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December 2, 2018 at 3:36 pm #2868
The Theme of the Week: The Right to Marry, the Right to Exist.
This photograph was chosen as a result of it being able to convey the very right of marriage and to exist. The right to marriage has been a contested subject in the United States in which resulted in the exclusion of many LGBTQ+ individuals from ever attaining such a right. Moreover, the right to exist and be your true-self has also been a contested subject in which there has been legislation, such as Texas’ anti-sodomy law, that has prevented individuals from living their true identity. Fortunately, the Supreme Court has assumed the mantle of responsibility for upholding Constitutional rights. From Lawrence v. Texas to Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of upholding the right to exist to marriage for LGBTQ+ and have made what is demonstrated in the photograph a reality.
The name of the photographer is unknown; however, the source of the photograph has been linked in the post. Moreover, the date of the photograph was taken on June, 2018. (https://in.pinterest.com/pin/54395107984323796/).
November 25, 2018 at 12:28 pm #2702
Theme of the Week: Illegality and civil rights continued
This painting relates to a significant, Supreme Court case with regards to the civil rights of undocumented individuals. Plyler v. Doe was a case that involved the state of Texas withholding funds for the public education of undocumented immigrants. By doing this, the state of Texas was prohibiting undocumented children from being educated. The legislators of Texas believed they were able to do this because of their beliefs about citizens and individuals who were regarded as “illegal” or undocumented. These legislators did not believe that individuals who fell out of the scope of citizenship were entitled to equal protection of the law under the 14th Amendment. In short, Plyler v. Doe highlights a concerning attempt by state governments to diminish the civil rights of undocumented individuals. Fortunately, the justices of the Supreme Court case struck down this discriminatory legislation by the state of Texas.
The name of the artist who painted this painting is Christian Faltis. The year in which the painting was finished was 2010. The source of the painting has been attached as well (https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/files/faltis-article.pdf).
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November 18, 2018 at 5:59 pm #2566
Theme of the Week: Illegality and Civil Rights
The classification systems of the legal system in the United States has divided and dehumanized entire groups of individuals. Multitudes of individuals have had their voices be diminished simply because of a label. The attached photo highlights this reality. There are thousands of people who come to the United States with aspirations of a better future for themselves and their family. Unfortunately, the citizenship process in the United States is unbearably lengthy. This is problematic as there are individuals who don’t have the time to undergo the citizenship process due to particular circumstances. It is this far too common scenario that has resulted in the unwarranted tactics of dehumanization for individuals who are classified as “illegal.” Finally, these classification systems have significantly undermined the treatment of “illegal” immigrants by society in the United States. These individuals are more susceptible to being discriminated as a result of being considered less than human. They are being discriminated for having a dream and as the photo states, these dreams are not illegal.
The owner of the photo was unable to be identified; nonetheless, the source of the photo has been linked (https://www.istockphoto.com/za/photo/immigration-protest-at-white-house-gm458123083-15812314). Moreover, the month in which the photo was taken was May 1st; however, the year is unknown.
November 11, 2018 at 2:22 pm #2388
Week’s Theme: Legalized Islamophobia and the War on Terror
This photo was chosen because I believe it highlights the difference between the letter and the spirit of the law and how that distinction relates to legalized Islamophobia and the war on terror. The photo has a phrase in which states, “I Watch You.” This phrase is what the Patriot Act states it does, being the letter of the law. The Patriot Act states that it monitors all of its citizens equally. Nonetheless, this notion of equality is simply not true. The photo should really say, “I Watch South Asians, Arabs, and Muslims.” This phrase is what the Patriot Act actually does, being the spirit of the law. As taught in class, it was noted that South Asians, Arabs, and Muslims were discriminated due to their national, ethnic, and religious identity and it was acts such as the Patriot Act that were responsible for monitoring these groups of people. Acts such as the Patriot Act have led to the legalization of Islamophobia and have perpetuated prejudices and misperceptions for entire groups of people. The war on terror was much rather a war on South Asians, Arabs, and Muslims.
The artist of this respective picture is Dave Lindorff and it was released on the 2nd of June, 2015; moreover, the source to the picture has been provided (https://thiscantbehappening.net/help-the-usa-patriot-act-has-expired/).
November 4, 2018 at 11:36 am #2214
Theme: Japanese American internment (incarceration)
This photo that I have chosen is the cover of the book, Farewell To Manzanar. The cover of the book has multitudes of pictures on it, such as the Manzanar site, Jeanne Wakatsuki Housten as a young child, the family of Jeanne Wakatsuki Housten before her family was disbanded, and the American flag at the bottom. The cover of the book conveys a lot of meaning. The photo of Jeanne Wakatsuki Housten when she was young tells that the atrocities of Japanese American internment were witnessed through the eyes of a child. The photo of her family is used to show that her family was destroyed by internment as members of the family were taken at different times and located to different areas of the Manzanar site. Finally, the American flag is not arbitrarily located at the bottom. The location of the flag at the bottom represents that principals of democracy, humanitarianism, and liberty were disregarded and trampled upon.
The photographer of the photos used in the cover of Farewell To Manzanar is unknown; however, the cover was designed by Jeanne Wakatsuki Housten and her husband James D. Housten. The date on which the cover was published was in 1973. The respective source to the cover has been linked (http://smithsonianapa.org/bookdragon/farewell-to-manzanar-by-jeanne-wakatsuki-houston-and-james-d-houston/)
October 28, 2018 at 2:36 pm #2058
Theme of the Week: Malcolm X and James Baldwin
The date on which the photo was taken is August 1948. The photograph captures both African-American and white people coming together to protest the egregious policy of Jim Crow laws. The photograph takes place a few years before the Civil Rights Era, yet it conveys a realization that both Malcolm X and James Baldwin had in their lives. First, during the hajj that Malcolm X did, he had the opportunity to meet individuals who he had thought would have mistreated him to be genuine and kind. They didn’t reject him by superficial means but rather embraced him for who he was. Second, James Baldwin’s interactions with a white woman whose name was Orilla Miller changed his perspective on white people. Her kindness towards James Baldwin changed him and led him to the realization that not every white individual was a racist filled with hate. One would assume that no white individual would have ever stood with solidarity with African-Americans during the period of the photograph. Nonetheless, as Malcolm X and James Baldwin realized during their lives, there were good-hearted, white people who were aware of the heinous crimes being committed against people of color in the United States and wanted to change a society that rejected its own people.
This individual who took this photograph was unable to be identified; nonetheless, the date in which it was taken, as mentioned prior, was August 1948 and the respective link has been provided to the source of the photograph (http://sfbayview.com/2017/08/we-charge-genocide)
October 21, 2018 at 6:54 pm #1905
Theme: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X
This photo serves as a symbolic representation of the two dominating means of protest during the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s. On the left, is Martin Luther King Jr. who possesses a calm demeanor in which symbolizes the manner of protesting that he advocated for. On the right, is Malcolm X whose demeanor is marked by a sense a tenacity that symbolizes a manner of protesting that empowered individuals to defend themselves if deemed necessary.
This photo relates to this week’s class material due to the fact that it conveys what MLK Jr. discussed in his letter from the Birmingham jail. In his letter, he speaks about how allowing injustice to continue happening threatens the very fundamental of justice everywhere. As said previously, MLK Jr. and Malcolm X symbolize the means to end that injustice. The means that both of these prominent figures advocated were different from each other but the outcome was the same for both, the end of injustice.
The photo was taken in 1964; nonetheless, the individual who took the photo was unable to be identified. Because of this, the subsequent link has been posted to the source of the photo. (http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/05/19/Malcolmx.king/index.html)
October 18, 2018 at 3:08 pm #1759
Theme: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X
This photo captures a significant moment in the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s. The significance of this photo is that this was the one and only moment that the two, prominent leaders of civil change in the United States met. There was no other time in which MLK Jr. and Malcom X had met before and, in a way, their meeting symbolized the means to attain freedom within a country that had denied its promise. On the left, was the embodiment of non-violent protest that attempted to work within a system that oppressed its own people. On the right, was the embodiment of a type of protest that confronted its oppressors, refusing to comply with a system that shackled its own people.
This photo is relevant to this week’s course material as a result of its connection to an aspect of the <span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Letter from Birmingham Jail. In MLK Jr.’s letter, he speaks about how the continuation of injustice anywhere threatens the very existence of justice everywhere. In the photo, MLK Jr. and Malcom X embody the campaigns to end such injustice. They stand in unison for one moment in history, shouting to the world that their means of change are trying to reach the same thing, freedom. </span>
The photographer’s name is unknown; nonetheless, the source has been linked (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/01/14/martin-luther-king-jr-met-malcolm-x-just-once-the-photo-still-haunts-us-with-what-was-lost/?utm_term=.6e1e4a416568). Moreover, the date of the photo is dated March 26th, 1964.
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October 12, 2018 at 11:00 am #1545
This photo captures the image of activist DeRay Mckesson being arrested as a result of the manner of his protesting. DeRay Mckesson and other activists were raising awareness to the public of the death of Philando Castile who was shot and killed by a police officer. The scene in which the photo captures conveys a sense of seriousness and intensity as multiple officers and their respective vehicles are visible. This aspect of the photo is noted because it delivers the message that participation in protests can lead to altercations and detainment with the police. Even in the face of peaceful protests, individuals may face prosecution by police officers. The relevancy of the photo to this theme of the week is rooted in the fact that this photo demonstrates an individual fighting for policy change. It was taught in class today that the courts only recognize rights or policy once they have been fought for. What Deray Mckesson is doing is exactly that, he is fighting for change. With respect to the ownership of the photo, the individual who took this photo couldn’t be identified; nonetheless, the subsequent link has been provided to the source of the photo (https://newsela.com/read/freeways-civil-rights/id/19705/) and the respective date of the photograph is July 9th, 2016.