I’ve chosen to become a teacher. It’s going to be difficult. My days will be long and hard. I’ve already cried in my car after teaching a lesson, and I’ve been told by my mentors that it was only the first of many sob-sessions my car will see. Even so, I feel a desire to be in the classroom, working with students and helping them understand themselves and the world a little bit more.
That last part worries me. How do we help students understand themselves or the world—when both are under so much stress and tension? The United States’ recent election was ridiculously polarizing, and since I sit at a crossroads between two different families, one white and one Asian (though both American), I could see how much of a divide has come between the people I love.
The 13th is a documentary on Netflix about the practices of legal discrimination that is
taking place towards African Americans and other people of color in the United States through
the use of the thirteenth amendment. This documentary evoked so many emotions within me,
some I didn’t even know were there. After watching it, I felt angry, frustrated and sad, by what I
saw and learned.
The first thing the documentary made clear is what the 13th amendment is.
The thirteenth amendment of the U.S. constitution states 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.” Yes, this abolishes slaver...
Lamont Wright, a dancer and entrepreneur always wanted to help his community. Living in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, Homewood, doing that was a challenge. The people that he was trying to assist were the ones trying to break him down. He even got robbed by his own community members down the street from his own house. Although he faced many difficulties, he knew what he had to do.
Growing up, Wright lived with both parents and little sister. His mother wanted them to be involved and exposed in different things. Because of that Wright was able to join many things in school from chess club to basketball. He was even able to teach a middle school class on abstinence which helped the pregnancies go down to zero.
ART IN THE CLOUDS: A company started in his freshman year...