The police officer may have been uncertain about what may have happened next with the suspicious looking man, but was his spontaneous decision to shoot the man the right move? The short story “Identities” by W.D Valgardson portrays the emotions and responses that this police officer went through, and why race, gender, culture, and social class could all play a part in an individual’s judgement. The police officer witnessed an unshaven man, dressed in blue jeans going towards a telephone booth, surrounded with a gang of young adults with hair “glistens as though shellacked.” The man walked apprehensively towards to telephone booth on his way to leave a message to his wife, sticking to the side of his Mercedes, distracted by the group of young men and women. While preoccupied by the concern of the gang he sees in his distance, the man is stopped suddenly, being ordered to halt. He felt relief rather than fear as he had seen the police officers’ uniform. The man tried reaching for his wallet for a piece of identity, but the inexperienced police officer was too nervous, and inadequately trained, resulting in him making a rash decision to shoot the man. This act from the police officer can be viewed through many different lenses. One may have the impression that the police officer had a racist preconception towards the man, implying or assuming that the man may have been a person of colour. This could also be interpreted through the lens that since it was set in a run-down neighborhood, the police officer quickly assumed that the man was from the area, was dazzled by the Mercedes and was trying to steal the car or the belongings inside. One last lens this could be viewed from is that since it was an unkept, older looking man that immediately makes him a criminal, possibly, if he was not a man he wouldn’t have been shot so quickly. The police officer was trained poorly and should not have been out on the field himself, in an unfamiliar neighborhood that time of day. The police officer in W.D Valgardson’s short story “Identities” should not be justified for shooting the man as he was wrongfully trained and made a thoughtless decision, resulting in him taking a mans life.
One thing I am proud of is I believe my essay writing has gotten better since last year. I wasn’t always sure how to incorporate quotes and other things into my writing without it sounding awkward. Even though I still have to improve it a little bit, I’ve learnt a lot about doing it properly. Two things I need to improve is making the info is relevant to everything I have written before it, as well as making sure that I check for grammar mistakes more often and reading over it very carefully.
The First Nations may be affected by history and attitude because they may feel like they are not accepted as they should be because of stereotypes. They think that they are not accepted or respected in the places they live. People have put so much stereotypes on the First Nations which may cause them to feel forgotten because they are so generalized in society, getting rid of their true identity, making them feel invisible or like they aren’t a real person.
When doing this, I learned a lot about how to write a good essay and I will keep in mind the corrections for the next essay we write. I really enjoyed the topic and I felt really passionate about it. If I could fix anything before handing it in I would’ve checked more for grammar mistakes and get more then one other person to read over it for me.
This photo portrays fear because when I was little I would tumble down the stairs when trying to go to my brothers room to say goodnight to him with my mom, she would leave the light off so I couldn’t really see where I was going. I had other ideas like my driveway, because its super steep and I fell down it when we first moved there and I still have to be super careful in the winter especially. But this photo about the stairs I think was a better option because I also don’t really like the dark so the story about falling down them and the part of the dark was a good combination. This affects my actions now because I am more careful when walking down stairs and walking through dark places in case there’s something in the way or something that I wouldn’t know is there.
In foods 11, in September one of my favourite things we made where the cream puffs because it was super fun and easy, and they also tasted really good. It was really fun to make them because filling it was fun and drizzling the chocolate was easier then I thought and it tasted really good. I would really like to make them another time on my own time and maybe try filling them with other things and drizzling other things on top, like Nutella, vanilla cream, strawberry, or white chocolate. One other thing I also really liked was the angel food cake. I always thought it was super hard to make but it wasn’t too difficult and it tasted really good too, especially with the strawberries on top. I think it would also be a good touch to add confetti sprinkles into the batter and make confetti angel food cake. On the other side, one of my least favourite things where the muffins because of the raisins and walnuts, other wise I liked everything we made and I plan to make some at home too.
By doing this project I learned more about genocides and what they are. Specifically the Armenian Genocide, it involved Turkish and Armenian citizens/government.