Monday, May 4, 2009
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Thursday, April 2, 2009
Many people have created this immediate reaction after the presidential election, thinking that race was not longer an issue. Unfortunately we do not have a microwave society. We can not get everything we want right when we want it. As the editorial states blacks and whites are progressing from two different mind states. If we could only get on the same level, then maybe the progression would take place faster.
This op ed educates the everyday reader on what is going on in today’s society dealing with race. He analyzes the issues the average person in America recognizes, but fails to articulate. The author avoids from being heavy handed, but I can hear his opinion slightly in the article. Or in other words his personality.
This topic really grabs the audience, which in my case are students whoa are currently enrolled in a HBCU. It made me question my current finances at my institution. Where is my pell grant being applied, will the water ever get discontinued on my campus. The writer does a great job of just stating the facts and allowing the reader to make up their own mind about the institution. It’s hard to identify whether the author is pro shutting the university down or con.
This op ed really helps me, a college student put a face on the economic crisis. I mean hay, isn’t this the same school they filmed Drum line on. A very popular movie and now your telling me there broke. It just does not make sense to me. If they can easily reach a financial crisis who’s to say little ole Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C couldn’t be next.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
It was the slaves that allowed this nations to flourish as it did. An immediate example of the benefits of slavery would be the value of cotton today. Cotton is terribly important, not only to the South, but to the nation. In fact, by 1815, cotton is the most valuable export of the United States. By 1840, cotton is more valuable than everything else the United States exports put together, so the value of slaves is tremendous. By the time of the Civil War, by 1860, the dollar value of slave property is greater than the dollar value of all of America’s railroads, all of America’s banks, all of America’s manufacturing put together. Slavery was no sideshow in American society. It was very much the main event, and the cotton crop that slaves produced made America important to the world.
In “The Economics of the African Slave Trade” Anika Francis refers to a quote made by James Rawley which states "black slavery was essential to the carrying on of commerce, which in turn was fundamental to the making of the modern world" The first mention of Africans being taken away from their homes to be used as workers in Europe was in the 14th century. By the 16th century an African Slave Trade was set up, so a constant influx of slaves could be brought to Europe in order for the economy to keep growing. Africans presented able bodied people with high immunities for some diseases that Europeans were catching easily by working in the fields. By the 17th century, the slave trade was booming, and society was quickly changing its economy from mercantilism to capitalism. The slave trade thrived because of all the needed workers in European colonies, such as in Cuba, Jamaica and Guadeloupe. The local populations in these places dropped dramatically after the Europeans arrived. Cuba, for example, had an estimate of over 2 million people living there before the Europeans arrived, and afterwards only around 2,000 remained. People had died from the wars against the Europeans, who eventually conquered them. They also died from hunger, disease, suicide, or simply harsh conditions; the Europeans forced them to work long hours every day in gold mines. With most of the natives dying, Europeans needed more labor hands in order to keep profiting from the gold mines. The African slave trade provided their solution. Also stated in “The Economics of the African Slave Trade” Colbert, a Frenchman, said, "no commerce in the world produces as many advantages as that of the slave trade".Now take a look at the American dilemma during the 17th century. In the early part of the century the colonists were literally going crazy because of the need for food. They wanted so badly to make money off of tobacco, it was planted everywhere. But they didn’t remember to plant food. Even if they did remember, they didn’t know how, just like they didn’t really know how to plant tobacco. The Europeans needed people who would plant and grow corn for food, and who would grow tobacco for money. They readily accepted the idea of slavery because they didn’t know how to do it themselves. The Europeans couldn’t force the Indians to work for them because they were grossly outnumbered. This could result to a massacre. So, because the African slave trade was such an accepted thing by those days, it didn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary for the colonists to use them for labor. In fact, in their eyes it was the perfect solution. Although this may not seem morally right you must ask your self if the world ran off of morals, would economy’s survive at all. I currently work at wal mart as a part time job while I matriculate through Claflin University. We were often reminded , Wal- Mart is a business and does not have feelings, there fore leave your feelings at home. This is a example of how businesses survive. Everyone will not always have an immediate benefit, in the case of slavery African Americans did not have the immediate benefit. This is why I believe that slavery should not be taught as a moral dilemma, but strictly the facts and why this awful idea thrived so.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Technology is ever changing and is always evolving, whether it’s the latest cell phone or the newest camera, consumer demand for the best and newest technology is at an all time high. We all must admit that technology is becoming more and more distracting and is changing the way we communicate, gather information and even our complete way of life. Take a moment and think on how the latest technological advances have impacted your life. The list should go on and on. Technology is building bridges between people on opposite sides of the globe, but it is also building even stronger walls between neighbors. Some people are surrounding themselves with modern technology while paying little attention to the needs of others. Others use technology to better understand their fellow man to overcome physical distance, and better their personal knowledge bank.
My fellow colleagues and I have discussed the pros and cons of technology for the last week. Have you ever noticed that call waiting is both intrusive and rude, or what about text messaging causing more automobile accidents than ever before. You may have noticed these things, but are not even bothered by these events. This concludes my next point technology is making society naïve about many issues in today’s world.
As my college professor explained that it has been years since she and her mom have talked without being interrupted by call waiting, I had to examine my own personal conversations. I would have to agree with her it is a rare conversation when call waiting does not break my conversation and demand attention. I could be in the middle of a very serious and emotional phone call and like a thief in the night that awful little beep comes and steers the conversation. Following the beep you will hear, hold on, or my favorite I’m sorry let me call you right back. Right then and there I have never thought of this as a negative issue, but now that the issue has been presented to me I would have to agree with my professor. Technology is making society more acceptable to distractions.
When you hear people complain about getting in automobile accidents for not paying attention, I always think of a woman putting on make up, or looking out the window. In today’s society text messaging or cell phones period are distracting us from safely operating our vehicles. Here are a few facts to help enforce my conclusion. Each year, 21% of fatal car crashes involving teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of cell phone usage. This result has been expected to grow as much as 4% every year. Almost 50% of all drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 are texting while driving. Over one-third of all young drivers, ages 24 and under, are texting on the road. Now are your eyes open to a very serious problem?
Technology is a great thing, but we must admit there are just as many cons as there are pros to the demand for technology.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
This story has touched millions of citizens in America. The story explains how a 61 year old woman and her son are living out of a truck dying for a place to stay. As a college student who has never been threw an economic struggle this story really helped me put a visual to the economic distress. The same distress that has been talked about everywhere around the nation. As a college student I have been somewhat sheltered from the economic situations, but this really help me see exactly the kind of problems that are occuring.
This woman just wants a place to stay, the things that me and my colleagues sometimes take for granit. Although she is just one of the many people who are feeling the struggle right now. The media hs made her the face of the recession. She represents homelessness, and unemployment all in one. She represents the veterans of this country it was her hard work that helped the nation get to where it is today. This same veteran in life has no where to lay her head.
To every bad story there can be a good ending. Many people in america have stuck together and offered funding to help this woman find a place to stay. This shows me that America really believes in Unity and there are some good people left in the world.