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Racial profiling is a well-known issue, especially because of the recent Trayvon Martin case, but I would like to raise more awareness about trying to fix this issue. Although it is doubtful that anytime soon this country will recognize all races and see people who are different from the majority as threat, it is worth a try to raise awareness. From African Americans to Muslims, social equality is necessary within our country. Being an African American teenage growing up in a predominantly white area I have witnessed many forms of racial profiling and feel as though I have a first hand perspective to it. Raising awareness within Hunter or anywhere would be suffient in just trying to open people’s eyes to what occurs on a daily basis to some people.

Over the past few centuries the meaning behind wearing jeans in our American culture has immensely evolved overtime. From the wearing of jeans being strictly for those who were laborers, “these were the clothes of hard laboring people. Loose and ill-fitting…” to jeans being worn by those of all classes of culture. Jeans were worn by those who were laborers, those facing social struggle, and then finally they became seen as an article of clothing to be worn by all because it was a casual source of comfort.  Jeans were looked down upon and really were not considered something the wealthy or those of a higher class would wear.

The meaning behind the wearing of jeans in my life has also evolved over time as it did historically. Usually worn because they were just easy to pair with a shirt or sweatshirt during my time of being in elementary school and middle school, quickly changed over to an article of clothing only worn while working or when I was not in high school. I wore uniforms in my high school and wearing jeans on a daily basis there was just never a thought. Throwing on a pair after school or before I headed to work I felt was a great treat. I feel more relaxed and casual in jeans, rather than conformed and uptight with wearing my uniform. In my current years of college today, I wear jeans almost every day, merely for the fact that they are more convenient to throw on and head to class.  Just as the meaning of jeans evolved in our culture, they also evolved in the way I wore them in my personal life.

 

– Jaida Samuels

 

This picture represents a hierarchy. It is clear that everyone in this social pyramid falls under the authority of the group above them, including the highest most group, which in most cases during the time this system was relevant would fall under the authority of God. This system of hierarchy would ensure order in society by showing who did what job and who had what power. This system of society was generally used to also represent government. It would show who had the utmost power.

-Jaida Samuels

In past societies and in present societies today, opression heavily exsists with certain groups of people. With Frankie Mae, Frederick Douglass, and Jose Yglesiais they all come to the realization of their oppression through different situations. Frankie Mae growing up as an African American girl growing up in “White Plantation” had a good sense of her oppression with the daily things she saw her father deal with, especially with Mr.White Junior. When Frankie Mae tried to stand up for her father and prove Mr.White Junior wrong when he was doing payroll, made her come to the realization that she was not equal, that her and her family faced oppression in the society. The way she came about noting her and her family’s oppression deflating her from doing what she wanted in life. She was a very emotional, but smart person who wanted to attend school. The mixture of emoions, not being able to go to school, and other obstacles her family came into contact with when dealing with Mr. White Junior caused her to become very depressed. This eventually lead to her early death. In contrary in the way that Frankie Mae came to the realization of her oppression, both Frederick Douglass and Jose Yglesias did not let anything get in the way of them completing the goals they had set for their lives. Although Frederick Douglass was harshly put down to not learn how to read for being a slave, he continued and did not give up. Master Hugh tried to do everything in his power to convince him slaves were not born to be smart and gain knowledge, Frederick Douglass pursued on and completed what he wanted to do, and that was reading and writing. In the case of Jose Yglesias working in a cigar factory being put down with all the other cigarmakers, stood up for themselves when they felt they were being treated wrong. Even though the thought of striking meant they would not recieve pay they still would strike to try to get their points across to those that they worked for. Though these cases are all similiar, they each discuss and individual dealing and facing being oppressed.

There are many parallels in todays society to those of the stories of Frankie Mae, Frederick Douglass, and Jose Yglegias. In todays world the stories that these individuals have reported, provide a type of inspiration for others. Either they inspire people to stop current oppression of certain people or it gives them the courage to talk about the oppressions they have gone through. The experiences of another person heavily influence others who can relate to their stories or find interests in them, as many topics and experiences people have in this present day relate to many as well.

 

As the world contiues to grow digitally, some people in the world are brought closer while others may be left behind. In the United States we technogically continue to grow and expand as country, in other countries as well, but it is very hard for certain groups of people to obtain thesetechnologies to connect to the world. The lack of access people have, especially those who live in third world countries, such as in places in Africa or South America, very rarely do these people connect to the globe via computers or internet connection. This “Digital Divide” worldwide separates the world and gives certain countries advantages over others. If were begin to connect more in the digital and media world, it will enable us to work towards a more unified world.

Digital Divide Statistics

– Jaida Samuels (008)

I hope you enjoy your new tv.

There’s one in every home, surrounding every family.

Reality, news, and whatever else you can think of engulfs your attention.

The computer screen connects all, in case I forget to mention.

Nothing can escape the media these days.

Changing each and every generation in numerous ways.

Media is power, there’s no way to stop it,

Forever will our minds be controlled, they locked it.

There’s no escape from this higher power,

We will forever be surrounded by it each hour.

Media will capture your minds, without an escape route.

– Jaida Samuels