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March 16, 2019 at 6:48 pm #4903
The image I chose for week 9’s topic for Standing Rock and #NoDAPL describes how the different interpretation of the meaning “water is life”. Before discussing this topic in class, the meaning of water to me is an essential necessity for life (without it we die and everything around us needs water in order to survive). But after the discussion in class, I understood that water is scared and holds more value (without water there is NO LIFE). This created a new way for me to think because everyone identifies and views everything differently. For example, how different religions and cultures think of the end of the world ending differently. Another example is when I talked about how real climate change is and my friends and family do not take it as seriously.
I was also able to connect this social movement with an economic perspective. From an economic perspective, business wants to maximize profits but on the other hand, respecting the values and beliefs of indigenous people because they see it as part of their identity and not a resource/capitalism.
Source: Posted October 31, 2016
February 24, 2019 at 5:00 pm #4409
As we talked about this week’s topic, Black Lives Matter, reminded me of the protest that happened a couple of years ago. The protest was a bunch of people who were protesting on the freeway in Oakland. I remember it being on the news because they cause a disruption. This relates to the discussion on the effect of social media causing a negative impact/perspective on a major issue. This protest was a way to grab people’s attention on the issue of Black Lives Matter. Because this protest was disruptive to the community, we saw negative stereotypes associated with minorities become reinforced. Resulting in a negative image towards the movement of Black Lives Matter.
Date: July 7, 2016
February 17, 2019 at 4:59 pm #4186
When I attended San Francisco State University for a semester, I remember seeing a small hunger strike happening on campus with a big sign saying Ethnic Studies. At first, I didn’t pay much attention to the protest when I walked across the campus but now looking back, I understand why they were protesting. This week, we focused on the topic, Third World Liberation Front and the Origins of Ethnic Studies. I choose this picture because it’s a representation of students speaking out on campus by protesting and the value of having an ethnic studies program. Being enrolled in this course, I have become more socially aware of the different social movements and being able to connect with them based on my experiences and how it connects to my background. It is really interesting learning about how students had to fight for ethnic studies courses and why they are a necessity. I didn’t even know UCSD had an ethnic studies department only because the school advertises and encourages STEM majors and research.
UCSD provides campus community centers such as Multicultural Room, Raza Resource Center, Women’s Center and more. I enjoy going to these centers because they are welcoming and open to everyone. They also hold events that focus on issues and talks that are happening and sharing them with the whole community. It this helps bring community and comfort towards students. Having ethnic studies classes helps educates students and should be highly encouraged/mandatory.
Image: http://eltecolote.org/content/en/features/ethnic-studies-granted-temporary-funding-but-students-fight-for-permanent-solution/ March 18,2016
February 10, 2019 at 12:23 pm #3872
For this weeks photo share, I want to share a picture of my favorite artist Beyonce! Before we talked about this weeks topic, I looked up to her because she was someone who embraced women empowerment. I listen to her when I feel sad or need encouragement to remind me of that I am beautiful, strong and independent. I’ve been to two of her concerts and every time I go, I get chills and amazed by her incredible voice. This connects to what we talked about in class how hip hop and rap is a form of therapy/remedy which has definitely been for me. Connecting to the article, it explained how many artists grew up with nothing and living in low-income environments, and creating/writing music was a form of therapy. They wrote about their experiences and how they wanted to get out of that lifestyle.
But as we talked about the hip hop generation and connecting it to the afterlife civil rights movement, I have been more aware that Beyonce has been more involved in this movement with her music and performances. Her album such as Lemonade and performance at the Super Bowl, shown activism and awareness towards civil rights movements. I did not notice before taking this class that through her performance at the Super Bowl that she created an X representing Malcolm X with her dancers and the outfits resembling the Black Panthers. When I rewatched and analyzed her performance along with Cold Play and Bruno Mars, I noticed that it was a colorful and “loving” performance. Also, Beyonce and Bruno Mars were battling against each other and coming together at the end and singing to one of Cold Plays song which could represent unity and bringing positivity.
March 22, 2018, by Sarah Waslak
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February 3, 2019 at 11:15 am #3666
For this week’s weekly photo share, I am sharing a picture of the free breakfast program that the Black Panther Party provided. First, I want to mention that growing up in the San Francisco and Oakland, I thought I knew the history behind my community. But learning about how the Black Panther Party began in Oakland was something new that I learned. During class, as we discussed what an ally is and what makes them seem threatening, the free breakfast program is one of the highlighted forms of how they were active in the community. Their constant engagement with the community led them to gain recognition and a difference in the community which could have been threatening.
Richard Aoki showed how he was giving back to his community by showing support through his community college aside from being apart of the Black Panther organization. In the video, he shared how he went back to Merritt college to teach, give talks and became a counselor to help support students. When I attended community college and was taking Calculus, it was predominantly male and Asians students. This ties in with the “model minority” because of not being apart of the “model minority” group I felt that I had to “keep up” and prove that I can do just as well. I felt intimidated and could not succeed in the class. But because my teacher showed that she wanted her students to succeed, I felt more comfortable talking to her, just how students were comfortable speaking to Richard Aoki.
Source: posted 2/16/16
January 27, 2019 at 3:43 pm #3502
The theme for this week is Beyond the Civil Rights Movement and the picture I decided to post is a collided picture of James Baldwin, Martin Luter King, and Malcolm X smiling. I found this picture on Blog #42, the article was posted on April 13, 2015. I think this was a heavy topic and we needed to be reminded of some positivity. I did not know much about Malcolm X or James Baldwin before this week (last week too) but during this weeks class, I learned how these men are different but similar. For example, I learned about their background and how they became an activist. As said in class, MLK is calm, Malcolm X is direct and James Baldwin is passionate. I think that the way they express themselves allows them to target different people but the power on how they speak makes people understand the same idea and come together. I also admire how James Baldwin became friends with so many people and built connections which was a big part of his activism. Having connections and building relationships allow people to see different perspectives but see the overall picture and are seen as one. This can also help create different solutions and better ideas.
January 20, 2019 at 2:58 pm #3237
I decided to pick this picture because it demonstrates the severity of segregation in which was a big discussion topic this week in class as we learned about the civil rights movement. In this picture, four black men went inside an all-white restaurant to fight against segregation knowing that they were not going to be served. They were dehumanized such as being spit on and called names. Prior to this week, I only knew what I was taught in primary and secondary school but I am more aware of MLK’s vision as well as who Malcolm X is.