Thursday, December 10, 2015

Second Social Justice Event: Suffragette

In early November, I went to go see Suffragette, which was . When I got into the theatre it was interesting to see others around me. It was interesting because others found an interest in a movie that is complete based on women suffrage. 

Suffragette is based in early 20th-century Britain. The film is about the growing suffragette movement changing the lives of women forever. The women in the film take part in the early feminist movement in which they need to pursue in a dangerous game against the increasingly brutal state.

After watching the movie, I went home and thought about the ways in which this movie connects to the discussions in our class. After going through articles and notes, I found that the movies connects with Johnson’s article, Privilege, Power and Difference, and also with the theme of feminism.

In Johnson’s article, Privilege, Power and Difference, he talks writes that we are all part of the problem, and that us individuals really don't understand that we are the problem. But, then he goes on to say this: “The trouble is rooted in a legacy we all inherited, and while we’re here, it belongs to us. It isn’t our fault. I wasn't caused by something we did or didn’t do…it’s up to us to decide how we’re going to deal with before we collectively pass it along to the generations that will follow ours.” Johnson is basically saying that we as people need to make the right choices because it will affect incoming generations.

Now, this article applies to Suffragette because that’s exactly what these women did. They chose to become part of a feminist movement would greatly affect the futures outcome.

Also, this film connects with the theme of feminism. The theme of feminism can be described in many ways; however, according to the film feminism is a “push.” It’s a path that people tread to make things right in society.

The film connects to feminism because that’s what the film is about. In the film women push to make things fair and just for themselves. They believe they deserved more respect and that’s exactly what they fought for.

Combatting Intentional Bigotry and Inadvertently Racist Acts

By Fletcher A. Blanchard

I feel like now a days racism it taken to a whole other extent. I feel like people minds are fogged by the opinions and the opinions of others. People are literally taking racism to a whole other level. That level is making things worse. Racial segregation is real. It was real in the 60s and it's still real today. Some may argue that it's actually worse. Now I don't know about that, but what I do know is that racism has to be deal with. There needs to be some kind of middle group between all the different races.

To be honest, I feel like sometimes white people are blamed for no reason. People get so sensitive now a days. It's like one moment you say something and the next someone is getting in your face because they think you said somethings racist. It's literally ridiculous. People need to realized that. Blanchard article totally helped me to connect the dots of racism today. It just makes me sad to see the way things are turning out.

I'm sure there are some of you out there that don't agree with me. But, just realize where I'm coming from. Are there any of you that agree with me?

Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression: The Role of Allies as Agents of Change

By Andrea Ayvazian

This was a very interesting text. It cools to know what exactly an ally is. According to Ayvazian, an ally is: a member of a dominate group in our society who works to dismantle any form of oppression from which she or he receives the benefit. That's pretty clear. I feel like this connects to me in a way because I am a while male who is Lutheran. And I don't follow in the footsteps of many hypocritical while people now a days. I am one to stop violence even if it mean that I may get hurt. That's just how I've always been. It was cool to read this article and figure out what an ally really is. I feel like I fell right into the definition! Also, I strive to be a good role model for those who are younger than me. I don't want to see someone grow up to be a jerk.

I really like when Ayvazian wrote: "Being consistently conscious." It just makes me think that we as people need to know exactly what is going on in order to stop something from happening. We need to, in Ayvazian's words, take risks and be smart. I couldn't agree with her more.

What do you guys think about allies? Do you feel that they are important to keep things moving forward in our societies?
Are any of you allies?