As this semester and this class comes to close, my final thoughts moving forward have a lot to do with the discussions we’ve had and the things we’ve read and viewed. Combatting ignorance and creating a world where people are more equal is a difficult task, but figuring out small ways of making big changes is huge. Looking at Egypt, the Occupy Movement, our own institution—it is clear to see that the power of people is stronger than the people in power, as long as we unify together. It’s also important to emphasize that big changes can come from small, but brave, actions. We’ve seen this through the advocacy videos, as well as through readings regarding youth education, and how changing the way we think about students and learning and help to change a system.

Something I want to leave with everyone is this story you all might have already seen—it’s about a woman who chose to read at a Donald Trump rally over listening to him (after she had given an ample amount of her time to try and listen and understand). This article is entitled, “Woman Reading A Book At A Trump Rally Should Inspire A Movement.” Again, we can make changes, small steps at a time, that can inspire others. That, I think, is something important to take away from all we’ve learned in this class. Thanks Gina!

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3 responses »

  1. jivikar says:

    Just wanted to mention that Claudia Rankine is a professor at Pomona, and you might consider taking a poetry class with her sometime! I don’t know her personally, but I’ve heard she’s awesome and I know she is teaching a class next semester. Small world huh?

  2. gabrielledas says:

    There is totally power in the people but I think one person can also make a world of a difference. That’s the awesome thing about media making in the contemporary world — you can be one person and start a revolution.

  3. doriebailey says:

    This was such a great story! I hadn’t heard anything about it previously, but the points touched upon about this form of protest being a new way to go about it was really interesting. The act of reading a book itself (vs. using a smartphone) is so deliberate and powerful, and the content of the book (I can’t believe it’s a Pomona professor! That’s so neat!) only makes her actions that much stronger.

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