Foul Shouts

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FOUL SHOTS Summary & Critical Response Draft

We do have memories to recall from our past – good and bad. From these memories brings a part of who we are in a diverse nation and a lesson that changes our lives forever. This is evident to Regelio Gomez' article entitled “Foul Shots”, that shares his memorable experience in playing basketball during his teenage years as both being his ghost and his teacher for almost 2 decades. His narration is a consequence of anyone who describes winning in the name of game or losing in the name of race. The article starts with Regelio's feeling of vigilant and regret dealing with gestures of other people, as each of these gestures let him recall the basketball incident during his senior year in Luther Bank High School 20 years ago (203). The basketball incident was in a basketball game between Rogelio's team and Winston Churchill High basketball team. While Churchill High was composed of White Americans, Rogelio prejudges them as the rich kids of the north (203) and his team as the low-key Hispanic Americans of San Antonio. Consequently, this inferiority feelings let him dig deep to remember his obstacles relating to bullying and discrimination from his language, family, childhood and school. His childhood experience of inferiority was when he was deprived of speaking the Spanish language in elementary school (204). Another point he felt inferior was when he compared each of his family member's economic struggles from the ideal American family as seen in the television (204). He was also assessed by the school administrators to have learning challenges when he was in grade 1 (204). Coming into consciousness on mixed feelings of why he felt inferior, Rogelio still had strong belief that the game was racial by nature. So redemption was Rogelio's goal in playing the game (204). This tension just went off the limits when one of the Churchill's team mates threw a bag of Fritos while commenting labels...
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