Hum 106 Wk 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, & 2.5

Hum 106 Wk 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, & 2.5 - Nicole Barbour...

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Nicole Barbour 10/1/09 2.1 Observation of the neighborhood As I stand on my wooden porch I strain my eyes to see down our driveway to the gravel road. I suppose it has to do with living in the country that your driveway is often times long and your neighbors live far away. I hear in the distance kids riding their bikes and dogs barking. As I walk upon the road, the crunch of the gravel catches my attention while a burst of fall wind blows in my face and I am surrounded by the smell of open country air and freshly cut grass. The assortment of houses that are visible from the road are similar in architecture to my own which might have to do with the fact that they were mostly built in the 1970’s. The uniqueness that is brought to each of them is done by the landscaping and design of the homes. I noticed this one particular house has a very close resemblance to a barn and would look even more so if it were red instead of blue. While walking I pasted by the pump house that my mother would say my brother and I could ride our bikes to but told us not to even go a foot past. It is old now and is all rust colored which is a reminder of how many years ago that was. Common themes for the houses down my street are the shutters that line the windows, the flower beds in the yards, the wind chimes that are hung by the front doors, and the hummingbird feeders on the porches. I then make a decision to walk down a side road that I haven’t been down for years. By the look of the road and houses it is evident that time has taken its toll on them. The road has giant holes and the houses are worn down. As I past this house I couldn’t help but smile when I noticed that part of the artwork in their front yard was the use of a toilet and tire as flowerpots. As I came to the end of my gravel road and sat in the wood bus shed that was built before I even started school, I realized that it is truly unique to live out in the country. It isn’t everywhere that you can pass people riding horses down the road or you can pick honey suckle on the way home from the school bus. The country is a place where the smell of cattle is common and people have known your family your whole life. As I walked the mile back towards my home I felt a sense of appreciation and gratitude for what I have and for the familiarity and comfort that I get from living in the country. Nicole Barbour
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10/3/09 2.3 White Privilege The Privileged Society has often reinforced the idea that certain groups are at more of a disadvantage than others. Although this concept should not be overlooked, it is also important to acknowledge those that posses privileges. Peggy McIntosh asserts that people that have a lighter shin color or considered white are at a greater advantage. The claim that “whites are carefully taught not to recognize white privilege, as males are taught not to recognize male privilege” has not necessarily been a topic of much conversation (McIntosh 178). However, this statement rings true in many lives including my own. Growing up I was taught that racism was wrong and put people at a disadvantage yet I
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