ARiesett Blog 10 “Sacrifices”

Heroes choose to make sacrifices in order to accomplish a bigger goal or greater humanity. Melba Pattillo, who wrote Warriors Don’t Cry, is a terrific example of a heroine that has made sacrifices for the great good of the African American race. She was one of the Little Rock Nine that chose to be a part of the integration of Central High School. She sacrificed her health, her family, and her life in order to get the community of Little Rock to understand that integration was necessary. She was constantly physically abused and emotionally abused while attending Central High School. She faced death threats and other horrible threats like something bad was going to happen to her family. Her mother lost her job as a result of her attending Central High. Despite all of these sacrifices, she followed through with her commitment to attend school at Central High and overcame the abuse with the help of God.  Her faith continued to grow stronger each day.

Victoria Leigh Soto is a similar heroine to Melba Pattillo. Victoria or “Vicki” sacrificed the same things as Melba. Vicki sacrificed her own life to sacrifice the lives of her students during the tragic Sandy Hook Massacre. She was willing to die and leave her family behind to save the lives of so many young children. Vicki also became a heroine at a young age like Melba. These women are inspirational for this because the typical stereotype of a hero is that of a male. It is hard to image that I would be able to do such a heroic act at my age. I probably would not have the courage that these young women had at the time.

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  1. Posted January 20, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    I love the connection that you made between these two woman! Both were not thrust into these situations, but they made the decision that they thought was right – even if they had to suffer from it.

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  2. Posted January 20, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    I love how you took the past and compared it with the present violence we are experiencing now. TImes change people don’t. Even though we want to think we have grown as a nation from those times we see clearly that we are very immature and violent still today!

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