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Communication

Communication Definition

The student is able to persuade others with respect to biblical and theological truth through oral, written, and electronic media.”

Communication Goal

I need to learn how to communicate well in writing, so I will write a book proposal and an article for DTS magazine.

Strategies

  • Write a book about sandwiches and an article for DTS Magazine about tacos.

Resources

  • Friends
  • Classmates
  • Neighbors
  • Professors
  • Raquel Wroten

Measures

  • I will be done when I have produced the proposal and the article.

Overall Reflection Statement for Communication

For my competence in communication, I am submitting a book proposal and an article written for the DTS Magazine (published in Fall 2018).

The article cannot be added to this page. First publishing rights are retained by DTS Magazine Online. But, a summary of the topic is a walking tour of tacos near DTS campus with the purpose of helping new students find places to eat. I have received both praise and ire from those to whom I presented the idea. The breakdown here is along racial lines. White people have told me that I should not write an article about where to find good tacos because that is cultural appropriation and makes me a racist. No Hispanics with whom I have have shared the idea have had any negative comments. Some have given me some places to consider. Having already done a lot of walking and tasting, these places were on my list and our opinions tended to harmonize. One thing that I did not expect was how my photography skills would improve through the course of making this article. In my walking, I took pictures of sites that appealed to me. Some of these pictures really stand out as well executed. Here is an album of some of my favorites.

The book, Everybody has a Sandwich, that I am working on was at first intended to be a cookbook. The subject matter showcased “sandwiches” (foods made of a filling encased in bread and prepared for convenience) in many cultures. The purpose of the cookbook was to imply that every culture has their own “sandwich.” This implication points two parties from different cultures towards looking at the similarities they share underlying the different colors, tastes, and forms their cultures defines. I found that this concept was readily accessible to most demographics. However, one group was especially unwilling or unable to grasp the concept–white, upper-middle to upper class, left-leaning, and educated Americans. Both men and women in this group have listened to my explanation of the concept ad either accused me outright of cultural blindness, cultural appropriation, or blatant racism. These persons’ biting criticisms are backed by statements that my thoughts and actions do nothing but tear down “people of color.” I found it funny that these guesses at the results of my thoughts and words is matched in no way by the reactions of those same people of color these over-educated people claim to represent. The enthusiasm of persons from other cultures and sub cultures tends to be one of enthusiasm. Calling all foods of a particular type “sandwiches” to them places their home foods on par with the American or “Anglo” staple, the sandwich. Elevating minority dishes to this level of importance both at home and as a choice for regular cuisine among Americans speaks honor to members of other cultures.

Life-long Learning

I intend to continue learning in this fashion by continuing to write. I will, however, discontinue discussions with over-educated people. Degrees and credentials do not equal wisdom.