No True Cultural Excellence Essay

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By valentina stackl Aren't we all humans? Isn't it more an inner goal of excellence we are trying to achieve. An inner goal that varies from one person to another, rather than a comparison we try to find between different cultures? I started reading my three books, "no disrespect" by Sista Souljah, "the motorcycle diaries" by Che Guevara and "notes form the hyenas belly" by Nega Mezlekia with only "comparison" in mind. I tried to find clues and hidden messages, to find some similarity between the African, African American and South American culture. All three books where about young people, making revolution, going their own path, they all where little specks in a big picture. Some bigger then other, but still just one part of a bigger revolution. One being in the 50's (motorcycle diaries) an other in the 70's (notes from a hyenas belly) and the last one in the 80's (no disrespect) it wasn't even the same revolution we are talking about.There are 2 types of revolutions in no disrespect. Sista, a young black girl growing up in the ghettos of a big American city, is the main character. When she goes off to college, she finally meets people with the same feelings she has. She seemed the only one interested in books in high school, while the others went out and got high, had unprotected sex, ending up as children with children. In college she started going to meetings of different clubs that discussed racial issues. She found friends who she talked with, really talked with till late at night. She was but a tiny piece of a revolution, a revolution of young black Americans that don't take everything for granted. In her personal way she fought for children in the ghettos, so they wouldn't have to live a life she did. But more than that revolution it was more of a personal revolution. When she was a young girl her father thought her never to trust anyone the hard way. After her parenst got divorced, her mom moved to the ghetto with Sista and her younger sister and brother. Her father cam to pick her up every so often to go do something fun. One day he said that now that she lives in the ghetto, she was to trust no one. They went to play outside and she wanted to go off the slide. She said that she was going to go headfirst and that her father should catch her when she comes. But when she came he didn't catch her. When she asked why he did that he said, "I told you, you where to trust no one!." So she used this early life experience for the all the man she was going to meet. It didn't get better since all the man she was together with somehow cheated on her and broke her heart. I think her revolution was that she kept going on, no matter how hurt she was. Every time she met someone new it was a new little revolution. In notes from the hyena's belly it was an actual revolution against the government. Also for Nega, the main character in the book, a whole new world opens when he goes to high school. This is like college for people in Ethiopia since lots of...

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