Thursday, December 5, 2013


So my group is doing our project on Expository Composition, and we signed up to make a food. I know not a ton of people see my blog everyday, but whoever comes across this post can you please comment! I want to make a food that appeals to everyone in the class, but everyone has different tastes, so i dont mind making more than one dish. Can anyone and everyone please comment what they would like on our finals day, PLEASE

Literature Analysis: Time For Success

So i decided to read Dr. Preston's personal book, "Time For Success; Achieving your goals in 24 hours a day." Almost every day in Expository Composition Dr. Preston talks about time, and how to use your time wisely. He actually made our class create a journal for an entire week, of how we use our time including our relaxing time, and our time we spend for work/school, its actually in the book as well. The time variations are "Spending time" "passing time" "giving time" and "selling time" Anyways, during this time period, about a month in a half ago, I knew Dr. Preston had written a book about time, and about the topic we were learning about. So what better way to learn, then by going straight to the source, or in this case my teacher himself, and reading his personal, published thoughts on time investment and how to spend your time accurately. The first couple of pages really didnt interest me that much. I am a person who absolutely HATES READING. I mean with a huge burning passion. But i know i had to read this book, to understand more about what we were learning about in class, and i wanted to see my teacher in a more professional setting. As i kept reading on, i actually got interested in it. I feel like i spend my time pretty wisely. I dont really have a whole lot of leisure time to fool around with my friends, or sit on the couch like a zombie for hours on end. So coming into the first couple chapters, i already kind of had a bias opinion, sort of like, "im already doing everything right so this is more of a book i have to read instead of want to read" type of mentality. But as i continued reading i learned kind of a lot on how to use every minute of the day to get a task done, and to achieve my goals in a faster, more appealing way. There was a section in the book, "The Business of Time," that was probably my favorite section. Yes i am only 17 years old, but last year i created my own business, and my brother is in the process of creating his own as well. When i created my business last year, i went in with a partner. She was, as Dr. Preston would classify her, a "Seller of Time." She wanted to be in the business for the money. I enjoyed doing what i did, and she just wanted the profit. Yes she did help, very rarely, but she was more interested in her share of the profit, and when her next paycheck was coming in. My brother on the other hand is just starting a business with his two best friends. After reading this book, I left it on his bed, without telling him, and waited a couple days. He came to me days later, asking me all sorts of questions. "Where did you get this book?" "Isnt that your teacher?" "I dont have time right now to read it, but can i borrow it in a couple days?" Those reply's made me so happy. I wanted to share with Dr. Preston but i totally forgot about it! The point im trying to make here, is i really did enjoy this book! I am not a reader at all, so it took me a while to finish it. I kept my progress on a hush hush basis because i wanted to finish it all on my own, with no one hassling me or judging me because i wasnt going at the pace as everyone else.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Half of a Term Paper

Alyssa A. Barajas
Dr. David Preston
Expository Composition
November 12, 2013
The Visual Side
            Racism exists. It’ out there, day by day, year by year. History repeats, and not only does it repeat, it repeats even worse than before. Slowly but surely everything happens in cycles, and slowly but surely racism will repeat itself, whether we change our ways or not racism will come around again. It may not be as severe as it was back in the day, but in my opinion, it will get there. Maybe not in our generation, but eventually it will get so bad, the 1900’s will look as if it was just the beginning.
            I decided to write my term paper on not only racism, but stereotypes as well. Many of our racist comments, thoughts and actions come from the media. Whether it’s social media or the television, movies, or the internet, racism is everywhere. Early on, little kids emulate their parents; what they say, how they act, and how they treat others, whether it’s different races, genders or ages. We learn from a very young age, what type of race we like, what type we don’t like, and every feeling in between. It’s the sad truth, but it is the truth none the less. Now days, the media is involved in the everyday life of an American. Also happening in our culture, people, and kids mainly, mock the actions of actors and actresses. If a little child sees something on television that they like, you better believe they will mirror what they saw no matter how wrong or inappropriate it was. It is the same with racism. If someone on TV calls a black person a n****r, more ways than not, a child will develop those

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speech habits, and no justice is served there. With that being said, it is safe to say that the media is a huge contributor to racism and stereotypes.
            While beginning to research my information on this paper, I decided to turn on the movie The Blind Side, produced in 2009. This movie was a huge hit, won many awards, and what not. This movie though, is mostly well-known for the story line. No this paper will not be a “movie review” or a “critics must see opinion blah bah blah.” No. The Blind Side is the epitome of racism. I chose this movie as my main topic, because this movie shows every single example of racism, stereotypes, and White people versus Black people and so on. I don’t need to go into the story line of this movie to get my point across. Although some scenes from the movie help with my explanation of how media can influence our thoughts on racism and our actions in reducing our problem. The main characters are “Big Mike” and “Mrs. Tuhoy.” Big Mike is a homeless African American who is a junior in high school. He attends a very wealthy, high class high school, made up of mainly Caucasian descendants. Mrs. Tuhoy, a very wealthy mother of two that attend this school, takes Michael under her wing, and welcomes him into her home. Oh, did I forget to mention that this young man is over six feet tall, and as dark as night, who lives in what many people think of as “the projects?” Yeah, your thoughts just changed. How did I know that? Well of course they did. Its unconsciously embedded in our brains, that a white woman can’t open her home to an unknown black man, who she has no knowledge of what so ever. Even though, this man is an amazing human being, no one knows that, she didn’t know that when her actions overcame her thinking patterns. Our whole lives we have lived as hypocrites. Obviously no one wants to own up to it. Heck, I wouldn’t want to be known as one. But it’s true. We all preach,
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“Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and “we make our own decisions and we choose to learn our patterns we live.” Well that’s all bullshit. I will sit here and tell you, I am a hypocrite. I say things that I don’t abide by sometimes, and yeah I don’t take my own advise. I’m human, just like every single person reading this paper and I make mistakes like everyone else. Heck no will I walk down Main Street, at ten o’clock at night, and invite an unknown black man into my house. Yeah this movie inspires me to be a better person, but I will never do that. Why? Because I have been taught since I was a baby that the situation described is not a safe one. Obviously it’s not safe, but not the reasons many jump to. I could go around and take a survey, and about half of the people would not even care about what race the man was. Their main concern was the fact that I didn’t know the person at all. But the other half, the other half is the half I am focusing on. They would jump to conclusions and say, because he was black, or because he was whatever race is had previously mentioned. Those same ten people I can go up to at a different time, and ask them a very random question pertaining to outer and inner beauty. I guarantee that each one of the ten will respond with some cliché answer, relating to the “Don’t judge a book by its cover” thought. Like I said before, we are all hypocrites. The same type of response I gave in my example actually happened in a few scenes in this movie. As I pointed out before, this movie is placed in a very wealthy city, mainly populated by wealthier Caucasians.  Some of Mrs. Tuhoy’s girlfriends have the same response as those five hypocrites in my early example. They questioned Mrs. Tuhoy’s judgment, character, and her family’s protection. Not because this man was unknown, or because this young man was an underprivileged homeless, no, they didn’t even think twice about that. What they did think about was the fact that he was a very large black man. His
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ethnicity comes up quite often in this movie. The plot goes on, to actually prove most of the community wrong, in the sense that Mr. and Mrs. Tuhoy were very kind and generous to let this boy into their home, and into their family. He becomes a star athlete at the high school, and becomes very popular because he is an all around great kid. The movie begins to feel a bit cookie-cutter. Until one huge scene that comes back to the racism thinking. The Tuhoy household is accused of partaking in the brainwashing of their adopted child. The NCAA then accuses the Tuhoys of corrupting Michael into going to Ole Miss, which is their Alma Mater, instead of Tennessee their rival. This scene is huge in the movie, due to the fact that the Tuhoy household was “too good to be true.” How in “God’s name,” could a white family take in a black young teen, without getting anything in return? How is this even possible? Apparently that’s what the community was thinking, since that’s who tipped off the NCAA in the first place. The movie continues on with warm scenes and loving moments, but my topic is still in the game. This movie is a prime example of racism against the Caucasian families and the African American descendants. 
My examples can continue on further, but my point remains the same: racism exists everywhere. Whether we like to admit what we think we know or not, it’s out there. It’s the sad truth, but somebody has to exploit the issues to make it relevant in our society.

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I based my term paper of an original movie, The Blind Side by John Lee Hancock. I used all my original wording and thoughts. Since this paper is based off of a movie, and not off of the internet, I can not provide a works cited page.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

7 Times

This post really touched me in more ways than one. /the wording of her whole post, just was outstanding. Its so awesome to think that one of my colleagues, one of my school members, one of us can write this powerful. She addressed issues that have needed to be addressed for a while. Like why does the media hide the things they do? Why do they put only one picture in your mind, to make the police and law enforcement look more heroic?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Racial Profiling Lives On

Its so funny to me, how today during the journal, i talked about something very similar to one of the main points of this article. I wrote in my journal how people with any type of power or authority, sometimes misuse or take advantage of their power, making everyone around them, their victim. Just by reading the first few sentences, I could right away relate to the author, and even the victim of this case. "The ruling by Judge Scheindlin, of the Federal District Court in Manhattan, does nothing to disrupt the authority the Supreme Court has given police officers to target African-Americans and Latinos with little or no basis. Despite the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, the Supreme Court’s interpretation of that provision gives the police frighteningly wide discretion to follow, stop, question, frisk and employ excessive force against African-Americans and Latinos who have shown virtually no indication of wrongdoing." This statement from the article itself, is just mind blowing. Does Racism still happen in our worlds today? HELL YEAH IT DOES. Even the court systems are not only allowing racism and racial profiling, but also ENCOURAGING IT. It truly is not only sad but heartbreaking, that to me racial profiling and racism is no what near calmed down since the 1900's when, for whatever reason, it was at an "all-time high." That to me is a bunch of bull, there is still so much racism going on everywhere in the world, it sure as hell hasnt settled down.

Vocabulary #9

Ultimate: highest, not subsidiary
Interactive: acting one upon or with the other
Principle: a personal or specific basis of conduct or management
Guidance: advice or counseling, the act or function of guiding
Collaboration: a putting together of one or more elements to create a whole, or product
Formative: giving form or shape, pertaining to formation or development
Summative: additive, cumulative
Racism: a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
Intelligence: apacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity
Hyperbolic: exaggerated
Consentto permit, approve, or agree
Doctrine: a particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated, as of a religionor government 
Hunch: to thrust out or up in a hump
Predominanthaving ascendancy, power, authority, or influence over others
Discretion: the power or right to decide or act according to one's own judgment
Provision: a clause in a legal instrument
Seizure: the act or an instance of seizing.
Warrant: authorization, sanction, or justification.
Infraction: breach; violation; infringement