Monday, December 14, 2015

Stick to the Status Quo?

In this picture, you can clearly see an African-American woman who is sitting at a diner. This diner has a strict no colored policy where African-Americans are not allowed to eat or sit in the diner. In fact, during this time period, many public spots restricted African-Americans from visiting or using public places. As you can tell, a white woman is working the counter and is clearly a bit uncomfortable or uneasy. The black woman is taking a stand for independence and rights. She is not conforming to society and will follow whatever she thinks is best. Even though society is saying that blacks should not be a part of society and should not have certain rights, the woman knows that this isn't right. It can also be shown that she is the only African-American in this picture. We can assume that she is going against the dining policy by herself. We can maybe assume that other blacks were afraid to take a stand. This can show that there is no stopping this woman from believing that blacks deserve to be treated like normal humans and have the right to do the same things as white people. She is not afraid to go up against the normal of society. In fact, she probably knows what the consequences are of not conforming to society. It can lead to a lot of violence and maybe even arrest. She is aware of the risks of doing this, but she knows that she has the right to do this and the normal of this society isn't morally correct or fair.

I think that this woman should be admired for taking a stand and not conforming to the normal of society. We need more people to do things like this. Just because segregating blacks was the normal in society, doesn't mean it was morally right. If we didn't have people going against the normal, what would that make of our society? We would just be following whatever everyone else is doing, even if we don't agree with it. This picture or action can give us motivation to not conform to the normal. Everyone needs to realize that it is okay to not to stick to the status quo. People need to follow what they think is right and stay true to their own morals. We are shown examples of this from Rosa Parks or the March with John Lewis. All these people knew that society was being unfair. They decided to make a change. They probably knew of all the dangers of their actions. In fact, Rosa Parks was arrested and the people at the March were brutally hurt. The actions of these people opened up the eyes of society. The people in society realized how wrong segregation was and this sparked change in our country. Without the radical actions of these people, our society would be drastically different today. Having order and restrictions isn't everything. Our country actually needs non-conformity. We cannot just have people conforming to normal of society.

Reflecting upon my blog, I think I am actually very proud of it. To be honest, starting off my blog was a bit unnatural for me since I've never done anything like this. However, I learned that the whole blog experience is actually very important. In my own blog, I've addressed many issues that are going on in our society today. I've actually addressed many recent issues with discrimination. Discrimination is a serious issue, but it's not like I have a passion for it. I've addressed this topic a lot because it is something that keeps coming up in our society. This can say a lot about our country and what needs to be done to fix it.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Trump's Plan to Ban All Muslims

Recently, Donald Trump was telling a crowd in Yorktown, South Carolina about his plans to keep all Muslims out of the United States until the US representatives can figure something out the issues with ISIS. Trump claims that apparently our country has no choice but to do this. Suprisingly, the people in the crowd were cheering on Trump as he was telling his plan. Many of the presidential candidates and people in the Republican party were shocked to hear this. Trump also calls out on Obama for not doing anything and not taking drastic measures on issues with ISIS. Many of his fellow repubublican candidates were against this and said he had no political experience and this was unconstitutional. They said these claims are ridiculous and this system wouldn't even work.

First of all, Trump's claims are all unconstitutional. Our country does not discriminate against any religion. The system of banning Muslims wouldn't work anyways since our country doesn't look at religion during immigration processing and it's not like our religion is listed on our passports. His claims are highly offensive to Muslims and those serving in the army. Also, shouldn't he know better from learning the offense of discrimination and racism from events like Japanese internment camps and black segregation in the past? Trump was just discriminating and showing racism against all Muslims. He's making the assumption that all Muslims are terrorists and we should be suspicious of them.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Fast Food Strikes

The Union backed campaign, Fight for 15 was trying to get the word out that fast food workers and service workers need to get higher minimum wage. These strikes happened all around the country. Many presidential candidates like Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders showed their support for the campaign. Many cites responded back to the campaign. New York promised that by 2021 the minimum wage for contract workers would be raised to $15 an hour.

I think that this campaign is great that workers are coming together to protest against the current minimum wage. I remember watching a video last year in my Consumer Seminar class about living on minimum wage alone. It is very hard to live on minimum wage alone. These workers literally live paycheck to paycheck. It is hard for these people to even buy certain life necessities. When facing problems like health issues or an accident, living on minimum wage will not cut it and can't support these issues.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Missouri Mayhem

Recently, a series of racist events occured at the University of Missouri. Students claim that the president, Tim Wolfe. The president did not act or take any action when there were many racial issues across campus. Many students and staff called out the president of the university and he has recently resigned. He claims that he resigned out of "love" for all the people at the school. The students at the school have been divided whether or not it was necessary for Wolfe to resign. The student activist organization #ConcernedStudent1950 are talking and making demands about how the college campus needs a more diverse and safe environment. Many students want the school to make changes. Some students are even going on hunger strikes. This also led to the football team refusing to play. After these events the university board agreed to start a new initiative on campus to promote diversity. Many students feel these changes are pointless or that it is great that the school is changing into a safe environment.

I think the it is great that the school is making these changes in the school environment. Many students have faced a lot of racial problems at school. A number of students talked about how they felt unsafe or unwelcome at school. There were also a number of times where people also felt segregated when on a bus or crossing the street. I think it's important for these measure to be taken because no one wants to feel unsafe or unwelcome in a learning environment. School should be an environment where you feel welcome and excited to learn. However, some students feel these changes are pointless or unecessary. Do you think the measures that were taken are too extreme?

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Questioning the Enforcement of the Police

Recently, a video of a officer arresting a colored girl at Spring Valley High School has gone viral. The video has blown up all over the internet. The video shows an officer flipping and tossing the girl over a desk while arresting her. The officer was at the school because he was on administrative duty. The officer arrested the student because she refused to leave the classroom and caused a disturbance. People all over the country are appalled by this video and has received a lot of negative attention as well.

When I saw this video, I was shocked to see a student being flipped and dragged across the floor. I was just startled to see a police officer treat a student at school like that. Many people across the country claim that the issue of the police's treatment towards black men and women need to be addressed and fixed. I think that the police need to overlook how they discipline and teach their officers. I think that there also needs to be protection for students at school so that their rights are not violated and they can have a safe environment as well.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

School Mascots

The State of California was the first state to ban the name "Redskins" being used for mascots at schools. Native Americans highly appreciated this act. This act can be an example to other states and used as a precedent to encourage other states to follow California's example. In studies, it is found that many high schools throughout the country use Native American names and slurs for their mascot. Many organizations are trying to get the Washing NFL team to change their name as well.

I think that it is great how California is making a huge change in banning Native Americans as mascots. California is a huge state and this change can make an impact across our country. It will be huge if other states started joining in. Native Americans as mascots is degrading to the Natives and makes it discriminating. It is still an issue we must face and overcome today.
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Improvement of Mental Heath

The University of Michigan introduced a new program which is called "the embedded model" which increases demands for mental health on campus. According to studies, many students across the nation struggle through depression and stress. Many students were struggling to get help for mental health and counseling on campus. The special program involves specialized staff that are placed in schools that will have easy access for students to get counseling. This is the second year of the program and the results of this program have been very positive. This program makes seeking help accessible for students. There is a lot of stigma around mental health and counseling. However, this program allows counselors to be closer to students and make it easy for students to come in for help.

In my opinion, I think that this program is a great idea for a University. Especially at college, students are probably going through a lot of stress, maybe even depression. There is a lot of stigma around mental health and it was probably hard for students to come ask for help before. With the program, there is easy accessibility to counseling and asking for help. This program has a positive response so far. I think that this program could make huge positive impact on the school and student life on campus.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

School Policy or Discrimination?

A native american student, Jakobe Sanden who's in second Grade got pulled out of his class for having a Mohawk hair style. The schools staff claimed that it violated the schools policies which are no extreme piercings, hairstyles or hair colors that may be distracting. However, the father says that the hairstyle is part of their culture and it is who they are. Teachers claimed that the students weren't used to the hairstyle so the student was sent to the principal's office. The school made the parents get documentation from a tribal leader even though they had tribal membership cards. The boy was never sent home but the father felt the situation was very discriminating and ostracizing.

In my opinion, I think pulling Jakobe out of his class and making a whole commotion about his hairstyle is a bit too much. Everyone has the right to express themselves especially if it has to do with cultures. The student's hairstyle is a part of who he is, his culture and where he comes from. I personally think that the staff of the school overreacted to a mere haircut, especially since it is a part of his culture. Do you think the school was just following school policy or showing discrimination against the student?
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Monday, September 14, 2015

The Meaning of Justice

In The Round House by Louise Edrich, Joe's mother, Geraldine is attacked and raped. These actions were done by Linden Lark and he almost burned her alive too. Joe perceived his mother as a completely different person after she went through being attacked. Joe can see the hurt and pain his mother was going through. When Linden Lark is trialed, they do not press any charges and they do not convict him. He walks around as a free man as if he did nothing wrong. This shocks the whole family and especially takes a toll on Joe. Joe was waiting for the law and the government to bring justice to Linden Lark but now, the law ultimately failed his family and can't help his family. Without the help of the law, Joe decides to bring justice to his own hands. He goes to the golf course with his friend Cappy and kill Lark there with rifles.

I think that I can conclude that Joe is a consequential thinker. He tries to focus on the future consequences rather than the action itself. The law fails to bring justice to Lark so he decides to bring justice to Lark. "Murder, for justice maybe. Murder just the same. I had to say this a thousand times in my head before I said it out loud. But there it is. And I can take him"(280). Joe is telling himself that he is killing Lark in order to get the justice that Lark deserves. No matter what kind of morals he has, he wants to bring the ultimate justice upon Lark to which is the killing of Lark. Lark was free from charges which angered Joe and brought him to make the decision of killed Lark. I think that I identify as a categorical thinker because I don't think murder is right in any sort of case because it takes away someone's life no matter what. I think that bringing punishment itself can bring justice for cases like this one. I just think that Joe and Cappy killed Larden who was unarmed was a little extreme especially because they are so young as 13 years old.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Cecil The Lion

The death of Cecil The Lion has sparked outrage in the the world, media and animal activists.
 A man named Walter Palmer who is a hunter for recreation shot an arrow at Cecil and then killed the lion with a rifle. Palmer has been recently under a lot of negative response from the world. There have been many protests and threats at him and at his workplace where he practices dentistry. His vacation home in Florida was also vandalized. He is disappointed that he caused disruption for his staff and causing uneasiness of safety for his family. He has spent some months out of sight and away from work and has decided to return back to work. He claims that he did not know that the lion was treasured in Zimbabwe and that the University of Oxford was taking taking special research on Cecil, who had a GPS collar. 

People make the connotation that the person who killed Cecil the lion is some cruel murderer who has no heart or sympathy for animals or just in general. However, he is actually a normal man who is a dentist in Minneapolis. He has a normal family. He has received a lot of backlash from the people in Zimbabwe as well. The people there are against his hobby because they see hunting as using animals, like lions as trophies. I do agree with the people that hunting is a bit cruel and violent. However, I don't think people should assume and treat Palmer as a terrible human being with no feelings that just kills animals like second nature. A lot of his staff at work and his family were threatened by their safety by protests and negative backlash. I think Palmer could have been less cruel and more careful by following the laws and being more considerate. But, I think giving him so much hate, threatening him and vandalizing his property is a bit too much. Also, killing Cecil may have been mistake. What do you think?
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