Posts by Gabe Forth:
Sexism, a form of discrimination or devaluation because of a persons sex. This comes from beliefs, traditions, society, and media. Sexism is most often associated with discrimination against woman but it can include many other issues. Sexism can be anything from society beating down male nurses to the degrading images that are given to women in music videos. Although the world is starting to evolve and we’re starting to see less and less housewives; women struggle with inferior wages to men and are often still seen as the ones who are just there to take care of the children. Sexism is not an issue that is seen largely like racism, however it’s a problem that is very much present and it’s unfortunate how often it’s ignored.
My experience at the Mosque was very nice. I originally went as a way to expand my horizons about different religions. I sat in and observed their prayer and worship. The word given was very insightful and actually very similar to things i have heard in the church. It kind of showed me that although religions praise different Gods the ideas and values they teach the people are very similar. The people there were probably the nicest people I’ve ever met and they invited me to come back the next day for basketball and a very nice Arabic dinner. The food was amazing and I had so much fun. I return almost every Saturday and I like to try to take new people because I think the experience can really help some people. Truth be told the Arabic culture is not always so respected in this country and I believe this experience can change the negative opinions people have and help them realize that they are good people and human beings like all of us and they deserve respect.
My experience going to the wall with my best friend Antonio and the amazing Stacey and Freda was life changing to say the least. On our visit we saw the beautiful mural. It was amazing to see the beautiful artwork and all the hard work they put into it. However when I was told of the walls original intentions the first thing I felt was anger. A developer wanted to build more homes but the U.S. government, the government that says “all men are created equal” would not back mortgages because too many blacks lived in the area. I think somethings wrong with this picture. Then the developer made a proposition to put up a wall that would divide the blacks from the whites and that same government approved it. This really upset me. If everyone was equal then why were they dividing the blacks from the whites. It’s not right, everyone should live together cause we are all people and that’s all that matters. My first thoughts were that the wall should of been knocked down because it just brought anger to me, but then I realized it’s an important part of history and it’s something that we can learn from and hopefully something that won’t happen again because all men are created equal.