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What We've Learned
The people we have learned about have made a big impact on society. These
people are so inspirational because they have made a big impact to the world, they have spread the word to keep peace and that everyone is equal because that's what all of these activist believe in. But there still are some issue that haven't been solved. For example Wangari Maathai has made a environmental impact in Kenya by
planting all those trees, but what about the rest of the world, people still are unmindful because they don't know that what they do can impact the Earth and global warming. The only way that the world can change is when people understand right from wrong and start doing whats right instead causing whats wrong in the society.
We have learned about some astonishing people such as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez and so much more. Each of these people have done such little things and have changed the world from freeing people of segregation to leading farmers to freedom and even giving a whole country independence. Nelson Mandela taught us that no matter what you must fight for what you know is right because even though he was sent to jail for 27 years he still fought for the freedom of South Africa. Not only that but we've learned about the aboriginal people and their struggles with the residential school and being discriminated against. These people have gone through tough times and they have been mistreated for so many years, sadly
their land is now being taken away from them so a big oil company can ruin
the beautiful landscape and leaving that area looking like a disaster.
What We Think
We all think that these people are very courageous for what they did. It takes tons of courage to do what they did, they knew the consequences and still continued. I hope that most of the people in this world can become like them and learn what you can do when you work together. Violence isn't needed and people need to realize that only love can replace it. If we can replace violence with love only good can come out of it. I think this quote "There is no such thing as part freedom." by Nelson Mandela, is one of the most true things I have heard. It's really true to us because you can only be free, or not. "Part freedom" is still not entirely free, and to be free is what all of these activists wanted and at some point in time the whole world will be free. Free of discrimination, free of slavery, free of being bidden to the things they hate. All of these activists helped with this and the future can and will become a bright place for everyone going through hardships.
Being An Activist
Being an activist seems simple because they make it seem so simple. But really it's not, it takes effort and persistence to become an activist and have people by your side. But something I noticed about all of these activist believe in non-violence and equality, Cesar Chavez believed in equality for farm workers, Nelson Mandela believes that everyone should be equal no matter what the colour of their skin is, they all believed in equality and I believe that's the key message when we were learning about these great leaders.
Being at a residential school would obviously be a tough thing to imagine but really being at the school would be a different situation. Pretend that your wearing a uniform, and the teacher is very strict and even if you whisper a single word you'll get whipped. The teacher claims that your culture is stupid and that no one likes your culture. You don't always get your food but when you do it's not even that great. But when you come home you can't even communicate to your family. How are you going to tell them your hungry? Most likely you wont even be able to see them anymore, you'll be trapped in that school forever. That's how it feels to be there and that's what these people felt during their childhood. You would think that other countries and nations would learn from this tragic history of educational violence and inequality but still even years in the future some things just never change. When people such as Desmond Tutu fight for the right of blacks and
whites to attend the same school and have their education be taught \
equally, how do you think people like Desmond Tutu feel when they
spend part of their lives fighting for something but knowing that the
problem is still somewhere out there in the world. How do you think
it would feel?
Learning about these activist has made me see things in a different light, the people we have learn about have made such a big impact on the world yet I didn't even know them until Ms. Chudnovsky said something about it. A person I connect to is Muhammed Ali because last year Ms. Chudnovsky's uncle, Bob, told us about how he evaded the draft by moving to Canada and leaving his family which was a tough decision for him because he didn't want to leave his family but at the same time he didn't want to kill people. Just how Muhammed Ali refused the draft.
I feel as if I can relate to everyone that we've studied, but I can relate mostly to Gandhi. Gandhi wanted overall peace, love and equality. He wanted it all over the world. It's a big dream, a big goal, and when he was assassinated people though that his dream was just a dream. This dream is still being carried on through all of these activists that we have studied, and I plan on making a difference in this world just like them. I believe that violence is just another excuse to look cool. You don't need violence to prove that you are strong. To prove you are strong you need to be able to say "I forgive you" to someone you hate.
This mural represents a couple different things. The first picture is which is pretty obvious stands for "No war". The reasoning behind that is because without violence and gore that goes on during a war, the future can move on without being held back and cutting costs due to military funding. Not to mention lives will not be as threatened as they are now. The second picture which is the picture of the eye with blood everywhere, represents how our eyes are filled with blood lust and tainted by the spoils of war and watching our families or friends die right before our eyes. Its like someone has shot right through our eyes and now they cant even see the good in the world anymore. The third picture is a brain or a mind depending on what perspective you use, being clouded by all the horrible memories and thoughts of war and life in general because of humans attacking each other. It represents what people have shown, a corrupted mind due to the act of our own selves. The fourth picture shows a yellow aura in a way shrouded by darkness. This is a representation of two things, the first is the good hidden in the corrupted that have been revealed by opening their eyes and understanding what they have done. The second meaning behind the picture is the good that is surrounded by darkness and have no way of reaching to the outside without help but can still get out if it is found. The last picture which is the peace simple represents peace obviously. Peace is wanted across the world but only a few go against it. If only peace was a thing that could come true easily but for decades we have been trying and yet still no answers. Hopefully we can one day reach the most desired thing to most of humantiy which is peace.
Over the course of this year we have learned about many of the worlds most renown activist such as Gandhi, Muhammad Ali, Rosa Parks and it doesn't end there. There are many people that I found that were amazing that we learned about but I couldn't just pick one. The two that Inspired me the most was Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali. The reasoning behind these two being the ones that I connected with the most is because they both taunt me the an important lesson. Muhammad Ali taught me that being stripped of all you have for example, Muhammad Ali's title, his license, his contracts and more, doesn't mean you're a nobody. If anything it makes you stronger so that you can fight back and regain all those things and create something greater. What Nelson Mandela taught me was that despite the time that it will take to over come a challenge, you will be able to but only if you choose to wait and take the right way, not the easy way. But one lesson that they both taught me was that although approaching a problem non-violently has worked in the past, it doesn't mean it will always work. Not every plan is perfect therefore being non-violent isn't always going to work every single try. That's what happened to Nelson Mandela and he had to come up with a different plan after that. So learning from these two I learned you need more than just one plan and one pathway, you need multiple pathways to explore and map out until you find the right one.