The Westboro Baptist Church is a radical church group that is known for its extreme hatred towards the homosexual community. The church has also come under some fire because they have been seen picketing at funerals of fallen soldiers. They say they were protesting the soldier’s funerals because our government supports homosexuals and our military represents our government.
Now, at a soldier’s funeral where the church was protesting, a leader of the Ku Klux Klan was one of many who started protesting in disgust of the Westboro Baptist Church’s ways. The Klan may not be accepting of the homosexual community, but they join the rest of the world in the belief that our fallen soldiers should be honored, not disgraced.
In October of 2009, Kathy Cleaves-Milan was told that she was being evicted from her apartment as she was preparing a check to pay her rent. The story only gets worse when she revealed to the leasing agent that she needed an order of protection against her boyfriend who had been helping her pay, but was kicked out due to a zero-tolerance policy for “criminal activity.” Cleaves-Milan reported that she was twice thrown against the wall as well as threatened with a gun. A spokeswoman for Aimco, (one of the largest owners and operators of apartment communities in the United States) Cindy Duffy said, “As the safety of our residents is our top priority, we have a zero-tolerance policy for any criminal activity at our communities.” Duffy also claimed she left her apartment that day because she could not afford to stay when her rent was due. However, Cleaves-Milan responded to Duffy with, “My reason for being evicted was there was gun violence in my home.” When the issue arrived in court, Cleaves-Milan’s attorney Kate Walz argued, “She did everything right.”
After winning the case, Cleaves-Milan said that the whole incident still affects her family today. In 2010, the Illinois Human Rights Act prohibited discrimination against a person who has obtained an order of protection.
In Trethewey’s poem Incident she describes a cross burning conducted by the Ku Klux Klan. Back when she was growing up, demonstrations like this were commonplace throughout the South, but we do not hear much about the Ku Klux Klan nowadays. However, here is a story that proves that groups of Klan members still exist.
A man in Ohio was arrested on April 2, 2012 for menacing an African American and threatening him with a gun. The man was with a group of about nine others that were all wearing Ku Klux Klan robes. Thankfully nobody was injured in the altercation.
This shows that, although the Ku Klux Klan is much less prominent in society now, there are still occasional incidents that should not be taken lightly.
Three teenagers in Jackson, Mississippi are being charged for the murder of a black man named James C. Anderson. They admitted that they went around the city looking for black people to harass. Deryl Dedmon, 19, and his two friends, John A. Rice, 18, and Dylan Butler, 20, were charged for violating Anderson’s civil rights. They pleaded guilty and face up to five years for the conspiracy charge and up to a life sentence for hate crime. Dedmon was charged a double life sentence for running Anderson over with his car at a motel parking lot. The murder was based on racism and several marches were made in Jackson about the police and prosecutors not being aggressive enough. The teenagers have been looking for blacks to assault for a long time; usually going for homeless people who they thought wouldn’t report it. When Anderson was attacked, he looked drunk and locked his keys inside his car in a parking lot off the highway. This incident shows that hate crimes still exist today because of racism.
“The Hunger Games” became the third-best movie debut ever, with a $155 million opening weekend. To many people’s surprise, the movie also sparked a debate about racism on the internet. The movie is based on the first book of a three part series. Set in the future, the Capitol of the totalitarian nation of Panem, selects a boy and girl from each of the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television. The young adults and children are randomly selected by lottery to participate. The main character, 16-year-old Katniss volunteers herself for the Hunger Games when her younger sister Prim, 12 years of age, is selected. Katniss is matched up against others, some bigger and stronger individuals who have trained for the Hunger Games their whole lives.
"The Hunger Games," opening night on 23 March 2012
Kony, in the past few weeks we have heard more about this man than we have heard the years he’s been in power. The people of Uganda have experienced their longest period of peace–so why, now, is this video being promoted? Especially when Kony’s men are not even in Uganda anymore. Many have alleged it is because the recent discovery of large amounts of oil in the region.
The Invisible Children foundation that funded and made the film have recently come under fire. The film’s maker, Jason Russell, was recently detained by police while he was having a very public mental breakdown. This came after weeks of criticism of the campaign, a campaign that gives the only 37% of its profits to its supposed cause. In addition, the people who are receiving the funding are members of the Ugandan Army whom have also received the same accusations of torture and rape that Kony’s army have.
While no one disagrees that Kony is a bad man or a man that should go to prison for the many lives he has taken, it is safe to say that the people (teens especially) that this video was directed at need to make sure to fact check and do research on the organizations that they support. In the end, Kony2012 might just be a ploy to get military in the region of Uganda, so America can export oil.
Above is a link to a woman’s response to the Kony 2012 video, and whether or not you support the KONY2012 campaign–remember that in a society inundated which propaganda and clever marketing techniques it is important to stay informed and get all the facts before jumping on the bandwagon of a cause.
Trethewey, a daughter of an interracial marriage, writes about her parents fleeing from Mississippi to Ohio to gain legal marital status in her poem “Miscegenation.” Although the law making interracial marriage illegal was repealed by the supreme court in 1967 there are … Continue reading →