Part One: Most of the links I read on the blog were about police officers discriminating against blacks, and about the videos that have caused a lot of controversy in this past year. I liked the article that talked about quarterback Colin Kapernick and his protest against police brutality towards blacks. He was criticized by former players and fans for speaking out on the issue. The topic of police brutality is significant because it causes a division among people and between races. On one side, it is very wrong to use unnecessary force against blacks, and stories of some of them losing their lives are very sad. On the other hand, it is not right to stereotype all police officers as racists.
One activism issue I found interesting was the issue regarding food deserts. Food deserts are parts of the country that have vast shortages of fresh fruits and vegetables, and these areas are typically urban and impoverished with mainly processed foods available. Michelle Obama began an initiative named Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) to help finance grocery stores and other retailers that provide healthy foods for these areas. The source I found is an article that talks about how USDA defines a food desert. The article is from the American Nutrition Association, which is a national association. http://americannutritionassociation.org/newsletter/usda-defines-food-deserts
To support this issue, one can raise awareness and take part in the HFFI. I picked this issue because I care a lot about nutrition. I enjoy going to the gym every day, staying active and eating nutritious foods. Taking care of my health helps me feel good physically and mentally.
It’s sad that people in impoverished areas like the picture above have to go out of their way just to buy healthier alternatives for their food supply. What you put in your body ultimately reflects your health.
Part TwoOne of my favorite profiles for this week was Dugout Dick Zimmerman. I liked this profile because it represented a simplistic yet meaningful way of life. I like how Dick cares so much about appreciating solitude and nature. I like the very last quote, “It gets sort of awkward trying to describe the idea of living in a cave in Idaho, but for some people it makes a lot of sense”. Today with such a modernized world it’s difficult for some of us to get away from our occupations and just enjoy nature or have time for ourselves. I think it is necessary for us to get away once and awhile to think about life and just re