Author: Tim Wise
Title: "Between Barack and a Hard Place"
Extended Comments: I read Sammi Machado’s blog and I completely agreed with everything she wrote about. She used quotes to explain the views being made in the reading and video clips. When it comes to the topic of race and acceptance I think honesty is important. Sadly, not everyone can be honest. People are afraid of to offend or disrupt what is already the norm. Sammi made it a point to stress the word “minority”. We think of this nation to be free and full of equal opportunity. We think “oh we have a black president, we must a progressive nation” but we’re not. We still separate ourselves with terms like “minority”.
All things aren’t hopeless for the United States. Despite the racial setbacks, great individuals do amazing things even if they have to face adversities and hardships. If things were so easy then we wouldn’t be challenged to the point of doing something incredible and revolutionary.
It’s awesome that we have equal rights. We can live together and work together. We can have the same jobs and send our kids to the same schools. Even though we have this right, it doesn’t always happen. There are still neighborhoods full of minorities or just mainly white people. There are jobs some people can’t get because of their race, gender, or sexual orientation. It’s sad that we can do so much but we don’t allow each other to do so.