Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Time Travel. We all with it were possible. While learning about the 1970’s, I wanted a time travel machine to really see how that generation worked. As I was flipping through the channels, I landed on That Seventies Show. I had found my time travel machine! Afeter watching three hours of back-to-back reruns I quickly learned that That Seventies Show is a satirical mirror of the seventies generation.
Everyone loves a good comedy. That Seventies Show definitely makes you laugh. This show is about six friends who live in Wisconsin during the 1970’s. They portray events and lif of that era in a comical and exciting way. I learned a lot about that generation without realizing it. From the music to the presidents to the fashion, That Seventies Show taught me valuable information within the context of a narrative.
The characters in That Seventies Show have different personalities and beliefs. Hyde is the hippie of the gang. He sports is afro and loves to smoke marijuana. He’s into music and maintains a “live and let live” attitude. Jackie and Kelso are the rich airheads who are into their looks and nothing else. Donna is the child of the Baby Boomers, a preview of the Gen-X-ers. She is independent and has learned to take care of herself. Fez is a Mexican immigrant who is always getting picked-on as a foreigner. Eric is the average seventies kid. He skates by on his own mediocrity. His parents definitately portray the seventies prototype as well. His mom, Kitty, is a traditional housewife who is also an alcoholic. She is moterhly and caring, but she turns to alcohol when times get rough. Eric’s dad, Red, is a stern Korean War vet. He shows how men were suppose to act tough and macho in that era, exhuding a strong and emotionless persona. His rude attidude scares off most people, but at least he is comfortable in his own skin. He’s not shy and insecure.
As I watched each episode, I noticed how all the characters, aside from Fez, were white. I pondered on why this is. If That Seventies Show portrays people of the seventies, shouldn’t it show both blacks nad whites? I still haven’t found a strong answer. Perhaps it’s just showing the reality of segregation. Or maybe it’s reminding us about our own reacism. Although there aren’t African-Americans, there is Fez. In the show, they demonstrate how cruel people were to immigrants. They make him look stupid and clueless. Perhaps that shows hhow many people viewd immigrants. Or worse, it tells us how our society currently views immigrants.
The seventies were three decades ago. Yet we can still access our public memory of it through shows like That Seventies Show. It can become a mirror reflecting reality of that generation through the lens of our times.
Monday, March 30, 2009
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There are all kinds of people who don’t care about another person’s race. They are more concerned about the person on the inside. Or so they say. What if the person in the inside has been shaped by what they look like on the outside? What if it’s impossible to “look past race” because race has shaped how we view ourselves? Can people from two races really get along? Can they see past race?
I do believe people from two races can get along well. I don’t say this out of habit. I have my reasons. Friendship is more about what both people feel inside. It is about shared ideas and interests, not about race or any other outside characteristic. A good cross-racial friendship will mean people will experiment with new things from another culture. True, there might be challenges, but the relationship will grow stronger because of what they have gone through. They’ll have conflict based on how they were raised and they’ll challenge former ideas. But that’s how people grow. Eventually the friendship will be easy, Who knows? By the end of it all, both sides might end up more like the other culture as a result.
To every good side, there is also a challenging side. For example, one of the friends may love their race and without recognizing it, he might put down the other person’s race. The other person might get mad and it can end with hurt feelings and bruised egos. They may even lose their friendship. Or what if one person doesn’t like the food or the music of the ideas of another culture? Then when they hang out, there is the idea that one race is “right” and the other is “wrong.” After awhile, both people want to hang out with only people from their own race, because it’s easier to be with someone you have something in common with.
It’s not the race of a friendship that matters, but the attidutde you have about it. Trying new things can be awesome. Having friendships that go past the racial barriers can make you into a better person. It makes like interesting. It makes life fun for both races. The goal is to move past racism and explore race in a way that allows people from both sides to have fun. A solid friendship makes it to the end together. Even if it is sometimes difficult, it is possible for people from two races to deeply know each other and be best friends.
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Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Turn on the news and you might catch a glimpse of some Iranians burning a U.S. flag. They call us the Great Satan and do what they can to insult us. Yet, it's two sided. There are reasons for this conflict.
Who's fault is it that the middle east hates us? It isn't really anybody's fault. It's not like as if we wanted them to hate us or anything. The middle east and the U.S just don't have many things in common. They think that women should not expose any skin at all. On the other hand we just think the opposite. For them it's like a dis if women do. For us, it's just normal. We enjoy McDonalds and we want them to enjoy it as well. To many of them this feels like imperialism.
We don't want them to hate us on purpose. We also don't try to do the opposite of what their religion does. We just are simply different than they are. It's like if you go to another country, and you do something that you do all the time in your normal country you live in. It's not like you know that they don't allow it. For you it's just normal. It's not so much a wall of hate as it is a wall of ignorance.
There is a solution to this. One thing we could do is not use so much violence. I think that we use way too much violence in our approach to the Middle East. That is why the Middle East views us as a bunch of violent, unjustified soldiers that don't know how to keep order. Yet, our only way of keeping order is to use weapons. In the process, we abuse our power and authority. So maybe we should get out of there and see what happens. Another option would be to open the lines of communication. If we can learn to talk we can learn to find peace.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
While going to Mexico, I noticed many aspects of how globalization has changed the landscape, the people and the culture. The following are just a few examples:
The Lozoya Shuttle seems at first to be a Mexican transportation company. However, it shuttles people to places like New Mexico, Mexico, Salt Lake City and the entire North American region. The company itself has shuttles all over the world and most likely has investors from the world as well. Even if it is not transnational yet, it is an example of how our methods of movement have become globalized.
Every place I go in Mexico seems to have a McDonalds. I wouldn't be surprised to see one under the sea someday (perhaps a Krusty Krab styled similar to a globalized cartoon sponge) No matter where the location is, the structure of the restaraunt is the same, even when the food isn't. So whenever you are craving a Quarter Pounder, Chicken McNuggets or McFlurry just wander around your town, wherever that might be in the world and there's sure to be one.
As I spent some time at my tia's (aunt's) store in Mexico, you would think all the music would be Mexican. Well that's incorrect. My tia's workers had songs like "bartender" and "shadow of the day" and "disturbia" on their cell phones. The radio station played songs with global appeal, from regeton to rap to rock. Who am I to judge, but do they even know what the songs mean? Or is it that they like the rhythm? Is the feel of music the same globally? Or have we lost the national flavor? I find it strange that I am a Mexican-American who listens to more Mexican music than many of the Mexicans I met in Mexico.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Art with advocacy, awareness and action
- Use as many renewable and recycled resources (dang, we're really into alliteration today!) This means we are creating the Paper Border with all previously used paper products. We are creating collages with old magazine pictures.
- Anyone can participate and no single individual can take sole credit. At the same time, individuals can put their own individual flavor in each project.
- Every work must have a social-centered viewpoint. In other words, the art is not for sheer aesthetics, but rather it exists for the purpose of advocacy, action and awareness
Monday, March 23, 2009
Javier Lucero shares what it was like as a child in the Rodney King Riots. Mr. Lucero is a teacher at Frank Borman Middle School and was shaped by this childhood experience.
Is it okay to make jokes about another race? Is it okay to use racial slurs to gain a simple laugh? In my opinion, no, it is not okay to make jokes about another race. Just twist it around the other way. Some people might make jokes about your race and you wouldn't like that very much. So it's bad to make jokes about other races.
People are racist against others becuase of their skin color or their ethnic background or where they are from. Yet people are born with their skin color and they have no control over it. People can't control where they were born either and though they try and ditch their culture, it's a part of them as well. Why make a joke out of something no one can control? Whether it's a "blonde joke" or an anti-black joke or a redneck joke, a joke against a race is a joke against something people have no control over.
Some people from other races are nice, while some people from your race are mean. If we're all human then we are all capable of being nice or mean. If that's true, then it is not good to judge someone based upon race. It's not okay to use stereotypes about different people that essentially add up to, "these people are bad" or "these people are mean." However, when we tell racial jokes, we spread the stereotypes.
Telling racist jokes could actually be dangerous for you. If you make racial jokes, people will assume you are racist. Someone could get really mad and hurt you or someone you love. What you consider a simple joke might be an insult to another person. Sometimes fights even break out just because someone said something as a joke. In the end, many people get hurt because of racism.
Consider how your words will make someone feel next time you are thinking of telling a racist joke. Being racist does not bring anything good to your life or to the person you are making fun of. Although you might get a laugh, you'll lose something bigger in the long run: the chance for racial unity.
Friday, March 20, 2009
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Saturday, March 14, 2009
What would you do if your skin or head was chase after people because of how it appears? Imagine now that people will even kill you for that special skin of yours. You are trapped with nowhere to go and you are forced to be killed and skinned. Throughout this world, we are doing this awful thing but with animals that are vulnerable and defenseless. We should not kill animals for their fur or even for people’s trophies. We're beyond the caveman stage. We can move on.
What do people get out of when they claim an animals life? In return they could put up a stuffed head on a wall. The only two main reasons you should kill an animal is for their meat or if it is dying and have no choice. Many legitamate hunters kill in order to have meat. However, just killing an animal for the fun of it is like a murder. In the
Fur is awful and should be illegal to kill an animal for its fur. Forty million animals are bred in fur ranches. More than 50 million animals are violently killed to be worn once in your life, or merely on a few small occasions. Worst of all they kill them by gassing, electrocution, and neck breaking. Fur-bearing animals are also caught and killed in barbaric body-gripping traps. These animals are going though animal cruelty and the world does not do anything about it. This is bringing some animals to extinction in the future. Such as this has happen to animals that have been hunted but have disappear forever.
The world should pay more attention to what is going on. It is like if they are blind and can’t see anything. They should make it illegal though out the world and not permit fur at all. That only way you are going to kill an animal is that if you are going to eat it. Killing an animal for the fun of it or for fashion is just ridiculous. Animal have feelings also like us humans. Just think we are taking lives from animals because we think it would look cool if their head was hanging on the wall. Many people should be put in the animal shoes and feel how they go though every day.
Do not kill animals for entertainment or making a bold fashion statement. It is 2009 and not 87 b.c stop killing animal for the fur or any item at all. Animals should just be meet to be eaten and not being trophy alone and not be wearing them clothes. As humans we should not be able to tell when to take a life away from an innocent animal. Animals should just be left alone and be wearing on. Make the world into a better place not a non animal world.
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Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
To whom it may concern:
We are students here in Frank Borman Middle school. We are writing this letter to inform you of why the people of Arizona should have a civil rights museum. We believe that the Civil Rights museum will be a big influence on people within the western part of the U.S. and to America as well.The museum will also help younger age groups to learn more about history and other cultures. Not only has the youth of Arizona been neglected of this topic but the older age groups too. So it would be better for everyone to have somewhere to learn about civil rights, especially because this is an important subject.
There should be a Civil Rights museum within Arizona because the community should know why we have our civil rights and what many groups, races, and people had to go through for the rights we have, and take advantage of and still discriminate and stereotype.There is a Civil Rights museum in Memphis but it is too far for people who live in the western part of the U.S to travel to.There are no museums that people with out transportation could walk to, most of them are in downtown. There is also a great deal of history that contributes to the civil rights topic here in Arizona. For instance the Native American rights movement had many significant things that happened here. That is a movement that not many people know much about. It's a part in history that is being neglected. It's always important to know the history of our land.Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and our exhibit plans for our museum.
Melissa, Karina, Rikki, Denise and Alberto
Rational:This room is dedicated to all the civil rights leaders that helped organize groups and don't get any credit.
- have a room for like every leader
- then we will like put there speeches on the background
- pictures on walls
- try to make murals
- little kid talking and say why they like them
- put there speeches paint on the wall
- put the racist test out for people to take
- have people act out slavery
- we make a time line with people
Rational:Show people that segregation existed.
- Show a little girl playing in the park and she's African American and she goes to drink water and the Whites fountain is all nice and she has to go to the other fountain and it all ugly and gross
- Interviews with people who were alive at the time(1960's)or videos of the interview
- See if we can find more details on the things new American mind that happened during the times
- Skin charts(authentic charts they used.)
- We should show the results of a study done with a white and black child choosing a doll where the dolls are different races
- We can put a statue for a model
Description: Our main idea for this room is to make it a sort of play/film. Having people see the way people were treated back then in person really adds to the intense mood we try to achieve for this room.The child going to the water fountains is a way to show the emotion of the segregation. Authentic skin charts are to show just how racist it was back then. The experiment is to see how much the fresh mind of America has influenced children. By choosing a doll to play with they show the preference they have.
Rational: To show the methods used to fight for civil rights.
- Sit ins
- walk outs
- political wars
- we could make games up about these issues that are fun but they get to teach you a lesson
Description:The room is to inform the public on ways groups would protest. It's also meant to show how much,the people who lived during this era really cared. They were willing to do all of these things so that their voices could be heard. The reason we have forms of protest listed are so that more people will realize all the trouble people went through.To help inspire other groups, and to help civil rights groups know where others have failed and what they could to do to make the ways better.
Title: Native life and dancing during the civil rights
Rational: To show how the Native Americans were treated and ways they are stereotyped.
- play it out one of the battles
- Before and After pictures on how the Natives looked like in their own lands and one where they all look the same in the schools
- how they were verbally portrayed as in savages and dumb and show all the sides of the stories
- make the tourist dance how they think Native Americans dance and when they're done we bring in a real Native American group and show the tourist how they stereo type Native Americans
Description: This room is to prove that everyone is racist and has a bias. This room will have people interact and realize that t.v. and media are ways they make us stereotype other races. And that it can be passed by word of mouth. This room will also inform people about the Native Americans and their history. Along with their culture. The room will also portray how the Indian Schools were.
Title: Do I love Lucy?
Rational: To show how people can discriminate against women(or transvestites).
- separate room by boys and girls where the girls play the boys and they boys play the girl and play each others sides
- make name tags with last names and tell them this is your new identity all others parts that are part of your identity
- play the show I Love Lucy and point the wrong parts
- play music from the movement playing in the background
- Put a guy working really hard and show a girl doing the same thing and look for any differences
- we can put a guy working hard on construction and then we show a women working in the house and then we show the pros and cons
- Video record daily life and see how people treat women
Title: Farmers and Latinos
Rational: Show how farm workers were mistreated and to show that farm workers work really hard got nothing out of it
- A wall of people who all made a difference parts of the wall covered with the leaders or activist working trying to make a difference like in Dolores Huerta Cesar Chavez making a speech and people all around them
- Then slides and videos of people who worked in fields in the hot sun and weren't payed enough and show like a small video of a camera man following a farm worker all day in the hot sun and his family and do another short film on a Caucasian worker and his or her family and compare it to the farm workers
- have the tourist go around in a room and there will be a small booth that says wanted they have to play the part of a Latino and experience being neglected from working
- We have can get pictures of Chicano park before the Latinos fixed it up and show the difference between them and make people notice how the government treated Latinos
- Then after tourist have done the Latinos tour they're gonna show a slide of hoe farm workers worked and were treated back then and a video of the present farm workers and ask the tourist if much has changed from the 1960's to the present
This room focuses on all Latinos and Chicanos and the farm workers rights. It has multiple possibilities for the present. To show that the government and the public are going back to the way they treated the Latinos group and Chicano's group in the 1960's. The Latinos room is to get the idea across that Cesar Chavez wasn't the only one who fought for farm workers right.The public may see this room differently then we do but it's all normal.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
If Borman switched to a 4-day school we could save a larger amount of money. Our school is going under a major budget crisis. Basic suppies are hard to fund. If it was a a 4-day school, we would saved enough money to buy new computers and extra supplies. Energy costs are high, but a campus that is closed from Friday through Sunday would mean less money spent on basic maintenance. Teachers who wanted to provide extra opportunities could get parental permission to do job shadowing, academic field trips or service projects with students on Fridays.
If Borman middle school was a 4-day school the students would be beter rested and better energized. Many students feel too tired as it is. By structuring in extra rest time, students would have the chance to rejuvenize. For us, it would mean better learning. Since district is not concerned about learning, we might be able to prove that students would do way better in tests. And we would spend more times with our families, which would mean happy, healthier students as well. Today many kids aren't connected with there parents, but an extra day off could mean more family time. Plus it would give teachers a break too. Because better rested teachers teach better. And it would give them an extra day for them to grade papers instead of craming everything in 2 days. Many teachers would like to have extra time to provide authentic feedback and to develop interactive lessons.
Also it would be eco-friendly too. With just having an extra day we would have saved thousands in electricty bills and we would be doing our part in saving the world from total anahillation. I've gone to Borman at night and they leave the lights on. Sersiously why do janitors leave the lights on all night? Is it to stop vandalism? It happens anyway. If we took out the lights that stay on in the classroom that would help too. It could be the beginning of turning Borman into a green school. Moreover, as we save money on energy we could invest in solar panels that would power laptops, thus saving money and the environment at the same time.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
A student shares her thoughts about racism and why it is like a wall. To download it in the original form, please visit:
Or you can listen to it here:
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