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    In the world we are in today the ability to peacefully protest is one of the most important tools you can have. It is the main tool that any person that resides in our country should be able to use at any point

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    In the world we are in today the ability to peacefully protest is one of the most important tools you can have. It is the main tool that any person that resides in our country should be able to...

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    • Hi Drew,
      I found your topic very interesting, its a topic I too have wrote about before. One of the most interesting things from this situation is that there was more controversy when only Colin Kaepernick kneeled for the signing of the Nation Anthem a year or two back, than when almost the entire league kneeled a few Sundays ago in the 2017 season. I was curious to find out why and it seems that people were shocked and taken back when it happened for the first time by one person, than when entire teams did it years later. http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/16/opinions/nfl-bail-reform-opinion/index.html I found this article interesting because it described how people are losing sight of why players are taking a knee. It was in the beginning to fight against police brutality against young African American people, but has grown into controversies over the President, white privilege, and disrespect over the flag. It seems that the original meaning of taking a knee expressed by Colin Kaepernick is the most genuine since he had no intention of disrespecting the country, he was only trying to raise awareness for a cause he believed in. But as entire NFL teams kneeled to address certain comments made by the President, their intent was to revolt against his words, not to raise awareness for a cause.
      I hope to hear more about what you think after reading the article I attached!

    • I really like your post. I think they demonstrated such bravery, and they stood up for what they believed in. I think that they were not being disrespectful, the flag is supposed to stand for freedom, and having the freedom to do this is what America is about

    • I really like your post. Police brutality is a problem. I feel like this is a big problem in America right now. A lot of NFL players are kneeling and telling the media how they feel about the topic. Some people think it is disrespectful and others don’t think it is disrespectful to kneel for the flag.

    • Hey Drew,
      I loved reading your post, this is one of the most critical and yet true story in our life time. We say everyone has freedom of speech but when practicing it, it becomes a problem of racism, police brutality and so forth. Protest by athletes by kneeling down has became a highlight during 2017 and it’s still an issue today. Kaepernick kneeled during national anthem which marked the beginning of the protest and many other athletes followed. This articles was helpful http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000691077/article/colin-kaepernick-explains-why-he-sat-during-national-anthem

  • Rosalinda, I love that you seem so passionate about these topics and it seems to me that you will be the person to start the change. But, I am a bit confused about how these two topics intertwine with each other. I think that the best way to make sure that both of these subjects get the attention that they deserve you have to make them separate…Read More

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    Whitlee, I do believe that you have some privileges/advantages over people that go to public school. But, I don’t think that it is anything to be ashamed of. There isn’t anything you can do about the fact that that is true. You can only focus on the things that high school kids focus on such as, grades, sports, family, and friends. It is also hard…Read More

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    Luke, I would have to disagree with you. I believe that many people, including yourself, seem to miss the point of these silent and peaceful protests. They are not done to disrespect the flag or our military personnel, they are done to address the timeless problem of police officers that have and continue to mistreat black people. I feel that…Read More

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    “God I hate that word, it just makes my skin crawl.” When I think about my favorite word this is the first thing that comes to mind. The individual responsible for this is my aunt Sheila. It was a cool Than

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    “God I hate that word, it just makes my skin crawl.” When I think about my favorite word this is the first thing that comes to mind. The individual responsible for this is my aunt Sheila. It was a cool...

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    • Hi Drew, I agree with your point, I also carry a mutual dislike for the word, “moist”. I think this is a general opinion across most individuals and I believe this is due to the way this word rolls off the tongue. The hard “t” combined with the preceding “s” is a recipe for a nasty sounding word. I also believe this is due to the nature of objects that this word tends to describe. When someone hears this word, it triggers a response within their brain that begins to replay every terrible noise of chewing, stirring mac ‘n cheese, and all things moist that lurk in the depths of a person’s sensory memory. I found this article that you may find interesting: http://mentalfloss.com/article/64984/science-behind-why-people-hate-word-moist

    • Dear Drew,

      I greatly enjoyed reading your post, “Moist,” because of the personal family story you shared. I have heard many people express disgust at the word “moist,” just like your aunt. I laughed at the way you and your cousin tormented your aunt that Thanksgiving – I think this is a relatable situation!

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “For the rest of Thanksgiving dinner my cousin would add the word moist to any part of his sentence just to antagonize his mother.” I think this is delightful because we can easily relate to the fun one finds in needling your parent over something they can’t stand, but in a way that causes no one any actual harm. It’s good-natured teasing.

      Another sentence that I appreciated was: “’God I hate that word, it just makes my skin crawl.’” This stood out to me because as soon as I read your opening sentence, I knew what “that word” was. (Of course, I knew from the title, but I would have known it without the post title!)

      I agree with your aunt that the word “moist” has a special power to make one’s skin crawl. One reason I say this is the connection of that word’s meaning with things like creepy, subterranean crawl spaces and bodily fluids. Another reason I agree with your aunt is due to the sounds inherent in the word. The “oi” sound isn’t particularly pleasant, and neither is the “st” – the combination of those words together sends a shiver up my spine!

      Have you seen this article? I thought you might be interested in this because it explains the findings of three scientific studies as to why people hate the word so much.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have such a clear writing style. I also enjoyed how you brought the reader into your family with this story, and relayed a funny story in such a relatable way.

      Best wishes,
      Emily

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