Social Identity And Social Media

Celebrities are the reason that slim jeans have become so popular, women have always worn tight jeans but recently men have started to as well. The issue of classism in Rushdie’s story brings to light the immigrant’s need to connect to their homeland regardless of where they are geographically. Unlike […]

Celebrities are the reason that slim jeans have become so popular, women have always worn tight jeans but recently men have started to as well. The issue of classism in Rushdie’s story brings to light the immigrant’s need to connect to their homeland regardless of where they are geographically. Unlike the nicknaming and the acceptance of pop culture for the sake of fitting in, the need to connect to the old country” reflects a desire to be accepted as who one is. The immigrant doesn’t want to lose touch with who they are and where they come from. In Indian culture, Mary would be considered the help” or a servant. This denotes a lower caste. Instead of sleeping with the family, she sleeps on a mat outside in the hallway. However, she is highly regarded as part of the family in that she is seen affectionately as a grandmotherly” figure or ayah. In this respect, the family holds on to some of the cultural morays of their homeland. The father also displays some personal dissatisfaction with his life in London. According to Rushdie, his father (Abba), initially, was always in a bad disposition, drank heavily and isolated himself from his family. (I’m not sure if the father having his own flat is a result of the sexist and classist Indian culture, but the fact that he made decisions without his wife’s consult is a clear indication of chauvinism.) Rushdie’s sort-of-cousin,” Chandni, also reflects the pull between the need to identify as Indian, all the while surrendering to the wiles of the dominant pop culture. She was training to be an Indian classical dancer, Odissi as well as Natyam, but in the meantime she dressed in tight black jeans and a clinging black polo neck jumper and took me, now and then, to hang out at Bunjie’s, where she knew most of the folk-music crowd that frequented the place, and where she answered to the name of Moonlight, which is what chandni means. (Rushdie 187)” The old family friend that Rushdie beat in chess, in some ways, reflects the awkwardness of Indian immigrants in a land and culture that are not their own. The fact that this man was an old India hand” denotes that he may have served in the military there under British rule. The nicknames that Rushdie gave him (Suffolk of Field Marshal Sir Charles Lutwidge-Dodgson and The Dodo”) carry various meanings. Field Marshal denotes military rank. Sir Charles Lutwidge-Dodgson was the writer of Alice in Wonderland in which The Dodo was a character. The Dodo could mean prince” or an awkward bird. Either way, this was one of Rushdie’s many disrespectful nicknames for the adults around him that was a clear reflection of their character. The Dodo, according to Rushdie, appeared to be awkward in his British surroundings. Rushdie described the man’s situation as hell” because he didn’t fit” in his own surroundings.

“With many Africans having left their culture, we have been tricked into using the European ‘racial’ identity model, a model that places all of the emphasis for defining identity on the contemplation of pigment and other aspects of phenotype. When we become preoccupied with our “racial” or phenotypic features, we fail to consider sufficiently our vast cultural wealth which connects us to Africans around the world. This brings into focus issues about our culture. I have tried to show how Art and sports have developed, or was developing, and now it is not; i.e.e, both sports and art are now controlled by foreign companies band White-owned museums and show-rooms. Both sports and art have been taken out of the hands of the sportsmen and artists; out of the control of the communities and the Africans who were supposed to be representing and represented in various sporting activities. Like in the case of when Orland Stadium was rebuilt in preparation for the World Cup, the new stadium is good only for rugby, soccer, and festivals. The Old Orlando stadium used to have Track and field tracks and schools in the communities throughout Soweto would meet there and partake in the sporting activities there. Now, with the new stadium, the track and field stadium has never been configured into the building of the stadium-was never rebuilt into the stadium, and the stadium serves, mostly, soccer teams, and the community has a useless new stadium, either than sports, music, church events and such like things. I ask, Why do we let anyone walk into our communities today and not be questioned or responsible for whatever they do to our people without making them accountable? Why do we say that our people, whenever they question first preference given to anyone, except them, as being Xenophobic? All Countries in the West and in Europe are Extremely and profusely Xenophobic- research bears this out, and I will post it in some not too distant future? Why if Africans raise their concerns about what is happening to them they are tagged as being unwelcoming and very mean to foreigners. And during the early 1960s, with the establishment of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL), the team rose to the occasion and finished near the top of the table on a number of occasions. The Lynneville Stadium hosted many exciting matches, and huge crowds would flock to witness games between Amazayoni and once famous opponents like Black Pirates, Katlehong United, Randfontein Young Zebras, Transvaal Black Birds, Orlando Highlanders and Pretoria’s Spa Sporting club. Significantly, in 1964 the Blue and Whites” reached the finals of the UTC Cup but narrowly missed the handsome cup and the R400 prize money on offer, when Young Zebras outplayed them.

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