Seeing and Making Culture: Representing the Poor
Rhetorical Analysis of Seeing and Making Culture: Representing The Poor
Gloria Watkins, also known as Bell Hooks, wrote an article named " Seeing and
Making Culture: representing the poor". The article explains how people in poverty face the
stigma of being poor and what people are taught about poverty in schools. She explains how the
people in poverty are seen as lazy and not willing to work for anything, which is clearly not the
case at all. She writes to bring awareness that the upper class privileged do not have a good
understanding of how the lower class has a better understanding of how important hard work is.
People who in poverty understand hard work and might even be more intelligent than someone
with a four year degree.
Bell Hooks has many books to discuss cultural and racial problems. She is also credited
for her collaboration with academic scholars (Hooks, 1994/2018, p. 486). She can easily speak
on this topic and have a valid understanding as to why a person in poverty because she was once
in that situation. The article explains she had to get scholarships to pay for her college but she did
not have enough money to go back home when she needed to (Hooks, 1994/2018, p. 488).
Because she came from a poor family and built her way up, she has seen the cultural views on
how the rich view the poor and vice versa. She can understand why people are afraid of being
open about being poor. She also knows firsthand that working hard does pay off and you need to
sacrifice more when you are poor to get to where you need to be. She finds that hard work might
not bring financial success. "One could be hardworking and still be poor" (Hooks, 1994/2018, p.
488). They are not above doing the lower-end jobs, they have more appreciation for work and the
knowledge they gain from the job.
In this article, it has been mentioned a few times that there is a lot of negative stigma
around being in poverty/working class. Of course, no one wants to admit to being in poverty