UnicefUSA.org. United States, n.d. Web. 23 May 2014. <http://www.unicefusa.org/>. The humanitarian website that i chose to write about is UNICEF, the reason why i chose this organization, is mainly because it is a organization, that has a main goal of helping humanity, mostly children but that is beside the point. My story, My Son's Story has a very crucial problem and that is apartheid and although apartheid is not strong in the United States, in many places around the world it is still a very very crucial problem. UNICEF's main goal is to protect vulnerable children. It started 40 years ago, when UNICEF, figured out that you don't need to be rich to make a difference, simple things like hand washing or breast feeding, a few examples, could help vulnerable kids anywhere, and it wouldn't cost you anything. I want to connect what UNICEF does to apartheid. Although in our country we don't suffer from it as severally, I am sure if we look closely we can find it, also in country's in Africa and the Middle East it is a major issue and you don't see many websites or organizations that are dedicated to stopping or even helping the cause, I believe, that if we make more people aware about apartheid that is going on in the rest of the world, we can help stop it. Simple way's for example, make t-shirts, hold protest in front of government buildings, send aid to those people suffering. It takes more then one, and it could be anyone, UNICEF has proved that, with giving younger kids fresh starts on their lives, such as clean water, nutrition, and better environments and all it takes is one person to get it started. Stopping Apartheid, so it doesn't exist anymore one person at a time should be the goal!!!
The 10th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) has kicked off in the United States and Britain with similar events expected to be held in other parts of the wo...
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In this twenty three minute and 28 seconds video clip of The Debate on Israeli apartheid in Palestine. The debate goes on about the genocide/apartheid in Palestine and what is occurring to the Palestinian people. The main point of the debate is to bring more awareness to the Palestinian state and to bring more awareness to the treatment of the Palestinian people in there own home country. Palestinian's are being segregated from Israeli settlements, settlements that were once owned by Palestinian before being kicked off land that had been their land for generations. So throughout this debate between a pro-Israeli Zionist and a pro-Palestinian, neither of Palestinian or Israeli descent, and they go on to argue about who is at fault and if there really is apartheid, which there is, and i can say this and relate to this because my family and I, visit Palestine every 2-3 years. The pro-Zionist debater claim's there in no apartheid and that the Israeli's are not at fault what so ever. He would not even admit that Palestinian are going through apartheid, when you can clearly see that there is, not only is the land being stolen, but the Israeli's also have built wall's and set up check points and make it hard to even leave and come back to there own land. Not only is the settlements that the Palestinian have not as good but they have less water, and less resources and when they Palestinian people try to rebel and fight back, they are killed and it is genocide there, and it is slowly getting worse and this debate is trying to raise awareness outside of the Middle East, so Palestinian can be liberated and have equal rights on there own land when they are the majority not the minority. This connects to my story, My Son's Story because the main conflict is Sonny the father fighting apartheid in South Africa, and hes is fighting for the blacks who are the majority, and just as in this video clip the Palestinian's are the majority and have been oppressed for over 60 years and has not stopped. Both these are connected through apartheid and the want to stop and fight against those who a press such as the whites in My Son's Story and the Israeli-Zionist in the west bank and Gaza and all of Palestine. This video's main point was to bring awareness to the sicking truth that is happening in the Middle East and specifically Palestine, because a lot of American's are unaware of the problem and this needs to change, just like change happened in South Africa. Change takes more then one but it starts with one.
My 2 scopes are, the battle of apartheid in South Africa, and the conflict between a cheating husband/father and his son. My first scope is the battle of apartheid in South Africa, throughout this story the way blacks, who are the majority compared to the whites who were the minority. Blacks that were suffering the apartheid had to deal with having segregated resident area's and the rights of blacks and violence were undermined and treated unfairly. So throughout My Son's Story, the father (Sonny) puts the battle against apartheid over the happiness and well being of his family. For my 2nd scope, is the conflict between a cheating husband/father and his son. Sonny and Will have always had a good relationship because his dad was very loving before he joined the movement. When Sonny got caught the movie theater and kept the affair with his white mistress (Hannah Plowman), Sonny did not end the affair but rather manipulated his son to keep quiet. Will would cover for his father with his mother, and lie to stay loyal to his father but at the same time Will a child had a huge burden of keeping the secret of his fathers affair. Throughout the story you get the point of view of Sonny and Will and you can instantly see the conflict going on here.
South Africa is located at the bottom tip of Africa. It is 25th longest country in the world, and has close to 53 million people which is ranked 24th in world population. It is generally a temperate climate, surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans on three sides. South Africa has lost a large area of natural habitat in the last four decades, primarily due to overpopulation. Lions, leopards, white rhinos, giraffes, leopards are the most popular. South Africa is on the come up, compared to how it use to be around the time My Son's Story was written about.
Salario, Alizah. "How Infidelity Affects the Kids." 2011. How Infidelity Affects the Kids. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Print. My second scope of My Son's Story was the conflict between a cheating husband/father and his son. This was a very hard scope to find factual and document issues and conflicts to connect to, but i felt so strongly but having this a scope i ended up using another situation in recent years that most Americans know about. Arnold Schwarzenegger's affair, many people don't really understand the affects of a parent straying from the marriage and the affect it could have on the kids, no matter what age they are. "With nearly a quarter of married men and approximately 10 to 15 percent of women admitting to some form of extramarital activity", that might not seem like a big amount but it is and when that happens it can ruin family's and kids that come from family's like that they begin to build strong issues such as issues with trust and more breakouts. Children whose parents stray from marriage are 55% more likely to cheat themselves. This can then become a chain issue through out a family for years to come. In My Son's Story, Will the son is put into a difficult situation when he finds out his father is having an affair with a women he works with, Will begins to lie and cover for his dad, and he hates that he has to lie to his mom and is confused why his dad is straying away from his marriage and thought his parents we're in love he begins to have many questions about this. I feel just as my first scope this is huge issue and unlike apartheid, cheating and affairs are more common in the United States then anywhere else in the world. This article goes on to talk about how Patrick, Arnold's son has nothing to do with his father anymore and even takes his mothers last name. I believe children shouldn't be put in that situation, and when they are put in that situation should get some help, because it can be a very difficult situation just like in my story, My Son's Story.
Connection between Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's vs. Apartheid in My Son's Story
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Bond, Juilian. "Dr. King's Unwelcome Heirs." The New York Times [New York] 2 Nov. 1988: n. pag. Gale Global Issues In Context. Web. 22 May 2014. <http://find.galegroup.com/gic/ retrieve.do?sgHitCountType=None&sort=Relevance&tabID=T006&prodId=GIC&resultListTy pe=RESULT_LIST&searchId=R1&searchType=¤tPosition=1&qrySerId=Locale%28en%2C% 2C%29%3AFQE%3D%28KE%2CNone%2C26%29Civil+rights+movement+1960%24&userGroupName=gle nbard&inPS=true&docId=A175993716&contentSet=IAC-Documents&docId=A175993716&docTyp e=IAC>. In this Article, "Dr. Kings Unwelcome Heirs" , the author Julian Bond describes and talks about the civil rights movement in the 60's right here in the U.S and the continued efforts for civil rights in our country. Bond writes about the civil rights movement not just trying to expand the extend the rights of black, although African American's were the main group of the civil rights movement. He talks about how the rights of other minorities and the right of women were also a part in the civil rights movement but not many people know about that. The main focus is rights for women and how because of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we are able to use his examples to help fight for women civil rights. Bond believes that women should have right to abortion and that Operation Rescue (the organization that is trying to stop women from getting abortions) is trying to suppress those civil rights that women have. He believes just like in the 60's woman's rights are being suppressed and when women activist go out to support and fight for those rights they are being taunted and threatened. "Operation Rescue, which says that it seeks constitutional protection for the unborn, lacks such a consensus." One of bond's biggest problem is that Operation Rescue is trying to compare their movement for protecting the unborn is in huge comparison with the black civil rights movements, this offends Bond because as Operation Rescue, fight for rights of unborn, at the same time they are taking the right of women. He believes that Operation Rescue is no where near the importance that the black civil rights movement had and still has in cases like today. Without that movement, U.S citizens like myself would have no example to look back on from the civil rights movement and use in our everyday lives today. Finally Bond is continuing to help the fight of Women civil rights and continuing to keep the messages of leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had on our country and the rest of the world to fight for civil rights, just as he and many other activist did in the 60's.
Both Julian Bond and Nadine Gordimer focus and write about the situation with apartheid no matter if they are the minority or the majority,Gordimer details how awful the majority in South Africa (blacks) were treated unfairly and had no civil rights and had no justice. In My Son's Story Gordimer writes about the segregation of the majority (blacks) and the minority (whites) she also writes about Sonny, the father and one of the main characters dedication as an activist, and how at times Sonny puts the fight to stop apartheid, before even his own family. Sonny puts his family through a struggle very early in the book, because of his liberation group and how strongly he feels about putting a stop to apartheid in South Africa. "To leave the place where they had courted, where the children had been born, where everybody knew them, knew she was Sonny's wife, Baby and Will were Sonny's children." (Gordimer 39) This quote shows how Will the son of Sonny feels about his father wanting to move out the house they had lived in, and this quote also shows how deeply Sonny felt about the movement of stopping apartheid, and gaining equality and freedom for blacks, by moving his family out of a comfortable environment,into a residential area majority whites and knowing him and his family would be treated poorly and unjust. Just as Julian Bond did in the article putting women's right even though he is not a woman. Putting the beliefs he feels strongly for before himself. Sonny's battle against apartheid and his strong beliefs of putting a stop to it before his family at times "We don't accept their segregation, we've had enough of telling them, we're showing them." This quote shows that Sonny will not accept the segregation and how Gordimer and Bond both believe in not accepting injustice.
Gordimer, Nadine. My Son's Story. New York: Penguin Group, 1991. Print. My Son's Story is a novel about a son who finds out something shocking about his father, at a movie theater that he is not suppose to be at in the first place and the ironic part is neither is his father. Will (Son) is skipping school to go watch a movie, and he is walking into the theater he see's his father (Sonny) walking out of the movie theater but he is not alone, he's with a companion, who Will recognizes, she is a fiercely dedicated activist, who worked with Sonny who was a hero and was leading the struggle to end apartheid. So Will recognizes this women with his father, who Will thought was happily married.Will is so stunned when he see's his father, he completely forgets what movie he was going to see. At the same time there is apartheid going on in South Africa where this story takes place, the fight against it, the fight for justice for blacks and the fight to have equal rights. The whole time this is going on Will is lying and covering for his father. This story shows the conflict between a son and his father, a husband and a wife, a husband with another women, and the fight against racial segregation, so not only does this story show the conflict in a family but in a country at a whole.
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