By: Mish’al, Tayseer, Hiba, Ava, Tucker and Ednelys
Tables Of Contents 1. Trying to be Recognized, By: Tucker Croke The struggles of trying to be recognized when being disabled 2. Trump vs. The World, by Ednelys Fracachan Echezuria The 15th president of the USA has done some controversial actions in his presidency. The travel ban being one of them 3. Inequalities to the Disabled Community, by Hiba Gawish The disabled people deserve a chance just like us. 4. The Problem with Pop Culture, by Ava Peterson Pop Culture is riddled with problems. 5. People with disabilities By: Tayseer Sawan Many people have disabilities, there are 15% of people which have both mental and physical disabilities 6. Muslim In America by: Mishal Taraman Muslims in America are not treated fairly despite all the comforting facts about them.
Trying to be recognized By: Tucker Croke Disabled people are being given the chance to do an increasing number of different sports. 4,350 athletes from 160 countries competed in the 2016 Paralympic games, a huge proportion of only 400 athletes from only 23 countries from the first Paralympics in 1976. The Paralympics are gaining a lot more disabled athletes and the same goes for other sports either professionally or just for school. The disabled are beginning to be recognized, not for their physical disabilities but for their physical achievements. 18yearold Hasaan Hawthorne from Mississippi beat everyone he faced on the wrestling mat, without the bottom half of his legs; and when he was standing on the first place podium he had a 370 perfect round, a state title, and two little nubiles. Hassaan was born without his tibias which were the bones that allowed humans to stand. This gave his parents had a tough decision, to amputate his legs or let him grow up with useless legs and they chose amputation and the little kid was given prosthetic legs. Their doctor told them to let their son learn the hard way so if he fell they wouldn’t pick him up. "We're like, 'Nope. Leave him alone. He knows how to get up,’” Felicia Hawthorne told the news website AL.com. Hassan always had a love for wrestling he would jump from the top of the couch like WWE and if he fell on his head he would get up and keep playing. In high school, he was 3rd in his weight class and then as an eighteenyearold he won. His disabilities never stopped him, so he would never stop. He showed that even with a disability you can be great and that was how he was recognized.
Ismail Zulfic was born with no arms, but as this article is about, it doesn’t stop him from swimming an Olympic sized swimming pool. This is all because one man who ignores the fact that most Bosnians ignore the disabled. 1 out of 10 people are disabled, meaning out of 3.5 million people, 350,000 people in Bosnia are disabled. He and the other kids go three times a week some drives as long as 3 hours just to get swim lessons. These kids get almost no state aid getting only $212 a month and sometimes even less meaning a simple task such as getting to school can be difficult. Amel Kapo, a 30yearold man, started this project after seeing disabled kids going to pools. He thought no one would say teaching disabled kids how to swim was a bad idea and he thought he would get money but he only got 1000 euros to start it. So low that he had to get two local businesses to help him pay the rent of the pool. Stated by Newsela, “As the children learn to swim, their parents watch from a cafe. "We have become a family," Kapo said.” Kapo saw that they needed help and gave these kids a second chance and they took it in a heartbeat. “She doesn’t realize what her limitations are,” said Jessica McRackan mother of Rosie McRackan, a girl with a love of T ball and 1 leg and 1 ½ arms. People told them that it would be a challenge to raise her but they rose to the occasion and their only problem were putting on diapers. They had doubts if she could ever be able to walk and by the age of one, they got her a prosthetic leg. This helped her and she prevailed and was walking around the clock. At the age of nine, they put her into the Blue Jays, a team in a softball league. At that time she didn’t have a running prosthetic leg so she was always last to bat since they didn’t want her to be slow. But that didn’t stop her. She kept going and once she got her new leg, she was mixed in just like the other kids. No, she's not the fastest or the best but nothing will stop her from her passion of TBall. There are more and more people with disabilities that are finding success and fulfillment in their lives. You may think, ‘Yay! Everyone in the world now loves disabled people and they will never be mistreated,! No,no,no,no,no. A lot of disabled people get mistreated for physical or mental disabilities. More people are being treated fairly but not all. If you want to make a change it's not hard, if you see someone with disabilities and they come over don’t be shy. Say hi even if they can’t respond, it makes them happy. There just like you and me, only their potential is underestimated, a flower waiting to bloom.
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Trump vs. The World By Ednelys Fracachan Echezuria The day was November 8th, 2016. The 45th president of the United States of America Donald Trump was elected president. The whole world was watching.He was inaugurated as president on January 20th, 2017. Now, as of 2018, Trump has made some huge impacts and actions on the world stage; the Travel Ban being one of them. Some other examples of them are the threats about North Korea and his relationship with Russia. Trump’s Travel Ban and other actions are provocative, threatening, and unsafe actions in order to make the world a better place. Trump has increased the likelihood of a nuclear war in Asia. According to the BBC, The US tried to have a better relationship with China and other Asian countries, but that failed. Then there’s North Korea. North Korea is building ICBMs (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles) to ame at the US. The US also said some threats to North Korea. They started testing nuclear weapons which luckily landed in the Sea of Japan. He increased the probability of a nuclear war in Asia. This is important because if a nuclear war did happen, Asia wouldn’t be the only continent affected. The entire world would be affected by the nukes and missiles. The Travel Ban affects many people across the world. The following countries are in the 2017 travel ban: Iran, Chad, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, and Venezuela. According to Newsela, Immigrant visas have been denied for immigrants from Chad, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Yemen. Venezuela, North Korea, and Chad were added to the new version of the travel ban. Many people in the US held protests at airports holding signs that said,“Let the immigrants in”and “Immigrants are welcome” in airports.
The ban is mostly targeted towards muslim countries like iraq because terrorism is plentiful in those countries. The US government doesn’t want immigrants From those countries because they don’t want terrorism, even though most attackers and,or terrorists don’t come from countries. Trump said that this is not a ban about religion but about safety. This is important because some people are fleeing countries because of the country’s safety. For example, Chad has a lot of terrorism and war; and if there’s a ban, people don’t have a place seek shelter. The ban impacts people in nine countries across the world and the US. In conclusion, The prohibition of travel for nine countries across this planet established by the 45th president of the United States of America- along other actions the leader has done- are threatful and very controversial if we want to make this world we live on a better place. The leader has also made the probability of a Asian-American nuclear war higher. Going back to the Travel Ban, this affected several people across the world country banned or not. Even though there are conflicts in a majority of the countries, people should still be let into the US. Think about all those people who died in war-struck countries. Think about the survivors fleeing their homes to find a better life than the one they found before. You reading this might have even left your country due to conflict. If you can’t make a difference, you can do it with your mind. So think about it, should you let people enter the US if they’ve fled from conflict, or should the immigrants just find somewhere else?
Inequality to the disabled community By Hiba Gawish
When people think about equality they think about race or gender, but they don't think about the disabled, who should also be considered when it comes to equality or poverty. Around 150 million adults in the world have disabilities and over half of them won't get the health care that they need. a few don't get any at all. There are around 93 million children in places like Indonesia and India only 30% of disabled children actually go to school. in the US and Canada because of bullying, and not being able to have the money to spare.we should help the disabled people have equal rights and better health care so they can go to school like a nondisabled person. Health issues but most don't get it all. According to an article called ‘Inequalities in universal health coverage’ By Elena S. Rotarou and Dikaios Sakellariou, 2012.in 2015 about 20% of the population had a disability and about 4.9% out of pocket or don't have health care at all. According to another article Population’ by Gloria L. Krahn, Deborah Klein Walker, and Rosaly ever since the 19th century. In Europe and the U.S, a lot of people would them the proper health care until the 20th century when they started to people needed help. School they don't some of the students and teachers make sure of that, and sometimes they don't even know what they're doing and how they make them feel. According to a article ‘, Why disable kids don't go to school’ the negative attitudes are just a few of many and most disabled kids and their families think that they won't be able to learn the things they are supposed to be; the bullies make it worst, the teasing and laughing at making it hard for the child to enjoy the learning experience. Most other barriers are more physical and have to do with the school being too far away and nonaccessible to the disabled students. What can you do? There is racism, sexism, absolutism, materialism, and every other ism that ever existed,
but I'm only here to talk about one of them, disablism. The discrimination of disabled people, which most people ignore and push away, listen only to the “biggest problems” or as I call it the problems that most people try to fix not the ‘most’ important; but the truth is that all of them are equally as important as the others and should be treated the same way. Would You help a person in a wheelchair trying to get on the train? Or would you ignore it? Disabled people should get the same rights as a regular nondisabled person, whether it's a mental or physical disability. Every day someone is severely injured because they don't have the proper health care and most of the disabled kids don't go to school because of bullying and discrimination and this should not be the case. you should be the one to help that person on the train and you should be the one to tell them they matter and you should be the one to make a difference and to help other people make one too. pictures http://www.chronicle.co.zw/zimendorsesafricancharterondisabledpersons/ http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/9/publicschoolsdisturbingconflationofraceandd
The Problem with Pop Culture By Ava Peterson
Pop culture plays an overlooked, yet incredibly significant role to how people perceive their identity. When their identity is not displayed on the big screen, they feel like they do not matter or aren’t worth it. For example, in 2016 alone, only 29 percent of women were lead protagonists in movies. However, not only is the absence of diversity present in movies, it occurs in every aspect of media; sports, tv shows and video games. Even when, for instance, a person of colour appears in a movie, their identity is often misconstrued and manipulated to fit a stereotype. Every skin colour, body type, sexuality, gender deserves to have a role model who they can see themselves in. Stereotypes are traits enforced on groups of people due to their race, nationality, skin colour and many other factors. They can be positive or negative, however, it doesn’t matter as stereotypes are a widely oversimplified view of someone’s identity and assumes everyone in a group is the same. Furthermore, stereotypes are damaging as they limit people and put them in a ‘box’. Stereotypes are frequently present in TV and movie shows. The girl is often portrayed as the ‘damsel in distress’ who cannot take care of herself and needs a man to save her. Or, the daughter of the protagonist exists only to be kidnapped or murdered to give the protagonist a reason to seek revenge. These stereotypes are present in fables from hundreds of years ago and even are still used today. This is a damaging stereotype to women as it tells them that they are not capable of taking care of themselves and that they need a man to ‘save them’. It is no debate that there is no shortage of black men playing ‘gangsters’ or ‘thugs’ who abuse drugs in movies. According to Vox, in 2016 62% of black people were appeared in the credits as ‘gang members’. This is an epidemic in the film industry that needs to be eliminated. These damaging stereotypes can fuel racism in the real world, as these movies are leading people to believe that black people are dangerous. Throughout history, women have been treated like the lesser gender. They have less opportunities and are often objectified. Objectification means “degrade to the status of a mere object.” This is extremely true in advertisements, TV and
movies. Think of everytime you’ve seen a woman with long, silky hair and a slim body in an ad. These ads are marketed towards men and the women are solely there to sell more products. These advertisements have a huge negative impact on women’s mental health. Seeing these ads of perfect women can damage a woman’s self esteem tremendously. We are told that the women in these degrading ads are how we should set our standards to live by. We are told that we are not good enough and we should replicate those figures. We are told that we need perfect skin, long legs, a thin figure and if you don’t, you don’t have value. This detrimental mindset often leads to eating disorders, depression and lowself esteem. These ads are extremely degrading and women are solely used in them to make more profit. Not only that, it also strips women of their humanity and makes them seem exclusively for the male gaze. Despite all of this, there are good examples of representation in popculture. One example is Lee from ‘The Walking Dead’. Think of every video game you’ve seen, the main character is usually a middleclass white man who is strong, cold and independent. The Walking Dead strays away from this, they have a black man as the protagonist who isn’t chained with stereotypes. Lee is a three dimensional character, unlike most minority characters in video games. The game is focused on making decisions for yourself, so you get to decide how to respond to situations and in turn, the game doesn’t force you to fit into stereotypes. In addition, there are a few problems regarding his race, yet it isn’t the essence of the game. This game is one of the many few that stray away from racial stereotypes and create three dimensional minority characters . However, just including one or two minority characters in a video game won’t fix the representation problem in pop culture. We need more PoC representation, without outdated stereotypes and make diverse casts the norm. In conclusion, pop culture needs fixing. They need to ditch the distasteful, obsolete stereotypes, objectification of women and increase the amount of minorities in the cast. In this day and age, we are surrounded by pop culture and our civilisation is morphed by it so it needs to be accurate, or else we’ll be in a seeminglyendless cycle of prejudice fueled by misrepresentation. We need a change, not next week, not next month, not next year; we need it now.
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Physical Disabilities There was a guy in a wheelchair on the sidewalk pushing his wheels slowly. Why does he have no legs? What is life like for him? More than 1 Billion people out of 7.6 billion people have disabilities in the world. That is about 15% of the world's population! This is a massive proportion. People with disabilities have a very bad time living on their own. But, they still wanted to live like a normal person would live like. For examples, like some disabled people want to go swimming or play rugby or American football. But, do any of us know what it’s really like to have physical disabilities? How does it feel? They know they don’t have different types of body parts. But, also how would you feel if you had a physical disability? That wouldn’t feel good, would it? You should really be thankful that you don’t have any physical disabilities. But, as I said earlier, people with disabilities still want to do stuff that regular people can do.
Mental Disabilities Some people have mental disabilities in their brain. They might not learn that they can’t do things that they did when they were younger. For example: You can’t say ‘where are you from’ to someone who says ‘hey’ to you. But since we did that when we were younger, we can’t do it when we get older, it’s just not proper, we all know that as we grow up and we teach ourselves to be more mature than we were younger. Sometimes mental disabilities can make you go crazy. There’s 15% of people in the world which are suffering from mental disabilities. Some child ren have both either physical or mental disabilities
Conclusion In Conclusion, more than 1 billion people have disabilities, and they just think and act like they are regular people. 15% of the world have physical disabilities and mental disabilities. They have a hard time walking and doing everything but they try. We should not think about these people that they look different than us, because they are. But we should help them out instead of making fun or teasing them. And we should all be treated respectfully…..even with or without disabilities.
By Mishal Taraman
There are 1.8 billion muslim people, making up about 24% of the world population. Even though it is still not the most popular religion in the world this is a massive amount of people. There are 323.1 million people in the U.S, and out of all of those people, 3.3 million are muslim. Furthermore the world's fastest growing religion is Islam. Despite all of these facts muslims in America are still not treated fairly. Even when Muslims in America are just minding their own business and going about in their days, some people just try to shame them for no reason and treat them as if they are not humans. An example of this is in the article: After attacks, headscarves mark Muslim women as targets in the Los Angeles Times, as it mentions that: “Leilah Abdennabi arrived at a popular Austin, Texas cafe this week, to meet her friend for lunch. When she got there, she was surprised to find her friend crying. Through tears, her friend Sirat AlNahi, 20, explained that while Abdennabi was parking, she had been harassed by an elderly white man in the cafe. He suggested that Abdennabi did not know how to drive and ‘should go back to Saudi Arabia.’ Shocked, AlNahi asked the man to repeat what he had said. He did, this time adding, ‘Do you have a gun? You should just shoot me.’ The restaurant staff seated the man and his companion as AlNahi started crying.” I find this prejudice astonishing as There is a variety of racist stereotypes about muslims such as muslims are terrorists. However that is not necessarily true as there are good muslim people, and bad muslim people. Just like there are good christian people and bad christian people. Pope Francis, the current leader of the catholic church says “ Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters, and we must act as such.”d Secondly America should be a place for all no matter what race, skin color, or religion. Obama said “To be an American is something more than what we look like, or what our last names are or how we worship.” I think this is important because it shows the fact that this land is for all and that we are all immigrants as it does not belong to any of us, it belongs to the people that got there first, the Native Americans. To add on it really belongs to nobody because if you think about it the Native Americans
were not there at some point in time. So technically, that means that none of the Continents, Countries, Cities, and towns are ours and as humans, we have to share them. There are an incredible amount of humans and 24% of them are muslim, and the number of muslims is still growing, so soon the majority of the world will be muslims. In addition Islam is the religion of peace. But even with all of these facts, they are still treated in an inhumane way. To stop this we must treat muslims and even nonmuslims fairly. We must treat everyone as humans. We can do this by talking to them like normal beings saying words of kindness, spreading love, and doing good deeds.
Published on Mar 7, 2018