Facebook After Hours: Apess Attempt to Educate

A Facebook Friend of William Apess posts on their  Facebook wall what they consider a highly intellectual post at 8:53pm on a Wednesday in response to today’s political climate. William Apess’ friend, (a colleague he had for a few classes at a pre-dominantly upper class university) Bob writes:

“May God instill the same strength and might in the young children locked in cages as He did in the brave Mary Rowlandson. Although their fights may be quite different, Mary Rowlandson is an outstanding image of what a survivor of captivity and maintainer of Grace looks like.
I pray they find peace in the same ways Mary was able to do so while still holding a respectable image of the Indian Peoples.”

William Apess sees the post nearly minutes after his distant Facebook friend debuts his words. He is unable to simply look past it and keep scrolling. For a moment he is triggered, and decides to “quickly” respond in a respectable yet firm manner, here is what he writes:

Comment by William Apess at 12:02am

“Hello dear “friend” of mine, if that is even what you could still call yourself after the disgusting, ridiculous comparison you have made of a colonizer to innocent indigenous children to this land. While it is not my job to educate you on the history of this country, as the good person I am, I find it in my heart to pose a few learning questions for you today, in hopes you will re-evaluate the nature of your post. Is context not the most important thing to consider when making such bold posts? When discussing the “fight” of Rowlandson, should you not also discuss the fight of countless indigenous peoples who died, suffered at the hands of starvation, and whose women were raped and abandoned all because of a Puritan religion in which justified colonizers acts in doing so?

I pray to God too. I pray that in an era of foreseeable revolution, privileged men on Facebook will look to other revolutionary figures to inspire change, rather than a woman who was most notable for not detailing indigenous people as drunks.

If you have any questions, please feel free to not message me as it is not my job to educate people on their failure to acknowledge the ways in which they continue to disrespect the history and lives of the indigenous people of this land.”

 

-Angelica Costilla-Mancha

Sophia the Great

Sophia knows that not many girls have the opportunity to do the same as she has so she makes sure of it to boast to Arabella. Sophia pretends to be a humble person when describing her experiences, despite clearly wanting to show off. An example of her boasting is:  “and now let me ask you your opinion of my attachment to you, when can thus fore go the highest earthly pleasures, flattery and luxurious accommodation, for your amusement” (14). Sophia is making it seem like she is doing the readers a favor in telling her story as if her experiences were superior to anyone else’s, like Arabella. In saying “accommodation” she makes it seem like she is doing this simply for the readers and not for herself, as if it is a sacrifice she is taking for us. Sophia also acknowledges that we may “suspect [her] of self-gratification in [her] descriptions” (14). She is aware that she may sound like she is boasting, yet she still proceeds in telling her story exactly the same way.

She often references other authors, like Dryden because she is trying to seem like she is so educated compared to Arabella. In quoting authors, she also establishes a dominance within the Indians because she is an educated English woman, which is extremely rare. Doing this gives her more confidence because it is like she is giving evidence to prove she is so much better than everyone else, especially Arabella.

-Natalia Alvarado