"I'm more worried about about figuring what I want to do if I live" pg(3). I realized that the boy worries more about being the color that he is and he thinks life is getting harder for him since all these African American me and women are being killed by these whites.
"White folk talking 'bout some future- like I got one" pg(7). The author allows me to know who the main character is as a person, he feels like he isn't as important as the white people. He feels like everyone should be able to have a future and allow him to not think that far in life, as he is supposed to.
"Here I am one of the few kids I know whose Daddy didnt skip out on him, and he didn't even make it to thirty. This sentence gets to me because you can feel the tensity of racism back then and how a father could say goodbye to their kids to go get food at a local grocery. Then that could be the last goodbye that they say to them. That sentence also occurs because in our generation a bunch of parents abandon their child when there so young, even the day there born. But it also shows how he had a dad but was killed before he can even become thirty or to live his life. The main character is feeling as if it was just normal thing and it isn't as suprising.
" Wish there was some future. I could use me some future" pg(8). This stood out to me because he makes the word "future" seem like a thing because he doesn't know what is next in his life. All he knows is about hanging with his friends or as he calls it homies. All he knows about his being in locked away in a small world and thinking he wont live in a world where blacks are low class.
"She's pretty. Which I'm not , as, my stepfather reminds me every ten times a day" pg (59). The reason why Janelle feels that nobody could ever love her because of her stepfather reminds her that she isn't worth anything. Which makes her believe it and doesn't allow her to let people in her life.
"The scariest thing I can think of now is being all alone in this world" pg (54). This caught my attention is the way Leslie at her age 16 years old thinks of life now not about the future. She is scared of nobody being here on this earth with her. She doesn't think about what she wants to be in life but not wanting be all alone where there is nobody that can say "Leslie I'm here for you and your baby".
"I'm half rock already" pg (106). This came to my mind a lot because Amy feels like everyone around is not even worried about her but all they see is just a person but not who she is. If they don't try to get to know her then who do they think she is. She know feels like she might as well be in the crowd or hide somewhere where nobody will notice her. A rock is not unique but just here on this earth, that's why she is saying she is a rock already.
"If a dream is in your heart, you will never loose it" pg ( 116). Steve is an important character to me because when he says this quote it's just so powerful. It made me think if you really want something you would go after it and nothing wouldn't get into your way. You would never give up a dream but make it a reality because that's how much it means to you. A dream that is put in your heart is something you strive to get done or accomplished in life in the future or the present.
"She has no patience talking a thing to death" Pg (157). Porscha is afraid about talking death upon her because if she does than she feels like it will come upon her. She also feels like death is nothing someone should worry about and that its very sad to see life go on without you. I feel the same way, I hate knowing that the world will still go on without me. The word death is scary to Porscha and I to see you gone FOREVER!
On pages 5-6 Nikki Grimes eloquently writes a poem that describes the people of Harlem, and how they act and feel.
"Trumpeter of Lenox and 7th
through Jesse B. Semple,
you simply celebrated
Blues and Be-Bop
and being Black before
it was considered hip.
You dipped into
the muddy waters
of the Harlem River
and shouted “taste and see”
that we Black folk be good
at fanning hope
and stoking the fires
of dreams deferred.
You made sure
the world heard
about the beauty of
maple sugar children, and the
artfully tattooed backs of Black" (5-6)
Mr. Ward has his students write a plethora of poems. He has every student write a poem, and then share it out loud the class. (7)
Although at first glance it might appear that poverty and a difficult childhood are one in the same, Nikki Grimes proves that wealth does not exempt a person from struggling through childhood. The author Nikki Grims uses the idea of using examples of both nationalities African Americans and whites, showing the struggles of things they go through daily and as you read on you see that their is nothing different.
There are many examples or quotes that support my idea. “Wish there was some future, I could use some future”. This quote is about a young cocasion child who is stuck in a school filled with African Americans and feels like he is more worried about how to make friends more than who he is as a person or what are his priorites. Another example about future is from a African american child who’s father had been killed when he was younger and feels like he will die the same way as his father, so why should he worry about a future knowing that he won’t go past the age 30. “White folk talking about some future- like I got one”. As you can see the African American child feels like white people have a better future more than them but that’s not all true, since both different nationality children are going through the same thing not knowing what future they have.
You may think that boys go through troubles more than girls too but that isn’t true in the book Bronx Masquerade. There are many girls everyday who go through things and most likely its girls in my mind who go through things more than boys but just not these things but personal things in their life. This one girl named Amy feels like nobody ecnologizes her and that she just exists because she is just there. She tries to fit in the crowd so she won’t be put on the spot in class presentations or to made an example of. “I feel like I’m half rock” pg(106). Then there is another girl named Leslie who is 16 years old, going through pregnancy and all she has is her mother. But what she thinks about daily is what is she going to do when her mother is gone, where there is nobody there to take care of her baby when she needs to go to school. Is there going to be a future for her or will she have to stop her world and go work through her baby’s world by herself. “The scariest thing I can think of now is being all alone in this world” pg(54).
As you can see both genders female and male, also different nationalities go through troubles in their life but no race makes it better. In everyone’s life there going to go on a rollercoaster but you have to know before you go on that rollercoaster there is going to be twists and turns but most of all some bumps. But at the end of the day you get off that rollercoaster and you remember all the fun you had and the questions that went through your mind when the ride is over. You just have to know that life isn’t going to be easy with money or without it. We just have to all work together and figure out what we can do to help our neighbors and making sure everyone is okay.
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