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African American Studies 304/474 Journal Anali Gaytan Professor Porter 12/13/10 “The ultimate measure of a mean is not where he stands in the moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
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Anali Gaytan AFAM 304/474 JOURNAL 9/1/10 Journal Entry #1 The History of Mary Prince , a West Indian Slave by Mary Prince is her story about the abuse and maltreatment that she experienced while she was enslaved . She was subjected to inhumane treatment , physical, psychological, and sexual abuse . She was separated from her family and had to live in unsanitary conditions . After reaching her limit of abuse she began working and saving up money in order to buy her own freedom . An example of the emotional abuse that she experienced is when she was denied her freedom from her master even after she acquired enough money to buy it from him . Her master and mistress had manipulated and broken her down so much mentally that her mind was shackled , this reminds me of women trapped in abusive relationships . At a point in her story , Mary Prince, was offered her freedom by her master but she did not take it . It was definitely not because she was happy and liked her life being enslaved but the fact that she was so broken down that she did not believe that she would able to make it on her own , her spirit was so low by being told that she would die out there alone . Women that find themselves in those type of relationships have really low self esteem . They are convinced by their partners that
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they need them in order to survive . Women do not leave the relationships due to the fear of being alone or not being able to provide for themselves or their children . Another parallel that I made from Mary Prince is with undocumented workers . They also have to put up with living in harsh conditions for little pay . Many workers come to the United States on contracts that promise them work and sometimes housing but after being brought to wherever their job site is they are given very low wages and have their housing conditions are very run down and in very bad cases they are not even provided with mattresses . Due to their citizenship status , undocumented workers, feel trapped, bounded by their contracts and their unheard voices . Although there are some resources that they can turn most of them are not made aware of these . 09/02/10 Journal Entry #2 Last night I had dinner with my group members: Brandon , Mahlet, Julie, and Linda . The purpose of the group discussion was to get to know each other on a more personal level and to hear each group member’s story to try to gain some insight on a different culture or point of view . Professor Porter gave us a basic outline of what he wanted us to talk about so we based our discussion off that . Brandon started the
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discussion; he grew up having to work and go to school . He had to work all the way through high school in order to help support his family . He said that he always paid for
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