Revisiting my daily journal entries led me to yet another emotional experience of recording the historical term White Trash. In almost all of my journal entries, I have mentioned how different people viewed the concept of White Trash throughout the glorious history of America. My journal entries have rather defined the concept of white trash concerning different definitions as proposed by scholars previously. This reflection paper shall portray the emotional effects of my daily writing. I shall discuss recording synthesis of my information regarding historical events in the history of white people of America.
My journal entries mainly talk about race consciousness and the consequences that led to civil war. Based on race consciousness, there were certain standards of surviving in a class that was set by white elites. A certain number of white Americans who were not able to survive and do up to the standards were ultimately given a lower category of social class (Newitz and Wray). The subjection was made by American elites which is the basic concern of journal entries. This could be regarded as the main highlight of my daily journal entries that would give an insight to whites who are considered as the most united race of the world.
Throughout my journal entries, it would be easier for readers to understand that I am an equality supporter. I have also written about the irrelevance of boundaries among members of society. In particular, if people would study the history of America, they would come to know that it has been a land where the term discrimination has got its profound meanings with its subsets. My journal entries also confer the idea of discrimination among whites (López).
The arrangement of my journal entries gives way to the synthesized manner of historical context to the term white trash. Firstly, I have mentioned discrimination along with class consciousness. The reason behind the intrapersonal discussion of my own about discrimination in the journal is because it gave a background to my perspective regarding the white race. Secondly, I have stacked chronology of incidents that took place in America of white people (Wray). This gives a transition to the idea of a reader about the significance of understanding the concept of white trash. Thirdly, I have also undergone a contextual debate of my thoughts in daily entries.
When I revisited my journal entries, it gave me a sense of belonging to the time when people had to suffer extreme social connotations. Decades ago, people were not given free will to move in the society while elite whites were given all the comforts and opportunities (Newitz and Wray). My journal entries reflect the lives of those people who were subjected to certain boundaries. Such boundaries were imposed in a manner that discourages their free will.
Addressing my thoughts in daily journal entries introduced me to an optimistic approach and liberal view regarding social standards. This supported my free will and perspective regarding equality. Revisiting my daily journal entries rather made me stronger about my insight into practicality. My written pieces have rather separated the superficial qualities of white people as projected in the media from reality. Emotionally and practically, my daily writing helps me stay determined that glittering white people are also a victim of their own created standards of social class. I rather feel pity for poor white people who might also be supporting equality among all races in America.
López, I. White by law: the legal construction of race. New York: NYU Press, New York.
Newitz, A and M. Wray. “What Is “White Trash “? Stereotypes and Economics of Poor Whites in the United States.” Minnesota Review (1997): 169-184.
Wray, M. Not quite white: white trash and the boundaries of whiteness. New York: Duke University Press, 2006.