The class discussion that took place on November 10, 2016 conveyed emotions that are very hard to describe in a few short words. Our professor opened up the class by asking us ( the students) how we felt after finding out who our next president would be. Although the responses varied, we all seemed to share the same type of fear for what is to come. Our professor Rod along with Jeremy shared their viewpoints and explained why this catastrophic event shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, as history always seems to repeat itself. They explained to us that in the U.S. we have had many points in time which are now considered as progress towards social justice, but after every step forward that we take it seems that there are always those who want to take two steps back. It seems as if we are currently at that stage in which some people are willing to take those two steps back. Although I do fear some of the negative things that might happen, I am hopeful that these "two steps back" will create some of our most insightful, creative, and open-minded leaders of tomorrow that will take us forward instead of back.
As much as people would like to protest because of the new elected president, one should take in consideration of the properties of other people that may suffer. In class, we discussed how people panicked and I completely understand why. Trump influences minds to think differently of people other than the white race. People have the right to be upset and protest, but not in a way where innocent people and their properties have to be destroyed in the process. Think for a second and breath. Our so called president may burn this country to the ground, but like a phoenix, we will rise from the ashes and be stronger than how we were before. People in their right minds will not stoop down to trump's level. Fighting for what is right can be done in peace, and fighting for what is right will always be worth it. Rise above the "ashes."
Written by: Ezekiel Saldajeno
On November 10, 2016 our class was centered on creating an open space for us as students and staff to release our thoughts and feelings after the election. We began class initially by each of us finishing the statement of "After the election I feel..." Feelings were presented as well as beliefs and thoughts on what had just happened to our nation. Ideas were bounced off one another and tears were shed. The activity that proceeded was writing a letter to anyone other than ourselves. We were told to write a letter to talk about the election and to really just tell the person we were writing to how we felt and/or what was on our minds. That letter was then taken and molded into a poem that summarized all the most important parts of the letter. We were asked to title it, then read it to the class. The reading that followed was one of the most emotional moments, it seems, we had ever had in this class. This activity was meant to help in the healing process. I would like to end this blog post by saying that we will be okay. We are okay. We will continue to fight for what we believe in. We will not be silenced. Remember to spread love & positivity now more than ever. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that; hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." If you can take anything from this post, please let it be that we can have civil conversations with each other no matter our political views, we can spread love, we can make our community better, we can unite.
P.S. This is also a friendly reminder that a lot of us have been raised in the bay area, one of the most liberal areas in the United States. We have been sheltered from a lot of the other parts of this country and we need to understand each other before we can generalize a group of people.
Almost the whole class had negative things to say about the election ranging from areas of absolute hate to thinking the people are retarded for letting this happen to even being full of fear and sadness. I, however, still put my faith in God who still is in control throughout everything. Everyone had a chance to share their opinions and their feelings about this election for basically the whole class on Thursday. We just generally talked about it from the start of class, then wrote a letter, and finally wrote an artistic piece all wrapping around the decision of the election.
By Joshua Laurente
My thoughts and Feelings.
This week I am out of town on a family reunion, but I've been in touch with Eze, David, & Bernee. I was told that the class talked about the election. My family reunion is in Nevada and when the election was going on the residents of Nevada were rooting for Trump. I was told their voting for him due to gun rights.
When Trump was elected president I was so shocked and a bit upset because I'm so scared that racism will be going around the United States. To the fact he is on trial for rape as well is a bit overwhelming to the fact that its like since he's going to be a president is rape going to be in fashion. Its scary the fear that immigrants have thinking they can be deported anytime and leave anytime. We also have to fight for civil rights so everyone can have equal rights. No more degrading women, but then Donald Trump creates a example for men and makes them think this is okay. I don't want to be treated any less than a human. So much is going on.......
Its a shock to be in a republican state.
Everything is so different here, certain bars were giving out free drinks due to Trump winning.
I'm even scared to speak my opinion over here because I'm scared I might get hurt. I am keeping all my thoughts in my head and to other family members. Its hard to see that America is going to change rapidly.
I've been keeping up with twitter, Facebook and see that San Francisco, Oakland, and majority of the Democratic states are violently protesting because Trump is president. High schools and colleges walking out of class.
I want too see peace in this country.
Written by: Anriella Dobashi
Written by: Ezekiel Saldajeno
In class, based on a my peer's presentation, I learned a bit more about "Utang na Loob," one of the most important core values. To have Utang na Loob is to have some sort of empathy. You do great service to another person who is in need, without being asked for help. The best part of having Utang na Loob is that after the good deed is done, you do not necessarily want the favor done to be repaid, or mirrored. An individual with Utang na Loob helps or supports people from the goodness out of their own heart. It may just be the core value that can help heal this planet. Utang na Loob may just be what the Earth needs in order to create and share more love (happiness is better when shared).
Colonial mentality is a condition of internalized colonialism. Filipino and Filipino Americans lack a sense of cultural pride due to colonial mentality. According to the lesson that was taught from Tuesday, there are four phases in classic colonialism.
Phase 1: An outside group invades another area of land with the goal of obtaining it's resources.
Phase 2: The outside group forces its culture and ideas on the people being invaded.
Phase 3: Making the invaded group be dominated and oppressed is important.
Phase 4: Have the society be built upon the foundation of making the outside force having the benefits.
By Joshua Laurente
Group Jollibee on the slide about Colonial Mentality.
As part of the class lecture we learned about soul wounds which is basically mental or emotional pain brought on by unnecessary discrimination. A soul wound can be passed on from generation to generation. If the wound is not resolved then it can accumulate and cause a great deal of depression.
Crab Mentality is a act of jealousy. A Filipino/A have lost their sense of utang na loob. Crab mentality is when there is no sense of Kapwa. They lose their sense of belonging in their culture, which can lead in colonial mentality. This creates a whole gap in the Filipino culture because it pulls a person apart from their heritage.
Written by: Anriella Dobashi
Brown Sin, White Minds By: E.J.R. David.
LECHE CLAN:Bernee, Kyle, Gene, Adjoin
Class playing Telephone because its a sense of Kapwa.
October 13, 2016.
On this day in class, we had a lesson taught by the Barangay known as Leche Clan. This specific lesson was centered on the loss of core values in Filipinos and Filipino Americans one of which is known as Kapwa which is essentially one of the biggest concepts in Filipino Psychology.
As cultural energizers the class played a game of telephone and, as the lesson came to a close, created skits based on the core values that were expressed in the presentation that was taught.