Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
My second idea would be to go to the local Dairy Queen. It is privately owned and very popular. Everyone on the staff is really good friends and they have passion for what they do as well. There are regulars that go to Dairy Queen, even in the winter temperatures, everyone always needs some ice cream.
I was also thinking about taking on prompt #6. It would be fitting to talk about the indispensable liberties that everyone in this country has since we did a lot of reading on this topic. This includes the Freedom Rides from the video that we watched, as well as Martin Luther King Jr.'s letter from Birmingham. In this essay, even poetry could be discussed from the "Ain't I A Woman?" piece that we read recently. With a good idea of what other people in history have thought about civil liberties, it should not be very difficult to combine their thoughts with my own interpretations to produce a persuasive essay.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Der Dutchman Restaurant: This is situated in German Village. This is probably the most famous Ohio's Amish Restaurant. Olentangy High Schools go there to take a field trip year. I have visited there twice, and every time I admire the of rich taste of the food and the culture that surrounds it. The employees are also primarily Amish, which adds to the attraction of the restaurant. This will be a good project for me, as I will write about how the restaurant is a great ambassador of the Amish culture.
The reason I chose the neighborhood park is because so many people of so many shapes, sizes and colors go to this park. No matter what season it might be. No matter how wet, dry, hot or cold it is outside, there is always some one at the neighborhood park. It might be a kid walking around all by their lonesome. It might be a huge group of kids playing a game of "horse," underneath the freshly painted basketball hoop. It could be this same group of kids sledding down the swirly slide. It could be a father and the family dog running around playing fetch. It could even be a new mother walking her barely old newborn in a stroller. The neighborhood park is a place where people can come together, talk about life and enjoy the company. I think the park is a good for the six picture essay because it is a place of color, happiness, uniqueness, and diversity.
2.) Essay Question 10 on page 647
The issue that I would sacrifice my time and maybe even life for is the fight against women being domestically abused and sexually abused. Along with this I would fight for more equality among women all around the world. I believe that every woman has the right and freedom to wear what she wants, be who she wants and not have to worship any man. Many woman have been raped, molested and so much worse, but they are afraid to speak out in fear that that man will hurt them or their family. I want to be the voice for them. I want them to know that it is okay to fight back. That is the right thing to do.
Wal-Mart is the one of the popular stores we go in daily life. Everything is cheap and they have from groceries to gardening. I chose Wal-Mart because I go there whenever I need something for school or anything, and I could get with less money compare to other stores. I know someone who works as a manager at one of the stores so I would like to interview her. I think it would be interesting to write about different sections they have such as food, toys, electronics, etc.
2) OSU main campus
My second idea is the Ohio State University main campus. Since I am thinking about changing the campus within two years, I thought I could write about my major school, Fisher School of Business. Fisher School is the one of the newest buildings in OSU and it is a great campus. I know some of my friends go there and maybe they could show me different class rooms. It would also be fun for me to research my future school.
My second idea is going to be about Lifetime fitness located in Easton. this a wonder gym and many people finded to be very striking and feel like their money is being well spend. there are the basketball courts, swimming pools, jacuzzi, locker rooms, showers, steam room, all located on the first floor and if you go to the upper floor you'll find all different types of lifting equipments, flat screens TV's, and much more.
The Sunflower is a chinese restaurant in the columbus area. A lot of Chinese here love the Sunflower because of the nice environment and the delicious food. They serve different kinds of authentic Chinese food, a lot of families enjoys having "Dim Sum" there in Sunday mornings. The design of the restaurant is very oriental, and you can experience the Chinese culture by dining and talking to the friendly employees there. My mom is a close friend to the employer in Sunflower and it would be fun to interview him about the history of the restaurant.
Godiva Chocolatier is a well known chocolate shop originated in Belgium. Godiva now owns and operates shops all around and world and the high quality chocolate it sells attracts a lot of chocolate lovers. Godiva chocolate is one of the most popular gifts during holidays like the valentine's day, Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. My friend works in one of the Godiva shops in columbus and I will interview him in order to know more about how the shop runs.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
My second idea is Foxridge Farm. Foxridge is the barn i ride horses at. It is a beautiful place, lined with white fences and trees. The barn its self is beautiful as well. Its made out of dark wood and the horses' stall doors are shaped in arches, which is very unique. I love meeting my friends there to ride. It is the one place i can go were i know the worries of life can't bother me, all i think about is riding. Foxridge is very well taken care of by a couple people who have worked there for over 15 years. They have everything very well scheduled: feeding times, stall cleaning, vitamins, turnout etc. It is by far the cleanest barn i have ever been a part of. The people there are all horse lovers and will take care of your horse if you need a hand. The instructors are passionate and encouraging. There are a variety of riders: those who are competitive, young riders and people who ride for pure enjoyment.
I worked at Handel,s Ice cream for four years, I had a few regulars that I would talk to. We knew each others names, exchanged stories, and I knew their complete order. Sadly, the Handel's I worked at has recently closed, but there are several other stores located around Ohio. I was thinking of going to one and talking to employees and customers. Although I am not totally familiar with a different store I know it would be easy to find regulars. People that go to Handel's Ice Cream in the winter are usually regulars, and obsessed. This would also be fun because I coulds add my own personal input into the paper.
Idea 2- Thrift store
Thrift stores could have so many different people to talk to! There are definitely regulars, but most people come from different income levels. Some people shop at thrift stores because they cannot afford much else. It is an inexpensive way to cloth themselves and family. Other people come from higher income levels, and shop at thrift stores for the "fashion". Finding good deals on nice clothes. Thrift stores have many different roles and functions within a society. I think this would be a great place to find regulars and obtain answers to why they are drawn to this place (all different income levels).
Friday, February 5, 2010
My favorite speaker from the video was Frederik Leonard. He had a unique and effective way of telling stories from the civil rights movement. He illustrated how awfully racist people were during that time. My favorite story of his was when he recollected attending a court hearing revealed that even prominent authorities were racist. Leonard recalled, "While he was defending us, the judge turned away and faced the wall." Not even a judge of a county court gave any sort of respect or courtesy to African Americans. This gives us an idea of how hard it was to be a minority during this time.
It amazes me how recent these events are from the documentary. It feels like we are so far past segregation in our society that the civil rights movement should have happened over a hundred years ago. I think what has really pushed it along is fact that there are a couple of new generations of people that were born after the civil rights movement. We've moved on quickly, but that doesn't mean our society is free from discrimination by any means.
"As the police started to handcuff the first set of protesters the second wave of students sat down. In shock the police decided they would arrest all of them too. Then the third wave of students sat down." says Diana Nash, another Fisk College student whom was merely 18 years old at the time.
More than 80 students and other nonviolent protesters were arrested that day. This shows that the protesters had a mission. They were going to get the point across-they wanted there constitutional freedom. They were going to be heard and recognized. All of the protesters stuck together, staring the realization of jail directly in the face.
The best quote to sum up this movie is one that Dr. King preached in a church in Alabama, he states :Alabama will have to face the fact that we want to be free....we are not afraid and will not back down." It's amazing how much the nonviolent protesters endured, and how far they went to get the rights they deserved.
What was most memorable about the direct action the students took was when they decided to march to the Capital building to talk to the Mayor of Nashville. By that point the word had spread to everyone throughout Nashville, not just the students. While explaining the march, Reverand C.T. Vivian said once they got into to town, they stoped singing and all that could be heard was, "the silence of the feet." This was very important. It just showed how many people, black and white, came together for a cause. Civil Rights.
A good source in this film was Diana Nash. She was the person who asked the Mayor, Ben West, his thoughts on segregation. She played a very important role in the movement in Nashville. Overall this film really showed how everyone came together for a cause and stuck together through good and bad. They made it through.
Segregation was a rising concern for the black community of Nashville Tennessee. Everyone was used to the segregation, and no one was making any changes. Until black college students decided to take matters into their own hands. They joined together and started to prepare for non-violent direct action. They attended training sessions, Rev. C.T. Vivian described the sessions simply as “we learned how to take the blows and still respond with some dignity.” They would take turns pretending to yell at one person, saying all the nasty remarks the whites would make at them while pushing and shoving them slightly. They learned to not let their angry win but wanted to show that they meant no harm and they just wanted equal rights.
What stood out to me the most about the non-violent direct actions in Nashville was that the college students were so young. They took on such a great issue and changed the pattern of society. They were so mature in the way they went about gaining equal rights, threw peace. It was inspiring to watch how many beatings they took yet still held true to their purpose and morals. They really believed in what they were doing, no matter how many times they got arrested.
There were many important people in this film that make it very creditable. Whether threw interviews or actual footage of the time. I found it amazing that there was actual footage of Martin Luther Kings Jr. and everyone in the church when they were trapped in there because of the mob. There were countless interviews from many of the college students and witnesses during the time.
Throughout history there has been a fight for human equality. The direct action that took place in Nashville was not only a progressive movement for the African American race but also for human kind. Ben West, a white mayor of Nashville during the time of he non-violent direct action, stated, “I am interested in Americans interested in Democracy.” When Ben west declared this statement he was not only declaring his interest in the equal treatment of African Americans in his city but also equality of people across the united states, which was a radical thought for the time.
The process of non-violent direct action in Nashville was simple. Supporters of the movement, including many students, dressed like civil humans quietly took their seats in diners across the city. They gave no fight but took beatings and criticism, and were even convicted for disorderly conduct. They key to the effectively was no resistance. These actions went onto influence other activities such as the freedom rides, which led to equality.
There were many people in the film Eyes on the Prize that spoke influentially about the situations in Nashville. I found that the interviewers with the individuals who actually took part in the sit-ins and freedom rides the most interesting. Their insights and information was irreplaceable for the legitimacy of the film. One of my favorite quotes was by Alice Walker who quoted her son who was in jail saying, “Be cool mother.” This woman’s son was not only taking part in a vital role in American history but was doing it from pacifist’s point of view.
"Mayor Ben West, do you feel it is wrong to segregate people solely on the base of race or color?" Asked Diane Nash, at that time a student of Fisk University.
Diane also continued to say at that time she resented segregation because she felt stifled. John Louis, Angela Butler and Diane Nash were the first three students to begin the sit in.
This movie was an epitome of non-violent direct action. It shows the length and what people will risk for freedom. Freedom Riders, as these students were known as, with all their mind believe they could achieve something with non-violence and they did this with perseverance.
This movie showed me that, even if it's not the fight for freedom, and it's a little thing that you fight for, as long as you believe it's worth it, then go for it. and it doesn't have to involve violence.
In the 4 black colleges of Nashville, which attracted many youngsters to the city, the professors taught the method of direct-action.
It was now time to implement it.
The first protest was the lunch counters downtown. The college students continued sit-ins for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, white gangsters arrived at the restaurant, and thrashed the college students. They bet them up. But the students hung on. They decided to not quit- to endure the pain, so that one day, their fellow Blacks friends may enjoy the rights of the White people.
According to the movie, "The students were forcing people to decide whether the segregation was right or wrong... The Court found the students guilty in disorderly conduct", but they still held on. The students were changing the established laws regarding Blacks' rights.
The most memorable things about direct-action are the graphic videos of the "freedom-riders" dying dirty deaths for their rights.
Diana Nash is a good source in this film because she was herself involved in the action, not just as a "freedom-rider", but also as the leader of the freedom riders.
The main purpose of the direct action was to take action without using violence on their part. A great example of this were the events that we know as, the sit-ins. The blacks and some whites who were against segregation, in groups of many people, marched down the street of the town to the local lunch diner, and sat at the counters. Many of the people were described as, being dressed like they we heading to church. They sat there for two weeks without any incidents, but unfortunately on February 27, violence broke out and many blacks were beaten by the mob of white folks.
One of the most memorable events throughout these hectic days, was when an eighteen-year-old woman known as, Diane Nash, asked the major of Nashville at the time, Ben West, "Do you feel its right to discriminate solely based on the color of their skin?" Remarkably, Ben West answered not as a major of a segregated town, but as a man and said that he did not think that it was right to discriminated solely based on someones skin color. He did this knowing that he would be looked down upon by the white people, and yet he chose to be honest and truthful. That moment in itself, was significant and gave hope to many people of color.
The students organized a series of nonviolent direct action,which is to take direct action without relying on violent tactics, in order to end racial segregations. The leaders organized workshops to train and teach students techniques in nonviolent direct action.They dressed nice and took seats in a orderly way in downtown luch counters. They sat on streets downtown and some of the participants were arrested by the police for "disorderly conduct". Black residents started staying out of town and they stopped spending money downtown on national retail merchandises. Eventually, there are more and more random violence to the blacks downtown.
I think the most memorable part in this film is when all the students and all the blacks marched to the city hall. The eighteen year-old Diane Nash, who was a female leader in the student movement, asked the mayor of Nashville,"Do you feel it is wrong to discriminate against a person solely on the basis of their race or color?", the mayor admitted that he did. The mayor then allowed black residents to be served in downtown lunch counters. This was a huge turning point in the whole movement.
The police keep using massive violent action to stop the student movement, which was totally nonviolent. However, the group of students never gave up and showed us that freedom and rights should never be stopped by violent attacks. It's really touching how students were willing to accept death in order to fight for their human rights and freedom. They were determined to be free and nothing could stop them.
As students nowadays, we are very fortunate that we are living in a democratic country and we have the Bill of Rights and the constitution to make sure that we enjoy our rights and freedom. We have to thank those people in the civil right movements in the history who helped the country making a great step towards an equal world with social integration. We are living in a more democratic world because of their sacrifices and courage to "fight" back, in a non-violent and civilized way.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The film on the 1960’s Civil rights movement was a very powerful and thought provoking film. It truly makes me appreciate my freedom, and how fortunate I am to live in this great nation. The direct action in this film focuses on a nonviolent approach to protesting. The civil rights activists were beaten down mentally and physically and it must have taken so much inner strength to not back down to any of the torture they went through.
I believe that the Governor of Alabama made one of the most powerful statements saying, “We cannot act as nurse maids to agitators.” Although this doesn’t seem packed with meaning, I believe it is because leaders should set good examples. Yes, this film takes place in a much different time than we live in today, but there were many good leaders around the country open to desegregation and freedom for all. He is a leader in the city, and thousands of citizens look up to him. I believe that this remark made it ok for the whites of Alabama to segregate and to be hateful towards blacks.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Fear not, we have gone too far to turn back.” I believe that this is very motivating and inspirational for the freedom riders. It would have been very difficult to keep moving forward when at times, it felt as though progress would never be made. I look up to these men and women for their perseverance and dedication to what they believed in and they never lost hope.
Diane Nash is a great source in this film because she was a leader of the freedom riders, and many people looked up to her. Diane Nash was a student at Fisk University, an all black University. She is very inspiring, positive and hopeful for the future.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I think the most memorable part was when it was said, "When the marchers came closer to town, it was silent except for the sound of feet." This is when Diane Nash asked the Mayor if he thought it was wrong to discriminate against a person solely based on their skin color. And admitted, Yes, it is wrong. This was the main turning point and the most memorable one. The whole story was educational. I didn't know this went on for so long and everything that went into it. There were a lot of people involved and a lot of people who really helped the blacks fight for their rights.
There were also a lot of good sources in the story. Diane Nash interested me because she explained her experiences in a way that it felt like you were there. And she was only eighteen years old when all of this was happening, it was really good to see someone her age fight for what she believes in. I'm not sure you'd see people come together like that these days. All of the people that witnessed and were involved with this had good stories to tell. When Jim Zwerg, a freedom rider, beaten and in his hospital bed said, "We're going to keep coming until we can ride from one place in the south to another place in the south, until we can do it without any comments. We are American Citizens." It's really amazing that he, and many others that had been badly beaten, would die for their rights and freedom.