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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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  • Shenika,

    I like that you specified that the point of stronger gun control laws isn’t to rid the whole country of gun, but it’s to make this country safer for us. I also like that at the end you talked about how Americans shouldn’t have to live and walk in fear. I thought that that was a really effective way of getting your point acrsoss-outside…Read More

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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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  • Sallie,
    this is a very needed post. Thank you for bringing attention to this massive problem in this country. I also like that you suggested things that possibly could help. At least lowering the cost of college could be a big help, as well as subsidized housing for students. Nice job. Keep it up. 🙂

  • Hi Florentina,
    I really like that this article is so informative about an issue that is not brought up all the time. This particular group of the population does seem to be glossed over so I’m glad that you are raising your voice. Keep it up!

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