So, I’m sitting here writing my last blog post of the semester. I’ve got COPS going on in the background and I’m thinking about the end of the semester and of course Christmas with Wartburg. And I’m thinking about our Inquiry Studies class.
Looking at a picture of our class you might not see a lot of diversity. Maybe there is some diversity in clothing or hair styles. There will be some diversity in race, but not a lot.
But if you look into our class more you would see lots of diversity. We more than likely have some diversity in economics. We don’t all come from the same background. Some of us come from higher socioeconomic levels than others. Yet we are all still here at Wartburg sitting in the same 7:45 Inquiry Studies class. We are all diverse in the majors we chose. We are diverse in the television shows that we like or the music we enjoy listening to.
We are diverse on our politics. Some of us may be more on the right while others may be on the left. There are so many different things about us in our IS class, yet we are all in the same age group. We are all going to Wartburg College and we are all in the same 7:45 IS class.
This can be said for the world as well. None of us are the same. Not friends, not siblings, not even twins. We all have our own feelings and views, yet we are all here living on the earth. Some of us practice Catholicism while others are practicing Muslims. There is so much diversity, but we all need to remember that we are people. Everyone has feelings and dreams and we all need to treat each other fairly. We must keep our diversities in mind and respect everyone.
Africa is a continent which is considered to be one of the most linguistical continents, with estimates putting the number of languages spoken at as many as 3000 challenging the translation companies to get to grips with all of them. The languages form part of 4 language groups, namely Nilo-Saharian covering Central and Eastern Africa with approximately 140 languages, Khoisan covering the Western part of Southern Africa and has approximately 30 languages, Niger-Congo covering Southern, Central, and Eastern Africa gathers more than 1000languages and Afro-Asiatic covering Nothern Africa, Central Sahara and Horn of Africa. All of these languages are considered official. English has been considered as another official language though some speak it as their first language and some as their second language. A wide variety of sign language is also used.
One of the reasons behind the continents language diversity is the influence of European languages. Europian imperialists had their sights firmly set on Africa towards the end of the 19th century. During the time of colonization European countries were applying diplomatic pressure to get their own way. They used their imperialist might to push into Africa with military invasions, therefore resistant to follow their rules was fierce. Therefore because of this reason, the presence of European languages in Africa could not be avoided, In many instances, these European tounges were taken and localized, being converted into local dialects. For example, Roger Lass in 2002 identified three distinct versions of the SouthAfrican language, there was the broad English used by the working class, general English used by the middle class the cultivated English used by the upper class. The latter was approximated to African English. Therefore local languages which were spoken in South Africa became entwined with European languages which is one of the reasons why there are many languages spoken in Africa.
In relation to Dr. Who: The Fifth Doctor guessed that Matilda was a South African, because of her accent and pronunciation of the word “genetically”. It should be noted that the Doctor was probably versatile in African languages (some though), seeing as he came to earth in the old times and Africa is one of the most ancient continents n earth.
Many of us know that tv shows and movies are often white washed. Angelina Jolie playing an African American woman. Emma Stone playing a half Chinese woman. John Bennet playing an Asian man. Honestly there is probably a list of hundreds of actors that have played someone not of their race.
In Doctor Who a major one is when John Bennet, an English actor, played an Asian man named Li H’sen Chang. Li H’sen Chang was supposed to be a stage magician. Also when watching the scenes with Li H’sen Chang there are many instances of racism. He is wearing quite a bit of grab and has a very awful and offensive “typical” Asian American accent. The episode as a whole has quite a few racist aspects to it. Is this because of the time or because of the director and writer?
There have been many instances here in America of white washing as well.
When Disney first came out saying they would be making a live action Mulan there was a lot of stir that they were trying to cast a white actor as the main male. This has now been confirmed as not true, but is this because of the backlash or was this the plan all along?
In the movie Drive Carey Mulligan played a character that was originally written for a Latina woman. The director felt that Mulligan was perfect for the part… even though she wasn’t Latina I guess… In the movie Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Christopher Abbott and Alfred Molina were both cast as Afghan characters. Last time I checked they were both white actors, but I guess they fit the role better than an Afghan actor.
Johnny Depp played as a Native American in the movie The Lone Ranger. He said that he has some Native American heritage, but honestly it isn’t enough for me. Johnny is still too white of an actor to be playing a Native American in a movie.
Honestly this list could go on and on. I found a ton when I was looking online to even spark this topic. This is something that has been happening for years. Looking at the past we could say that they have an excuse. It honestly was pretty racist back in the day and it was “better” for the companies to hire white actors and actresses. But now? We don’t have anything to say to explain this. Times are changing, but not fast enough in the film industry.
In an ever changing world Wartburg makes strides to incorporate as many students into the school as possible; no matter the location, race, religion, etc. According to http://www.wartburg.edu/diversity/, we have students from 28 states and 56 countries. This is surprising to me personally because there are twice as many countries represented at Wartburg than states. Although, this could be because students within the United States are exposed to a variety of colleges in their surrounding areas. Thus, choosing other schools rather than Wartburg. Whereas the international students do not have the ability to do this as easily.
Within the website, it also says that students of color make up 19% of the student body. While the website does not give a clear definition to races that fall into the term “of color”, I am still surprised at how low this number is. I am surprised by this statistic because by viewing and being on campus for almost two years now, I feel as if this number would have been higher.
Along with these statistics, Wartburg College represents 25+ Christian denominations. Additionally, the college represents eight world religions. This is relatively diverse for a Lutheran college. In today’s society, I have a hard time believing that a majority of students decide on a college strictly in regards to the college’s main denomination. Wartburg also works with students of other religions when it comes to required religion courses. While most students take RE 101, which focuses on the bible in a general sense. They also offer a world religions course which accommodates for those students. I took RE 101 this past fall semester and found the course very interesting. From a religion aspect Wartburg does well in including world religions.
While Wartburg has a small student population, we have a surprising representation of the world population. Religiously, racially, and geographically Wartburg makes strides to be diverse in all of these categories. I am lucky to have the opportunity to be exposed to such a diverse student body.