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Dec
14

Dear Dr. West-Puckett,

In this cover letter I Wynton Fox a member of the English 1200 service learning class of fall 2010. Will be going over many things, such as my attendance in class, have I put in effort and met due dates, have I put in good amounts of class participation, descriptions about my annotated bibliography’s.  The perspectives I wrote my mini ethnographies in and the research process that I took, followed by my discussion of my final drafts, my peer feedback and a discussion of what grade I think I deserve in the course.

 

During this semester I know that I have attended every single class except for one.  The reason that I was not able to attended one class was because I had woken up that morning throwing up.  Since my roommate is also in class with me I made sure that he told, and showed me everything we did that day so that I would not fall behind. I made sure that my blog and notes where up to date with that classes work.  I feel that I regularly participated in classroom activates and discussions.  Even though there was one instants where my participation was questioned and I had to meet with Mrs. West-Puckett before I could return to class.  I even made time to go visit the instructor during my free time to see if there was work I could do over a break to get ahead.  I also made sure that I attended every group gathering that we had and contributed greatly.

Although my blog may have been a little bit out of order due to me not naming some boxes by their correct names, I made sure that all my boxes were posted on time.  If they were not I made sure that as soon as I received the email from you, or was told in class by you that certain ones were not up to date I went on and fix the ones that were mentioned.  On certain products we would have to have them posted and then go back and add or take away from them as if they were a draft, I followed the instructions giving to me and reviewed them, and they were reposted.  While conducting our research on Major Project Number One we decided instead of typing a paper we were going to switch to a digital timeline.  This timeline was not something that could be done by one person it would take great group contribution, and I believe that I contributed and large amount, by doing my part in the research department of it and making sure my post to it were up in time for the teacher to see the progress.  My main part was to gather all the photographs for the project.

In doing revisions of my annotated bibliographies, I first was not too sure how to do them, because we had never done these in high school so they were very short.  Upon turning them in since they were so short I was told that I needed to add more information into them so I made sure, to come to you to ask what parts I was lacking information in them so that I could fix them.  Upon receiving your advice I went back and fixed them.  With the revision of my ethnographies I made sure that they were posted on my blog before class so that I could participate in the peer reviews.  In these peer reviews I got such comments that my paper was lacking interviews, and that it was a little short on length.  I also received comments then we needed more pictures and that things needed to be sighted.  I was really thankful for the outlines and examples that the class book showed us.  Also for the positive and negative feedback I received.  It helped me a lot in my planning and preparation of my projects.

If I had to pick a particular way to describe how my drafts address the audience, I would have to describe it to be on a personal level.  I typed it in such a way to really connect with the audience, so that they could really feel and experience what I did in my research.  In doing this research I had to do some extensive research in the library, searching for worthy sources.  It was not an easy task trying to find information about Charles Eppes middle school or Charles Eppes himself.  There was very little information about Charles Eppes himself in that collection which made it very difficult.  I was also fairly new to researching in the library because we did not do too much of it in high school.

With the revising of my major projects as I stated above there was no special way I went about it.  I made sure I had everything that I needed when I reported to class so that my peers could take a look at what I had completed.  When I went for my conference with the teacher I made sure to have my draft posted to my blog and that I was ready to engage in constructive criticism of my paper.  I was asked to identify any problems that I was facing.  This idea of being able to present my paper to my teacher before I actually had to turn it in was a big help.  I was able to hear my teacher thoughts, and input so that I could change the paper to how she liked it, and not be surprised by any of her grading methods.

Now that I have talked a lot about my papers getting reviewed I am going to talk about the process of me peer reviewing my class mate’s papers.  I was lucky enough to have one of my classmates as one of my roommates so it made it easy for us when we needed someone else’s opinion on one of our papers. When I read his papers I made sure that I gave him negative feedback, but I made sure that I also gave him positive feedback.  When I was in class and asked to go over other classmates work, I made sure that I also gave them positive and negative feedback.  I also gave them little pointers of maybe adding a picture here and there to make it a little more appealing.

With the conclusion of this class in a few days, I feel that I deserve a B in the class.  I have made an effort to attend every single class, although I have only missed one due to sickness.  In the beginning of this semester if I was asked this question I would have said differently because I did not think I would be able to complete all this writing.  With the help of my peers and you I have been able to get through it.  In the beginning of the semester I struggled with my annotated bibliographies but I stuck to them and I think I have made a drastic improvement from where I was at.  I believe I made large contributions to our class discussions, although I was questioned about it.  I enjoyed doing Major project number 2 which was a huge surprise to me; I did not feel that I would enjoy it at all.  I was able to go out on my own and do research the way that I liked it.  I feel that I have upheld my end of the student contract that I signed in the beginning of the year.

 

Sincerely,

Wynton N. Fox

 

Dec
14

 

In my mini ethnography I decided that I was going to look into the treatment of African American football players now versus treatment before segregation.  I wanted to discover if African American males were treated differently in high school football before segregation, then they are now.  While being an African American high school football player, I did not recognize much difference between the ways I was treated compared to the other players on the team.  There were however, some noticeable differences.  The hypothesis states that African American football players of today’s age will be treated differently than they were before segregation.  To conduct my work I will be making observations of the J.H. Rose Rampants Varsity Football team.  J.H. Rose is located at 600 West Arlington Boulevard Greenville NC, 27834.

There were things that needed to be accomplished prior to beginning my fieldwork.  First, I needed to go to the principal of the school and explain to him what I was hoping to learn by observing students.  I did not want him to view me as an intruder roaming around the school grounds.   I met with the principal in his office and informed him of my plans, and that anything I wrote about the school if it were to be published would go to him first to review it.  After about 30 minutes of convincing, he agreed to let me observe the team and would be fine with my fieldwork studies. He was worried about the well being of his school, which is why it took time to convince him.  He wanted to make sure that nothing would be publicly published that would damage the reputation of the school, J.H. Rose.  It was necessary that I convinced him that there would be no publicized slandering of the school as a result of the observations of my study.  Next, I needed to run the methods and purpose of the fieldwork study by Coach Lipe, the football coach.  We settled on the days that I could observe the team and to be sure not to interfere. I proceeded to the Coach’s office and further explained what I had previously told the principal.  I also added that I did not really want to be noticed by the players.  In order to get the quality results for my fieldwork study I wanted, I did not want the players to be aware of my presence.  It was preferred that the team acted as if I wasn’t there so that I could get as close to accurate results as I possibly could.  I informed the coach that I would be changing my behavior to fit the norm so that my own behavior would not affect the results and I would be respectful of his coaching techniques and stay under the radar from the players.  The coach agreed and promised me that his own behavior would not be changing because of my presence. After leaving his office I made a promise to myself that I would record my observations as accurately as possible without corrupt data. By making this promise I would be more able to get the proper results for my findings.

While I was in high school, my family lived in one of the richest, most diverse areas in the nation. I was able to experience interaction with other cultures and receive things that children in less fortunate areas may not.  This does not mean that I did not miss out on the teachings of the basics of football.  I was taught as an equal of other kids in the program.  I learned great leadership and made friends that I will have throughout my lifetime; which are things that can be viewed at J.H. Rose High School.  J.H. Rose is not exactly what one would think it would be when I was in high school I attended the biggest high school in the state of Virginia with about 4,000 students.  When I pulled up to J.H. Rose I was shocked as I was walking through it I asked my tour guide how many students attended here and he said “about 1,200” but the school was about as big as my high school.  The size of the school was very intriguing to me as I was from much the largest high school in the state of Virginia.  It also seemed like a fairly new school by the condition of the floors, walls, and furniture. It looked like the school had been remodeled within about the last 3 years. The lockers looked like they were in great condition, the classrooms seemed to be newly renovated, and the classroom supplies looked as if they were up to date. I was very impressed with the appeal the school presented.  This was surprising to me because I did not expect such a nicely conditioned school.

Even though I was raised in private school setting up until my freshman year of high school, I was not out of the loop of public schools.  When I was younger I played sports through the county so most of the kids on my team attended public schools.  I was able to befriend many of them early on in my childhood.  These friendships helped me learn and develop behavior.  This would have benefitted me if I was to interact with a player on the Rampants team.

Football has always been a huge part of my life.  As a high school student I was a highly competitive player.  I thought by studying this subculture it would be a good way to get reconnected with the sport that I loved.  I knew that this field study assignment would be fairly easy for me because I spent much of my childhood and adolescence participating in it.  Although being very knowledgeable in the sport, I knew there would also be some difficulty in this field working activity.  Since most high school athletes are very confident and boastful, I knew that if they were aware that I was watching them that they mostly would try and show off for me instead of undergoing their normal behavior.  I wondered to myself if certain athletes would try to out shine other athletes just because I was watching?  Or would certain athletes become lacsidaisical because other were performing at a higher level.  I knew that if I were to be noticed by the players, it would make my results skewed and even more difficult to get.  I tried to make myself as non-noticeable as possible.  In order to be sure of this, I would stand in spots that would not be so noticeable to the players and coaches.  I also did not reveal to the coaches which practices or games that I would be attending.  At the end of the field study, I conducted an interview with the head coach questioned him on what he thought of the treatment of African American athletes compared to Caucasian athletes.

With the completion of this project, I hoped that I would be able to attribute to my personal opinions and learn from the players and coaches.  My goal in this project was to see if the racial treatment of the athletes was the same.  I arrived at the Joyner Library at East Carolina University, conducted an interview of the head coach, and made observations of the Varsity football team at J.H. Rose High School.  I was very interested to jump into this project.  I viewed it to as a very interesting assignment that I could relate and compare to my own life.

When I first visited the school to reveal my project, I took mental notes of what the school looked like from the outside and what I thought of it. This would allow me to have a comparison of my thoughts prior to my study to my observation notes taken through out my fieldwork.  This gave me an outsider’s opinions of the school.  I did not want my notes to be biased in any way, and having a comparison allowed me to reduce this bias.

When I first arrived at J.H. Rose High School, I was very shocked to find several kids in trouble at the principal’s office.  There were four African American children in trouble and one Caucasian child.  I was surprised to find this but as I was waiting to meet with the principal there were children that just kept coming and they all had done something that broke the rules.  After a few minutes, the quarterback came in.  He was an African American and seemed like all his fellow peers idolized him.  The way he was treated when he walked in the office, and how he was talked about shortly after he left gave me an idea of how African Americans Athletes were viewed at the school.  They were viewed as gods at this school.  I made sure that this early observation did not affect the rest of my observations that began when I attended my first Rampants football practice.  This one observation would not sway my opinion of all other African American Athletes on and off the field.

While observing the football practice on Thursday, September 30, 2010 I witnessed some jokes being exchanged between Coach Jamison, the linebacker coach, a rather built man, that was about six feet and three inches with an African American player that was in his group on the outskirts of the practice. While this was going on, there was a strange man that seemed out of place and had a very large Afro walking by.  I noticed that this man walked by the team’s practice almost everyday that I had attended. The coach turned to the player and said to him “What’s your pops doing walking around?”  The player responded to the coach by looking him and saying “haha, you’re so funny and he must be your brother in law!”  The statement was followed by the coach’s laughter and that was the end of that conversation. This observing contributed to my views that African Americans are now treated equally to Caucasians. This proved my hypothesis true that African Americans are treated much differently then they were before segregation.  It was obvious that there was a strong relationship formed between the coaches and their African American student athletes. As I stated above in my research, I interviewed the head coach of the Rampant’s football team, Todd Lipe, and asked him the question of “What he thought about the treatment of African Americans before and after segregation?”  His reply to this was that he feels that the treatment of his African American students compared to his Caucasian students has been drastically changed. The treatment has become fairer between the two groups. There is more equity shown between all players on the Rampants football team at J.H. Rose High School.  While researching in the library I came across an article in the research database titled Blinded by history it talks about African American athletes before segregation and after segregation, and the major difference between the two and how it has changed for the better.

After doing this project I found out I was correct in what I stated in my hypothesis that the treatment of African American Athletes has changed over the years from worse to better.  I myself learned things about how athletes are treated that I did not notice while being a player.  If I could go back and change something I would like to have more time to observe the team, to see if there were anything other big interactions I would see.  Like the one between the coach and his player.  I really did enjoy having the freedom to somewhat be on my own on this project instead of usually having someone hold my hand through it.  In the end this project was a great learning experience for me and I am glad I was able to be a part of it.

 

Dec
07

This memo is me describing of what I have done so far in my mini ethnography.Where I think I will be going in my mini ethnography.Maybe if I have had any trouble writing this paper.  I will also ask myself what has worked, and is there anymore help I may need from my teacher.

When I started to write this mini ethnography I was not quite sure how to do it, because I had never written one before.  I took a look at the guidelines for the paper and just started writing.  Once I finished this I went back and added such things in like citations, and some pieces from my interview.  Once of the interesting things that I came across was that without a doubt the head coach had even thought that the treatment of athletes had  changed, I thought that he may think there would still be a little bit of bias towards them.  I was surprised to find that I did not come across anything I did not expect, I did however discovery this football team is a lot like mine where everyone seems to get along like brothers.  To be honest I am very satisfied with my outcome, I laid out a hypothesis and went out and proved it.

My favorite piece of this project is what I was able to prove it shows that the world is beginning to become a better place.

With the closing of this project I plan to work on my conclusion to close it out.

I will probably use this in one of my business management classes to get across a point about cultural differences.

I would like my reader to focus on what the coach said an insider who is involved in this interaction pretty much everyday.

Also focus on the conclusion with me stating what I have really learned from this project.

I would like to receive reader response through a memo, I think it is the easiest way to deal with it.

Dec
07

In my mini ethnography I decided that I was going to look into the treatment of African American football players now versus treatment before segregation.  I wanted to discover if African American males were treated differently in high school football before segregation, then they are now.  While being an African American high school football player, I did not recognize much difference between the ways I was treated compared to the other players on the team.  There were however, some noticeable differences.  The hypothesis states that African American football players of today’s age will be treated differently than they were before segregation.  To conduct my work I will be making observations of the J.H. Rose Rampants Varsity Football team.  J.H. Rose is located at 600 West Arlington Boulevard Greenville NC, 27834.

There were things that needed to be accomplished prior to beginning my fieldwork.  First, I needed to go to the principal of the school and explain to him what I was hoping to learn by observing students.  I did not want him to view me as an intruder roaming around the school grounds.   I met with the principal in his office and informed him of my plans, and that anything I wrote about the school if it were to be published would go to him first to review it.  After about 30 minutes of convincing, he agreed to let me observe the team and would be fine with my fieldwork studies. He was worried about the well being of his school, which is why it took time to convince him.  He wanted to make sure that nothing would be publicly published that would damage the reputation of the school, J.H. Rose.  It was necessary that I convinced him that there would be no publicized slandering of the school as a result of the observations of my study.  Next, I needed to run the methods and purpose of the fieldwork study by Coach Lipe, the football coach.  We settled on the days that I could observe the team and to be sure not to interfere. I proceeded to the Coach’s office and further explained what I had previously told the principal.  I also added that I did not really want to be noticed by the players.  In order to get the quality results for my fieldwork study I wanted, I did not want the players to be aware of my presence.  It was preferred that the team acted as if I wasn’t there so that I could get as close to accurate results as I possibly could.  I informed the coach that I would be changing my behavior to fit the norm so that my own behavior would not affect the results and I would be respectful of his coaching techniques and stay under the radar from the players.  The coach agreed and promised me that his own behavior would not be changing because of my presence. After leaving his office I made a promise to myself that I would record my observations as accurately as possible without corrupt data. By making this promise I would be more able to get the proper results for my findings.

While I was in high school, my family lived in one of the richest, most diverse areas in the nation. I was able to experience interaction with other cultures and receive things that children in less fortunate areas may not.  This does not mean that I did not miss out on the teachings of the basics of football.  I was taught as an equal of other kids in the program.  I learned great leadership and made friends that I will have throughout my lifetime; which are things that can be viewed at J.H. Rose High School.  J.H. Rose is not exactly what one would think it would be when I was in high school I attended the biggest high school in the state of Virginia with about 4,000 students.  When I pulled up to J.H. Rose I was shocked as I was walking through it I asked my tour guide how many students attended here and he said “about 1,200” but the school was about as big as my high school.  The size of the school was very intriguing to me as I was from much the largest high school in the state of Virginia.  It also seemed like a fairly new school by the condition of the floors, walls, and furniture. It looked like the school had been remodeled within about the last 3 years. The lockers looked like they were in great condition, the classrooms seemed to be newly renovated, and the classroom supplies looked as if they were up to date. I was very impressed with the appeal the school presented.  This was surprising to me because I did not expect such a nicely conditioned school.

Even though I was raised in private school setting up until my freshman year of high school, I was not out of the loop of public schools.  When I was younger I played sports through the county so most of the kids on my team attended public schools.  I was able to befriend many of them early on in my childhood.  These friendships helped me learn and develop behavior.  This would have benefitted me if I was to interact with a player on the Rampants team.

Football has always been a huge part of my life.  As a high school student I was a highly competitive player.  I thought by studying this subculture it would be a good way to get reconnected with the sport that I loved.  I knew that this field study assignment would be fairly easy for me because I spent much of my childhood and adolescence participating in it.  Although being very knowledgeable in the sport, I knew there would also be some difficulty in this field working activity.  Since most high school athletes are very confident and boastful, I knew that if they were aware that I was watching them that they mostly would try and show off for me instead of undergoing their normal behavior.  I wondered to myself if certain athletes would try to out shine other athletes just because I was watching?  Or would certain athletes become lacsidaisical because other were performing at a higher level.  I knew that if I were to be noticed by the players, it would make my results skewed and even more difficult to get.  I tried to make myself as non-noticeable as possible.  In order to be sure of this, I would stand in spots that would not be so noticeable to the players and coaches.  I also did not reveal to the coaches which practices or games that I would be attending.  At the end of the field study, I conducted an interview with the head coach questioned him on what he thought of the treatment of African American athletes compared to Caucasian athletes.

With the completion of this project, I hoped that I would be able to attribute to my personal opinions and learn from the players and coaches.  My goal in this project was to see if the racial treatment of the athletes was the same.  I arrived at the Joyner Library at East Carolina University, conducted an interview of the head coach, and made observations of the Varsity football team at J.H. Rose High School.  I was very interested to jump into this project.  I viewed it to as a very interesting assignment that I could relate and compare to my own life.

When I first visited the school to reveal my project, I took mental notes of what the school looked like from the outside and what I thought of it. This would allow me to have a comparison of my thoughts prior to my study to my observation notes taken through out my fieldwork.  This gave me an outsider’s opinions of the school.  I did not want my notes to be biased in any way, and having a comparison allowed me to reduce this bias.

When I first arrived at J.H. Rose High School, I was very shocked to find several kids in trouble at the principal’s office.  There were four African American children in trouble and one Caucasian child.  I was surprised to find this but as I was waiting to meet with the principal there were children that just kept coming and they all had done something that broke the rules.  After a few minutes, the quarterback came in.  He was an African American and seemed like all his fellow peers idolized him.  The way he was treated when he walked in the office, and how he was talked about shortly after he left gave me an idea of how African Americans Athletes were viewed at the school.  They were viewed as gods at this school.  I made sure that this early observation did not affect the rest of my observations that began when I attended my first Rampants football practice.  This one observation would not sway my opinion of all other African American Athletes on and off the field.

While observing the football practice on Thursday, September 30, 2010 I witnessed some jokes being exchanged between Coach Jamison, the linebacker coach, a rather built man, that was about six feet and three inches with an African American player that was in his group on the outskirts of the practice. While this was going on, there was a strange man that seemed out of place and had a very large Afro walking by.  I noticed that this man walked by the team’s practice almost everyday that I had attended. The coach turned to the player and said to him “What’s your pops doing walking around?”  The player responded to the coach by looking him and saying “haha, you’re so funny and he must be your brother in law!”  The statement was followed by the coach’s laughter and that was the end of that conversation. This observing contributed to my views that African Americans are now treated equally to Caucasians. This proved my hypothesis true that African Americans are treated much differently then they were before segregation.  It was obvious that there was a strong relationship formed between the coaches and their African American student athletes. As I stated above in my research, I interviewed the head coach of the Rampant’s football team, Todd Lipe, and asked him the question of “What he thought about the treatment of African Americans before and after segregation?”  His reply to this was that he feels that the treatment of his African American students compared to his Caucasian students has been drastically changed. The treatment has become fairer between the two groups. There is more equity shown between all players on the Rampants football team at J.H. Rose High School.

Nov
30

Old School vs. New School

The Treatment of African American Athletes before and after Racial Segregation

 

 

In my mini ethnography I decided that I was going to look into the treatment of African American football players now versus treatment before segregation.  I wanted to discover if African American males were treated differently in high school football before segregation, then they are now.  While being an African American high school football player, I did not recognize much difference between the ways I was treated compared to the other players on the team.  There were however, some noticeable differences.  The hypothesis states that African American football players of today’s age will be treated differently than they were before segregation.  To conduct my work I will be making observations of the J.H. Rose Rampants Varsity Football team.

There were things that needed to be accomplished prior to beginning my field work.  First, I needed to go to the head of the school and explain to him what I was hoping to learn by observing students.  I did not want him to view me as an intruder roaming around the school grounds.   I met with the principal in his office and informed him of my plans, and that anything I wrote about the school if it were to be published would go to him first to review it.  After about 30 minutes of convincing, he agreed to let me observe the team and would be fine with my field work studies. Next, I would also need to run my field work study by the football coach.  We settled on the days that I could observe the team and to be sure not to interfere. I proceeded to the Coach’s office and further explained what I had previously told the principal.  I also added that I did not really want to be noticed by the players.  In order to get the quality results for my field work study I wanted, I did not want the players to be aware of my presence.  It was preferred that the team acted as if I wasn’t there so that I could get as close to  accurate results as I possibly could.  I informed the coach that I would be changing my behavior to fit the norm so that my own behavior would not affect the results and I would be respectful of his coaching techniques and stay under the radar from the players.  The coach agreed and promised me that his own behavior would not be changing because of my presence. After leaving his office I made a promise to myself that I would record my observations as accurately as possible without corrupt data. By making this promise I would be more able to get the proper results for my findings.

While I was in high school, my family lived in one of the richest, most diverse areas in the nation. I was able to experience interaction with other cultures and receive things that children in less fortunate areas may not.  This does not mean that I did not miss out on the teachings of the basics of football.  I was taught as an equal of other kids in the program.  I learned great leadership and made friends that I will have throughout my lifetime.  Which are things that can be viewed at J.H. Rose High School.

Even though I was raised in private school setting up until my freshman year of high school, I was not out of the loop of public schools.  When I was younger I played sports through the county so most of the kids on my team attended public schools.  I was able to befriend many of them early on in my childhood.  These friendships helped me learn and develop behavior.  This would have benefitted me if I was to interact with a player on the Rampants team.

Football has always been a huge part of my life.  As a high school student I was a highly competitive player.  I thought by studying this subculture it would be a good way to get reconnected with the sport that I loved.  I knew that this field study assignment would be fairly easy for me because I spent much of my childhood and adolescence participating in it.  Although being very knowledgeable in the sport, I knew there would also be some difficulty in this field working activity.  Since most high school athletes are very confident and boastful, I knew that if they were aware that I was watching them that they mostly would try and show off for me instead of undergoing their normal behavior.  I wondered to myself if certain athletes would try to out shine other athletes just because I was watching?  Or would certain athletes become lacsidaisical because other were performing at a higher level.  I knew that if I were to be noticed by the players, it would make my results skewed and even more difficult to get.  I tried to make myself as non-noticeable as possible.  In order to be sure of this, I would stand in spots that would not be so noticeable to the players and coaches.  I also did not reveal to the coaches which practices or games that I would be attending.  At the end of the field study, I conducted an interview with the head coach questioned him on what he thought of the treatment of African American athletes compared to Caucasian athletes.

With the completion of this project, I hoped that I would be able to attribute to my personal opinions and learn from the players and coaches.  My goal in this project was to see if the racial treatment of the athletes was the same.  I arrived at the Joyner Library at East Carolina University, conducted an interview of the head coach, and made observations of the Varsity football team at J.H. Rose High School.  I was very interested to jump into this project.  I viewed it to as a very interesting assignment that I could relate and compare to my own life.

When I first visited the school to reveal my project, I took mental notes of what the school looked like from the outside and what I thought of it. I would have notes to compare my thoughts prior to my study to after my study and being familiar with the school.  This gave me an outsider’s opinions of the school.  I did not want to be caught up in judging a book by its cover.

When I first arrived at J.H. Rose High School, I was very shocked to find several kids in trouble at the principal’s office.  There were four African American children in trouble and one Caucasian child.  I was surprised to find this but as I was waiting to meet with the principal there were children that just kept coming and they all had done something that break the rules.  After a few minutes, the quarterback came in.  He was an African American and seemed like he was idolized by all his fellow peers.  The way he was treated when he walked in and the way he was talked about when he left the office gave the impression, even before I even did my observation, that African Americans Athletes were viewed as gods at this school.  Although I said to myself that I cannot use this observation to sway my opinion of all other African American Athletes on and off the field.


Nov
23

MP #2

For the longest of time high school sports have been a big part in a lot of kids lives during their four years attending their respected high schools.  But before the segregation of schools the competitions may have not been as competitive.  Blacks played Blacks and Whites played White, so there was not racial diversity.

Through doing my research of JH. Rose High school I found many differences about how blacks used to be treated and how they are treated with this generation. Although JH. Rose High School was never segregated that does not mean that did not face problems that originated from race.  Like all schools in the South then just because blacks and whites went to school together does not mean that they got along.  Blacks and Whites played on the same football team in 1957 at JH. Rose but did not get along. The White children view themselves as being the ones who belonged there, and also thought that the blacks did not even deserve to play sports. With this being said they were mean to them and teased and taunted them.  The Whites received the newer equipment while the blacks got the old gear, they also got less playing time.  Because they were just not seen as equals.

Nov
20

While observing the JH Rose Rampants Football team they used many words relevant to their subculture.  Here are some of the words they used and there meanings.

Team Time –  When the team gathers together at the end of practice.  The first team offense goes against the 1st team defense in a type of scrimmage.

Iso Drill – Running Back’s go head to head with a line backer in a one on one blocking drill.

Scout Team- A offense and Defense compiled of players who emulate the opposing teams game plan.

Skill players – Running Backs, Wide receivers, Defense Backs, Quarter backs.

Big on Big- Get a Big offensive lineman on a Big Defensive lineman.

Fly route – Wide receiver runs straight down the field looks for pass from quarter back at about 20 yards.

Pre Practice- Special Teams players Come out 30 min before practice and work on what they need to work on

Nov
11

Death Row:  Going to Mr. Davenport’s office was know as going to death row

Hamidowns: The blacks got the hamidown clothes and books from the whites

Fellowship:  When pray takes places

Chaplin: Mr. Jones was the class chaplian

Wealth:  No one was discriminated against because they were wealthy.

together:  In the summer it did not matter if you were black or white they worked together.

paddle:  Davenport would sometimes beat the students with a paddle

 

 

 

Nov
11

– So far in our AA schools, project weh ave not come across any problems.  Our timeline is running very smoothly, the interviews have been going great and we seem to have enough information to fill out a timeline.  We have created the timeline on dipity.com, were we have been able to upload pictures.

– The only thing we are having a little trouble with would be the transcript that is still being worked on but is coming along.  We have decided to put it up and will be splitting it with in our group.

– WE all have the same amount of input and roles in our group we have all contributed about a equal amount.

-I think we could maybe at one more interview, it would hurt us and there maybe some more questions that we could get answered.

-Other than an A on this project this is not much I think that I need on this project, maybe her guidance when I run into problems.

 

Nov
09

Jimmy Jones is a tall African American man, he stands about 6’7, or maybe a little bit shorter. He was dressed in a black and grey sweater, that matched his black slacks, with a white dress shirt underneath, on his feet he was wearing white tied up sneakers.  On his head he wore a hat that stated U.S. Marines Never Retired.  He had aloud voice that couldn’t not be mistaken it could be heard from awhiles away.  Some of his language was a little tough to read because he was from a different era so they had different slang..  All together like I stated before he was a large man so he had large hands and feet that went along with the rest of his body.

1. The context of this interview was friendly for me I felt that I connected with him very well as he did with me.  When answering the questions he seem to look at me every time, although I felt like some of the interviewers were nervous things started to open up later on in the interview.

2.There was many meanings behind our recorded words in our interview.  Jimmy Jones is one of few people who are left in this area from the times before, and during segregation he is a walking history mannuel of that time period, so his words and accounts from that time period are very important.  His words and descriptions, can really help us get a experience of what went on in that time period.  My informants opinons, come from his experiences at C.M. Eppes High School, and from what he has put together through the C.M. Eppes Alumni Association.

3.The informant speaks in a very friendly manner there maybe only a few gaps and thats because of memory maybe , his tones would get loud when he would get excited about something .