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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”–Martin Luther King Jr.

This quote is written in the beginning of Martin Luther King Jr.s “Letters From a Birmingham Jail”. Unfortunately this quote is still pertinent today and will be until there are no more injustices in the world. Overcoming injustice in one society is only one small victory for the larger problem at hand. A present day example would be same-sex marriage. Although marrying someone of the same sex is legal in parts of the United States, justice has still not been served on a national level. If one is gay and wants to marry someone of the same sex they either have to move to a different state or wait until the law changes. The victories that states like Massachusetts and just recently Washington and Maryland have achieved, although great, mean nothing for those living in the rest of the country. Additionally, because there are so few states that allow same-sex marriage, they live in jeopardy of having their law overturned until allowing same-sex marriage is passed nationwide, like we saw occurred in California. Until we as a country standardize this law we still have a long battle of injustice to fight. 

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Diversity event Extra Credit

I went to Kip Fulbecks diversity program held in Whitely on January 16th.  Fulbeck discussed his racial obstacles.  He was Chinese and Caucasian and was always made fun of as the Chinese kid.  He never understood why people wouldn’t accept that he was multi-racial.  In Fulbecks family he was considered the white one since he looked mostly American in comparison to his other family members, but at school he was the only Chinese boy.  Fulbecks talks about his struggles so he decided to change society.

 

Fulbeck created a term called ‘Hapa’ meaning half-breed.  He wanted everyone who went under the same scrutiny as him to know that they are not alone.  He created a book and filled a museum of his findings. To no surprise they were many that felt the same way he did.

 

He goes on to talk about the purpose and meaning of tattoos and how meaningful they can be.  Fulbeck really emphasized being comfortable and confident in your own skin.

 

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I believe that everyone should be happy with the way they are, we are all blessed.  Regardless size, shape, or ethnicity we are all human and that’s important to remember when you stereotype and criticize.

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Final Post

 

 

The hero I liked most was V.  V is dangerous, suspicious, caring, and mysterious.  I liked watching him from the beginning to end because you start with a negative perspective and by the end you feel sympathetic and sad.  I love that Evie brings out his nurturing side throughout the movie.  He is so interesting and majestic.  I enjoyed this film and hero the most throughout the year.

 

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I also enjoyed Saving Private Ryan, the selflessness Captain Miller displayed was commendable.  It was very gross at times but it showed what actual soldiers go through, I believe that ever soldier is a Hero, by putting their country before themselves. Captain Miller sacrificed himself for others.

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My first post I wrote about Mulan.  I do not believe she meets all the requirement of a monomyth. But she did have a call to adventure and was very brave.  I think Mulan is strong just like Antigone, but the hero I think she relates to most is Brave Heart.  Mulan is an epic hero, because she lives with pride.

 

Altogether I liked all the heroes we learned about this year, V and Braveheart are my favorite of the semester.

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”

This quote is if from Martin Luther King Juniors “Letter From Birmingham Jail”. I thought this quote was very powerful, and rich with meaning. I took this quote to mean that in any instance laws are being violated the entire worlds justice system is at risk. We live in a “copycat” society if one person gets away with doing something wrong another person will do the same. During this time this quote was directed towards the mistreatment of African Americans.  In any instance when people are being treated in an inhumane way it endangers the rights and liberties of people everywhere.

Immediately upon reading this I thought about how the United States often interferes with injustice issues in other countries. For example, when Saddam Hussein was President of Iraq he treated the people with cruelty and had alleged ties with the terrorist group Al-Qaeda.  Upon hearing about this injustice and mistreatment of the people the United States made it a priority to liberate the people of Iraq from Hussein’s rule. Recent discussions over whether the Unites States should interfere in conflicts around the world such as in Egypt and in North and South Korea. In my opinion the United States should because conflicts and injustice ultimately affect us all in some way just as the quote states.

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Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.

 

We can see that this is true still today.  Our government makes decisions that impair millions and millions of people.  Anytime there is power in a society like ours we see the affects that it has on our country.  We can use this example with taxes, welfare, healthcare, and the economy.  There are so many obstacles that we don’t think effect our day to day lives that very much do.

 

On a small scale we could use an everyday example.  A family cannot afford to buy their kids Christmas presents and pay their rent; they tell their landlord that they will not have the money to pay for the month of January.  That then affects the landlord’s kids and their Christmas.  See the landlord banks on having that cash in order to provide for his family which indirectly affects his children.  Everything is related like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says in his letter from Birmingham.

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Even though King was using this sentence to describe the violence, ignorance, and racism in Birmingham we can also relate this to modern day violence.  The shooting in the Batman debut this past year in Colorado had many direct affects on the families but also on the workers, cinema, and the fright it instilled in America.

In his following sentence it says , “I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.”  King is saying that we can not individually live up to our potential without the support of others.  We have to work together, we have to be one as a nation, and by being accepting of people of all people we are allowing them to reach their goals.. King legacy is that he want to live in a society where everyone was equal, where the impoverished were helped, and the nation was stronger because of our acceptance.

 

We see his fight for freedom and equality continue today.

 

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Blog Post 11

Throughout this winter term we have discussed many different heroes as well as many different types of heroes. At the end of this course my  favorite hero and film character would have to be William Wallce. He was a man who was in a fight for his freedom as well as his country’s freedom. He did whatever was necessary to make sure the King of England left him and his country alone. Although his journey may have started out as revenge for what happened to his family and his wife, it ended up being a fight for freedom for himself as well as his country. The main reason i liked him was because he did everything he could to recieve his freedom and protect others from the king’s tyrantic rule.

My original favorite hero was Smokey the Bear. Smokey still is my favorite hero due to how he protects not only the animals of the forest but also the people who live near forest regions. His message is clear and simple, only you can start forest fires. By this message he tries to protect everyone in his power and that also includes animals, plant life, and humans. He is not the typical hero and that is why i admire him the most. I like him because he is unique and is not often thought of as a hero, but in my mind he truely is a hero.

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“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”

             -Martin Luther King Jr.-

In “Letters from a Birmingham Jail” Martin Luther King takes the time to address the criticism about his practices and beliefs that are rocking the nation. In his letter he references Socrates, St. Augustine, and Jesus and uses them to support his beliefs and make clear to the reader where he is coming from and how he intends to get there. Looking at the quote above we can see that he is also alluding to the scientist Sir Isaac Newton and his  Laws of Motion. There are three aforementioned laws, and the last one being of the most importance in this instance, it states “every action has an equal and opposite reaction”. These two quotes, both spoken by great men, remind us that one’s actions cause someone else to make their own action, and that person’s action causes another person to act and so on and so forth. MLKJ was tired of the unjust treatment of his people and choose to act nonviolently in order to make a better world for his children and friends to grow up in. Just as Newton was trying to explain how objects worked when acted on by a force, MLKJ explained in his letter how small changes can indirectly cause a greater change.

Today we see his teachings being practiced not only by Americans but also by people and groups around the globe. Looking at the earlier posts, we can see how small peaceful protests can bring about change that can alter a country for the better. Even on our campus a small change, like championing for the removal of Chick-Fila from campus can bring change, the board of hearings, and incite both sides of the issue to stand up and speak out for what they believe to be right. For even if its just a snowflake falling onto a bank of snow, that one small flake could be the final straw that incites the avalanche of change.

Great quotes from great men

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Arhine Final Credits

 

In class, we discussed many different types of heroes such as epic, tragic, folk, anti, reluctant, and cultural heroes through literature and film. Out of the heroes though my favorite was anti-hero V from the film V for Vendetta. V is a mysterious character that is always lurking in the shadows committing crimes throughout Great Britain to show the people how corrupt the government really is. V doesn’t care who he offends in the process because he is obtain a personal goal and seeking revenge for the pain and suffering the government put him through. Most heroes are always the “nice guy” that comes in saving the day always following the rules, but I find the anti-heroes more interesting because they go about things in their own way to get the job how they see fit. Also, this was the first time I had seen this movie and my good friend is obsessed with it and now I see why.

While we went through a variety of heroes there were a few that we didn’t talk about in class that I wish we would have. I love movies like The Dark Knight, Spiderman, Iron Man, and The Avengers. While we may have brought this films up in our class discussions, I wish we would have been able to watch and analyzed more movies like these because they have great action scenes and are always entertaining. It’s interesting to me seeing the comic book versions of these stories and then watching the film that after to really see the story come to life.

 

The hero I wrote about in my first blog was Mister Fantastic from the Fantastic Four movie. In relation to the term monomyth, or hero’s journey, I think this does apply to the story of the Fantastic Four. Mister Fantastic was originally your average smart scientist named Reed Richards until her was exposed irradiation by cosmic ray giving him knew capabilities. The capabilities him and three other friends receives gave them a chance to fight battles for their people. Mister Fantastic also fits some of the criteria for the list of common ingredients need for a hero such as destiny, final battle, romance, etc. The Fantastic Four’s destiny is to take control of the villain Doctor Doom, which they are successful in accomplishing. Out of all the heroes, Mister Fantastic is a folk hero because he is a normal person that was transformed by a significant event. Without the explosion that occurred Mister would just be Reed Richards forever and not have special abilities.

 

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“Ghana has something to say to us. It says to us first that the oppressor never voluntarily gives freedom to the oppressed. You have to work for it. Freedom is never given to anybody. Privileged classes never give up their privileges without strong resistance.

Martin Luther King Jr. said this in one of his early speeches in 1957 at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

This quote can be used for many social movements, especially today. While it is specific about Ghana’s independence and as he uses for the Civil Rights movement, it can be applied to any other movement where people are being repressed. For example it could be used today for same sex marriage, some would say. This quote is more of a ruble-rousing quote to fight for what you believe in. Even the last line of the quote “Privileged classes never give up their privileges without strong resistance,” could be applied to country today in the battle over should those make a certain amount of money have to pay higher taxes. While this not one of MLK’s more famous quotes it still deserves to be heard just because it is not one situations specific and can apply to many things in today cultures and even groups with countries who are being oppressed today.

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Martin Luther King Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and leader of African American Civil Rights Movement. He is a well-respected man that has done a lot for our country, which is why Americans celebrate his accomplishments on the third Monday of January each year around his birthday on January 15. Martin Luther King Jr.’s phenomenal public speaking abilities played a key role is his success for the Civil Rights Movement. Quotes from his speeches are often times still talked about today. One of the quotes I liked the most when I researched Martin Luther Kind Jr. was “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” This quote is from A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength of Love and Other Preaching’s written by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963. This straightforward quote stood out to me the most because it relates to what we have been talked about in class when it comes to real-life heroes. A real-life hero goes above and beyond the views of the average person and stands up for the right thing even if others don’t agree with them. With that said, it also means that you find out who a person truly is based on how they respond to pressure and the hardships they go through. It easy to go through life when everything is handed to you, but the strongest people are the ones that have worked their way to the top and struggled to get there.

 

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