Mike & Marv

Think about a fictitious conversation between “Mike” and “Mary” as they discuss an article in the New York Times that they have just read about a black mother and father who live in a poor neighborhood but are trying to keep their child from away from gangs and crime. Remember, Mike and Mary aren’t blatant racists and see themselves as open-minded. All four frames are represented, five specific semantic moves are used and two storylines. Identify the ones you think are represented and discuss them with your fellow students.
Mike: Well, that was a realistic article. In a world where we are all equal jobs are available why would someone live in that neighborhood?
Mary: Well, you know people like to gravitate toward their own kind.
Mike: I am not sure about that. I have black friends but they blame past history for failures. Most black mothers are single but race shouldn’t matter as she could get out of the neighborhood and live where she wanted. However, I am not a black mother or father so I don’t know.
Mary: Well, there are a lot of black people in jail. They just can’t help it. and most of them are on food stamps so they aren’t encouraged to work.
Mike: That sounds racist.
Mary: I, ah, I, ah…. I’m not racist.
Terms to understand and use for Module 3: abstract liberalism, naturalization, cultural racism, minimization of racism, linguistic manners, rhetorical strategies, disclaimer, projection, diminutives, rhetorical incoherence, SNAF, culture of poverty, culture, panethnic identity, educational attainment You should use these terms in Discussions and Quizzes.