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Boston Marathon Bombing Reflection

Explosions At 117th Boston MarathonThe bombing that took place at the Boston Marathon is a tragedy. Lives were lost including the life of an 8-year-old boy. Several people were injured, and limbs were lost.  In the wake of this event, people across the country and world were brought together in mourning over another act of terrorism. Prayer chains were sent out via social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. As we continue to learn more about what occurred that day, it reassured us that anything can happen anywhere at any time. It’s a scary thought, but we cannot and should not allow it to dictate our lives.

During times like this, we often experience a series of emotions and thoughts.  We grieve for the families that were affected, and we feel a sense of patriotism because the attack took place on American soil. But what about the thoughts we have about who is to blame for causing such destruction? In reading tweets and Facebook posts during the early stages of the Boston Marathon Bombing, people already began to speculate as to who it could be. Well, rather the nationality of the offenders.

It saddens me that in this day of age, people still discriminate against whole groups of people because of what certain people do. A lot of people assumed that the men who committed the horrendous acts at the Boston Marathon were of Middle Eastern decent. Needless to say, a lot of people were surprised to find out that the suspects were Russian, and both of them were granted American citizenship. When people commit these types of acts or any criminal act, it shouldn’t matter what their decent is because not every one of that particular background is like that.

I can honestly say that I had no thoughts of who might have committed the crimes, but I was definitely eager to find out. Not so that I can see which nationality they belonged to, but so they could be brought to justice. People have to do a better job; not only for themselves, but for future generations. Discriminatory, racist, and bias thinking is learned. At times, people subconsciously make assumptions. The best way to handle that is to realize that you’ve made an assumption, and work to remove it from your perception so that you can view things without bias. Viewing the world with blinders on is a completely dated mentality. Not everything is in black and white; there is a massive amount of gray area. The sense of patriotism and togetherness that Americans feel at times like this shouldn’t only occur when bad things happen. Nor should it be used to feel resentment toward groups of people. That feeling of strength and togetherness and hope that Americans feel should be felt ALWAYS.

I know this post probably won’t affect too many people because people tend to get stuck in their ways and their way of thinking, but I thought it was something that had to be said. Local residents attend a candlelight vigil in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston

Steubenville Rape

imagesThe verdict is in. The two young boys involved in the rape of a 16-year-old drunken girl have been found guilty.Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond inserted their fingers in a girl who was unable to consent. In the state of Ohio, this is considered rape. Mays may have to serve a minimum of two years in a juvenile detention center, and Richmond will have to serve a minimum of one. Both boys will have to register as sex offenders, and undergo treatment while in detention. There’s a possibility that the boys will stay longer, but it’s dependent on their behavior and treatment.

After reading several articles on this matter, I have a lot of things floating around in my head. For instance, why are these kids getting plastered, and who is supplying the alcohol? I hope there is further investigation into where these kids were able to purchase the booze, and who was supplying it the minors. None of the neighbors thought to call the police to report an unsupervised house party full of underage drinking teenagers? In college, plenty of parties were shut down by the police, and most of us could drink legally. The adults who supplied the alcohol should definitely be held accountable. Another thing I don’t understand is how these boys didn’t understand that what they were doing was wrong. Have they never watched a single episode of Law & Order SVU???  In high school I learned that a drunken person cannot give consent. So, I can’t imagine that they were completely oblivious to that simple fact. If by some mere chance they didn’t know, why would they want to do sexual things to someone who wasn’t coherent? Something else that I just don’t get is that the victim is being blamed. How wretched is that?  I read an article that included comments made on a social media account belonging to a Deidre Myers’ about how the girl who was raped, was the town’s “train whore”. I guess being promiscuous gives people the right to take advantage of you. Furthermore, people witnessed the attacks and pictures/video of the encounter were uploaded to social media sites. So, everyone was okay with this? No one thought it was wrong? It doesn’t make sense. People can’t be that ignorant. Can they?

largeThe more I read about this case, the more I am deeply disgusted. The parent of an old friend of the rape victim allegedly said publicly that she hoped the girl got AIDS. Seriously? How could a a MOTHER say that? This young girl’s life will never be the same. Never. In my opinion, these boys are lucky that they weren’t tried as adults and sent to prison. Granted they have to register as sex offenders forever, but they should have to suffer some real consequences. Their lives should be rattled just like the victim’s was. I believe that people reap what they sow. So, all of these people lashing out at the victim, adults and teens included, will get what they deserve. One should never wish ill on anyone else. It’s not humane nor is moral. Two teenage girls were just arrested for making online threats against the victim. Dumb move by the girls; smart move by the police. I wonder if the people who support these boys and their actions have some intense desire to belong? Are the football players and those who are connected to them held with such high regard that people will disregard what’s right in order to fit in and be accepted? In this case, it definitely looks like it.

It appears that it’s an either “for us or against us” mentality in this community. I’ve read over and over about how this community compares to Friday Night Lights. If that’s the case, I’m worried that this isn’t the first time this has happened. Social Media has only been playing a major role in the lives of our youth for a few years. So, what’s happened there before Twitter and Facebook became mainstream? Needless to say, victims probably won’t want to speak up now because of all the  garbage thrown at the victim. No need to further divide this community over the God-given rights of individuals, right? It breaks my heart that things like this happen. I didn’t have to read about particular case to know that situations like this happen all the time. However, I can appreciate that light was shed on this case, and maybe it will help people get a better grasp on the world we live in. Maybe this case will even make people want to change things about their lives and their community.

To end on a positive note, I want to say that it was very commendable of the people who spoke out on behalf of the rape victim, and those who brought attention to this case. There is good in this world. Not to mention, it was very brave and courageous for the girl to take the stand even if she didn’t recall what happened that evening (thankfully social media did). I hope she gets the help she needs to help her live a prosperous life.PS_0

Here’s more on the Steubenville rape case:

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/steubenville-rape-case-story-heard/story?id=18705357

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/17/justice/ohio-steubenville-case/index.html

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/01/steubenville-high-football-rape-crew/60554/

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/how-blogger-helped-steubenville-rape-case-unfold-online/

Michelle Obama presented. So what?!

michelleobama2013oscarsSeveral news outlets have been reporting that people have been voicing their ill feelings about the FLOTUS making a cameo on the 85th Academy Awards show. My thoughts are, who cares?

Our First Lady was asked to be a presenter at the awards show. Not to mention, she was asked to present one of the most coveted awards of the entire show. So, those in charge of putting the show together knew what they ware doing. Now, as far as I can see, the people who have been expressing their negative comments towards the first lady and the President, who wasn’t even there, are people who haven’t supported anything they’ve done, ever.

Folks, we are living in a completely different era. While some things should stay traditional as far as the White House and its constituents are concerned, other things will not be able to stay the same. And as time leads on, the things that are relevant today, will no longer be relevant in the future. Just look at how social media has become a major component in the last few elections. Or how once before, FDR implemented fireside chats via radio correspondence to reach the American people.

Everything our, and I do emphasize our, President and First Lady do are under a microscope. I mean the man can’t even grow gray hair without there being a news article about it. Now, Michelle Obama cannot present an award at a show that she was asked to present at. Get real, people! There’s definitely a double standard when it comes to the First Family. Both Laura Bush and Ronald Reagan made appearances at awards show, though it was recorded or telecast. Was there an uproar then? Of course there wasn’t.

Michelle Obama and the President have become something of an icon for many people. While we all understand their important roles, and what they represent, people are still compelled to see what Michelle Obama is wearing or what she’s done to her hair.  They have celebrity status, and the media and the public give them that. I don’t understand what the big deal is, especially when the First Lady’s attire is being judged every time she steps out. If she didn’t have any kind of clout like celebrities do, then no one would be concerned.

I think the Academy Awards did a great thing by inviting the First Lady to present. These shows are all about glamour, and glitz. Michelle Obama exudes that, and she handles her job as the Fist Lady. With that said, maybe the media can concentrate on more important things rather than magnify an issue that really shouldn’t be an issue.

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