Happy Valentines Day To us 

Thank you for being everything you are and loving me always. This relationship teaches me so much about myself every day. To say it is perfect, would be a lie. We work at this every day and we respect one another. In turn, every morning I wake up hopelessly and tirelessly in love with you, Kenny.

  

  
  

Analysis of Jim Crow & Voter ID Laws

Prompt found here

The photos display the extremity and origin of segregation laws that took place starting in 1877 to 1960s. The Jim Crow laws were regulations put in place that suppressed people of color in many socioeconomic aspects of life from the bus station, waiting rooms, schools, and even voting booths. People of color were often subject to tests like the photo above on the right, a Literacy Test. While most people even at the college age couldn’t complete the test, neither could “suspected” illiterate people that were encouraged to voice their opinion at the polls.

The photo in the middle on the left is an example of how the Jim Crow laws were not only racial, but caste-like. The receipt of a poll tax is shown to display the level of inequality in terms of who would be able to afford to vote. These attempts to hinder the poor or minority vote was put in place by the white authority out of irrational fears. Prior to the Jim Crow laws, the fact that slaves were only worth 3/5ths vote says a lot about where these regulations derived from. How dehumanizing is that to not only limit those from voting, but to suggest that one person’s vote based on their skin color is worth more than another.

More recently, we have seen voter suppression since the 1990s, where entire black precincts were unanimously not accounted for during elections. In 2016, there is a common phenomenon about a provisional ballot, which can often be given to suspected voters, elderly, minority, and/or anyone that may be of reason to question their ballot. This has been an alarming effort to disenfranchise voters from certain backgrounds. There has also been efforts to eliminate DMVs in states such as Alabama and Georgia therefore, limiting access to registered state identification.

One may also argue, that as the Republican continue to hold leverage in the house, they will continue to keep this power if things are not changed at the grass roots level i.e. acknowledging the voting system needs to be readdressed, critiqued, and corrected through continued research and speculation. By accepting the new norm, this will only adhere to the picture at the top right where regulations such as Jim Crow laws are put into place and deemed admissible.

http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/what.htm/
http://americanhistory.si.edu/brown/history/1-segregated/jim-crow.html

Analysis of 2016 Presidential Election

The demographics of the 2016 election have represented several factors that have produced an unpredictable outcome. Major gaps in gender and education are the primary upsets that contributed to Trump’s won against Clinton. While more post-graduates voted for Clinton, an overwhelming amount of people without college degrees, voted for Trump. Many middle class constituents have justified voting for trump based on how they have been affected in the workforce. With a high number of white male voters casting their voice against the establishment, this has resulted in electoral college votes in more rural regions to count for more than the urban regions for example Wyoming in comparison to California or Nebraska vs. Maine. Only states that represented clear population unlike others can win by 1 vote for certain political parties in the electoral college. This causes ones vote in Wyoming to be 3X more important than California. This implication has fed the narrative of, “Real Americans live in rural states.” Their votes emphasizes the narrative of the real America with land owners having more stake. Rural states can win electoral college with 44% of the population.

The Electoral College was originally derived from southern states 3/5 compromised vote where states don’t get disenfranchised from the system with the majority of the labor force made up of slaves. With slaves making up a large part of their industry, this was a conservative way to consolidate the votes of the confederation of states. We see how evident this is with the majority vote belonging to Hillary Clinton and the densely populated cities, with a higher rate of college graduates, minorities, and many other factors that play into the results. On the contrary, there was a shocking number of black votes that Trump still gained with 88% and 8% in comparison to Obama’s win with 98% back in 2012. In addition to this, the amount of women that voted for Trump was much closer than I would have expected. There was still a huge gap in comparison to male voters for trump, although there was still a fair amount of woman who could have given their votes to Clinton had they not voted for third party candidates.

I would be curious to see the results of the election has Bernie won the democratic nominee because there was a large number of voters that were still undecided days prior to the election. Also, there was a substantial amount of voters that Pew Research indicated to have believed the economy is in a poor state when there have been many scholars and studies that have said it is improving and growing regardless of the trade deals that Trump blames the establishment for. The alt-right movement was a huge part in the growing phenomenon behind Trump. All in all, the outcome of the election was extremely disappointing. If we look at voting alternatives to the electoral college, we may see avenues in the popular vote, or redistributing powers and weight for the urban areas in comparison to the rural regions.

12.30.16

He wasn’t even in this world yesterday!!  
It’s crazy to think about the impermanence of this life we live in. In these bodies we grow in & in these hearts that we love with.

Our
souls
grow

through
and
through
and
in
each new year, we pray for better days.

I’m so happy to welcome in the new year with my little cousin Kurt Thomas Adams.

My heart aches

My heart aches for the thousands of children 3,000 miles away that are crossing MENA all alone this week. It’s easy to say that without suffering there would be no compassion when I’m sitting on my couch with a heater and clean water to drink out of my faucet. It’s easy to say that everything will be okay when I don’t have to worry about where I will sleep at night. I guess this is where faith comes in to say that while everything doesn’t look okay right now, it will be. Eventually. I pray for peace and comfort for those who have lost loved ones and to those who will lose even more. 

My heart stands tall with you and in light of everything happening in the world today, the sun is still shining. 

Dear donkeyman

Al Assad,

A leader with out people to lead

A country with out citizens 

A war that has driven Syria to the ground

Families fleeing with pictures in their pockets

Where have your people gone? 

You rule with power that is driven by hell

Are you scared Al Assad? What happens next? 

Russia takes over and you’ll regret it then

Vindictive political ploy with hate all around

You’re a leader so lead your country back to health

Change your ways. Do something, do anything.

Please, for God’s sake.

قصيدة

   

  

  

  

This quote gives me hope for something much bigger than myself. 

Creation is much bigger than me.

  This piece reminds me that I don’t get to  criticize or take privileges away from those who might benefit, when I have the luxury of a choice

 

Students for Refugees

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MISSION: 

This registerd student organization will utilize the resources we have available on campus at the University of Arkansas to partner with local NGOs in Northwest Arkansas. Our primary focus will be working to help students use their disciplines and/or degrees to aide in the refugee resettlement process through service learning. Additionally, students will gain cultural experience and help raise awareness about refugee crisis around the world. 

While there are roughly 60 million people that are displaced around the world, there are 19 million that are reported refugees. Of that 19 million, about 100,000 have been completely been resettled to be self sufficient. There is a lot of work to be done and we need your help! If this is something that you hold close to your heart, let your voice be heard. Call, email, or write a letter to your congressional leaders and express your support for refugee resettlement. 

I’ve listed below several things that you can do right NOW:


Call & Mobilize 5 people in your classes/work/family to call their congressional leader in support for refugee resettlement

“I am a student at the University of Arkansas and I am calling to express my support of refugee resettlement in Northwest Arkansas. I support Canopy NWA and the work they are doing in our community” – Caller 


Tweet one of our leaders to express your support for refugee resettlement

@johnboozman Please support refugee resettlement in NWA”


Send a handwritten letter to congress to express your support for Refugee Resettlement


Donate to Canopy NWA, a grassroots non-profit that we are partnering with in order to resettle and advocate for refugees in Northwest Arkansas HERE


EMAIL CONGRESSMAN WOMACK’S OFFICE AND EXPRESS YOUR SUPPORT FOR REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT AND CANOPY NWA HERE.

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