As you most likely know, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X both fought for the rights of African americans in America fifty years ago. They did so in very different ways. Martin Luther King used peaceful protests to try and gain rights for African Americans, while Malcolm X wanted to separate Africans Americans completely from White American and said that they had to use any means necessary to achieve this goal. Any means necessary included violence and bringing down White Americans verbally. He was the one who brought about the infamous “black power” philosophy and organizations like the Black Panthers came about because of his message. In the end, Malcolm X lost his influence and had a change of heart that led him to join Martin Luther King’s cause. They were both assassinated, and as you should know African Americans and other ethnicities now have equal rights. But, I am trying to reach a bigger point using this example.
Very interesting perspective. I especially liked the thought challenging questions in the first paragraph. It really made me question myself and my friendship to my peers. She states that everyone has a ‘look’, or feel to others, yet these ‘looks’ may differ with every person and may not even be who you TRULY are.
Also Sophie touches on very important thought. The one where we judge people before stepping into their shoes. We do not know what they are going through and what kinds of hardships they are enduring. That view can also be reversed. I might be callous in saying this. If something happens and everyone is sad and feeling down, and someone has something good happen to them, than who are we to get slightly angry at their happiness. I know that I sometimes get slightly annoyed when I get back a test that the whole class bombed, but someone was successful and I resent their happiness.
Anyways, this is a very interesting slightly ‘long-read’ and I recommend it to everyone.
As most of you may know a huge earthquake devastated Nepal and his killed and dislocated countless people. This really hit home for me because my partner on this blog his family in Nepal, who luckily weren’t badly affected, and I myself have family in India who felt it even though they were a ways away from the epicenter. So, after talking with my partner in this blog we decided that we should try and help the situation however we can.
So the next day we brought jars and envelops and asked each of our classes if they would be kind enough to donate. Initially we expected to not make much and that we would receive nothing more than pocket change. But we were so wrong. When I made my quick announcement and watched my envelope go around I was amazed to see people were contributing as much as twenty dollars per person. It was a truly beautiful thing to see, because it would have been so easy for all of them to simply pass it along without giving it so much as a second thought but instead I saw people cleaning out their wallets asking me if they could bring money tomorrow or if their was any limit to how much they could donate or if they could collect money themselves and give it to us. My parents encountered a lot of hardships when they first arrived to this country and they said the only thing that kept them going was seeing the general goodness in humanity which I never understood until today.
If you haven’t already heard, there was a massive earthquake in Nepal. It registered on the Richter scale to be about a 7.9 magnitude. Over 3800 people have already died and hundreds of thousands have been dislocated.This is the largest earthquake in that region in over eighty years. I am originally from the country of Nepal and I do have some family living there. I heard of the news late friday night from the sound of my dad frantically moving and trying in anyway to reach his parents in Nepal through phone. Thankfully all of my relatives were the lucky few who survived without any injuries or fatalities. We were also lucky enough to not have any damage to our homes, at least the damages that can be seen visually from the exterior. Others were not as lucky. In a particular village there used to be around 1400 homes standing. After the main earthquake and a few aftershocks, only four were left standing.
Help is coming though from various countries and organizations. The greatest help is coming straight from the affected people the communities. They are placing their whole lives on hold and are spending hours and hours along side each other to find victims that are trapped, or to raise the alarm to people that are still inhabiting buildings that are in danger of collapsing. Aid is coming from countries such as Canada, The United States, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The U.S. and Canada combined have donated over fourteen million dollars for relief. India and Pakistan have sent troops to help set up tent communities and temporary shelters for people. Organizations such as UNICEF and the Red Cross are also there for their emergency aid.
I have also attempted to help the people. I saw that my dad donated money to the Red Cross online. I had a great idea then to ask my fellow classmates and my teachers for donations for relief programs in Nepal. I got an outstanding reaction with people donating into the three digits on the very first day!
There is many things that we can do to help, but the fastest and most reliable way is to DONATE MONEY! I implore everyone to donate any amount of money to organizations such as UNICEF or Red Cross. Every little bit makes a difference and every little bit may be the difference between a small child living or starving to death.
I just finished reading this particular book and I found it to be one of the best books I have ever read. Personally, I thought that it was going to be super bad (because the book started out really slow and because of the fact that it was written in the mid 1800’s), but it gets really, really good as you read on (kind of like the Lord Of The Rings). Alexandre Dumas uses descriptive language and captivating organizational skills to keep the reader reading. Dumas also wrote The Three Musketeers, but I have yet to read that.
In today’s world music is more prominent in everyday life than ever before. It is almost abnormal to see someone without headphones wherever you go. But, their are some who attach, wearing headphones or listening to a certain kind of music as a juvenile thing to do. I think this is absolutely ridiculous. I say this because I think there’s room for all music.
Back when the previous generation listened to music, they were used to hearing voices like Sinatra express lovely thoughts and when they listen artists like Jay-Z they automatically assume its junk because he uses vulgar language and doesn’t sing. But, when you listen to an artist like Jay-Z and write it off as “junk”, it’s like looking at a poem and saying it has no meaning. The point I’m trying to convey is that some rap music isn’t just skin deep.