This essay is about a man who blames other races on his problems so he joins the Klu Klux Klan as did his father. After awhile he realizes that he does not want to be that person of hate any longer. My agenda item: why do we blame others on our problems?
This story is about how one man feels that the nation is still racially divided. I had a very hard time thinking about what to write for this piece. I guess my agenda item is why is it that in some cases when people of different races get in arguements someone always has to pull out the race card? I feel that if people fight they fight for more than racial reasons.
My agenda item for Aunt Ida is how hard it is to accept people with AIDS. Even in today's society people still believe that if you touch someone with AIDS you will get it too. It disgusts me that people can be that ignorant and that uneducated. I know that some people are not that educated about this subject but understand that you can't get it like that.
I feel that in today's society divorce has become a "norm". I bothers me to think that people who vow to each other "death do us part" can get a divorce as quickly as five hours after the wedding. It also bothers me that people change spouses like they change their underwear. It is not emotionally healthy and it is not at all healthy for the children involved. On page 50 of About Marriage there is a cartoon of a girl on the phone asking "so, are you still with the same parents?". It has also become a norm of society for children to grow up thinking its okay to have two seperate lives with two seperate parents. I understand that in some instances it is imparitive for divorce but if you are going to make that decision you should make sure you love and are committed to that other individual.
I feel that Bebe was so angry with Sandra and what she had said about her father building her a dollhouse but she took it out on Miss Bradley. I feel that it would be very difficult not having a stable father figure in life. She used this envy toward Sandra's father being there thoughout her life and transfered her feelings toward Miss Bradley. I think that Bebe wanted to take her anger out on her father but he was not there.
Talking Freaks discusses the matter of homosexual, bisexual and transgender families on mainstream television. I feel that even though it is wrong to target them, it also means that society is being more accepting. I avidly watch the sitcom "Will and Grace" which is about three friends living in NYC and two of them being gay. I feel that it is showing how much more society is considering homosexuality a norm. However, I feel that daytime talk shows such as Jerry Springer who search for people to humiliate themselves on national television just for the attention. There is a very powerful qoutation in Talking Freaks which is exactly how I feel about the subject of homosexuality
..."why straight couples can sit on the same sofa and hold hands at her house while the lesbians cannot....They love each other. Its not like they're spewing hate everywhere.What you are doing is spewing hate telling them its wrong to love someone"-pg 97 of Talking Freaks. . I feel that if you love someone it should not matter what sex you are. I feel that raising children in a same sex relationship is perfectly healthy and it may benefit the children by showing them that people are different and to respect people for who they are. "..Good parenting takes love...it shouldn't matter what color skin a parent has, or what religion they are, or even what their sexual orientation is, as long as a parent can raise a child with love and understanding"-pg 96. On the topic of raising a child who may be homosexual, I believe that a parent should still love that child no matter what happens. "Its not like it's right or wrong, its more like "Can this mother accept her son's gay lover"-pg 99.
Today during the Martin Luther King celebration I felt very moved. I enjoyed the performances of the Seton Hill Theater department. The songs were very informative and it made me realize how much needs to be done about this specific area. Martin Luther King fought for equal rights and we as human beings should keep his dream alive. In groups we were given the task of coming up with ways to keep Dr. King’s dream alive. Our group discussed what we could do in everyday life on the campus. We concluded that we should be courteous to people and to respect everyone. There is not as much of that going on at this campus as there should be and also helping out as much as we can. Giving donations; every little donation helps, volunteering, and respecting others. I feel that this experience has made me realize that it is my duty with the help of others to keep this world as diverse and equal as we can in order to keep the "dream" alive.