and informative. “If wealth is a magnet, poverty is a kind of repellent.” (Mandela, 78.) Summary: In this passage, Mandela speaks about his struggles in Alexandra. As he had been studying in the town, he had dealt heavily with poverty. The area itself was not cared for or looked after by the British. The British only had come by to arrest individuals. While living there, Mandela had not been able to afford basic living expenses: having to walk six miles to school and back, go without meals for many days, and wear the same suit for days on end. Analysis + Reaction: Mandela uses antithesis in this passage by comparing two opposite ideas to one another. He does this by explaining that if wealth attracts many people then contrastingly, poverty does the opposite. Mandela does this to make a statement on his position at the time.
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