In Reply to: Missippi Masala posted by Cindy Chan on October 23, 2001 at 20:14:52:
What I find even more interesting is that the talk of "uniting as one" is actually used by someone in power.
The conversation does not take place between equals, but between the carpet-cleaners and the capitalist.
The capitalist is uses race as a rhetorical tool, and the carpet-cleaners realize this.
Hence the sarcastic remark about "power to the people".
: Like we mentioned in class, there are economic themes but there are cultural themes also presented in Mississippi Masala. Identity is one issue for sure. There is this underlying theme of why makes identity? Is it the geographic location where one is from? Is it the phenotype of a person? Or is it the cultural experience of a person that defines identity. After careful contemplation, I believe that identity is made up of all processes combined. To limit oneself to one sole definition of identity is shut oneself out from new ways of thought. Identity is relative. Fortunately for Demetrius and Mena, they realized that. For others in the community, they still saw everything as Black and White. African-American and Indian-American. The whole speech about "uniting as one" is just a ploy to escape a law suit. Occurences like that diminishes the trust within minority groups in cities and so minority groups are marginalized with their already marginal existence in the United States.
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