Friday, December 10, 2010

Some things should not be forgotten.

"And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend, legend became myth ..."
(Galadriel, LOTR)

(Warning: the images contained in the first link could be considered too graphic; I know that my dad was unable to access it at work.)

This semester our history-the United States history-has been made painfully real. Things that should never have been forgotten are now not spoken of; a past that contained bloody secrets has been remembered as an era of glory.

This is a website dedicated to remembering the lynchings that took place in the United States for 100 years, starting with the end of the Civil War. Almost every state could boast a lynching, or, as it was also referred to, a "black barbecue". People made postcards of the pictures taken of the hanged black people, many of whom had been tortured with the aim of producing exquisite pain. It was a point of pride to have attended a lynching.

This is a video of Billie Holiday singing a poem that had been written about the black lynchings, called "Strange Fruit". This is the actual poem.

The United States was never made to fully face what it had done to the black race. While I do not believe that we should be held responsible for the actions of previous generations, neither do I think that the atrocities committed should be swept under the rug and put out of sight. As George Santayana said, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."








***If you have any reaction to the information presented, please feel free to leave a comment. When I mentioned to my professor of Civil War history that I was thinking of doing this post he expressed interest in knowing the reactions I got. I am aware that the American Civil War is still an issue that can provoke extreme emotion, so I would request that all responses be civil.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

My turn. I'M DOOOOOONNNNNEEEEE.

Four 8-10 page research papers. One 5-minute presentation. One film review. An empty printer ink cartridge. Half a tree's worth of paper used in printing all materials for my research papers (I'm kidding, at least I hope. I'm not purposefully wasteful).

That was my finals week. And I'm done. done done done done done.


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Ok. I'm bored now.

SO VERY VERY DONE.

I'm finally done with school this semester. I might actually take time to visit with guildies tonight. That is so awesome.

So I'm writing my "I'm done post". Wulfa has about an hour or two more before she turns in her final paper and writes *HER* "I'm done post".

School had its ups and downs this semester. We averaged about 3.5 posts a week. I don't think we had any major posts of earth rattling importance. We dealt with black widows, election thoughts, and a lot of time management. We played WoW more than we thought we would and less than we had in previous semesters. We didn't have any complete and total emotional breakdowns(we did get very very close several times though).

ROTC provided a great deal of financial security and a HUGE amount of stress and frustration.

Orclette started gymnastics and that has turned into a great huge amazing success. Oh and she's effectively potty trained at this point. Also a happy new thing.

Mini-orc hasn't really started talking yet but looks more and more like a little person and less like a baby.

Wulfa survived. We both adapted a lot and gained tons of skill points in the time management area. Turns out you CAN do this kind of stuff and not go psychotic. It's just uncomfortable and hard. Much like anything else worth doing in life.

Oh and I got decent grades while keeping my PT up which I wasn't sure of my ability to do so.

All in all it was a good foundation semester and we hope to use the lessons learned to set ourselves up for a growing semester next semester. A few days of break then we start our christmas break schedule and all the things we're going to do before next semester.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Glowing New Year.