Apr 23rd, 2013
make me change my stncae on things, or did anything make a difference to me. Overall, the class has had an effect on how I view matters of race relations and of people in general. I would not say that they caused me to change my opinion because my opinion more or less was reassured by most of the things that he has said. I naturally exist in between on most issues. Not to say that I am undecided or that I do not have an opinion, I just believe that I have the ability to argue both sides because the strengths and weaknesses of both arguments are easily apparent to me. In other words, I try to understand where people are coming from, motivations, etc. that may affect decisions that they make. This is what I have come to realize to be the best way to look at things and this class and all of Sam s ranting about various topics just helped me see that this is the best way to approach situations, especially those issues involving race relations. So, to answer the first question, I would have to say no. There was nothing that made me change my view on things. This could be the direct correlation to my African American identity and minority status. I was forced to see things the way that I do at a young age. I didn t have the rose-colored glasses or even a silver spoon that the majority tends to enjoy. I have learned that I can never say that I know how it is to be white, or that I can identify with the issues that they may face because I was never white and I can never be white.There were several things that made a difference to me and had me thinking and reevaluating things in my life. I m not going to sit here and say that I will change how I live each day dramatically, but I know for sure that I ll think about things more. For example, I love chocolate. Today in class he showed the video depicting slaves on the Ivory Coast forced to harvest cocoa. It was astonishing to me to learn that there is some slave labor during the production of the chocolate I have grown to love. One of the slaves were interviewed and asked what he would say to someone like me and he said that he would not say nice things and that he suffered for me to eat a piece of candy. He would tell me that I was eating his flesh. That is very disturbing. I know that it would be very difficult to give it up, but should I? Is it my fault for liking and supporting a snack that I like? So yeah, I ll face internal dilemmas every time I eat chocolate, but I doubt that I would discontinue eating it. This may be morally wrong, but one person won t stop the slave production, but this huge decision could alter my life. It may not be a big deal to others, but chocolate has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. In essence, it may have not altered my behavior, but my overall opinion has been altered. Isn t that what he set out to do? In my opinion, Sam has succeeded. I ll think about the flesh of the slave every time I eat my Reese s.