Monday, September 26, 2016

Journal 4- Seth Wicker

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A black lives matter banner used in a rally in Greenville

Part 1

     Prior to reading the New York Times article on Kaepernick I was unaware of the surround support from other player via the use of the raised fist. I find it interesting the they chose to use this form of symbolism in order to raise awareness of the cause they are "supporting". To me this seems like a poor choice of actions to be taken. Raising awareness for a cause should be done with respect and dignity. Part of giving respect is understanding the full grasp of ones actions and the historical relations to those actions. These athletes are taking a stand because of mistreatment of the African American race, but they are doing so in a hostile fashion which will only increase the issues rather than improve them.

     The activism issue I chose to research further was the black lives matter campaign, which is a campaign designed to raise awareness of mistreatment of African American citizens. It has further been adopted to be used as a form of raising awareness of multiple race, gender, and ethnic groups they are being mistreated. I believe that the heart of the phrase is "Lives Matter", As a society and as a human race it is important that we never forget the importance of equality in every aspect of our lives.

Part 2

     For my Holding On profile I chose Dugout Dick Zimmerman. I chose his profile because of how different Dick's lifestyle is from today's society. Dick is a cave man with no communication or technology which is what our generation is saturated with day to day. One of my favorite parts of the reading is when Dan, the occupant of Cave #1 mentions that he enjoys the reclusiveness of the caves. I can agree with him on this statement because I can personally think of times in my life where all I needed was some time alone to be with my thoughts and not be distracted by those around me.

4 comments:

  1. I think your activism issue is really important because I think it's a huge problem in today's society. I think it's important that people become aware of these issues because we are the people that hopefully will change it. I love how you pointed out the heart being "Lives Matter".

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  2. I completely agree with your statement that activism and supporting a cause should be done in a respectful and careful manner so that they do not accidentally promote a different meaning than what they intend and actually cause further problems in the minds of others. I also agree that the focus should be that all lives matter and that none should be taken for granted or ended sooner than it ought to be.

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  3. The Black lives matter campaign is really important for the African American communities across the nation. I very much agree with you that some people aren't standing up for black lives in a positive way. That it should be done in a peaceful and respectful manner, and with this I think the non peaceful riots, and protests by African Americans are making non African American citizens not stand with the black lives matter campaign.

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  4. The Black lives matter campaign is really important for the African American communities across the nation. I very much agree with you that some people aren't standing up for black lives in a positive way. That it should be done in a peaceful and respectful manner, and with this I think the non peaceful riots, and protests by African Americans are making non African American citizens not stand with the black lives matter campaign.

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