Charlotteville 2017

This expert first starts off with the story of Zyhana Bryant and her petition to the city council of Charlottesville to remove the statue of Robert E Lee. However, her petition caused high tension for those who wanted to keep the statue, along with the Stonewall Jackson statue. Those who wanted to keep the statues fought really hard to keep them up by saying and using free speech, even though the statues were meant for nothing other than mocking and shedding a bad image on African American people. Eventually, the Robert E Lee statue was voted to be torn down while the stonewall jackson statue was changed to To present a more positive aspect of its history. Following that on August 11th and 12th,  protesters, along with the KKK,  showed up and eventually caused a riot after hearing the news of the changes to the statues. The riot was so violent that it caused a death and many injured others. I remember seeing a video of the riot in class freshmen or sophomore year of college and it was scary seeing people get so violent like that to the brink of running over protestors with cars. This violent riot made news coverage all over Charlottesville and the rest of the country.

Immigration in Va blog Post

The Latinization of the Central Shenandoah Valley

The first reading on Laura Zarrugh’s “The Latinization of the Central Shenandoah Valley” discusses the spike in latino immigration to Virginia, particularly to Harrisonburg. Social networks are mentioned in the article. Social networks assist immigrants in making housing decisions. Social networks can include family, friends, coworkers, or any other connection or social network someone may have with a certain place, which is useful in determining where immigrants settle down. In particular, Harrisonburg offered enough employment prospects and recruitment to entice immigrants to go there and take those positions in order to establish new lives. The number of Latin Americans living in the area significantly increased as a result of immigrants taking these low-paying occupations and migrating there. Prior to reading this article, I was unaware of the meaning of “latinization.” Now, I realize that the term “Latinization” was used by journalists to characterize these modifications to the social structure brought about by the growing Latino population in these locations. This term is explicitly used in the study to allude to the remarkable shift in Harrisonburg, Virginia’s Latino population during the past ten years. This population increased by almost 400% between 1990 and 2000. There are several different Latin American groups represented in this growth, each with their own distinct cultural heritage, including Mexicans, El Salvadorans, Cubans, and more. 

Defining Immigrant Newcomers in New Destinations: Symbolic Boundaries in Williamsburg, Virginia

This article describes how Williamsburg, Virginia, immigration is portrayed by the media, particularly newspapers, as a “new immigrant destination.” It begins by examining the mounting political unrest over immigration regulations and highlighting the recent shift in immigration patterns in America from urban to more rural places. As opposed to sticking with the previous theme of studying media influence at the national and international levels, the paper employs a micro-level analysis of the phenomenon. By examining Williamsburg local media, the article investigates the metaphorical boundaries that are created. A sense of “otherness” is produced from this meaning-making process by the boundaries of communities and the differences in national affiliation. However, It appeared that the number of jobs in the area that immigrants are taking advantage of to start a new life there was the social network. But there were issues raised. The belief among Americans is that these foreigners are taking their employment. The increasing number of immigrants from various countries in the area was a source of complaint for the locals. Even the local newspaper would cover immigration issues, which would agitate the populace because they believe that all the jobs have been stolen. 

Identity and Assimilation among Ethiopian Immigrants in Metropolitan Washington

In a diverse culture, Chacko highlights that “race, ethnicity, nativity, class, and gender play critical roles in identity formation, retention, and change.” Ethiopians are a relatively new immigrant community in the US, having arrived in large quantities in the 1980s and 1990s. In the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, children of first-generation Ethiopian immigrants are the subject of this exploratory study, which looks at their ethnic and racial identities. Twenty in-depth interviews yielded results that show how much more flexible and debated race is to the young immigrants than ethnicity, whom they unilaterally associate with their Ethiopian heritage. They frequently objected to being called black, preferring to be called African. But they also disagree with the name “African American” and would rather be called “native Blacks”. The information also revealed that a large number of people mixed their nationality and race. Additionally, immigrants take on many subject identities depending on where they are, choosing the ones that best suit their requirements and sense of self.

how may I help you

Deepak Singh’s memoir “How May I Help You” details his adventures coming to the US as an immigrant from India. Deepak’s background as an MBA graduate from India and his first low-paying customer service position in America are contrasted sharply throughout the book. It explores the difficulties and prejudices he encounters, such as those pertaining to language, cultural disparities, and social class. The memoir delves into his quest for the American Dream and his unwavering will to give his family a better life. It presents a clear image of the ups and downs, cultural adjustment, and personal development that come with moving to a new place. Deepak’s path is an example of tenacity, drive, and the search for one’s identity in a foreign country.

The book recognizes the worth of all effort and the dignity of those who work in low-paying occupations in addition to highlighting the challenges and disappointments of his path. Deepak offers a personal and thought-provoking account of his experiences as an immigrant in the United States through his narrative, which helps listeners gain a better understanding of the opportunities and difficulties faced by recent immigrants.

Southern Stalemate

The reading from Southern Stalemate discusses racial tensions, school segregation, and the politicization of education in Virginia. The reading focused on a time when a Virginia school district chose to close rather than permit integration of the public school system. It illustrates how the fight over access to education was a segregation-related conflict and how some Virginians preferred to close schools than to offer equal access as mandated by the courts. The reading demonstrated the impasse over education and schooling difficulties that resulted from Prince Edward County closing its public schools to stop integration.The county of Prince Edward resisted the shift during the twentieth-century black rights movement. The county’s decision to close its public schools was not taken hastily or without careful consideration of the ramifications. Although they were aware of the potential consequences, the local authorities decided it would assist them achieve their objectives. Only a small section of the county’s population was acquiring the knowledge that would one day provide them more power due to the paucity of educational opportunities, particularly for black people. The white people in positions of power were striving to shift the narrative so that it suggested that black parents were to blame for their children’s lack of education because of their determination to advance segregation. The kind of school that parents choose for their kids to attend revealed the gap. White children might attend private schools that have different funding arrangements, while black and white students could attend public schools with unequal funding arrangements.

VA Climate Fever – Shauna

The topic of this piece focuses on Virginia-specific climate change. The author has traveled to many Virginia places where the effects of climate change are most likely to be felt. In terms of CO2 production, Virginia comes in at number 17 out of the 50 states, and Americans are among the top greenhouse gas polluters on the planet. There are no longer any recognisable weather patterns in Virginia. Weather prediction is challenging nationwide, including in Virginia’s north, south, and east. However, as the impact of global warming grows, weather unpredictability rises. The extract describes how global warming is degrading wild animal habitats, which has an immediate impact on the animals who live there. The majority of wildlife either perishes or migrates to new habitats where they can live. In the article, a graph labeled “Ecological flow” illustrates where animals travel as the temperature continues to warm due to people. If we don’t make an effort to stop it, it will keep getting worse. The excerpt’s discussion of a “exemplary tax incentive program” near the conclusion is fortunate for Virginia. This initiative encourages the use of conservation easements to save the environment. Hopefully, this program would encourage animal protection, which would benefit it from the The idea that we should halt road development and reconstruction in order to protect the soil from disruptions in order to preserve the closed forest canopy as a buffer against the consequences of global warming was presented in this piece as well.

Blog 1: The Virginia Way- Shauna Clayton

I was captivated by the story of Red’s tree-sitting demonstration against the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which endangered their property. I found it quite absurd that they withheld providing her with food and water until she came down from the tree. I had no idea that a law from 2004 allowed gas companies to enter private property without permission. The text digs into the debates surrounding Old Dominion, emphasizing their production and delivery of power across two-thirds of the state as well as their use of their monopoly to generate profits. The information that Dominion was allowed to use public cash to sway political decisions drew my interest. Politicians were skillfully recruited by Josh Stanfield to oppose Dominion, and this view quickly gained traction. However, Dominion successfully navigated the obstacle and influenced legislation by endorsing particular candidates financially. It was interesting to read about Dominion’s influence on voters and politicians, as well as the continuous struggle to counter that influence.