My favorite readings so far are The Ends Justify the Jeans, Frankie Mae, and The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates. In The Ends Justify the Jeans, it demonstrated multiple definitions of what blue jeans meant throughout history. A pair of jeans is symbolic because it is something that is tangible, an article of clothing that captures history in style and fashion. They are the fabric and threads that bring societies together. I think it was interesting how a pair of jeans represented communication, therefore making it a form of social media. As for Frankie Mae, this was the most different story of all the readings, and it ties in well with Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Case for Reparations. Unlike most success stories, Frankie Mae demonstrated a character who failed and gave up. Not only that, but this character was also a young girl. “Long as you live, bitch, I’m gonna be right and you gonna be wrong. Now get your black ass outta here.” It was impossible for Frankie Mae to carry the weight of her race on her shoulders. It showed the oppression, structural violence, and importance of unity. If it wasn’t for slavery, the upper class would not have the opportunity to be wealthy and enjoy a luxurious life. It is a tragic story, where there is pressure from all angles. As an individual, there was no way Frankie Mae could stand up to the landowner alone. On the other hand, Frankie Mae’s father didn’t exactly have an option either – it was either to succumb to oppression and slavery or lose his job, salary, and starve his entire family. It is a complex world and these issues still exist today, in one form or another. These are important issues to share and talk about.
Crystal Huang 1D08