Becoming Members of Society: Learning the Social Meanings of Gender (Devor

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Melvin Richardson
Professor Shana Smith
English 112 (D22P)
March 21, 2013

Machin Rifamos
(The Rise of Brown America An argument essay by Melvin Richardson) “Resistance is futile” is a resounding statement first exclaimed by the alien race called the Borg in the Gene Roddenberry long running television series Star Trek. “Why do you resist? Asked the Borg commander, Ryker replies “I like my species the way it is”! Borg commander counters with, “We only wish to raise quality of life for all species”. This is the last thing you heard before your kind was assimilated and your unique cultural and biological essences absorbed. If you have heard or read this statement before, it’s because it has been the theme of White
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Anzaldua’s essay describe what it was for her, living in a English speaking environment, and not being an Anglo, combined with speaking Xicano Spanish and not true Spanish. Many Xicano parents did not pass the Spanish language on to their children, largely because upward mobility in America is directly connected to proper use of the “Queen’s English” with all its proper enunciations and cultural correctness’s. As substantiated in her piece she stated, “being caught speaking Spanish at recess—that was good for three licks on the knuckles with a sharp ruler and being sent to the corner of the classroom for talking back to the Anglo teacher when all I was trying to do was tell her how to pronounce my name. The Anglo teacher said, “If you want to be American, speak American, if you don’t like it, and go back to Mexico where you belong.”
However by contrast, now this trend is reversing itself with the rise of Hispanic Americans, both born in the U.S. and the ones that were able to acquire U.S. citizenship. At one time, it seemed that the English language would replace Spanish as the common language of the Xicano Nation, this no longer appears likely. Anzaldua is arguing for the ways in which identity is intertwined with the way we speak and for the ways in which people can be made to feel ashamed of their own tongues. People no matter what race of culture needs a group of like kinds in which to
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