Sunday, February 19, 2017

Gatsby: Chapter 5

My Country

I am reeling. I cannot believe what our country is coming to. I am crying at this point while typing this, I can not collect my thoughts and I do not know why I am so passionate about this. A friend of mine posted on Facebook today a picture of someone who posted on the "Day without Immigrants" this:
And at the top he wrote "That sounds about right, don't pledge allegiance to the flag after all the support they give Mexicans. Go back to Mexico if you don't like it. There's a reason Mexicans don't come to the U.S."
Excuse me sir, aren't you Mexican!?! I notice it doesn't say illegal immigrants, it just says immigrants. We are ALL immigrants. We didn't start here, Columbus didn't discover America it was already here. WE need to stop saying things like "If you don't or do something you aren't American or you don't support America. We are all many different mixes of races, cultures, ideas, religions, and come from different places. We must be one, but we are different people. I am religious, so maybe that's the reason for all my compassion. As a good friend told me we have the freedom of speech and expression yet people are shoving their opinions and beliefs down each others throats. We are to attack the topic, NOT the person behind it! Ad Hominem much! I don't know much about politics, i really don't but in the bible I know that it says to treat aliens or immigrants as a citizen among you because you were once like them. I believe that the pledge of allegiance is to show respect to the country that has done so much for you, and no you ignorant bastard America has never been great it has been exceptional, it has tried, No I do not agree with my country and my president (unfortunate but true) but this was supposed to be the land of milk and honey, the land of opportunity, of freedom. The land of the free and home of the brave. False! We are caged cowards! With freedom comes responsibility and no one recognizes that, it should be common sense, we are cowards! So afraid that immigrants will take us over, but we weren't thinking about the Natives when we supposedly discovered this land. This country belongs to the people ! "This land was made for you and me.
We were illegal too. I understand that people who live here originally don't have jobs, have to pay more money and whatever your problem is (yes I know I'm only 17, but don't you dare tell me I know nothing!), but maybe you should work harder! You ever seen a white person in the fields? I sure as hell haven't. Maybe I'm young and naïve, but if so your are old and ignorant. We have come so far as a people. There are no slaves, women have rights, we have a crazy communication system but with all that we are losing our humanity. You look at the person who is black and say he's a criminal, you look at the person who speaks Spanish and say he's an illegal immigrant, you look at the white man and say he is privileged... stereotypes, racism, prejudice that's still here. You look at your friend, your family, your brothers and sisters and because they are different they are bad. The world revolves around money, apparently it makes the world go round and buys happiness. I will not stand idly by and watch my nation and my society fall into oblivion. Quit worrying where someone came from, what they look like, or what language they speak....MLKJ had a dream, from the American dream. Now I have a mission based on his dream that people will be judged by the content of their hearts. Don't let what's happening tear apart what we have worked so hard to build. "One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all" There is power in these words, but its lost its meaning...and now I pose a question. How will we bring it back? With walls, and harsh words? Or open arms and kindness? I prefer the latter and yes, its a hard and brutal road, but I'm willing to walk it, Are you coming with me?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Gatsby: Chapters 1-4 Assesment

  1. What is the first impression we get from Jordan Backer? 
  2. Do you believe what Daisy meant what she said about her daughter being a "beautiful little fool"? Why/why not?
  3. What is your opinion of Toms mistress and the whole situation invloving her in chapter 2?
  4. What is the atmosphere at Gatsbys party like at first?
  5. What is like at the end?
  6. Why do you think Daisy freaks a bit ("Wheres Tom gone?") when he leaves?