In the opening chapter of Honky, there is a situation where Dalton steals a little sister. The young girl that he happens to steal is black. Dalton doesn’t understand until later that the small black girl couldn’t have been his sister. Dalton does not understand the racial differences of the society. He is ignorant to the ethnic differences. “….in the projects people seemed to come in all colors, shapes, and sizes, and I was yet unaware which were the important ones that divided up the world,” Conley said this when looking back at the situation.
At the website http://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/0520215869.asp the University of California Press points out how he becomes very aware of the differences since he becomes a white boy from the poor neighborhood. He was “too poor to be fully accepted into white middle-class circles and too white to be a member of the gangs that populated his neighborhood.” Basically, Conley wasn’t accepted in either of the neighborhoods. He tries desperately to fit in with the black and Latino kids in the neighborhood.
Also the reason that he moved to the middle class neighborhood school was because he’s mother didn’t approve of the customs of blacks and Latino. This is a good point of how different the traditions and ways people think from different races.
start with, I look at issues relating to race, especially in the
I found Dalton Conley's memoir very interesting in a sense that
think it is amazing that small kids are so innocent and hold no
final comment, this time critical, about "Honky" is that I did
found a website about the use of corporal punishment in the States
first section of Honky seems to be leading me in the direction of a
seems as though the author has chosen to write more about his relations
about a white child growing up in a situation where he is a
do like Conley’s descriptions and anecdotes about his life as a child in
found this site about the history of one of the first Mosques built in New York City:
One of the things that I found to be good in this story besides him bouncing around from school to school was when he was talking about the games that he played in, and around in projects. The game that stuck out to me was the game manhunt. I immediately thought that this sounds like a cool game. He started off by describing the game, and how just a few times after he was the hunted he was starting to get good at the game. The part in the book about this game that got me was after his mom caught him he said, “Unlike baseball or football, it taught us the important skills for life in the ghetto. It trained the hunted to evade both criminals and the police, who in that neighborhood were deemed equivalent. And it socialized the hunters to a posse mentality.” He then added how that helped the kids that joined a gang when they got older. I thought that the way he uses this game to show hoe the kids prepared themselves for the life in the ghetto.
The internet site that I found was a readers forum that talks to Dalton about his book and the way he feels about the things that were going on in his life as he was growing up. http://discussions.previewport.com:8001/articles/01/11/16/1626225.shtml
After reading the first section of Honky I found the life Dalton to be living to be very interesting. He has been living in poorer neighborhood and his parents feel a little bad about living there. They know there is probably someone who is more needy and needs that place to live. He is the white minority growing up with blacks, Puerto Ricans, and Chinese in the New York area. I like the story he tells about being a kid, the ones where he is yet to become aware of race. There is a time in his life when he is not even aware that he part of the majority and it isn't really until he gets to school that becomes aware.
I thought he told a few interesting stories that stand out. One is the game called manhunt. He basically called it practice for those who, someday, may be running and hiding from police or anyone else who might be after them. But that games sounds like something that shouldn't be able to be done in the projects. One kid is off hiding alone in some dark, usually deserted part of a building, while the others spend the day trying to find him. Dalton mentions that the stairwell used to frighten him, but when he played manhunt nothing appeared to bother him. I also think he had a very smart way of fitting in. By simply listening to other people talk he would learn enough to make them believe he knew what he was talking about. This sounds like a very good listening skill to have.
After reading about how devastated Dalton was by being born in the year of the rooster I decided to use a website on the Chinese calendar. So I found this website, http://www.new-year.co.uk/chinese/calendar.htm, it doesn't the look of a placemat that you might find at Chinese restaurant but it gets the message across. Something interesting about the site is that you click on the animal for the year you were born in. It takes you to a page that describes that animal and lists a few famous people with the same sign. I born the year of the rooster and share that Yoko Ono and Rod Stewart.
I was reading the first section of Honky, I was reminded of my own
really enjoy how the story is through Conley's eyes as he is growing
is my web site for the response to Honky. It is a link to my hometown
Lorain, Ohio: http://www.lorainohio.net/
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