Monday, September 26, 2016

Clinton/Trump Presidential Debate

One of the major things that stuck out in my mind while watching the debate was the question about how Clinton and Trump both plan on dealing with the racial divide in our country.

Clinton's idea came with a two part plan. The first part was beginning to restore trust between police officers and the community. With the lack of trust from one side to another they're working against each other instead of with each other for a safer community. Clinton also mentioned that he bias between police officers and people of the community needs to be worked on so that police officers can have a better understand about the issues going on around them. What really made be connect was when she mentioned that a white male and a black male could be doing the same thing wrong but there are different consequences because they aren't of the same race. The second part she mentioned was dealing with gun violence in our country. She feels like if you are too dangerous to be able to fly on a plane, you shouldn't be able to purchase or be able to obtain a gun in any way, which I completely agree with that.

Trump on the other hand thinks that in order to deal with racial divide we should set up stop and frisk in communities where there is a lot of violence. Although this is unconstitutional to profile people who you think might be a "bad guy" and search them, he seemed to think this was the best idea to take care of gangs and violence. Because of all the new stop and frisking there would need to be a lot more police officers canvasing neighborhoods and streets to make sure the "bad people" were caught. Trump seemed to think that illegal immigrants are to blame for the violent outrages in our country. They are the ones with all the guns causing such chaos. One of the only things that Trump and Clinton seemed to agree on was that in order for things to get better in communities the relationships between people and "our protectors" needs to be improved drastically and we need to start working together for a safer country.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Aria by Richard Rodriguez Quotations

"The odd truth is that my first grade classmates could have become bilingual, in the conventional sense of that word, more easily than I. Had they been taught (as upper-middle-class children are often taught early) a second language like Spanish or French" (Page 34). 

In using this statement by Richard Rodriguez it shows his thoughts on having to learn a public language as a child going to school. He is put in a position where he has to learn a second language because that's the language everyone else speaks. His point is that as a young child who didn't come from a higher middle-class family he didn't already know a second language, but a lot of his peers were already taught a second language. Even still he is forced to learn a public language because his peers only use English as a public language

"I  needed a full year of special attention. I also needed my teachers to keep my attention from straying in class by calling out, Rich-heard- their English voices slowly prying loose my ties to my other name, its three notes, Ri-car-do" (Page 35). 

I don't understand why Ricardo had to have his name turned into the English version of itself. I understand that he is learning English and becoming apart of the American world, but everything doesn't have to be taken from the child in order to learn English. The more things that are changed, such as speaking English at home with his parents, to having his name changed I can see how the adjustment could be difficult for children. To see that even their names change I'm surprised that Richard didn't need longer than a year for his special attention in his school setting.

"But my father was not shy, I realized, when I'd watch him speaking Spanish with relatives. Using Spanish, he was quickly effusive. Especially talking with other men, his voice would spark, flicker, flare alive with sounds" (Pages 37-38).

This quote shows that although Richard's father acted like he was happy speaking English at home to help his children learn English, he missed speaking Spanish just as much as his son missed hearing it in his life. When his father speaks using Spanish he connects back to his roots of growing up in a world where only Spanish was spoken, but now that his children are supposed to know English because it't the public language he feels its best to change his ways and speak English in his household as well. He does this because he thinks it's the best thing for his children's education and to be able to succeed. I looked for information about raising bilingual children, but mostly what I found was starting children as toddlers to speak multiple languages. It was still interesting to see what some parents might be worried about when raising bilingual children. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

"Amazing Grace" - Jonathan Kozol Hyperlinks

While reading "Amazing Grace" I couldn't believe what I was reading. There were so many new things that my brain was trying to comprehend. Things like there is a incinerator walking distances from peoples' houses. I understand things such as "amputated limbs and fetal tissue, bedding, bandages, and syringes" (Kozal) need to be disposed of, but in a neighborhood? That was an insane thought for me to comprehend. Another thing I didn't understand was why "3,000 homeless families" were relocated to one are. I found this picture on a website called doctorhousingbubble, which was actually comparing Los Angeles, CA density of living to New York, but as you can see that in the Bronx the population estimate is 1,438,159 people per 42 square miles. This doesn't give anyone any room.
population density new york

The last thing that really bothered me while reading was the conditions of the three hospitals Alice Washington talked about.  Once I read about the fact that nurses were working two shifts in a row and having as many as twenty- two patience, I had to look further into this.

The first hospital I looked up was Lincoln Hospital. What I found out was that it was originally built in 1839, and was a hospital for only black people of that area. Then in April of 1899 it became open to all of the public even though it still mainly helped black people. It received its name after Abraham Lincoln. The hospital moved in 1976 to a bigger area taking up five blocks. People from North Manhattan to South Bronx all come to this hospital, and they continue to do renovations such as in 2014 when they spent $24 million updating the Emergency Room. What I found to be interesting was that there are only 347 beds available in the hospital.

The second hospital I looked up was the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, which got its name in 1962 when the two hospitals merged together. The two hospitals merged together because they were sharing their resources and their staff. They felt to help the growing population of the Bronx it would be best to merge the two hospitals together, and work to help the community. They have 972 beds, and are a teaching hospital.

The third hospital I researched was what the "minister of Harlem's leading church referred to as a "cesspool" (Kozol). This hospital is Harlem Hospital, which was founded in 1887. In 1923 Harlem Hospital became the only hospital that would train black nurses because city hospitals refused to train them. This hospital contains 286 beds

After looking through the official websites of each hospital and looking on wikipedia and a few other sites, not many of them mention the harsh patient or nurse conditions that Alice Washington was so afraid of. I wish this meant to me that this is just a story and such events as having to set up your own room didn't occur, but instead it shows a big red flag that the conditions were so horrendous that people wouldn't want them documented. On each of the hospitals I linked their "pretty" up to date websites that show what each hospital is capable of teaching, what kinds of procedures they do, and even how to apply for a job at each hospital. These websites give a very different and more positive view than what we read in Jonathan Kozol's "Amazing Grace".

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Nicholas Kristof "U.S.A., Land of Limitations?

Kristof argues that “talent is universal, but opportunity is not”.  Throughout this article Kristoff is trying to show that even if you are the most talented person out there, the chances of becoming someone of any importance is slim. The only way this can change is if the opportunity arises for the select few who come from lower social classes.

There are different aspects to having the opportunity in life move from being an average person in society to a person of higher reputation. People have their talents like Kristof said about his friend Rick, that although he was “smart, talented, and hardworking” (Kristof) he was faced with a struggle from the time he was born because of the social class he was born into. This caused his opportunities to be more limited than someone who would have been born into a high social class. And even though he was able to provide for himself and be a single father he had the life where he only had a small amount if any of emergency money in case something happened.
Rick lived his life in the lower social economic class and because of this based on Kristof’s argument Rick’s children are more likely to live their lives in the same social class as their father. He states that “where we end up is where we start” (Kristof) meaning that even if you fluctuate the chances of being able to move up to a different social class isn’t high for people in America, because of the limitations put on people who aren’t from higher up. This is shown with Rick because although he worked hard and became something of worth with his custom painter for cars the opportunity was taken by something out of his control, and because of this he had to live off of random jobs and disability.

This is supposed to be the land of opportunity, but it doesn’t seem to be that way. There are talented people all over the U.S. and instead of having opportunities to live a comfortable lifestyle they have to live to try to survive. Talents are pushed aside so that people can work whatever job they can get in order to provide for their families. The opportunity to shine their talent doesn’t get to happen for everyone in America; in fact it happens hardly ever to people in lower social classes. So although everyone has a talent of some kind they never get the chance to show what it is to the rest of the world, or at least the community they live in.  
Class Discussion:

This reading shows that there are limitations on everyone in the U.S., some limitations are greater for some people of the population than others, but our country was supposed to be the land of opportunity. But even from the start of having a Democracy, having people vote for other people to represent them, gives the electives more opportunities than it does the rest of society. It gives them power over the decisions even if it was what the people were wanting. So from the beginning shouldn’t we have been the land of limitations based off of who you are? I know it’s not a catchy slogan to get people to want to live in America, but it doesn’t seem wrong.

Friday, September 9, 2016

About Me

This summer I went on a mini vacation up to Ogunquit, Maine with my mother, my grandmother, and my great aunt. We made a stop at the Nubble Light house in York Maine. 

This past summer I had the chance to babysit a former preschool student and her younger brother. We spent a lot of time at the aquarium in Middletown, RI. This is a picture of a Skate a few weeks after it was born. 

This is my huge cat Liam. He is four years old, and is completely insane. He likes to torture my sisters cat for fun, but he is the biggest snuggle buddy. 

I love to travel. I had the chance to go to Georgia and South Carolina this past April. While I was at the beach my sister and I found a starfish just floating around in the water. 

I am the godmother of these crazy two. They make me so happy every time I see them. We like to do all kinds of things together, like make cloud dough, or one of our favorites go to the zoo. 
This is my family. I am the oldest of four. I work at a restaurant called Anthony's Seafood with my brother and one of my sisters. We had the chance to actually look decent and dress up, and of course I'm wearing orange. My favorite color. 
Panda Bears are my favorite animal