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My name is Erica and I am a friendly gal that enjoys nature, family time, friend time, but most of all laughing time!! :)
This blog mostly documents my learning experience from senior year! :)
I originally started this blog for my AP English Literature and Composition class but have made it my own! You will most likely see post about my interest, opinions, and English course! Senior year is over so my post will be on my interest and opinion only.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go.
Soccer is my favorite sport, and has been ever since I was a young child. I remember taking on the nickname of Ronaldinha (a girl version of one of the world's best soccer players Ronaldinho) because I was really "good" in elementary school. Though I never played on a team I can say that I grew up with soccer and have a genuine love for it. I have always enjoyed the beautiful game and most recently have become a little obsessed with it and its all-star players. I mean hasn't every one? It is the World Cup 2014 for crying out loud!! I have been keeping up with many matches. Sacrificing sleep and waking up at 9A.M (during summer that is early) to watch my favorite teams and players show their skills on the pitch...
Though I am a fan
I am also a human being
I like to think of myself as a kind human being
as an aware and caring human being
aa a human being that sheds light on actions and events that are inhumane...
We have all been blinded by the beautiful game!
So cheers to Brazil's world cup that has stains of red and of innocent blood on their hands.
*I have read a couple of articles that I think are worth sharing. Knock yourself out.
Freelance Danish journalist, Mikkel Keldorf has attracted a lot of media attention in both the Danish and Brazilian press this week after writing on his blog that the Brazilian authorities have launched a ‘cleaning’ operation to ready the capital for the World Cup. According to Politiken, Keldorf claims that this ‘cleaning’ includes, among other things, forced relocation and military operations in residential areas which kill street children thus ‘cleaning’ the city.
Keldorf has been living and working in Rio de Janeiro for six months now in preparation for the World Cup which is just over two months away. But he has now decided to leave and boycott the finals in protest of these alleged ‘cleaning’ operations.
He wrote on his blog and on Facebook, “Min VM-billet har blodstænk fra gadebørn” which translates roughly as “my World Cup ticket is covered in the blood of street children.”
Amnesty International confirmed that death squads in Brazil have been known to target street children and others. But according to DR Nyheder, the organisation has not documented an increase in the lead-up to the World Cup so cannot recommend a boycott. TO READ MORE ON THIS ARTICLE CLICK THE LINK ABOVE.
... Jensen, a freelance journalist, dreamt of covering the FIFA World Cup, "the best sport in the world", in Brazil, "a wonderful country". But the dream has become a nightmare since the Dane decided to travel to the South American country months in advance.
Mikkel was in Fortaleza, which he described as "the most violent city" of all those hosting World Cup matches, and he was struck by what he saw. Indeed, horrified by what he saw. So much so that he's decided to abandon his dream of covering the World Cup as a journalist.
And he explains his reasons in a horrifying report published on his Facebook profile:
"For two and a half years I've dreamt of covering the World Cup in Brazil. The best sport in the world in a wonderful country. I came up with a plan, I went to Brazil to study, I learned Portuguese and I was ready to head back. And in September 2013 I went back. The dream was about to become a reality. But now, two months before the World Cup party, I've decided that I can't stick it out any longer. The dream has become a nightmare." Y explica las razones en un espeluznante relato publicado en su perfil de Facebook:
I spent five months documenting the repercussions of hosting the World Cup in Brazil. There are so many: refurbishment, armed forces and military police in local communities, corruption, social projects being abandoned... I found that all of the projects and changes you see in Brazil are because of people like me - a foreigner, and an international journalist. I'm being exploited to make a good impression. ... In Fortaleza I met Allison, a 13 year old boy who lives on the city streets. A kid with a really tough life. He had nothing but a packet of peanuts. When we met, he gave me everything he had - the peanuts. This kid, who doesn't have a thing, offered the only thing of value he had to a foreigner carrying cameras worth $10,000 and a MasterCard in his wallet. Incredible.
But his life is in danger because of people like me. He runs risk of becoming the next victim of the cleansing being carried out in the city of Fortaleza.
I can't cover this event after finding out that the cost of the World Cup is the highest ever, not only in financial terms, but also I'm convinced that the cost of hosting the World Cup also includes the lives of children. TO READ MORE ON THIS ARTICLE CLICK THE LINK ABOVE.
Jensen, periodista freelance, soñaba con cubrir el Mundial de fútbol,"el mejor deporte del mundo", en Brasil, "un país maravilloso". Pero el sueño ha mutado en pesadilla después de que el danés decidiese viajar con unos meses de antelación al país suramericano.
Mikkel estuvo en Fortaleza, para él "la ciudad más violenta" de todas las que serán sedes del torneo, y regresó impresionado. Horrorizado, más bien. Tanto que ha decidido renunciar a ese sueño de acudir como periodista al Mundial.
"Desde hace casi dos años y medio llevo soñando con cubrir el Mundial de Brasil. El mejor deporte del mundo en un país maravilloso. Hice un plan,me fui a estudiar a Brasil, aprendí portugués y estaba preparado para volver.
Y en septiembre de 2013 volví. El sueño se iba a cumplir. Pero hoy, dos meses antes de la fiesta de la Copa del Mundo, he decidido que no voy a seguir aquí. El sueño se ha convertido en una pesadilla.
A menudo, los matan por la noche, cuando están durmiendo en una zona donde hay muchos turistas.¿Por qué? ¿Para dejar limpia la ciudad para los extranjero y la prensa internacional? O sea, ¿por mi culpa?
En Fortaleza conocí a Allison, 13 años, que vive en las calles de la ciudad. Un chaval con una vida muy dura. Él no tenía nada, sólo un paquete de cacahuetes.Cuando nos conocimos él me dio todo lo que tenía, los cacahuetes. Este niño, que no tiene nada, ofreció la única cosa de valor que tenía a un extranjero que llevaba cámaras por valor de 10.000 dólares y una tarjeta Master Card en el bolsillo. Increíble.
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1. a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race 2. racial prejudice or discrimination These past few days I have enjoyed watching professional soccer players show their skills on the pitch. I have enjoyed the screaming and cheering for my team and have not so much enjoyed the losses but it has been fun nonetheless. What I have not enjoyed during the World Cup is the racism that has been incorporated, by both of those whom have said or done racial acts, and by those who have stayed silent about the issue. Here are some articles to check out: 1. Racism on World Cup casts shadow over soccer's big event: CBS Evening News: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/world-cup-2014-racism-casts-shadow-over-soccers-big-event/
The World Cup began with a multicultural celebration. But it didn't take long for the ugly side to appear in what fans call "the beautiful game." Two Argentine fans were arrested for taunting a black player as a "little monkey." Mexican fans allegedly screamed gay slurs at opposing goalkeepers.
"It's shocking how much racism exists -- public racism -- especially in European soccer," says sports journalist Grant Wahl.
Wahl points to past incidents that include Nazi banners in the stands and bananas thrown at black players on the field. American Jozy Altidore was the target of insults in Holland.
Before teams representing their countries from around the world arrived in Brazil, the country’s president, Dilma Rousseff, took the opportunity to label 2014 the “anti-racism World Cup.”
The declaration came after a wave of racist incidents in soccer around the world targeting Black players, many of whom are Brazilian. While it’s a well-intentioned gesture and a particularly important one for a World Cup being hosted in the country that’s home to the largest population of people of African descent outside of Africa, Brazil has a complex past and present when it comes to race.
That complexity can perhaps best be illustrated by the fact that many Black Brazilians don’t think of themselves as Black. Brazilian soccer star Neymar is a great example. Asked during an interview in 2010 if he had ever experienced racism, his response was, “Never.” He added, “Not inside nor outside of the soccer field. Even more because I’m not Black, right?”
This denial of Blackness may seem confusing to many Americans, because despite his long, straightened and occasionally blond hair, Neymar is clearly Black. But for Brazilians, being Black is very different from what it is in the United States.
The goal of this immigration effort was depicted in an 1895 painting by Brazilian artist Modesto Brocos known as “The Redemption of Ham,” which features a Black grandmother, mixed-race mother, White father and White baby. The grandmother stands to the left with her hands raised in prayer, praising God that her grandson is White. This, says Brazilian entrepreneur and activist Carlos Alberto David, is the “final point” of racism in Brazil.
To read more on this article click the link above.
3. Why We Should Care About “We Are All Monkeys,” Even If It Was A PR Campaign
The campaign sprung up last weekend after a banana was thrown onto the Villarreal pitch at Barcelona’s Dani Alves. Alves picked up the banana and ate it. Almost immediately soccer players and personalities around the world took to social media, showing pictures of them eating a banana and using the hashtag #weareallmonkeys (or #somostodosmacacos in Spanish). This movement was to show that organized soccer deplored this racist act and people from around the world stood with Alves.
However, there is now a report in the Spanish paper AS that the spontaneity of the act may not have been spontaneous. The paper reports that Alves and teammate Neymar had asked a marketing firm to draw up an anti-racism campaign in March, after they suffered abuse from fans at Espanyol. The two players decided that next time a banana was thrown at them, the targeted player would eat the banana and the campaign would be launched. The assumption was that it was Neymar who would have taken action, but obviously Alves worked as well.
To read more on this article click the link above.
French footballer Thierry Henry was just 17 when he made his professional debut in 1994, and four years later, he helped to bring the French national team the international championship during the 1998 FIFA World Cup. In 2004, Henry experienced the most potent incident of racism in his career: During a training session with the Spanish national team, the Spanish national coach Luis Aragonés was recorded by a Spanish TV crew referring to Henry as a "black piece of s***" to José Antonio Reyes, Henry's Arsenal teammate. The event rocked him, but unfortunately it failed to be the most hateful language or experience that he had or would endure in his career. The athlete would be showered with spit and mucus, serenaded with monkey chants and pelted with bananas on a regular basis by opposing fans. ...
The reluctant tolerance of racism has given way to a spout of homophobia: Mexico's fans harmonized a chant, singing "puto"during two recent matches when Mexico was pitted against Cameroon and Brazil.
HBO's "Real Sports," hosted by Bryant Gumbel, aired an episode in April, entitled "Soccer Racism." The episode reported on the frequent and disgusting displays of racism in European football, which have gone to show the "ugly side of a beautiful game." Several black soccer players spoke about abuse as well as the resulting pain, anger and humiliation felt because of xenophobic game-goers, who hang effigies and bolster hateful speech.
To read more on this article click the link above.
RIO DE JANEIRO — FIFA’s plea to eliminate racism at this year’s World Cup continues to fall on deaf ears.
Despite a vehement campaign from the organization and pleas and public service announcements from teams and players, it has been one of the overriding themes of the 2014 World Cup.
The anti-discrimination Fare network, which made reports to FIFA about the matter on Thursday, noted that there were several neo-Nazi signs at matches involving Russia and Croatia.
And on Saturday, it took center stage again when a Nazi sympathizer rushed the field during the Ghana-Germany game. No security attempted to stop him as he took his shirt off to reveal a pro-Nazi message. He had to be ushered off the field by Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari.
To read more on this article click the link above. Video and pictures included.
Throughout the past weeks there has been countless news reports focused on the thousands of children who have fled their home countries alone to come to a better place. This better place being the United States, of course. Border Patrol is so overwhelmed by the amount of children crossing (most of which are Central American). They are unable to get the children proper documentation and are focusing on treating them and keeping them safe. These children have left their families in search of a better life, some have even been abandoned and have no other choice but to fend for themselves and make executive decisions alone. It is a very heart wrenching experience what these children are going through, but this just goes to show that they are willing to fight for their lives. They are fighting to survive...
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Kids crossing the border fill U.S. detention centers:
Brownsville, Texas – — Children’s faces pressed against glass. Hundreds of young boys and girls covered with aluminum foil-like blankets next to chain-link fences. The pungent odor that comes with keeping dirty travelers in close quarters.
These were the sights from a Wednesday tour of a crowded Border Patrol station in South Texas where thousands of immigrants are being held before they are transferred to other shelters around the country.
It was the first time the media was given access to the facility since President Barack Obama called the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally this budget year an “urgent humanitarian situation.”
Border Patrol stations like the one in Brownsville were not meant for long-term custody. Immigrants are supposed to wait there until they are processed and taken to detention centers. But the surge in children arriving without their parents has overwhelmed the U.S. government ... More on this article? Click the link above. Video also included.
Arpaio: ‘Border Patrol Is Too Busy Changing Diapers’ To Go After Illegal Immigrants
“The Border Patrol is too busy changing diapers and not going after dope peddlers and illegal immigrants,” Arpaio told Fox News Monday night.
More than 47,000 mostly Central American unaccompanied children have been caught illegally crossing the Mexican border into Texas since October. That’s left border agents in Texas overwhelmed and unable to process so many children. Within the last week, more than 1,000 of them have been transferred to a warehouse in Nogales, Ariz., where they are being processed before being sent to shelters in various states and then reunited with family members.
“I think the president knew this was going to happen, so it’s going to help him on his executive orders if Congress doesn’t take this mission up,” Arpaio told Fox News. “It might backfire because of the inhumane situations.”
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske said that the children are being treated humanely and that there is no free pass for young children or anyone else caught trying to cross the border.
“I have been watching them (Border Patrol agents) do absolutely heroic efforts,” Kerlikowske said. “Not only rescuing children but taking care of them, way beyond some of the skill sets. They are doing everything from making formula to brining in their own children’s clothing to taking care of these kids in a multitude of ways.” More on this article? Click the link above.
The children — all younger than 18 — sit in fenced off areas or lie on mattresses placed on up against the other with a look of intense boredom on their faces. They are divided in holding areas by age and gender.
Border Patrol isn't the only government agency on site. The Federal Emergency Management Agency now is running the entire operation.
At 11 a.m. MST Wednesday, they briefly opened the center up to the media. The facility itself is enormous, about the size of a football field. It has 18-foot-high chain-link fences topped with razor wire dividing the children by age and gender, one area for kids 12 and younger, areas each for boys and girls ages 13 to 15, and still more for boys and girls ages 16 and 17. Nylon tarps tied to the fences provide a modicum of privacy between the groups.
But as sad as it is, the children are clothed and fed. They are clean. and the federal Public Health Service is on site conducting medical examinations and giving vaccinations.
Pallets of water, cans of beans, bedding and clothing are available. Officials are doing their best to accommodate dietary needs; Central Americans don't eat flour, so they substituted corn tortillas.
Once every other day, the children here get to go outside for recreation in the hot summer Arizona sun where highs are expected to be 90 degrees Wednesday but 101 degrees by Saturday. A basketball hoop is available, but most just sit and talk.
After recreation, they go to the showers in the large trailers backed up by FEMA to the doors of the facility.
Then they sit, passing the hours until it's their turn to leave.
... More on this article? Click the link above. Pictures and chart by the Department of Health and Human services of Refugee Resettlement.