Friday, February 25, 2011

Watch Y2GAY Video

It is a fantastic example of a short film dealing with the same concepts as our class. It deals with sexism rather then racism, but there are quite a few wonderful quotes/points made in the short film that are true for the diversity issues our class is facing.  

There is both a narrative and interview styled portions, which allows for a clearly understood story arch. Take note of the opening scene, transitions, story arch, placement of scenes in relationship to others & how this effects the story, and closing titles. I hope you notice the humor and lighthearted nature of the film as well. Remember that everything within the film must flow and fit together perfectly from beginning to end, while making a significant point.  Notice how this is done here. 

It is a perfect example of what would fulfill the class video assignment, if the subject was dealing with race.  I really enjoyed it and its only 5 minutes long...  So, please let me know your thoughts on it alone and how it relates to our class.  Thank you.

Link- Y2GAY - Tropfest 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

T.J. Leyden Video

Tony Harris CNN and TJ Leyden author of Skinhead


Riots of 2009 in Akron, Ohio

Riots of 2009

 On March 14, 2009 Akron experienced its most recent rioting. On that Saturday, a female minor was spotted by an APD officer while screaming profanities along Newton Street. The officer gave multiple warnings to her to discontinue, but the teen refused. The officer then exited his cruiser and attempted to arrest her for disorderly conduct. The sixteen-year-old girl began striking the police officer, bloodying his nose. While the struggle was still occurring, a crowd watching the event rushed towards the scene, forcing the officer to draw his Taser and order them to stay back, but he was ignored. The riot was quelled after several back-up officers arrived and the paramedics treated the officer and two citizens. Seven suspects, both adults and minors were charged with crimes ranging from aggravated riot, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer. In July 2009, a group attack occurred in the Firestone neighborhood of Akron. The attack was committed by a group of African-American teens, who attacked a white family due to their race.  The teens were said to be heard saying "this is a black world now" as they beat the white family, which included a paraplegic man. His wheelchair was pushed over, and he was thrown to the ground. The Akron Police apprehended suspects shortly after the incident, but did not give the victims a chance to identify them. 

"Akron Police Department" - Conversations thus far-

•Spoke to Lt. Brown on The Gang Unit on Feb. 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm, regarding the issue of race and violence. (330)812-7734) 

He referred me to Sgt. Lietke who was on duty at a particular incident in 2009 related to race and violence in Akron, Ohio. (330)375-2490)

Riots of 2009 : "On duty was Sgt. Leitke "  waiting on response from Sgt. Lietke. 

The Akron Color Line Project Performance

This performance was a definite must see!  The Akron Color Line Project Performance took place on Feb. 10th, 2011 at 7:30 pm in the E.J. Performing Arts Hall.  It was a cross between a musical and Broadway show.  The show was approximately 1 and a half hours long with 10 scenes all together.  Scene 1 -"The Walk around", was a collage of impressions, facts, and feelings about the City of Akron.  Scene 2 -"That" Akron Riot, was a report on the famous riot of 1900. Louis Peck was new in Akron. The Afro-American was originally from Patterson, New Jersey. He and his wife had been working in a restaurant since coming to Akron. Mr. Peck picked up six-year-old Christina Maas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Maas, who was playing outside near her home on Perkins Hill, drove her into the countryside and left her crying and injured by the roadside with night coming on. He drove back into town and abandoned the rented horse and buggy. He was quickly traced through a Main Street liveryman. Every policeman on duty was notified of the crime and began looking for Peck. Officer Duffy, while patrolling Union Station shortly after midnight, arrested Peck who was caught jumping from a freight train car. He was taken to the city prison. Mr. Washer, the prison keeper, spent the rest of the night securing a full confession from Louis Peck. At 9:00 that morning he was arraigned before mayor’s court. He pleaded guilty to the charge of rape and his bond was set at $5,000. Because of his inability to furnish bail, he was bound over to prison. Exaggerated stories of Peck’s confession of the criminal act, the evening papers (one was printed in red ink) and cries of the newsboys selling them stirred up intense feelings of resentment. As early as noon, threats of a lynching were being made to the authorities. The executive government heard rumors of trouble brewing all afternoon. Paying attention to these threats, they ordered Sheriff Frank G. Kelly to take the prisoner to Cleveland for safe keeping. Another colored man, William Howard (who was awaiting commitment to county jail), was also moved for safety. The Akron authorities then congratulated themselves on such a wise plan. The crowds began to gather at Main and Howard Streets shortly after 6:00. There was much banter of taking matters into their own hands. As it began to grow dark, the crowd closed in on the City Building. They began calling for Peck and taunted the police officers within. The Chief of Police summoned every available man for duty. The group tried to push into the building but the officers barred them. The first attack on the building was a shower of brick and stones. Then a ladder was used as a battering-ram on the north doors. The doors were rapidly giving way. A police officer opened one of the front windows and emptied his revolver over heads of the mob and into the spectators that were observing from across the street. His bullets struck and killed four-year-old Rhoda Davidson and ten-year-old Glen Wade. Hundreds of shots were fired and charges of dynamite exploded repeatedly. Two large buildings, Columbia Hall and the City Building, were burned to the ground. They started the car, ran it about the streets until bored, and then ran it into the canal.Eventually a committee of six, headed by a very vocal member of City Council, was appointed from the mob to inspect the jail for Peck. When the doors opened, the mob poured in. They searched every corner and found no Negro within. Even Mr. Washer’s private apartments were raided. The mob, greatly disappointed, headed for the county jail. It was searched to no avail. They promptly moved to the Old Court House, battered in the doors, and searched every room except the office of the treasurer. The heavy iron doors held fast. The crowd hurried back to the City Building. When the mayor appeared in an open window at the health center and motioned for silence, the people became attentive. When the mayor explained that Peck had been taken to Cleveland, the crowd refused to believe and the attack was renewed with passion. By 4:00 o’clock that morning, the scene was nearly deserted. By 7:00 the first of the militia arrived. Eventually forty-one men and boys faced charges related to the riot; thirty were convicted.  Scene 3-" Howard Street:  The Jewel of Akron", was based around the idea of Howard Street being the place to party, pimps and prostitutes and an area where a lot of the blacks hung out. Scene 4 - "Free at Last! Free at Last! - Not Quite, was based on a scene in Yeager's Department Store with a black couple trying to buy a dress and the white folk laughed them off because they didn't have enough money to pay for it.  Scene 5 - " Stories from the South", involving a scene on a bus where the black folk had to sit in a separate area than the white folk.  Another scene involved the White water vs. Black water and the segregation along those lines.  They both were very powerful scenes and really took you back to the way it was.  Scene 8 - " Remembering the Riots of 1968", In July 1968, several riots occurred over the span of several days centered in the city's mostly Black populated Wooster Ave./EdgewoodAPD well into the morning. The police department responded with higher and higher numbers of patrol units in the area to contain and arrest the gang members within the area, with an arbitrary curfew being enacted. By late the next morning of July 17, new police officers arrived to ensure the police actions from the night before were continued and peace restored. However at this point many residents of the area had begun to gather on Wooster Ave. near Edgewood Ave., having heard rumors of excessive violence on the part of the APD. Tensions between citizens and the APD had by this point had become high due to long-standing vendettas between the two sides based on an array of issues from discrimination, to police brutality. This is widely believed to have been the flash-point of the riots, as the black citizens began berating and challenging the APD officers. With the first arrests of some of the citizens, the level of confrontation and hostilities rose until a full scale riot was in progress. The majority of the local citizens in the area retreated to their homes in order to protect their property, while others left the area all together to avoid being swept up in the coming turmoil.  Overall, the performance taught me a lot about the civil rights movement here in Akron, Ohio and racial segregation and integration processes that the Akron People faced back then.  I am very happy that I had went to the performance.,_Ohio

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hari Jones

I went to hear Hari Jones' lecture.
Wow, what an amazing speaker and knowledgable man.
Here is a clip I found on YouTube, check him out!

Arrogance, Envy, Inequity

Preacher Moss last night - Very interesting. Excellent presentation (you would expect this from a stand-up comic) but the depth of message and the honesty, was not expected. There were the surface level take it or leave it standard jokes; there were the stories told in a lighthearted manner; there were the politically incorrect jokes; there were the reflections back to past events from his life; but the most interesting aspect of his show was his true understanding and presentation of the impact of race on his life as well as, all of our lives - regardless of color. He has thoughtfully crafted his words to have meaning and heart, you hear his honest reflection of racism and oppression. Wonderfully presented was his positive outlook on the future and his commitment to making all of us more understanding of one another and better individuals. You leave with a sense of peace and hopefulness for the future.

He has a bit on the elements of Racism and described their importance in understanding Racism. Arrogance, Envy, Inequity. He nailed these three things that in fact lead to Racism. I tend to disagree with him that all Racism is due to these three things. I think Racism can be caused by other reasons like Greed, Pride, etc, etc...but he had many valid points.

Just something to think about and please check out his links on youtube and elsewhere.
Here's a google search:

and some other links:

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Racial Integration Presentation

Racial Integration is creating equal opportunity regardless of race, and the development of a culture that draws on diverse traditions, rather than merely bringing a racial minority into the majority culture.  Integration is largely a social matter.  Here is a clip from the movie "Remember the Titans", that represents the football team racially integrating and breaking down the barriers.
posted by Kelly Green

video from class presentation

2010 campaign f2f

this was a very intresting topic on the way they showed illegal aliens and portrayed them in the 2010 campaign. They almost did not portray them as human beings. It was cool being able to here other peoples stories.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Here's another video I wanted to share with you all, as an example of a short film with no speaking or narrative.
It's interesting that a bit into the video, you start to follow along in your head with the film, and the words start to take on endless meanings as they run through your head. I find watching this video only once is really hard to do :)
hope you like it as much as i do!

Cultural Identity

My presentation was about cultural identity, which is the culture(s) anyone decides to identify with. People can have many cultural identities, and they can be chosen, given to them, and adopted or changed at any point in life.
Here's the video I showed during my presentation:


For my research paper I researched Multiculturalism. Which Multiculturalism is the appreciation, acceptance or promotion of multiple ethnic cultures, applied to the demographic make-up of a specific place, usually at the organizational level, e.g. schools, businesses, neighborhoods, cities or nations.
I used two videos for my presentation that represent this well...
                                         Multiculturalism in Education:
                                        Multiculturalism in Immigration and Politics: