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    The achievement gap is the measurable disparity of the socioeconomic statuses and educational performance of different groups of people in the United States. The achievement gap usually falls along socioeconomic

    The Achievement Gap

    The achievement gap is the measurable disparity of the socioeconomic statuses and educational performance of different groups of people in the United States. The achievement gap usually falls along socioeconomic and racial/ethnic lines.The achievement gap is a complex issue...

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    Are Black Children Forced to Grow Up Faster Than White Children

    YES Black kids are forced to grow up quicker than their white counterparts- that is, they are seen as adults much sooner than white children. Most

    Adultification of Black Babes

    Are Black Children Forced to Grow Up Faster Than White Children YES Black kids are forced to grow up quicker than their white counterparts- that is, they are seen as adults much sooner than white children. Most societies afford...

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    • Hi Ariel!! I love your article on this topic!! I’ve never looked into this issue or even thought about it before. Obviously we all know equality exists but looking at it as it starts existing is really interesting. I think it’s really awesome that you are passionate about this topic and did enough research to know what exactly you were talking about. I also believe this exists in our society. I think this has something to do with the stereotypes that we either inherit or learn as we grow up. I found this article that discusses the ‘adultification’ of black americans that I think you’d like! (https://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2015/01/05/black-americans-have-fewer-years-to-live-heres-why) Keep doing research on this topic and see how it effects your own life and school. I hope you write again soon.

    • Ariel(:
      I love this post!! I have never looked into this topic specifically, but coming from an African American background, I have often times wrote about how my parents have instilled in me from a very young age that I will always have to present my best self and try ten times harder than other people. I do believe that African Americans are perceived as more violent/more accustomed to violence than other races, which is a fact proven in almost all of the articles you’ve mentioned. Similarly related, have you ever heard of the Implicit Attitude Test (IAT)? I think you would be very interested in this topic here are some FAQ’s about it https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/faqs.html it is a study currently being done by multiple schools around the nation, but this case is at Harvard. They show pictures of different people of different races, and then you have to coordinate that picture with a word. It’s very interesting, and the results show people’s bias towards different races and different looking people. I think you should definitely take a look at it, and have some of your friends take the test!!

      Keep writing away, you’re amazing!
      Jenessa

    • Hello Ariel, your article was creative and very original. This topic on how our culture is criticized and sterotyped could go even further. This was a great way of putting what you know and what people dont look at on the radar. Keep writting about what you believe in and other people will soon spread your word too, nice job.

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    One can recover academically, emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. I myself happen to be in the midst of 4 out of 5 of the listed areas right now. I love this word because it is so full of hope and

    Return to Normal, or Greater Than Normal

    One can recover academically, emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. I myself happen to be in the midst of 4 out of 5 of the listed areas right now. I love this word because it is so full of hope...

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    To Whomever Cares to Listen,

    “Without Africa, France will slide down into the rank of a third power,” these words were spoken by the former French President, Jacques Chirac in 2008 (voicofafrica). He w

    Neocolonialism in Africa

    To Whomever Cares to Listen, "Without Africa, France will slide down into the rank of a third power,” these words were spoken by the former French President, Jacques Chirac in 2008 (voicofafrica). He was referencing all of the...

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    • Dear Ariel :
      I am intrigued by your essay, “Neocolonialism in Africa,” because I think you made a lot of interesting and thought-provoking points.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “They then required all counties in the group to give 65% of their foreign currency reserves into the French treasury, plus another 20% for “financial liabilities” this means that each African former French colonies only ever has access to 15% of their own money” I think this is horrifying because this forces a country, post-independence, to remain dependent on its former colonizer, and it seems almost mean spirited. It seems like these countries like France, Belgium, and England, all of whom have spent time colonizing Africa, really feel entitled to these countries, as if the countries are simply objects instead of human beings who deserve self-determination.

      Another sentence that I found interesting was: “If more people can call attention to this issue, we will be able to pressure the neocolonial powers into not only stopping the theft but returning money and resources..” This stood out for me because I wonder if it is true that these neocolonial powers will ever return the resources they have stolen from places like Africa and India. I think this conversation is really similar to the conversation about reparations for slavery–the American economic system was built on the backs of slaves, and our country owes slaves for being the economic power it is now. Somehow, whenever I think about reparations, though, it seems very unlikely to ever really happen.

      Your essay reminds me of something that happened to me. Or, more specifically, happened in India, where I am from. You wrote “On the surface these deal are a great idea a country receives some type of natural resource from Africa and provides Africa with some type of infrastructure, however these deals are oftentimes lopsided, in favor of the larger country.” Often, when people think about British colonialism of India, they think “ah but the British gave India its rail system.” I think this is truly patronizing–not only was the trade of “giving” railways not even close to equivalent to all the resources and minerals that the British took from India, nor was it worth the violence and bloodshed of independence, but also India probably would have been able to develop a rail system without the British’s help. When people suggest that infrastructure is a fair trade, they seem to still believe that countries in Africa and countries like India are not really capable of taking care of themselves and developing their own technologies. That’s sure some racist garbage!

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it seems like you are really interested in this complex topic. You are also very good at explaining concepts very clearly.

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    neocolonialism in africa

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    For my What Do I Stand For, I decided to research and write about neocolonialism, and it’s effect specifically on the continent Africa.

     

     

     

     

     

    Neocolonialism Annotations

    For my What Do I Stand For, I decided to research and write about neocolonialism, and it's effect specifically on the continent Africa.     https://via.hypothes.is/http://www.encyclopedia.com/philosophy-and-religion/other-religious-beliefs-and-general-terms/miscellaneous-religion-10      

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    1-5

    “Jim was most ruined for a servant, because he got stuck up on account of having seen the devil and been rode by witches.”

    (pg 7)
    I thought that this was quite interesting in terms of the psyc

    Dialectic Journal Post

      1-5 “Jim was most ruined for a servant, because he got stuck up on account of having seen the devil and been rode by witches.” (pg 7) I thought that this was quite interesting in terms of the psychology of slavery, servanthood...

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    It’s the smell of mother

    The spell of months

    It’s the smell of stillness

    The smell of sickness

    It’s the smell of money

    The smell of medicine

    It’s It’s the smell of living

    The smell of loathing  

    It’s t

    Coconut Lime Breeze

    It’s the smell of mother The spell of months It’s the smell of stillness The smell of sickness It’s the smell of money The smell of medicine It’s It’s the smell of living The smell of loathing   It’s the smell of time...

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    • Ariel,

      I love this piece. Even though there are only a few lines/words, the ones you chose and the way you embedded them stirred powerful emotions and images. I also noticed how many of the ideas seem to contradict each other like “time lost” and “tremendous gains” but somehow you made them work perfectly. Great job!

      Naomi

    • This is beautiful!! I hope your mother loved this poem as much as I did, it makes me proud to use that spray 🙂

    • I love the sensory images in this, I can really smell this perfume, and I love it!

    • Ariel, this is an interesting piece. I like how certain smells represent something for you. very short words and lines but i can tell its greater than that.

    • Hi Ariel,
      I really enjoyed this piece. The poem is able to explain how this smell brings back happy, sad, fun memories. Crazy how one smell or sound can open up old wounds, feelings, and emotions. great job!

    • Dear Ariel,
      Your poem was great!

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    Statement: I believe in the importance of emotional endurance and strength

     

    I believe in the importance of emotional endurance and strength. When I was born, I was born with a blood disorder called Sickle Cell

    Emotional Strength

    Statement: I believe in the importance of emotional endurance and strength   I believe in the importance of emotional endurance and strength. When I was born, I was born with a blood disorder called Sickle Cell Anemia. This blood disorder kept...

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    Poem in the style of Williams

    Just to let you know

    I did not return

    the change from

    the groceries which

    you had me buy

     

    i know you

    may have wanted to

    use

    it for something

     

    but I bought

    some f

    Just to let You Know

    Poem in the style of Williams Just to let you know I did not return the change from the groceries which you had me buy   i know you may have wanted to use it for something   but I bought some fries so salty...

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    Poem in the style of Giovani

     

     

    that time the rays and my eyes made eye contact

    they hit my skin too  

    the water slowly evaporated

    my skin dried and moistened simultaneously

    it was gl

    Date with the Sun

    Poem in the style of Giovani     that time the rays and my eyes made eye contact they hit my skin too   the water slowly evaporated my skin dried and moistened simultaneously it was glowing brightly i was glowing the light was being...

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    • very beautiful!! 🙂

    • Ariel,

      What a nice poem! I enjoyed imagining the sun shining brightly and more brightly as I read this. Was there a specific experience that inspired you to write about this?

    • Hi Ariel,

      I loved your poem! It had great imagery and made me happy.

    • Hey Ariel,
      This is a very happy poem. When I finished i had a smile on my face. Your line ” I was the sun” is very powerful. Kind of says ” it all revolves around me.” Great work!

    • Your poem reminds me of the same exact feeling that you had. It feels like your becoming the sun from the sense of nature to being a human being. This was very lovely, I love your poem.

    • Ariel,
      That poem was great it was so happy and it put a smile on my face after reading it.

    • This is a very great poem. It is very insightful and welcoming in a way. I liked it. 🙂

    • Hi Ariel! I loved your poem the words were very easy to picture and I love this cover photo it goes along perfectly with your poem.

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    This is my writer’s autobiography.

     

    For our February issue of Madame Noir, 2017, we interviewed Ariel Saah. Self proclaimed writer, chef, actress and fashionista, this young business mogul is taking the hotel

    Writer's Autobiography

    This is my writer's autobiography.   For our February issue of Madame Noir, 2017, we interviewed Ariel Saah. Self proclaimed writer, chef, actress and fashionista, this young business mogul is taking the hotel business by storm… and doing it all over...

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    • Ariel,
      Nice writing. This really offered me insight into your personality. I feel that I know you better now than I did before. What languages do you speak? Are you fluent? Are there any languages that you want to speak but don’t yet have mastery of? Solid work; I enjoyed reading this piece.

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    Dear Madame/Mr, President,

    In this letter, I would like to address institutional racism, one of the largest problems facing America today. While anyone can turn the other cheek when someone makes a rude comment

    Institutional Racism

    Dear Madame/Mr, President, In this letter, I would like to address institutional racism, one of the largest problems facing America today. While anyone can turn the other cheek when someone makes a rude comment based on their race, or they...

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    • This is such a compelling and well researched letter! Thank you for writing it, and please keep speaking up. People need to hear what you have to say.

    • Dear Alea,
      I am inspired by your article, “Can people change?,” because your theory on individual thoughts being able to shape our personality is a memo I live by everyday, positive thoughts means a positive day.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ In conclusion, “Thoughts have power.” And no matter what your personality is, it can be changed if you put your MIND to it.” I would love to see one, without agreeing with your theory, explain how a 2.0 student with a very crude personality, doomed for failure, can convert to a 4.0 student with a generous attitude and a bright future.

      Another sentence that I noticed with was: “each person has a unique psychological structure and that some traits are possessed by only one person; and that there are times when it is impossible to compare one person with others,” while “The nomothetic view…emphasizes comparability among individuals.” This stood out for me because it’s a very strong and typical way that personality is portrayed to be shaped but overall people do not realize that they have the ability to change it.

      Your article reminds me of something that happened to me. In younger years, I was made fun of, choosing to constantly think and repeat negative thoughts in my mind causing me to be an insecure individual who was afraid to do anything when in current situations your theory is now my memo and these positive thoughts evolved a confident high school senior who will become a very well known singer and songwriter.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I accept the fact that emotion and personality is a major factor in shaping the world we live in and is not a very significant factor that people acknowledge. #PaveWay

    • This post is amazing! So much for the next president to examine and to put an effort toward in fixing with this issue. Good work in speaking up about such a pressing issue in our society.

    • Dear Ariel,
      I am fascinated by the realism in your post, “Institutional Racism,” because it made me realize the racist factor that I live by on a day to day.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ While anyone can turn the other cheek when someone makes a rude comment based on their race, or they can “sticks and stones” it, institutional racism is not so easily ignored.” I think this is applicable because often times people confuse the difference in racism and institutional racism, ignoring the factors that actually matters.
      Another sentence that I contemplated was: “The history of the American police system is especially torrid. In the South, the beginning of the modern police system was the “slave Patrol”. Slave patrols had 3 main jobs, 1) to chase runaway slaves and return them to their owners, 2) to be a type of organized terror in order to deter slave revolts, and 3) to maintain discipline amongst slave who may have broken plantation laws. ” This stood out for me because it’s apparent that our future is a reflection of our past but that fact that racism stream in our present is petrifying.
      Your post is oh too familiar to my surroundings. I can recall as a kid looking outside of the window as my parents drove by local businesses. Nothing but homeless individuals of colors sitting on the sidewalks begging for change or sleeping. I wondered if that’s where my people belonged.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it had a sense of authenticity that I need to constantly remind myself and my peers. #PaveWay

    • Dear Ariel

      I am very interested by your letter , “Institutional Racism” because it’s something I can connect too. Many people in my area always experience this racism because where i’m from most are african american people.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “A study released to 2012, by University of Washington showed that pediatricians with a pro-white bias were inclined to give black children who’d had surgery, ibuprofen (not a narcotic), as opposed to the stronger oxycodone (narcotic).” I think this is outrageous because this is showing that its racism everywhere even though people think that its not. Doctors are doing this to young kids just do to the color of they’re skin.

      Another sentence that I liked was: “We see that minority students have less access to experienced or even fully certified teachers than their white counterparts, according to studies done by the U.S. Education Department.” This stood out for me because i experience this in school. I see and have experieced a lot of teachers who will happily help other ethnicities but make it a big deal to try and help kids of color.

      I do/don’t really agree with you that pokemon go not being in black neighborhoods have to do with racism. I say this because many people who live in black neighborhoods do have access to it and i know this for a fact because i live in a black neighborhood and a lot of us play it.

    • What if this is just the bystander effect where people don’t do anything unless one person does it. I watched a TED talk and this woman was talking about bias do you think it also had to do with that?

    • I like how you gave evidence to back up what you were saying. This letter is great! The big guys in charge of this country need to hear you out.

    • Dear Ariel,
      I am fascinated by the point you brought up about how black people get treated very different you brought up points and real examples of how people (African-Americans) get treated every single day, the points you brought up was so real and deep. The most important thing I like about your points is that they is not just regular examples or even the ones us people see every day you actually bring up points that only African Americans will see and notice one example that really stood out to me was when you brought up how they have to wait longer to get seen in the hospital. I feel that is a strong point, Great work!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Peoples are treated different from each other. Black peoples are also treated different from white peoples when it’s about healthcare institutional and system. Our healthcare system is not what people are usually reminded of when they hear the term “racism”, however it should be. Racial minorities are no longer denied entry to hospitals due to the color of their skin, nor are they used for medical experiments anymore, however they still do not receive the same standard of care as white peoples

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