Racism Today?

racism. n. a beliefthat inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement… one’s own race is superior – dictionary.com

Racism comes from the days of slave traders when America was first colonized (but that lesson belongs to another class). Even though the Declaration of Independence clearly stated that all men are created equal, it neglected slaves. After the Civil War ended and Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves were set free to be treated like equal human beings. But did that happen? No. Not really.

For nearly one hundred years, white people discriminated against black people just because of their skin color. They put up signs that screamed “No Blacks Allowed” and the races were still socially split. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, an average man who happened to be African-American was sentenced to prison, even though he was completely innocent

During the 1950s and 1960s, people like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. stepped into the picture. They caused the Civil Rights Movement. Slavery was permanently banned.

Or is it? Although racism has vanished for the most part, there are still many cases of racism today. One college student wrote her opinions on racism in an email. This email proves that not everyone has forgotten racial differences. However, when everyone makes the effort to break down barriers, they realize that the color of one’s skin does not determine whether or not someone is better than others. I believe that America has improved much since the 1930s and even the 1960s.

My Earliest Memory of School

I don’t remember my first day of preschool, but I remember a lot memories from it. There were ten boys and only four girls, so we stuck together most of the time. I don’t remember learning much except about tracing letters and numbers. Most of the time we played games like telephone, but the message was constantly changed. Like when I heard the phrase, “Happy Valentine’s Day” ( by the way, that was in November) the original phrase was completely different. I also remember one time when a substitute teacher came in, and our actual teacher told us to behave like six year olds. “Like seven year olds?” someone asked. “Yes,” she said.” “Like 8-and-9-year- olds?” “Yes,” she said. Then I asked, “Like 10-year-olds?” But our teacher replied, “No, don’t act like 10-year-olds, they’re too crazy.” Most of the things I remember from preschool were things like how to whistle, how to find Easter eggs, and stuff like that.

NaNoWriMo

It’s National Novel Writing Month! For 30 days, writing fanatics around the globe are attempting to write 50,000 words in one month. Once again, my post is overdue (Wait till you see National Procrastination Week!), but I am trying to write at least my rough draft during the next 30 28 days. Here’s a preview:

Just over 9 years ago, on September 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked in the United States and targeted to hit the most important US headquarters. Two hit the World Trade Center, also known as the Twin Towers. One hit the Pentagon. The Twin Towers collapsed and the Pentagon was restored, but one plane did not reach its destination. Instead, the passengers devised a plan to thwart the extremist terrorists and crashed in a plain in Pennsylvania.

But what happened to the families? This story tells of eleven-year-old twins left with ten wishes, one for each of the next 10 years. Although their investigations try to solve the mystery of the 9/11 attack, they cannot wish for the one thing they want most: their father back.

It’s 10/10/10!

It’s also 9:23 PM! I missed 10:10:10 AM on 10/10/10, so I am making up for it now. No matter which way you put it, the date is still the same!

day/month/year: 10/10/10

month/day/year: 10/10/10

fingers/toes/year: 10/10/10*

 If you have not already celebrated October tenth, 2010, you still have time! 10:10:10 PM (and for those in the military, 22:10:10) is coming up!

*If you do not have ten fingers or ten toes, I am terribly sorry.

Armed and Underaged

All around the world, over a dozen countries have recruited hundreds of thousands of underage children to fight for their countries before their time. One African military commander says this is because “Child soldiers are ideal. They don’t complain, they don’t expect to be paid–and if you tell them to kill, they kill.” Although they might not get paid, these kids get food, a place to sleep, and maybe even a better life than they had before. But is it still ethical to send out children as young as 9 to take the place of fullygrown, well-trained men?

Even if they are recruited voluntarily, this does not justify what people are doing. There are safer ways to give children a better life, such as education, wellness, love, and a full chance at childhood. If these children even live into adulthood, war creates bad habits for the future that may be difficult to get out of.

Without giving children a second chance at a better life, their only choices could be war and poverty. People too young to fight should be taught about peace so that they can have a better life.