Our public schools are paving concrete over our racially minority children.
It’s a natural disturbance for a flower to bloom through the hardship of the paved cement. This flower only knew the pressure and darkness under the cement but raised above the odds by blooming towards the sunlight, that breached through a small cracked pavement.
Most don’t bloom…
Even given a crack of sunlight, The harsh pavement suppressed the flower from its nutrients for too long. But not all flowers live under the harsh conditions that suppress there nutrients to flourish.
If give the proper attention and nutrients more flowers are able to bloom. These flowers are able to flourish and live in better conditions because they were given the attention and proper nutrients.
We all know how flowers grow. We know, only very few survive and bloom under harsh conditions of paved cement, even if the cement is slightly cracked it doesn’t outweigh the abundance of pressure and darkness given by the pave cement. We knew that more flowers flourish, if given proper attention and nutrients.
But did we know the same goes for our children. Currently our public schools are not giving our minority children the proper attention they need to flourish into a successful life. The paved concrete represents the harsh punishment and neglect they face in our public school systems. Non Minority are given the attention and care needed to sucessed in life.
ALL our children deserve to right conditions flourish. Minorities shouldn’t have to live under the harsh pavement and shouldn’t have to fight against harsh concrete to have a successful life. We deserve a life without these conditions.
We shouldn’t have to fight so hard to earn a equal education. This doesn’t have to be our life.
Click the link below to learn more about the harsh treatments I speak of.
Before you get to reading the actual Sonnets I wrote, I just wanted to answer a question that some of you may be asking. “What do Sonnets and the Jewish community have in common?” The answer is really nothing, but that’s because Sonnets are simply a medium that can be used to express a thought or an idea. Sonnets are well known for expressing love and desire for someone romantically, however, Sonnets have been used to convey a wide range of topics since they were popularized. One example would be Sonnets written about protecting the environment during England’s first Industrial Revolution. So with that out of the way, I hope you enjoy both my Sonnets and my reasonings behind them!
An Onlookers Thoughts: (Shakespearean Style)
The news had shown a familiar face, Another Synagogue under attack, As if their culture had been out of place, These killers act like their getting payback.
But what could the Jews have possibly done, To deserve so much hate, is this their fate, All for following their own religion, No man should carry this ludicrous weight.
A peaceful religion that does no wrong, Is the target of many whom think poor, Of a group who now sings a sadder song, Yet these battles wage on, and all are sore.
Though the victims of yesterday are gone, Our memories of them will carry on.
This poem for me was inspired by my Holocaust class that I was also taking this semester. Every week we would look for an article that dealt with an anti-Semitic event from that week. When that class started I kinda thought that was unreasonable. It only took one google search to find out that was far from the truth. so this is why I started the Sonnet out with the line “So the news had shown a familiar face” because antisemitism is constantly recurring in the modern world. The 2nd line was actually referring to the attack at the Poway Synagogue in California last week. The rest of the Sonnet is pretty straightforward. Also, a quick note, Shakespearean style refers to the rhyme scheme. So for this type the rhyme scheme goes A,B,A,B.C,D,C,D.E,F,E,F.G,G. Just incase any of y ‘all were curious what that meant 😀
2. The Millions Forgotten (Petrarchan Style)
A past that we all fail to share, Is doomed to be wholly lost, Millions had to pay the cost, Just for us to fail to care?
All they did was say a prayer, But their stories have been tossed, Who knows of the Holocaust? How is any of this fair?
Survivors have much to say, But death has stolen many, Time will take their words away, So lets cherish the lively.
To be preserved is their aim, So let us speak of their fame.
The other Sonnet I wrote is less about anti-Semitism, and more about remembering the Holocaust. This has been the topic for most of my projects in this class so far because of how many people simply aren’t learning about this stuff. It also focuses on how most of the remaining Holocaust survivors will sadly not be around for much longer. They are past their 70’s and there will come a time when none of them are left. I feel very deeply about making sure these survivors get the respect and credit that they deserve, considering how anti-Semitic groups have been on the rise over the past couple of years. These survivors and Jews in general have done nothing wrong to earn such hate from the alt right or any other radical groups. And also, incase anyone’s curious, a Petrarchan rhyme scheme is simply A,B,B,A,A,B,B,A,C,D,C,D,E,E.
I hope this post has been entertaining for anyone who actually made it this far! Sonnets can be used to convey essentially any topic, and they are not too complicated, so I’d recommend learning more if the format seemed appealing to you! To end I’d also like to say, please learn more about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism if you haven’t already. One google search really is all it takes to have your eyes opened to all the prejudices they have to deal with on a global scale.
It’s hard to write about this. It still gets to me when I talk about when I was sexually coerced a few months ago. Talking to other survivors is what has helped me the most. My mom herself is a survivor to her step-dad and so many people around me came out as survivors to me after it happened to me and I shared my story. I’d like to think it’s God (even though I don’t believe in him) or the universe bringing them in my life. I still see him, my perpetrator (I have issue even calling him an abuser because I don’t want to give him the power of that word to say he abused me. Or maybe it just helps me cope) around campus. And if you’re wondering what I do, I lift my head up, and sometimes I’ll smile, because I’ll never show him the pain he made me endure. It’s the moments when I have no one around and just myself, and my thoughts, that I break down. But I refuse to make this a sob story, even if it is- I lost a “friend” when he decided to do what he did. Instead, I always start my story the same way “I do believe I was…sexually coerced. Do you know what sexual coercion is?”
This is not a lecture. I hope that my
words and story motivate you to look it up on your own. But since we’re already
here, I’ll throw in two facts:
1. Sexual coercion is being pressured into a sexual act in a non-physical way. Like asking for sex so many times that a person just gives in, which has happened to me several times.
2. Most survivors know the perpetrator, it is usually a family member.
It is not unimportant that this happened to me in a college campus, it is a very common place where this happens, but I’ll let you do the research. I do not have to be graphic for you to believe me (I agree with survivor Ally Raisman on that). I’m making this public, even though I thought about remaining anonymous, because I’m not ashamed. I asked myself what I did wrong, but he told me “why had you rejected my sexual advances this whole time?” Why do you think? I had known him for almost 2 years. The day after he did that, I felt dirty and disgusted.
Like many, I decided not to report
him. Until the (in)justice system doesn’t put the burden on me to prove what he
did, and have me re-live it and testify, I won’t go through that. I support
survivors who do, but there is no right way to process this. For me, this is
right. It’s important to speak your truth, and for me, that truth is that I’m
not a victim. In that moment, he robbed me of dignity and power, I was frozen. I
always thought I’d be able to react to a situation like that. But I have my
power back, and I won’t let anyone take that again.
For many of us being successful is mostly related to the
acquisition of expensive or luxury goods. I myself tend to assume that someone
may be successful just by taking in consideration her or his lifestyle. I
believe that as human we also tend to be inspired by the outcomes and not the
process. In fact, the society we live in, especially through social media, will
mostly show off the expensive lifestyle they live without sharing the way to get
there, leading people to get the desire to reach that same level without really
asking themselves how does such or such person reached that goal. Today, I
would love to address myself to people who feel frustrated and not successful
due to the lack of specific goods and my focus is to give a different
perspective on what we call success.
Success is the Process
Success resides in the way you are able to
go through the different steps that it takes to reach your goal. During the
process, you are challenged and it could be hard to even see your goals being
accomplished. But because you keep trying and you never give up, you are
Success is Faithfulness
As I mentioned just above, sometimes the
process takes too long and the challenges are requiring more and more considerable
mental or physical effort. Therefore, you can easily give up on your values and
opt for the short cut. For instance, think about the ones that decide to steal
to get new goods, or cheat on a test to get a good grade. But as you remain
faithful to what you think is right and wrong, and keep working hard to reach
your goal, you are successful.
Success is Happiness
I have seen many celebrities deciding to end
their life because they were depressed or unfortunate and who has not already
asked themselves “How can you own so much money and decide to end your life?”
That particular statement illustrates perfectly how you can possess all the
luxury goods in the world and still feel empty, while being successful goes
along with happiness. Therefore, we can understand that being successful is
much more than possessing material. On your journey to reach your goal,
challenges can become so frustrating that it can affect your peace but as you
don’t let negativity breaks you down and remain happy by trusting the process,
you are successful.
Do not consider yourself successful just because you are
able to get the car, the house or the shoes you dreamt about but consider
yourself successful because you are able to go through what it takes to reach
you goal. You are successful because you are able to go through the process by
staying faithful to yourself without compromising your values. And you are even
more successful when people around you are inspired not by what you own but by
your story. So make a difference, trust the process and be the success!
“How wonderful it is that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world,” -Anne Frank
We are surrounded by extraordinary people. While we just see the little old lady at Walmart, Vicotria could be the women fighting every day to save the World.. Or the kid next to you in class could be passionate about the bumble bees and you would never know because he’s just the kid who sits next to you in Topics of History.
I wanted to explore what everyday people were passionate about protecting and was kind of surprised with what I found, while not everyone was okay with me taking their pictures, they still told me about their passions and what actions they take to protect them.
Cole is explained to me while growing up in a small southern town there wasn’t much to listen to but country. Never really liking the style of music, he explained that his childhood was pretty quiet. It wasn’t until much later that he was introduced to heavy metal. Cole explained that finding a type of music that he liked really changed his outlook, his mood, and his confidence. He now had friends who understood his taste and could talk about music with. Cole’s passion is music and making sure his grandkids have a way to express themselves whether it’s rap, pop, metal or even.. country.
Teresa explained that having two older sickly parents, and a daughter who has had more than enough health scares, her attention has been brought to the mess that is healthcare. While she is not dealing directly with doctors, insurance and home help she sees the struggles that her loved ones are going through. Teresa emphasized on her elderly parents and the cost to take care of them. She said that even though her parents are in an assisted living home she still has to go above and beyond to make sure their needs are being met, she explained that the nursing home is an expensive but necessary thing for her aging. After a recent meeting with the staff, she was informed that her parents were in need of all day nurses which would cost the family even more money (even with the help of private insurance).
Here is a link to a program that is dedicated to the rights and interest of the elderly. https://www.carie.org/
When checking out books I asked Mike what he was passionate about and was not too surprised that he is very passionate about writing. He explained that growing up he loved reading and that as he got older he started to appreciate writing as more than just reading a book. Mike explained that he found it fascinating that people could come up with whole universes in their head. Mike talked to me about how he started to write and found it to be even more enjoyable than reading. He hopes that children will learn to write at younger ages instead of waiting till they’re older.
Here is a link to a program that is dedicated to changing the literacy levels and “reminding children that their stories are important too” http://www.litworld.org/mission/
Selina choose not to have her picture taken, but shared with me that she is passionate about missionary work and sharing her faith. She shared that while going through hard times in her teens, her religion helped her keep going. She shared that the connection she felt to her religion helped her keep going and she hopes to be able to help others find that through faith. She explained that having a place to go during hard times and having a support group willing to pray and cheer her through these struggles is something she believes will help others.
Here is a link to a program that is dedicated helping not just local families but also children in other countries. https://wwwmastercaresorg.reachapp.co/ ( This organization actually works with communities in other countries and helps children with schooling, when I last checked the mission trip workers spent months in other countries and made several trips to help the communities)
On April 3,2019, Federal Immigration Officers raided a factory in Allen, Texas where almost 300 individuals were arrested for working unlawfully in the United States. This raid was documented as one of the largest in over a decade. Soon after these raids, social media platforms were consistent in providing any sightings of ICE that occurred in the DFW area. Many of these locations were those such as grocery stores, workplaces or busy streets around the area. The individuals detained in the raid were taken in for interrogation and were released under humanitarian needs, such as being the primary caretaker of a child or medical purposes.
It is important to be aware of the rights you have as a human. Even if you are undocumented or not, it is our duty to help those around us and provide them with the right resources in case something like this happens again. We need to look our families and the families of others. We are stronger when we are UNITED and when we are informed of our rights. You can find a pamphlet with this information provided by American Civil Liberties Union that is translated in almost 5 different languages!
What do I do if police or Immigration officers knock on my door?
¿Que hago si oficiales llegan a mi casa?
DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR. REMAIN CALM. Government do not have a right to come into your home without a WARRANT signed by a judge. You may kindly display a note on your window saying that they may come back when they have the proper documentation to come into your home.
You can say or write a note to officers saying that you do not give them permission to enter and that you will remain silent until you receive the opportunity to speak to an attorney. Take pictures and record the officers vehicle number. Make sure your information is detailed!
NO ABRA LA PUERTA. MANTENGA LA CALMA. El gobierno no tiene derecho a entrar en su casa sin una orden judicial firmada por un juez. Usted puede mostrar una nota en su ventana diciendo que pueden volver cuando tienen la documentación adecuada para entrar en su casa. Usted puede decir o escribir una nota a los oficiales diciendo que usted no les da permiso para entrar y que usted guardará el silencio hasta que reciba la oportunidad de hablar con un abogado. Tome fotos y anote el número de vehículo de los oficiales. ¡ Asegúrese de que su información esté detallada!
If immigration comes to my job or stops me in public, what do I do?
¿Que hago si inmigracion me para en público?
PLEAD THE FIFTH. No matter the circumstance, you will always have the right to remain silent. Remember to calm and polite and allow the official to know that you wish to remain silent until speaking with an attorney. Do not sign anything until speaking to an attorney. If stopped in your car, show the officer the proper documents such as your driver’s license, proof of insurance and registration of the vehicle. ALWAYS REMAIN SILENT. Remember that officials do not have the right to search you or your vehicle without proper documentation signed by a judge.
No importa la circunstancia, siempre tendrá derecho a guardar silencio. Mantenga calma y comunique con el oficial que gusta usted desea guardar silencio hasta que tenga comunicación con un abogado. No firme ningún papel hasta que usted hable con un abogado, y recuerde que tiene derecho a guardar silencio.
What if I get arrested?
¿Que pasa si me arrestan?
REMAIN SILENT. Once again, you have a right to remain silent and anything you do or say can be used against you. Even in times of arrest, you STILL HAVE RIGHTS. Inform your officer of any children or caretaking responsibilities you may have or any medical needs. DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING until speaking to your attorney.
GUARDE EL SILENCIO. Usted tiene el derecho de guardar en silencio, cualquier cosa que usted haga o diga puede ser usada en su contra. Incluso en el momento de arresto, usted tiene sus derechos. Puede informarle al policía si tiene hijos o cualquier responsabilidad medica. NO FIRME NADA hasta hablar con su abogado.
What if I don’t have an attorney?
¿Que pasa si no tengo un abogado?
You will always have a right to an attorney, however in a situation like this one will not be provided for you. In the case you do not have an attorney, you are able to ask for any resources for free or reduced cost attorneys. There are also many organizations who provide legal help for free or low cost. You have a right to ask for these resources. You can also make sure you inform yourself of any of these resources in the case you ever find yourself being detained by Immigration official.
En el caso de que usted no tenga un abogado, usted es capaz de pedir cualquier recurso para abogados gratuitos o de costo reducido. También hay muchas organizaciones que proporcionan ayuda legal de forma gratuita o de bajo costo. Usted tiene derecho de solicitar estos recursos en el caso de que se encuentre detenido por el funcionario de inmigración.
BE AN ADVOCATE. SHARE YOUR RESOURCES. VOLUNTEER. We are all human and our rights deserve to be recognized no matter the circumstances. Spot immigration officials in your area? Take PICTURES. Document the exact address & vehicle numbers. SHARE IT!! Print out “Know your Rights” cards, pass them out around your area. If you are afraid to be affected by these raids, you can carry one of these cards and show them to officials if you are ever stopped. Never forget that Silence is GOLDEN.
Todos somos humanos y nuestros derechos merecen ser reconocidos sin importar las circunstancias. ¿Detectó oficiales de inmigración en su área? Toma fotos. Documente la dirección exacta y los números de vehículo. ¡ COMPÁRTELO! Imprima las tarjetas “Conozca sus derechos” y Pásale por su área. Si tiene miedo de ser afectado por estas incursiones, puede llevar una de estas tarjetas y mostrarlas a los oficiales si alguna vez se detienen. Nunca olviden que el silencio es dorado.
Having been in the United States for approximately 8 months
now, I have experienced a lot of new things which I wouldn’t necessarily get
the chance to experience back in the UK. Whether it be shooting a gun for the
first time, going to a college football game, or celebrating Thanksgiving,
being here has given me the opportunity to experience things I can’t back home.
Late last week, I got to tick another item off the checklist I never thought I had:
witnessing the Street Preachers at UNT.
It was a Thursday and I had just finished class for the day.
I see on some friend’s Snapchat stories pictures of what was an apparent hate-rally
going on in between the Union and the BLB. My curiosity gets the better of me
and we go explore the rally. All of a sudden, I see 7 or 8 large signs being
held up, saying the most racist, homophobic and derogatory things and a mass
group of people protesting against them. Many questions arise in my head. What
are these people preaching? Why are they preaching this sort of hate? Why does
a band keep playing? What is a guy dressed as the Pope doing here?
We stand there and observe for some time, observing as some
of the protestors engage in prolonged discussions with some of the hate-preachers.
Some people are holding up signs to counter-protest the preachers, and another
guy holds up a book on Evolution. Meanwhile, a group of people hold their
skateboards up trying to block a preacher with a megaphone from spewing out his
hateful messages. As it was my first time at a rally like this, I found the
experience really interesting despite the horrific messages present, I really
enjoy watching the event play out, seeing people protest against such messages.
I spent about an hour there before I had to go, despite wanting to see more. I
learn that the rally will continue the next day and so I decide that I will
attend again tomorrow to experience this more.
On the Friday I return and continue to watch the action from
the side. It wasn’t as lively as the Thursday, there was no band, there was no Pope,
but it was still just as entertaining. There was a guy who was preaching non-stop
and ended up talking for hours. He preached how the main group of street
preachers were spreading a distorted message designed to confuse us students,
denouncing Jesse Morrell, the guy who was in charge of the street preachers. I
ended up talking to a guy from a separate Christian organisation called ‘Overflow’.
He told me how he was strictly against the message that the Preachers were
trying to spread, and any message they were trying to spread was being done in
the wrong way. The second day felt a lot different as the protestors seemed to
be trying more to drown out the preachers, singing songs and the theme tune to ‘Spongebob
Squarepants’. There was definitely an air of “there’s no point arguing with
these guys, we’re just going to drown them out and not let their hateful
message get across.”
My experience over the two days was an experience I likely
won’t forget. It was the first time I had ever witnessed and taken part in a
protest so close up. Back in the UK, whilst we get protests and hate-rallies,
they are rarely of this sort. We don’t tend to get hateful religious preachers
spreading an extremist hateful message denouncing blacks, gays and Islam. I
feel this sort of thing is definitely more common in the United States. Why
this is I don’t know, nevertheless, my experience over those two days was certainly
an interesting one.
Public schools are racially discriminating and feeding minority’s into prisons.
You’ve heard of the saying “kids are our future” right? Well, for over 20 years our public schools have been shaping Black and Hispanic children forfailure. It’s no coincidence that you’ve notice Black and Hispanics heavily populated in low quality housing conditions, while whites are being overly seen in high end housings. It’s not by accident that the white population hold a majority of high paying powerful jobs and minorities make up most of population in prisons. Our public schools are a main cause of this.
The severity of this
Children have to be enrolled into public schools; kids are required by law to attend school! It’s an inescapable system. well unless you have the funds to send you kids to private school, which minorities make up most of the low-income population.
More than 77 million kids are enrolled into public schools.
Here are the racially discriminating facts:
suspensions are for minor infractions. Like for uniform protocols, texting in
class, refusing to turn in cell phone, or talking.
students only make up 16 percent of the school population but get suspended
three times more than white students.
student is suspended once they are more likely to get suspended again and struggle
those who have been suspended by sophomore year will become high school drop
How these facts are contributing to prison
High school drop outs are three times more likely to get arrested than high school graduates.
68% of prison inmates are high school drop outs.
Blacks only make up 14% of the population but 40% of the prison population.
Latinos make up 17% of the population but 19% of the prison system
Whites make up 63% of the population but 39% of the prison system
Over 60% of inmates want to earn a high school education.
AND TRUMP MADE
In 2014 the presidential administration finally addressed this issue by opening a federal investigation against public schools and their illegal racial discrimination, BUT Trump revoked this federal investigation in December, due to “SAFETY CONCERNS”. According to the federal government, racial equality increased violence in public schools. Of course, this was never proven to be true, yet the federal government approved of the revocation, which allows public schools to continue their original policies that ARE PROVED to be racially discriminating.
Minorities we don’t have to educationally or financially segregated. I want to see more minorities in high income powerful jobs, living in high in housing conditions. We Don’t Have to be Misguided and Suppressed anymore! Our time is now. Its time we made our voices heard.
There’s a SOLUTION
GUYS, I’M SERIOUS ABOUT THIS SHIT! LET’S TASTE THAT WHITE PRIVILEGE CAKE! LETS LIVE THAT WHITE PRIVILEGE LIFE BY SWITCHING SHIT UP IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Our lives shouldn’t be segregated and us minorities can change that!
From our last presidential election, I think we all learned how much of an influence and power a president has over our county and how much our voices need to be heard during elections. WELLLLL 2020 presidential elections are approaching! I KNOW BORING BUT If we get a president elected who cares about lowering prison population, improving education system, and interested in civil rights. We will have a better chance of re instating Obama federal guidance and could create a huge movement in school policies.
If we do nothing !!!!!!!
Then racial discriminating policies will continue in our public schools! Our future will not change. Education, jobs and housing will continue to be racially segregated. Americas future will continue to lack racial diversity in powerful jobs. Our congressmen, lawyers, judges, and doctors will continue to not understand minorities needs. Our children deserves an equal chance at education. HELL WE DESERVED A BETTER EDUCATION AND THEM High END HOUSES. Lets get whats ours and protect our future.
I’m serious! Next Blog Post will show you 5 ways how you can get personally involved! Comment below if you care to take a stand for our future! I want that cake!
the following are reasons why next time you’re searching for a new outfit you might want to consider thrifting, the healthier and cheaper shopping method for fashion
1. not gonna lie, it’s pretty cool
You can find so many unique articles of clothing while thrifting, pieces that become real gems in your closet. You can find used clothing from twenty years ago or something that was the latest trend from 2 months ago. Either way that shirt looks really cute on you, where’d you get it? Thrift store? no way!
2. it’s the better bang for your buck
Thrift store prices are very low from the beginning. Shirts for as low as $2 in some places and jeans for $5, but wait both have a yellow tag which means they’re 50% off today.
3. you’re during the environment a favor
In 2013, Americans created 15.1 million tons of textile waste. Textiles that are mainly not bio-degredable and made with toxic dyes and chemicals. We’re producing more clothing than we need but only because we the consumers continue to give a demand. It’s time to give the planet a rest from creating more clothing when so much exist already. Reduce, reuse, recycle, the steps to creating a more sustainable lifestyle should also be applied to your closet.
4. it’s the ethical option
The fashion industry is not the cleanest of all industries. Many of us have heard about sweatshops and if anyone were to ask we would reprimand such cruel conditions. But we support such abuses by paying for products made by companies who do not care for their employees. Workers are taken advantage of by companies who make them work cruel hours, low wages, and in very dangerous working conditions and environments. By thrifting we lower the demand to companies who exploit and abuse their workers. As a consumer we must vote with our dollar. It’s important to remember who made your clothes and think about the conditions they were made in. These aren’t just workers but people.
curious on a little more?
Join ( or follow on instagram @whomademyclothesunt) UNT’s club that advocates for ethical fashion labor practices.