Keeping Close to Home
By Bell Hooks
Bell Hooks essay "Keeping Close to Home", describes her struggles after she was
accepted at Stanford University to further her self-realization. In this essay Hooks talks about her journey to educate herself and no losing her sense of where she came from as African American woman from a working class background. Hooks parents wanted her to go to a school close to home, a non-diverse like Stanford was. They wanted her to go to a school no just close to home but were the majority were black too. Her family biggest fear was her daughter changing her mind or losing her values and the connection with them. They knew college change people.
However Hooks found the way to keep close to home by visiting every year, sometimes when she couldn't go home because she didn't have the money to travel, she had to stay at school, she expresses in a passage how her family wasn't happy or supportive about her decision about her going to Stanford.
As she said "My parents had not being delighted that I had been accepted ad adamantly opposed my going so far from home. At the same time, I did not see their opposition as an expression of their fear that they would lose me forever, "Like many working-class folks, they feared what college education might do to their children's even as they unenthusiastically acknowledge its importance" (101). Most kids have a very strong knowledge about were they come from like Hooks was, opposite to some others which doesn't, this make them to be weak, they could change their values and they might will forget about their families and community. . When kids go to college they are in touch with many different people from different backgrounds. It...