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CrazyVid: Hero stands up against racism - YouTube

CrazyVid: Hero stands up against racism 

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This video involves two actors characterized as Meena and Oliver, acting as a Muslim clerk and a racist customer. The two actors are meant to replicate how society portrays Muslims as "terrorists". As a member of the U.S. army walks up to the counter to order a sandwich, "Oliver" steps in and says racist comments about Muslims to him. The soldier speaks his mind and says that all humans have rights, no matter where they come from, who they are, or whatever their beliefs are. When Oliver continues to mention stereotypical comments regarding Meena, the soldier replies with "I wear this uniform so that everyone can live freely in this country" In the end, when he was told that Meena and Oliver were just actors, he admits that what he said was not very heroic. The soldier says that what he did was "just being a person, and standing up for someone else." In addition, he also states that in America, it doesn't matter who you are, if you're in America, you're an American.

 

Throughout the semester, we've learned to treat everyone equally, with respect and dignity. We learned that every human being has value and shouldn't be put down because of who they are. In God's eyes, we were all made equally. In the video, the soldier explains that it isn't right to treat others as if they are a lesser person. When he says "if you're in America, you're an American", this can also be interpreted as everyone and anyone is welcome, not only in America, but in this world. This video relates to what we've learned in this course because the soldier is an example of someone who represents the beatitude "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness". The soldier had the chance to just ignore Oliver and walk away. Instead, he spoke his mind and stood up for Meena because he was being mistreated by Oliver. He recognized that Meena was being burdened and knew that what Oliver was saying about him was unnecessary and disrespectful.    

 

Although the soldier considered what he said wasn't very heroic, i find that inspiring because he wasn't just being humble, he was being totally honest about his opinions. He said that he was "just being human", which shows that he was acting like how he would have expected any other human being to react, when in reality, most people probably wouldn't do. When he said "I wear this uniform so that everyone can live freely in this country", this truly touched me because he didn't care about what Oliver was saying in relation to Meena. He didn't care if Meena was Muslim, or if he was stereo-typically labelled as a "terrorist". In the eyes of the soldier, he recognized Meena as a free human being with the same human rights as anyone else in the country.  

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Devin Deoraj's comment, June 3, 2014 9:03 AM
I liked this video because it holds a teaching Jesus that all humans have dignity. The solider could have just left and not said anything at all, but instead he stood up for the dignity of a person who he didn't know. The solider truly was heroic in these terms because he knew that people should be respected anywhere and everywhere regardless of physical Mental or religious characteristics. I think this fully relates to the commandment " love your neighbors as i have loved you" because even though we don't know a person or care about them we are all children of God and we should all love each other as we would our family, friend or lover. No person should think they have more dignity or more respect then another.
Anton Medina's comment, June 5, 2014 5:24 PM
I really enjoy these experimental videos to see how society reacts to different things such as this, and so I also enjoyed this video, too. Everybody, as creations of God, has the right to their own faith and values. "Meena" is not Catholic, but that does not mean that the same rules do not apply. We must still respect the dignity and values of others, and that is why I really liked how the soldier reacted to it, rather than allowing Oliver to treat Meena in such a way. I agree with you when you say that the soldier follows the beatitude "blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness", but he also acts upon "blessed are the peacemakers." He does so not only because he is part of the military looking for peace, but also because he fights for peace everyday. Also, he did so in a non-violent manner. He did not punch Oliver or force him out, but instead he stated Meena's rights and told Oliver to simply leave the store. I also agree that this man really was heroic. We should all strive and pray to have the courage to stand up for those who are treated in such a way, and we should all aim to be like that soldier. It is like he said, that is not what a hero should do, but what any normal person should.
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The Story of Human Rights - YouTube

Human Rights Video Education
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In this video, it tells us about how the concept of "human rights" was developed. It all started when humans had no rights at all. Until, a man who goes by the name of "Cyrus The Great", declared an end to slavery and the freedom to choose religious beliefs. They inscribed his words on what they call, the Cyrus Cylinder. Cyrus' ideas of human rights quickly spread through Europe and India. Because of this, peoples rights were being acknowledged. But, the world wasn't perfect yet. There were still people fighting across the world for freedom and for their rights. And then, a man named Mahatma Gandhi thought that not everyone's rights were being heard. He said that all people of earth had rights, including everyone from around the world. After the 2 World Wars ended, human rights had almost been abolished. So, countries from around the world came together and formed the United Nations. According to the video, their purpose was "... To reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person." Although everyone had a different perspective on human rights, they created a list of rights that could apply to anyone. They called it, "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights." 

 

This video relates to course material because it teaches us about how our rights, as humans, came about. The video shows us that we all have equal rights and that everyone should be treated the same. Whether we're rich or poor, if we're a different race, or if we have different beliefs. In class, we learned that everyone has the right to live, speak, freedom, and religion. In addition, we learned that we were all born in the eyes of God, in which we were all born equal.

 

In everyone's eyes, we may all seem different. We may have different nationalities, different lifestyles, and/or different home settings. But, what we all have in common is that we are all a bunch of humans living on the same world. We were all born with rights and the freedom to live. However, our world isn't perfect yet. There is still violence, racism, bullying, and many more, going on around the world. As a result, we must think about how we treat others with what we do or say, because we don't know how much it can really affect others. God created us, and God is within us. Therefore, the way we treat others is as if we are treating God; with respect and dignity.

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Surrogate mom defies family, has baby - YouTube

A surrogate mother says she was offered $10,000 to abort a baby with severe medical problems. Elizabeth Cohen reports. For more CNN videos, visit our site at...
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This video is about a woman who was given the option to abort her child with severe medical problems, but chose to give life to her child instead. Crystal Kelley is a surrogate mother, for parents who want her to abort the child. [A "surrogate mother" is a person who acts in the place of another person's biological mother.] To pursue the parents' wishes, they offered her $10 000. When the parents were told that the child would be born with severe heart defects, an abnormal brain, and other medical problems, they thought that aborting the baby would be the best thing to do. In their eyes, they wondered, 'what was the point of giving her life, if you already know she won't live a normal life'. In response to the parents' statement, Crystal believed that the child she was carrying, deserved the right to live. She didn't care if the parents didn't want the child to live, or the fact that they offered her $10 000. To her, the child is a human being and has the right to live.

 

This relates to many aspects that we've learned in class. One being, The Fifth Commandment. This video relates to the Fifth Commandment because it is about how Crystal Kelley defended the life of an unborn child. She showed us how precious and valuable human life is. Even though she was a surrogate mother, and the parents asked her to kill the baby, Crystal knew that wasn't the right thing to do. She knew that the baby she was carrying was a gift from God, and she couldn't give her up, just because of what people tell her to do. Crystal was able to accept her child, no matter how she looked like on the outside and how her body was like on the inside. 

 

In my opinion, this video is very inspirational to watch because it shows how valuable Crystal's child was to her. She didn't care about the money and what people would've thought about her. All she wanted was to protect her child from death, because she knew that she would be able to support and care for her, just like any other mother and/or father. She accepted her baby for who she was, and by keeping that child, Crystal saved a life; the life of her new daughter.

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samantha orpiada's comment, June 1, 2014 11:57 PM
I really enjoyed this video and i also found it inspirational and relatable to many aspects of our unit. I absolutely adore and admire the courage that Crystal had when she said no to the babies parents when they wanted to abort the baby. Even if Crystal was offered 10000 dollars she still said and by doing so she displayed the cardinal virtue fortitude. I also like how Crystal admitted that she did ask for 15000 dollars but also admitted that she regretted asking for it. by saying this i feel like she was being really humble and poor in spirit. Poor in spirit people are people who do not pretend to be what they are not and they admit that they have strengths and weaknesses and Crystal demonstrated this beatitude very well. In conclusion, i found this video very inspirational and i hope someday if i ever end up in a situation similar to this, that i will have the same strength as Crystal did to make the right decision.