Inquiry Topic #3

Racism In The US

Racism has long been an unwelcome feature of society. This social difference has resulted in what is known as “othering.” Some reasons for “othering” are: someone dislikes people who are different from them, someone was raised in a racist environment, and someone falls victim to social stereotypes.”Segregation in the South and discrimination in the North did create a sheltered market for some black businesses (funeral homes, beauty parlors, and the like) that served a black community barred from patronizing “white” establishments. But the number was minuscule.”(Abigail Thernstrom and Stephan Thernstrom, 1998). Colored and white people have always been separated, which has made racism a major issue. The death of George Floyd under Derek Chauvin’s knee sparked the largest outcry against racial injustice in the United States in generations. It compelled people to fight for their rights and justice. “Bridging” has been assigned a significant role in this topic because we are on opposing sides. The one side wants a change and to be able to have freedom, while the other side does not want any change and wishes to remain the same.Some efforts are being made to “bridge” the gap, such as the current “Black Lives Matter” movement. Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a decentralized political and social movement that seeks to raise awareness of racism, discrimination, and inequality faced by black people. When its supporters band together, it is primarily to protest police brutality and racially motivated violence against black people.

 

Thernstrom, A. T. A. S. (2020, June 26). Black Progress: How far we’ve come, and how far we have to go. Brookings. https://www.brookings.edu/articles/black-progress-how-far-weve-come-and-how-far-we-have-to-go/

Inquiry Topic #2

Discrimination Against Middle Eastern

“The idea that anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism started after September 11, 2001, is one thing many progressives get wrong.  At least since the late 1970s, the U.S. government has been racially profiling Arab immigrant activists through surveillance and the corporate media has been portraying Arabs as savage misogynists.” ( The Chicago Reporter, 2021). Middle Easterners have been viewed as terrorists in the United States since 9/11. This is causing racism toward Arabs by causing them to “break” from Americans, or white people. “Many people seem to forget that state-based racism in policy and government and media rhetoric trickles down into neighborhoods and institutions like hospitals, schools, policing, airports, and public space. These everyday forms of racism disproportionately permeate the everyday lives of working class recent Arab Muslim immigrants. Today, this trickle-down effect is not getting any better.” ( The Chicago Reporter, 2021). Despite the fact that it has been 20 years since 9/11, nothing has changed. Arabs continue to be despised. One current example is that one side believes that all Middle Easterners are terrorists, while the other, who are Middle Easterners, believes that they are not. “A young woman told us that while she was out eating dinner with her family, a car zoomed by and passengers screamed “terrorists.” ( The Chicago Reporter, 2021). Arabs will always be regarded as terrorists, no matter how many years pass.

 

 

The Chicago Reporter. (2021, September 17). 20 years after 09/11, Anti-Arab imperialist racism is alive and well. The Chicago Reporter. Retrieved March 28, 2022, from https://www.chicagoreporter.com/20-years-after-09-11-anti-arab-imperialist-racism-is-alive-and-well/

Inquiry Topic #1

Women Rights/ Abortion 

Women’s access to safe and legal abortions is restricted by law or practice in the majority of countries around the world. Even in states where abortion is legal, women frequently lack access to safe abortion services due to a lack of proper regulation, health services, or political will. At the same time, only a small number of countries outright prohibit all abortion. Most countries and jurisdictions allow abortion if it is necessary to save the pregnant woman’s life or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. Women should make this decision, not the government or society. This social difference has resulted in what is known as “othering.” Othering can occur for a variety of reasons, including someone believing that women should not have control over their bodies.This divides people into two sides: those who want women to have control over their bodies and those who do not. One recent example is a group that is still fighting for their rights and has not given up. The “United States abortion-rights movement (also known as the pro-choice movement)” is one example of what is being done to try to “bridge.” This movement is a sociopolitical movement in the United States that advocates for a woman’s legal right to an elective abortion, or the right to terminate her pregnancy, and is part of a larger global abortion-rights movement. “Prior to 1973, abortion rights in the United States were not seen as a constitutional issue. Abortion was seen as a purely state matter, all of which had some type of restrictions.”(2022, January 22). Abortion has been a big deal since 1973 and a lot of women want a change. Abortion topic has been dividing people into two different sides for a long time.

 

 

 

Key facts on abortion. Amnesty International. (2021, April 20). Retrieved March 24, 2022, from https://www.amnesty.org/en/what-we-do/sexual-and-reproductive-rights/abortion-facts/

 

Wikimedia Foundation. (2022, January 22). United States abortion-rights movement. Wikipedia. Retrieved March 27, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_abortion-rights_movement

March of 2020

“Empty school” by bennylin0724 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

I was a junior in high school in March of 2020. The flowers are blooming and the temperature is warming up as spring approaches. We were preparing to leave for Spring Break, but the question was whether we would ever return to school after that. When my teacher said, “We might not see each other again,” I was in Relationship class. “What is going on?” I begin to wonder. As a result, I approached my teacher’s desk and inquired, “What makes you say that?” “There’s a new virus going around, and it’s spreading pretty fast,” she said. While everyone was ecstatic that we would not have to go to school again, they weren’t thinking about how they would cope.The teachers were a bit worried that day while the students were happy. Happy that there is a chance of them not returning to school. That day I made sure to hug my friends and say goodbye to them. The time went by so fast that day and the bells were ringing to dismiss us. Everyone was so excited to go on Spring break. I was walking through the halls wondering if I will ever walk in them again.

Watching the news every day during spring break is a habit for me. Near the end of spring break, my parents received a phone call from Henrico County Public Schools. “Hello HCPS families, this is Andy Jenks calling to let everyone know that HCPS is extending spring break by another week.” It was the call most students had been waiting for, but they didn’t realize that we might not be able to resume our normal school days. All the students have posted on their social media how excited they are that schools will be closed for another week. On the other hand, the teachers expressed concern. The whole world is confused. No one knows what’s going on or what’s going to happen. People went crazy and bought a bunch of stuff just in case everything shut down. Everyone watches the news every day for information about the new virus and how many people have been infected with it. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary that week. It’s all like a dream and I think we’ll be back to normal in a few days.

A week has passed, another call from Henrico County Public Schools said “HCPS will continue to be online for the remainder of the school year”. An unexpected call, up to this point everyone is extremely surprised. Teachers contacted students to make sure they had Wi-Fi and could do the work. The teachers were put in a position where they were not ready. While students perform, teachers are trying to find ways for students to continue using the material at home. Most teachers are exhausted because they are not ready for this. Teachers consider this unfair because they are not aware of it. They are just thrown there and are expected to function properly. While teachers don’t know what to do, they also don’t want to just post work online and expect students to do it. At this point, no one knows what will happen or how the school year will end. Will seniors still have a diploma? Will they step onto the stage like the other students did? Every senior and teacher has these questions in mind.

Being a teacher during that year was stressful. They were trying to stay positive while everything around them was falling apart. Most of the teachers were meeting with their students through Zoom but not all of them were since it wasn’t required. I really wanted to meet with my Relationship class because most of them were seniors and we all wanted to celebrate them especially during this time. Our relationship teacher didn’t really know about Zoom so I walked her through and she set up a time for the whole class to meet. While seeing her, we focused more on the older ones, since we probably won’t see them again. We try to stay positive just because they don’t know what the future holds. During the meeting, we shared what we did and the hobbies we developed during the quarantine. It was fun and a great time to reconnect.

The current COVID19 pandemic has affected us all. However, depending on our status as individuals and members of society, the impact and consequences of the pandemic are perceived differently. While some people struggled to adapt to working online, raising children and getting food through Instacart, others were forced to get infected to stay afloat. All of our lives have changed and everyone has a different perspective. Whether teaching students in hidden, social or digital classrooms, through computer screens, teachers face enormous challenges. Things have changed and nothing will be the same as before.

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