Learning about the past is important because it has a significant impact on the present and future. This is exemplified in personal experiences such as the mistreatment of black women in healthcare. To disrupt these tactics, one can stand up for themselves and others like them, come together as a community, and support movements like Black Lives Matter that empower black individuals, especially youth.

The legacy of centuries of miscegenation in the US still affects social attitudes and perceptions today. While it may be more socially acceptable to date or form relationships with people of different races, there can still be underlying prejudices and biases due to the different experiences and histories of these groups. Some of the ways women resist domination of their bodies is by protesting and activism, demanding their rights and challenging oppressive systems. Art and expression, it can assert their autonomy and resist objectification. Religious and spiritual practices, challenging patriarchal interpretations of religion and using spiritual practices to assert their autonomy and inner strength.  Education and information sharing, educating themselves and others about their bodies and health to challenge misinformation and empower themselves.

Fear has been weaponized against Black men to justify systemic racism and oppression, leading to police brutality, mass incarceration, and harmful stereotypes. This fear is used to maintain power and control over marginalized communities and reinforce systems of oppression. The authors use poems and language to communicate a point of view by using a tone of voice or powerful words so that viewers can feel what’s going on and getting some understanding of the situation. This can be especially effective in addressing complex and sensitive topics like racism, oppression, and social justice.

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September 21, 2023 1:08 am

Dear Shaniya:
I am intrigued about “Uncovering The 1619 Project Writing” because I am into history and grabs my attention hearing about the past. I too believe learning and knowing about the past is important so we know what not to do anymore and not make the same mistakes.One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Learning about the past is important because it has a significant impact on the present and future.”I think this is touching because what happened in the past does impact the present but sometimes in a good way. So we learn from the past and continue to make the country better.

Uthman
March 23, 2023 11:52 pm

I think the imagery more than anything else is what drew me into the post and the topic is something that I myself when hearing of it really made me think… why and reading through this article brought up similar questions again for me.

Charlee
March 23, 2023 1:19 pm

I found your AI images really interesting and I like how you tied them back to gender and yourself, the incorporation of past for your audio also intrigued me as most are using songs for their audio but yours go into the deep depth of the overall message 1619 conveys.

Darryl
March 23, 2023 1:00 am

This was good to read and truly eye-opening for not just me but everyone who reads this.

Anisa
March 23, 2023 12:45 am

I really enjoyed reading your post and the picture that stood out to me was the black and white picture of the mother holding her newborn. that spoke out to me in many different ways and it was deep to me.

Hayley
March 23, 2023 12:24 am

Good job with writing your essay and the pictures show what you’re discussing.

March 22, 2023 11:44 pm

I enjoyed reading ur essay and the images you choose to represent your post. I thought the first sentence was very powerful learning about the past to impact the present. This can relate back to the assignment about the flordia laws being put to limit history to students and schools worldwide.

Nazeerah
March 22, 2023 11:31 pm

The second almost brought me to tears. Its meaning is very powerful and really brings together your whole blog. What do the last pictures mean to you?

Christopher S
March 22, 2023 11:27 pm

I really like the extent to which you focused on the neglect black men and women experience mentally and physically. The experiences you described in detail speak volumes about why black people have so much fear and trauma in today’s society.

Esther
March 22, 2023 11:24 pm

I agree because I feel on this scene there was a lot of trauma that really hurt me and other, what woman had to face without fighting back.

David
March 22, 2023 11:23 pm

I really like how you talked about how important it is to learn about the past as some people fail to acknowledge this. A question I have is what do you think you can do to bring change?

Deja
March 22, 2023 11:19 pm

First, I’d want to comment on the images you’ve included. I think they all represent a lot without using words, and I agree with you that understanding the past is vital because it has a big impact on the present and future.

Trevor
March 22, 2023 10:41 pm

Well organized and put together
What do these pictures represent for you?

Kaesy
March 22, 2023 4:17 pm

I love the images you’ve included, they are powerful and emotional. They really represent the words you’ve expressed in your essay. What was the vision you had in mind as you generated your images?

Joelle
March 22, 2023 2:19 pm

I like how you talk about how fear has been weaponized against black men and how this has help create a lot of the problems we know today. it is important to recognize these problems

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