An Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: Disagreement Statement

There are many things I disagree with that are on this list of statements in front of me,  but perhaps the one I disagree with the most is the statement, “Authors should not be allowed to use racist language in their writing”. While I believe that unnecessary racism in literature should not be tolerated, I believe that the only reason authors use racist language in the first place is because racist language creates emphasis and a significant impact on the reader. Emphasis from racist language can be used to show the harsh reality of racism and the oppression minorities feel. For example, describing a white man using derogatory language towards a black man could leave the reader with an accurate perspective of what it feels like to be a colored person and make them realize why racism is offensive and harmful.

Racist language can also create a historically accurate picture. In the past, racism was common and many colored people suffered the fate of being persecuted for the color of their skin. Novels with racist language can show what it would be like for a colored person to live back in the day. If you were in Birmingham in the 1950’s, it wouldn’t be uncommon for offensive racist language to be used to describe people of color. You wouldn’t see white people calling black people their friends during the Atlantic Slave Trade. You wouldn’t see plantation owners using kind and affectionate words towards the slaves that worked their cotton fields. No, you would see them calling them all sorts of nasty, racist slang. To romanticize what actually happened is no better than lying. Racist language shows the truth of what it really was like for colored people during these historical time periods.

Finally, freedom of speech is one of the key fundamentals of our constitution. To prevent authors from creatively expressing their thoughts and emotions is censorship and should not be allowed. As long as the racist language is necessary for the literature and it depicts the truth, authors should be allowed to use racist language. Ultimately, it depends on how the racist language is used, but I must say that I disagree with the statement.

Eminent Speech: Storytelling Arc

Exposition: Introduces Norman Borlaug and setting from the perspective of Chidambaram Subramanium, Indian Minister of Food and Agriculture. A famine ravages the Indian Subcontinent and war breaks out between Pakistan and India. Norman Borlaug starts to begin his work in India.

Conflict Introduced/Inciting Incident: The Indian governments cultural reluctance to accept new farming methods prevents Borlaug from planting his seeds immediately. Describes the anxiety and frustration of Norman’s team. Meanwhile, hunger and war intensifies.

Rising Action #1: First attempt of trying to ship hybrid dwarf varieties is unsuccessful. First shipment of 450 tons of seeds is delayed due to Mexican customs, forcing the shipment to be first shipped to Los Angeles, then taken to India and Pakistan via freight.

Rising Action #2: The Mexican authorities refuse to accept Pakistan’s check of $100,000 USD because of three misspelled words. Yet, the shipment is still sent.

Rising Action #3: 12 hours after the shipment of the seeds, war breaks out in India over the Kashmir region. The future looks grim, and Borlaug’s team fears that all their hard work may be undone. Describes the emotions of Borlaug’s team in the perspective of Subramanium.

Climax: The seeds reach India and Pakistan. Great success lies in the near future.

Falling Action #1: The seeds are planted in India and Pakistan. Despite damage of the seeds from pesticides in the Mexican warehouse the seeds were kept, Borlaug and his team manage to surmount the quandary by doubling seeding in all locations.

Falling Action #2: Record high harvest season in South Asia. Yields are higher than ever before in India and Pakistan. Schools are temporarily closed in order to use them for grain storage.

Resolution: Both India and Pakistan become self sufficient in wheat production. Food production increases faster than population growth in both countries. Dr. Borlaug’s work in South Asia is done. Describes the impact Dr. Borlaug had on the world and how he managed to prove the world wrong by doing the exact opposite of what The Population Bomb had predicted. Shows the lasting legacy of Dr. Borlaug’s work and how millions of people are alive today because of work done by him.