Bell hook

Topics: Social class, Working class, Marxism Pages: 3 (627 words) Published: September 29, 2014
Keeping Close To Home

“Keeping Close To Home” was written by Bell Hooks. Bell hooks whose original name was Gloria Watkins was born in 1952. Hooks is one of the top leading cultural and educational theorists in America. In education she Hooks has received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. from Stanford University. In this essay hooks talk about her journey to educate herself and not losing her sense of where she came from as African-American woman from a working class background (Bell Hooks, Keeping close to home). In America society there are three different classes that people fall in. the rich, the working, and the poor class. Majority of America citizens fall in the working class and that’s where Hooks family is from. Unlike hooks, a lot of people leave there family and would be ashamed where they came from and who they are. The purpose of Hooks’s essay is to argue that student that comes from the working class should not be ashamed of where they come from and not to forget they’re family. Most kids know where they come from and except who they are, but some know little where they come from. When they go off to college they learn about whom they are and why the struggles they went to happen. They would learn “To be ashamed of where we had come from, that they might never return home, or come back only to lord it over them” (Keeping Close To Home). A lot of parents got afraid to let their kids go off to college and learn more about the place where they came from and how the people they going to class with is from a wealthier place. Bell saw that she came from another background from everyone else. She did not want who she was holding her back from getting an education. Hooks try to tell students who come from the working class that if they believe in what they have learned and are learning at school or universities it separate you from your past. In most of the time this would happen. Hooks tell them if they “stay firm in...
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