The movie: Suffragette

At the beginning of the 1900s, women in the UK started to peacefully campaign for equality, freedom and their right to vote like men. Sadly, their arguments were ignored. In response, Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the suffragette movement, called for a national campaign of civil disobedience. The Suffragette movie introduces us to one group of hardworking women who joined the fight and participated in a lot of non-violent demonstrations and protests to get their voice heard. The film also shows women’s suffrage through this hard time, and how bad they were treated by men, politicians, the police, and the government in England. Maud Watts was an actual British suffragette who was jailed several times for her protests. During a hearing, Watts told the government that she had worked in a laundry fabric since she was 13 and never been able to continue her schooling. Furthermore, she said she only earned 13 shilling a week, compared to men who got 19 shilling and worked many hours less. She explained her feelings of unfair treatment, and that she wanted women to get voting rights, just like men. However, Watts said she didn’t know what to expect or wish for, since women never have had the chance to vote anyhow.

The second time Watts was caught by the police for protesting, her husband Sonny kicked her out of the house. He was filled with so much anger and embarrassment towards her, that he left her on the streets, even though he actually should be very proud of her standing up to women’s fight to achieve freedom equal to men. Watts was then left from his son George, which was extremely sad for her. When she came back to give him a gift and visit him on his birthday, George was being adopted to another family. It is just a very touching movie, that everyone should watch, to get the actual perspective of what it was like for women during that time. At the end of the movie, we see miss Emily Davison, a militant suffragist, who threw herself in front of the King’s horse at Epsom Derby to protest women’s suffrage. Four days later, she died from her injuries after the horse crashed into her. She died on the 8th of June in 1913. This death drew global attention to the fight for women’s rights. In 1918, the vote was given to certain women aged over 30. In 1925 the law recognized a mother’s rights over her children, and in 1928 women finally achieved the same voting rights as men.

In the United States, there was a movement called “the woman suffrage movement” who began in 1848, when a women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. The Seneca Falls meeting was not the first in support of women’s rights, but suffragists later viewed it as the meeting that launched the suffrage movement. Under the leadership of Elizabeth Stanton, Susan Anthony and other women’s rights pioneers, suffragists circulated petitions and lobbied Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to enfranchise women. Over time, women began to realize that in order to achieve reform, they needed to win the right to vote. Because of that, at the turn of the century, the woman suffrage movement became a mass movement. The 19th amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920 and granted all American women the right to vote 😊

Sources:

https://tv.nrk.no/program/KOIF23003919

https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/us-history/rise-to-world-power/1920s-america/a/the-nineteenth-amendment

 

Stormzy

Stormzy, born as Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr, is a famous English rapper and activist. Stormzy started out as a road rapper, rapping in a way closer to hip hop than grime. He then started making Youtube videos, but it wasn’t until the rapper began posting his Wicked Skengman freestyles that he attracted much wider attention. Eventually, he became well-known and joined the music industry. In February 2017, he released his debut album titled “Gang Signs and Prayer” that peaked at #1 on the UK Albums Chart, making it the first ever grime album to reach the position on the chart. The songs in the album are about religion, masculinity, knife crimes, racism and candid stories about growing up in the hood.

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Stormzy calls himself a political analyst as he has always been interested in addressing political problems. He is a huge admirer of Jeremy Corbyn’s activism, the current leader of the Labour Party. Stormzy pledges his support for Corbyn and says he is the first man in a position of power who is committed to giving the power back to the people. In a lengthy Instagram post, the rapper said he will be voting for Jeremy Corbyn as there are several reasons to why. He also went on to describe the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, as a “sinister man” who can’t be trusted. On 14th June 2017, a fire broke out in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, West London. In total, the accident caused 72 deaths and 70 injured. Stormzy called out Theresa May over Grenfell and she has also admitted that her initial response to the fire was not good enough.

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jun/11/theresa-may-grenfell-tower-fire-response-not-good-enough

https://www.allmusic.com/artist/stormzy-mn0002912220/biography

 

After reading “The Hate U Give”

“The Hate U Give” is an amazing book which illustrates the importance of being brave and speaking up for what you believe is right. It shows that raising your voice will not only inspire those around you, but also add awareness to significant topics, such as racism. As we already know, America is suffering from a disease of racism, where black people are getting oppressed too often; not only by the average citizens, but also by police officers. We know for a fact that in “The Hate U Give”, Khalil and Starr, two innocent teenagers, were just driving their way home from a party, when a random police officer pulled Khalil’s car over for no reason. The police officer acted suspiciously towards Khalil because he neglected his orders and thought he had something to hide. When the police officer asked Khalil to step out of his car and stand still, while checking the vehicle’s registration number, Khalil walks back to his car, sticks his head through the car window to check on Starr, grabs a hairbrush and is then getting shot by the police. You can obviously tell that Khalil shouldn’t have made a move when receiving a concrete order by a police officer. However, it was a very unfortunate situation, because the police officer thought Khalil was armed, when in reality he just wanted to talk to Starr. Regardless of the teenagers’ skin color, the irresponsible move by Khalil could have caused a police officer pulling his gun at a white person too. That being said, the racist part is clearly that the police officer shot Khalil in his chest, and not in his legs. A leg shot is not that lethal compared a chest wound.

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When Starr and the police officer realize he actually was holding a hairbrush in his hand, and not a gun, the incident created a media storm. Starr was the only one who faced this incident besides the police officer, which got her traumatized for life and afraid to speak up. However, she eventually understood the significance of raising her voice for her dead friend and how it could mean justice for Khalil if the police officer got convicted. In the book, it was once said that “what’s the point of having a voice, if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”. This is an important reminder everyone should think about, and probably what I like the most about the book. I find it unnecessary using weapons or violence towards others to be heard, as long as we use our powerful voice to achieve justice. During a neighborhood demonstration for Khalil, Starr ended up raising her voice, telling everyone she was the witness of the incident, and how unfair the majority of black people gets treated by the police.

 

The 13th documentary

The 13th documentary is an important movie which explores the history of race and criminal justice in the United States. The film’s title refers to the 13th Amendment which was ratified on December 6th. in 1865. It provides that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” This amendment abolished slavery in the United States. However, many blacks are still being perceived as criminals and dangerous people to society, when in reality they are just like white people. In the 13th, many speakers offer valuable, insightful pieces of information and evidence regarding America’s racist culture. At the very beginning of the film, Barack Obama states that the U.S. is home to 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners. This shows us how many people in the world who are incarcerated in the U.S. Angela Davis also meant that the so-called “war on drugs” was a war on communities of color, a war on black communities, a war on latino communities. The War on Drugs began in June 1971 when U.S. President. Richard Nixon declared drug abuse to be “public enemy number one” and increased federal funding for drug-control agencies and drug-treatment efforts. It was supposed to stop illegal drug use, distribution and trade, but what happened was that thousands of innocents were sentenced to prison. When getting convicted for a crime you didn’t commit, many people are just at the wrong place at the wrong time. What happens is that several people serve time in prison for years, until the court finds out they are innocent. Then they end up receiving a huge compensation in return. However, millions of dollars will never give back vulnerable time with your family and friends, and your own dignity. In the film, we get an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. In 1970 there were about 200 000 prisoners, but today we are talking more than 2 million inmates, which is an absolute devastating thought. When hearing these huge numbers, you understand that something is wrong with the American legal system, at least towards black people.

Sources:

13 of the Best Quotes from ’13th’

https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/thirteenth-amendment

The UK General Election

On Thursday 12 December 2019, the United Kingdom general election was held. What happened was that The Conservative Party won a big majority of at least 78 MPs, its biggest general election victory since 1987. Altogether, the conservatives got 365 seats out of 650 in the House of Commons. When having this overwhelming majority, they no longer need to depend on the Democratic Unionist Party. In addition, they swept aside Labour in its traditional heartlands. Now, the Labour Party only have 203 seats, which means they lost 59 MPs. The socialist leader of the party, Jeremy Corbyn, announced Friday after the election, that he will step down after the tragic election results. The Brexit date for when the UK leaves the EU, is currently set for 31 January 2020. Conservative leader Boris Johnson is promising to take the UK out of the EU at the end of this month. Of course, he has been to see the Queen to ask for permission to form a new government.

Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50746464

The Hate You Give (chapter 1-3)

“The Hate You Give” is a novel written by Angie Thomas in 2018. The book is about a teenage girl named Starr, who deals with racism in her everyday life, police brutality and activism after witnessing her black friend getting murdered by the police. So far, “The Hate You Give” illustrates the importance of teaching your children that every human being is worth the same, no matter what sex, religion, beliefs, mother tongue or skin color you have. As Martin Luther once said in his famous speech; “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character».

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In the first chapter of “The Hate You Give”, we get to know Starr Carter as already mentioned above. She is a sixteen-year-old black girl, who decides to attend a party in her neighborhood, Garden Heights. She goes with a girl named Kenya, whom she also shares an older half-brother with, Seven. Ever since attending a primarily white school, Starr feels out of place in the social scene of Garden Heights. When Kenya goes to catch up with some other friends, Starr runs into Khalil Harris – her childhood best friend. Suddenly, gunshots sound out. Starr runs with Khalil toward his car, and offers her a ride home.

In the car, Khalil is listening to some old rap music by Tupac Shakur, which isn’t Starr’s cup of tea. However, Khalil is a big fan of him and explains Shakur’s idea of “Thug Life”, which stands for “The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody”. After some time driving, a white police officer with the badge number One-Fifteen pulls them over. Khalil is upset for the stop, and ask the police officer several questions as to why he pulled them over. Of course, One Fifteen gets suspicious and orders him out of the car and searches him – without finding anything illegal. Then he commands Khalil not to move, and returns to his car. Once Khalil opens the door to check on Starr, who was still sitting in the car worried, the police officer shoots Khalil several times. Starr is in shock and jumps out of the car to check on Khalil, finding out he is dead. She starts bawling her eyes out while One-Fifteen is pointing his gun at her.

As more police officers’ comfort One-Fifteen, Starr’s parents, Maverick and Lisa, bring her home. Starr remembers playing in the street with Natasha when she was little, getting caught in a gang-related shooting. Natasha died while Starr was so lucky, she fell into a rose bush. These deaths blur together in Starr’s mind, which is totally understandable. Next morning, Lisa offers Starr regular bacon, and Maverick complains about pork in his house because the Nation of Islam avoids it. Starr recounts the shooting and realizes that Khalil was unarmed. Her biggest fear is getting backlash if news leaks that she witnessed his death. Therefore, her parents agree to let her keep it secret and decide not to tell Sekani, Starr’s younger brother.

The day after, Starr and Maverick open the family’s store for the day. Barber Lewis arrives and rekindles an old argument with Maverick over replacing the photo of Martin Luther King Jr. with one of Huey Newton, the founder of the Black Panther Party. Lewis also blames Khalil for his death because he dealt drugs, but Starr didn’t agree with him because he didn’t know he did it for a “good” cause. He raised money to protect his mother. Later, some other Garden Heights residents arrive the store. Mrs. Rooks is one of them, and asks Maverick to help Ms. Rosalie, Khalil’s grandmother, to pay for Khalil’s funeral. We also get to know a little about Starr’s white boyfriend, Chris.

Sources:

https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/the-hate-u-give/

 

 

Joe Sestak

Joe Sestak is an American politician and retired U.S. Navy Officer from Pennsylvania. He is an experienced and independent leader who served in the Navy for 31 years and then as the highest-ranking military officer ever elected to Congress when he represented Pennsylvania’s Seventh Congressional District. He commanded an aircraft carrier battle group that conducted combat operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Sestak stands by the democrats and thinks that the United States is in desperate need for a president with global experience and an understanding of all the elements of our nation’s power. He states that the democracy only confronts problems when in crisis, and that it is a loss of faith in the U.S government and its leaders. Sestak wants to see what a democracy can do, instead of undermining the country’s sense of national unity. Climate change and environmental protection is an important political issue. For instance; Sestak wants to re-join the Paris Accord and restore leaderships among the community of nations working together to fight climate change. He also wants so stop subsidizing fossil fuel industries. However, it is easier said than done.

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