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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