Racism

        Everybody in the world, at least had been racist once in their life. It could be a very mild or unintentional racism. It could be a very offensive racism. The point is, everybody was racist at some point in their life. I, too, was being a racist few days ago. This is my confession and I think it is pretty funny.

        A few days ago, my family and I went out to watch a movie. We got our tickets and got on our seats. After all the commercials, the movie finally started. About five minutes after the beginning of the movie, five middle-eastern people (Muslim) came in. There were three women and two men. They sat on the same row as us. Until half way though the movie, the fact that there were five middle-eastern (Muslim) did not bother me.

        Before I continue the story, allow me to tell you few important details. Where I live, there are a lot of Muslims. I wake up to the sound of them praying five in the morning. I literally see them everywhere I go. These people are everywhere. In addition to the fact that there are Muslims everywhere, recently, there was a terrorist attack in downtown. A bomb went off and killed twenty to thirty people.

        Half way through the movie, the five middle-eastern people took out a flashlight and started to go through one of the women’s purses. They took out something and placed it in one of the men’s inside-pocket of his coat. After that, every minute, the man was checking his watch. Then it dawned on me, they might be a terrorist.

        Of course, judging them as terrorist purely by their looks is wrong, but because of the recent terrorist attack and the man checking his watch every minute, my heart was beating so fast it was the only thing I could hear. Suddenly, out of nowhere, an unknown number called me. I went out of the theater and answered the call. They dialed the wrong number. As I was about to get back into the theater, twenty different scenarios came into my mind.

        One of the scenarios was a bomb going off and I become the only survivor. I then go around from church to church explaining how that call from an unknown number was God’s miracle which saved me. Yes, I know, it sounds very retarded. Fortunately, there were no terrorist attack and my family and I came home safe.

        I thought it was funny how I judged those middle-eastern people purely by their appearances. It was also a great opportunity to reflect on how I judge others and how others might judge me. I think it is really important to not judge the book by its cover. Many times, in our world, we often judge people purely based on their religion, race, and ethics. Not all stereotypes are true and this mindset in people should be fixed immediately. To fix this mindset, it should not start with others, but with you and me. As always,

Live colorful. Live original. Live DiffЭЯЭnT.

– ThalockHolmes

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Enough is Enough

        Throughout the history of humanity, we can see powerful nations often colonize weaker nations. However, in today’s world where we call “global generation”, colonizing other countries are almost impossible. When one country colonizes the other it will break the alliance between nations and can cause a conflict. That does not mean colonization are not happening today. The concept of colonization and the way of colonizing changed as the world evolved into a more civilized manner. Powerful nations like United States of America are still colonizing weaker nations but not in a way we have always known. These actions need to stop and they need to stop immediately.

        When we think of colonizing other nations, we think of nations conquering one another through wars. Massive waves of army shooting and killing each other while civilians are exposed to danger. In the modern world, these situations are almost impossible to happen because of advanced military technology and most importantly, alliances. However, under all the alliances and civilized relationship between nations, colonization still goes on. Powerful countries are exploiting weaker countries constantly, either through national debt or alliances, and this is where the problem begins.

        I am a citizen of South Korea. It is widely known that my country is divided in half; North Korea and South Korea. I, along with many Koreans, wish for and hope that one day we will unite. Unfortunately, this is likely to not happen as long as United States of America exists. Over the course of the past hundred years, Korea has gone through a lot of historical events that have changed the country to what it is today. We were colonized by Japanese and was liberated when World War II ended. We were given help from the United States and the Soviet Union during our darkest time, but little did we know, the support from these powerful nations came with a price.

        United States of America and the Soviet Union separated us into north and south resulting in the country’s division. They were also the ones behind the Korean War which is still going on until this day. However, United States of America and Soviet Union supported South Korea and North Korea during Korean War, respectively. Using this historical fact that United States of America has supported us during the Korean War and still aids us with protection against North Korea invading, they started to exploit South Korea by making us do whatever they wanted us to do.

        There have been a lot of exploits by United States of America throughout the history, but here are the few major exploits that happened in the past. Korea’s military leadership is with United States of America. We have no rights to choose what to do with our own military. America is also exporting goods such as beef with rabies, tobacco, and other harmful goods that no one will buy, to us. The worst part is, our government is doing nothing about this.

        As you can see, colonization does not have to be conquering other nations. Outside, it might look like two nations with strong alliance but underneath exploits are happening twenty-four hours for seven days. It is in human nature to dominate over one another and the main purpose of why nations exist is to benefit themselves. Therefore, exploits between nations like these are bound to happen, but it is time for our government to stand up and take actions. Enough is enough, it is our country, and we decided what we want. No more exploits and no more division, we are one. And as always,

Live colorful. Live original. Live DiffЭЯЭnT.

– ThalockHolmes

Unwind – Neal Shusterman

        Today, for my Language Arts class, I was assigned to present a persuasive speech on any topic. The first thing that came into my mind was the topic of abortion. I think it was because of a book that I was reading that the topic of abortion came into my mind. Couple weeks prior to being assigned for this presentation project, I was brainstorming ideas for a movie that some of my friends and I were planning to shoot for our movie club. I was watching different genres of short films from horror to romance. While discussing about our plans on how to shoot the movie with one of my friends online, I came across this short film based on a book called “Unwind” by Neal Shusterman. I have never read the book or even heard about it, but after watching the short film based on this book, I downloaded an e-book version of this book for myself. The story took place in a world where abortion became illegal. However, parents were allowed to sign an order for their children between the ages of 13 to 18 years old to be unwound – taken to “Harvest Camps” and have their body parts harvest for later use. Go watch the short film that I have embedded down below:

 

        Pretty messed up, right? After watching this, reading the book, and presenting about abortion, I thought, “Who has the right to own a life of a human being?” No one has the right to own anyone’s life. It does not mean you get to do whatever you want to do with people just because you have the authority over them. Some people say it is a dog eat dog world. Only the strong survives and the weak dies. No! The weak has their right to live on. I have mentioned this in my presentation in my class but I want to say it here again because I believe this is really important. We have no rights do decided the fate of an individual human being.

As always, do not forget,

Live colorful. Live original. Live DiffЭЯЭnT.

– ThalockHolmes