Reflection – Document Interpretation
I have become more comfortable in writing Document Interpretations, and although a lot of work goes into them, I enjoy the research that goes into them. I normally read the document first and prepare for the questions, and I look for information to include for the paper while I go through the rest of the material. These assignments have taught me to plan ahead to take full advantage of my resources and try to conserve time by doing the research from the very beginning. I think it’s important to start with a plan, by doing so, my paper gets turned in with all the best sources to contribute in backing up my analyzation, rather than coming to a source I would have loved to have quoted once the paper has been turned it which happened in the fist document interpretations I did.
This particular assignment was also when I found my group-members. I had read the announcements before, but the only place I found then that mentioned my group, was the calendar. That showed up empty so I mistakenly thought that we were not assigned groups after all. After having read yet another announcement for this week that mentioned our groups, I was finally able to find my group and follow the directions on replying to discussions. This again reminded me that I am still not good at paying attention to details, and as much as I have tried to be thorough to avoid missing important details, I still managed to do so. I will have to look for resources to aide me in becoming more attentive so that this does not continue on to future classes, especially since I want to go into computer science where a forgotten semicolon or closing bracket can break your code, and being able to spot those issues are needed to debug.
The substance of the document also gave me an opportunity to look into the thought-process of someone who is racist and sexist. I have been left confused at times when I learn of the actions of certain people who commit hateful things and use violent speech, but seeing how they twist reality to fit their best interests lets me understand them a little better. However I don’t know how to persuade them to change their ways because it is not in their best interest to change, in this case, slavery provided Southern slave-owners a labor advantage to create their wealth that they convinced themselves they earned on their own. These men elevate and overestimate their intelligence above those who they consider inferior to them, diminishing others to the mindset of children whose brains have not fully developed and are incapable to take care of themselves. This is something I want to work on, I’ve been able to persuade people to give up sexist language and acknowledge that the lives of women are not yet equal to those of men and their privilege, but finding a way to get through to people who are racist to open their minds is something that I don’t know how to accomplish yet, but at least I have gained insider information to racist brains from reading this document.
George Fitzhugh, Slavery Justified