Flacks: Ethics Winter 2015

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4 années 3 mois ago

This topic is really interesting and it will be a challenging topic to wright about. Even if it's a hard concept i am sure you will learn a lot about our world and how many different ways the human race has changed it. your work is great but id like to see more examples of how nuclear weapons have affected the world.

4 années 3 mois ago

This topic is very well explained and i'm happy that you took this topic because in our days it is extremely difficult to get a job. I cant wait to see what you will say about this problem!

4 années 5 mois ago

I chose your comment because I am genuinely involved in sports news, and because I witnessed myself other occasions where racism occurred in sports. I totally agree with you especially on the part where you mention that these racist comments where made by white, rich males that where put in a position to look down at minority groups. In one occasion I went to see the Hamilton Bulldogs against the Lehig Valley Phantoms, which are both clubs in the AHL (American Hockey League), and the game went to a shoutout. When it was time for Wayne Simons, an African Amercian player, to go alone against the goaltener, someone in the stands threw a banana at him. I assume the person was referring to him as a monkey. I was in shock, and since then, I hate the fact that some fans of my favourite sport still have obsolete thinking such as this. An interesting way to go on with the topic would be to take a look at what is said between players of opposing teams during games with the help of mics. I assume there are pretty mean things said out on the ice or on the field that could be sanctioned.

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Reply to: The Ideal Asian
4 années 5 mois ago

I’m choosing to comment on this post because it’s a very interesting one. Many people do think that Asians are the most intelligent race, and it’s one of the most prominent features of their stereotype. It’s interesting to see an article written on this issue, and it’s even more interesting to see your interpretation towards it, and even to know your personal stories related to this issue.
I agree with you and the author Bernadette Lim in her article "Model Minority" Seems like a Compliment, but It Does Great Harm.” A stereotype, no matter how flattering it may seem, doesn’t do good for anyone’s self-esteem. By teaching someone who’s Asian of this stereotype, the one to be smart, it teaches them that they have to be smart. When someone who’s Asian gets a bad grade, they then feel as if they’re not as good as they can be. Linnaeus described Asians as “yellow, melancholy, and greedy.” True, there’s no word about them being smart, but any kind of stereotype, whether it be that they’re always intelligent or that they’re greedy, is a destructive thought.
In conclusion, I agree that stereotypes, whether they be positive or negative, should be destroyed. It doesn’t help or benefit anyone in anyway. The biggest question here is how heavily these stereotypes have influenced certain people’s career choices. If Asians weren’t expected to succeed as greatly as they’re currently expected to, would there be a decline in Asian doctors, and other high paying professions?

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Reply to: What is a man?
4 années 6 mois ago

I chose to comment on this post because its a well written post that deals with the issues of gender and their stereotypes. It's interesting to see just how quickly masculinity and violence are grouped together, as if they're synonyms. As you brought up in your post, the media is a heavy influence of this, and that itself is an interesting topic.

If we were to relate this issue to the one of race, we could say that certain races are more affected by these stereotypes than others. Typically we see African Americans as the "violent" race. When a black man commits a crime, it's seen as something in his "nature" to do. When a white man commits a crime, he's considered to be "unstable". There are ridiculous stereotypes like this for each race, so it could be that someone who's black feels more of a need to be dominant because that's how society sees him to be. There is a reading called "A Family Guide to Talking About Race", in which there's an activity about understanding discrimination. If kids were taught this from the beginning of time, we would grow to be a society that doesn't place more pressure on one race to try and appeal more to their stereotypes.

In conclusion, it's true that the media places pressure on men, more than others depending on their race. Do you think that there is a certain "race" that is excluded more than others from this pressure men face to be dominant? If so, do you think that the people within this certain race feel like less of a man?

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4 années 7 mois ago

I’d like to begin by saying that I’m commenting to discuss the issue of racism, and more specifically, the question of racism that your article is centered on. Your article, whichis very well written, is centered on the topic of asking someone “where are you from?” which is a question that can raise a lot of controversy in today’s society. For this reason I’ve chosen to comment on your post to further discuss this article.

Its true that asking someone where they’re from is a touchy subject, especially depending on the person. I agree with you about the fact that we shouldn’t just ask people straight out “where are you from?” This comes across as rude to many people. I strongly agree with the fact that we should notice and be comfortable with noticing physical differences between us and someone else, and that we shouldn’t just pretend we don’t see a difference. Again, I agree with the fact that we shouldn’t put so much importance on race, but we should in fact acknowledge that people who belong to certain races have different psychical characteristics for the most part. I feel that if everyone had this viewpoint towards “race”, then it wouldn’t be viewed as such a big deal in today’s society and it wouldn’t be used as a defining feature for people.

In conclusion, I agree with your points regarding the article from Huffington Post. I can’t help but wonder that if “races” could ever really be fully socially accepted, and if they were, would that mean there would be no more racism?

4 années 8 mois ago

This article interests me a lot because when I first learned that Donald Trump was campaigning for presidency, I could hardly believe what I had heard. I was aware of the multiple controversies he had caused but not in thorough details, which is why I chose your article. I totally agree with you and the author in the sense that different ‘races’ or cultures should not ever be used as arguments of discrimination, especially when specific groups are pointed out like in this case. In my opinion, the dumbest part of Mr. Trump’s argument is that even if he would end up as leader of the Republicans, he would never be able to put his party in power in the United States because the groups he pointed out, which consist in an important part of the country’s population, would never vote in his favour. The fact that he points out Latinos and Mexicans clearly proves that he acknowledges them as being different than the rest of the country, and that they should be treated differently. His arguments go in the opposite direction of Jared Diamond’s ideas on race being an arbitrary system that cannot be proven scientifically in any mean. To conclude, even if the article you chose seems to be relevant and worth looking at, I would like to know if the author himself has Latino or Mexican origins because it could add a bit of bias to his work. However, you did a great job and summarizing the article and you clearly gave your opinion with proofs and explanations.

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4 années 8 mois ago

First off I'd like to tell you that I'm commenting to further discuss the issue which you surrounded your article on. I've chose your post because I think its appalling how a family, who was on vacation and trying to relax, could be forced into such a terrible situation like this. Your post really sums the article up and gives all the right details so that someone reading your post doesn't have to even go read the full article on Huffington Post.

I'm pretty sure it's no secret that racism is alive and well in too many places already, but to have it broadcasted in such a public and aggressive manner is astounding. I strongly agree with how you said that Kanisha and her family didn't deserve to be treated in that way. It's unacceptable for racism to be so prominent in this day and age. I think no one, no matter what "race" should be treated as if they're inferior to anyone else. Although, it seems as though many people still believe that humans come divided into distinct groups based on their skin colour, and that some skin colours are more superior than others. This, is of course called racism, which was already pointed out within your post.

In conclusion, racism is largely based on the thought that "races" matter, so what do you suppose would happen if we had never even come up with the idea of race? Would there be something else for people to aggressively attack others on, or would the world be a little more at peace?

Reply to: Art to contribute
5 années 5 jours ago

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Reply to: Art to contribute
5 années 5 jours ago

It is a good thing that your passion is linked to your volunteer opportunity. The fact that your love of art and love of animals such as lion are linked will really help and drive you towards your dream and goals. In order to reach more people and awareness about your cause, of course you can use social media to share your artwork and promote your cause or you could get involved in a legal street painting group in order to see your artwork exposed to the eye of everyone. This could have a great impact on your cause and bring more positive results than social media itself.

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About the author

I'm a Humanities Teacher at Champlain College, Saint-Lambert and the designer and founder of Newsactivist. Between 2007 and the present, I've developed a course, Newsactivist, which asked students to blog about the news that they felt showed parts of the world in need of improvement.