Thursday, February 19, 2015

Roger Ebert

We have talked about Roger Ebert in class, and to be honest I have never heard of him. Although after learning about him I grew to liking him. I like the way he thinks, his positivity. He went through so much, and probably had so many frustrations during that time. Even though he couldn't speak he still got through to a lot of people, including me, through words that he wrote. Something that he wrote that really inspired me was when he talked about happiness. He said to make others less happy is a crime. When I read that my attitude changed for the rest of the day, he was so right. "And to make ourselves unhappy is where all crimes start. We must try to contribute joy to the world". I literally left the room looking for nice things to say to people. He is truly inspiring

Why when faced with a personal tragedy do some people sink while others swim? In my opinion this question has many different answers. It all depends on the person being faced with the tragedy. Also the way that person thinks and the way they look at life. For example some could sink because that person might think "why me?" while others could find something positive in a situation that is so bad and get lifted and inspired to do great things. This reminds me of a show I watch, a women who is married and has kids developed cancer, and she made it through and is now cancer free. She then is inspired to run for mayor, she feels invincible after defeating cancer and it made her realize how short life is and how quickly it could end. She wanted to make a difference and decided to do it. That is an example of someone swimming after a tragic event.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

White Privilege and Eric Garner

I agree racism is definitely a tough topic. I really never talked about this kind of stuff before. It doesn't really come up in a typical conversation with your friends, but I enjoyed learning and listening to what everyone had to say about it the past few weeks. I don't think I have ever heard of the term white privilege until we've discussed it in class. But after discussing it I see where the term comes from. In my eyes, I feel like white privilege is not something that a white person can do on purpose. It just kind of happens, it gives a white person perks.

Example of this are when you need a band aide at school you can go and get a nude colored band aide and have it actually match your skin. Or going to a hotel and having to worry about the shampoo actually work with the texture of your hair. But white privilege is not just little perks. A white person doesn't have to be afraid of passing a cop and getting harassed, meanwhile those are the kinds of things that people of color have to worry about. Sadly, I don't see this kind of thing going away in my lifetime.

The Eric Garner case interested me a lot. It was sickening hearing about it. How he clearly said, "I can't breath" a lot of times. Then later dying, because of the choke hold that the cop had on him. It was all on a video. I don't think that the cop meant for him to die, but when someone says that they can't breath multiple times, and you have them in a choke hold, nothing good can happen.

This could possibly happened because of white privilege, because some might say that he might have looked more suspicious than a white man. If it was a white man, the cops might not have even came up to him in the first place. The fact that he was black was the biggest factor in all of this. I really like talking about racism in class. I've never thought deep enough to really understand all sides of these topics, I learned a lot. It really opened my eyes to see all of the things about racism in our world.