I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. Mine was filled with laughs, fun at church, reflection, and a lot of food! Now that my Easter weekend is officially over, I am ready to get back in the swing of things. So we are in the final stages of the semester, which means it’s crunch time! I am happy to say that I have been writing nonstop over the past week about my topic. What I decided to do is write out all my thoughts, opinions along with the research and notes that I collected from various sources. Now that I have multiple viewpoints and ideas, I am ready to write out the dialogue between myself and Xnirran. I originally had 18 pages of notes but I decided to comb through them and only keep the most important pieces of information. Now I am down to eight pages! (Definitely easier to work with.)
Since my topic is deep and complex, sometimes I found myself drifting off into other subtopics of Blackfishing. For me to stay organized, I put my topic into four categories, that way I can stay on track.
- What is Blackfishing? (Minstrel shows, blackface, Halloween controversies turning into online blackface, internet blackfishing, and social media pressures)
- What’s the problem? (Two sides of the spectrum: One is for fun. One is wrong) Hurtful or harmless?
- Culture Appropriation vs. Culture Appreciation
- Beyond Skin Color: Why do it? Benefits? Gain?
I’ll wrap up final thoughts and ideas on part five. Also, acknowledgments and other last words. After last week’s meeting, I felt more confident to tackle this issue. I was worried that because this is not only a new issue that is surfacing but it’s something that I really don’t have a solution to it. However, I was given the task to more allow people to become aware of this “phenomenon” instead of trying to find a solution to the problem. I have a lot of great content, ideas, and information that I will use in my presentation. Here is the link to my notes that I made from various articles. Unforantely, my hypothes.is was not working so I was only able to make comments on one or two of them.
In the final stretch! Until next time!