Today we discussed how Aunt Alexandria’s (and most likely others in society have similar views to Auntie) views about family and tradition could have an impact on the racism, classism, and sexism that runs rampant in Macomb’s society. When families have such deep seated beliefs about these issues, and society is so opposed to change, making things different and better is a difficulty.
We engaged in an activity where students wrote sentences about the above discussion, and participation points were given. To earn your points, please write four sentences with your own thoughts about whether or not the role of family and traditions play a part in the problems facing Macomb.
Here are some examples of what people thought:
- Although family is big, and you can be labeled, you can always break out of societies opinions.
- Yes, you can always go against social norms because your family does not control who you are or what you’re like.
- I agree, but it is not that easy to break out of your family’s hold, and if you only know your family’s opinion it could be hard to have a different one. Family does not control you, but it effects you.
- I agree because society will look at your family (at this time) before they look at you as a person.
- If you always have to be like your family and you can never break away from them, then yes, it plays a role in the problems with society. If your parents are racists or sexists, then by that rule of living up to your family’s name you should be, too.
- Yes, I agree with that, for if you are raised this way, you will be that way and if you are raised by white racist people, you will probably be racist.
- I agree, but that’s not always the case, but yes if you are always around it, you’ll have a good chance of being racist and whatnot.
- There are many people who never question the morals that were instilled in them. Some might not even realize there’s anything “wrong” with their views.
Because people often get the crushing mentality that “it’s too hard to change, so why try?” and I feel like that would apply to this situation.
Every family is like a bowl of apples, but it takes one bad apple for someone to throw the whole bowl out.
- If you start at the bottom, it’s hard to work your way up the food chain.
- Double agreement. It’s hard to be good, if everyone thinks badly of you.
- Furthermore, those in power will fight to keep it, pitting people against each other and preventing progress.
Traditions will be given greater importance; this prevents change and stagnates the society further.