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The staff of the Cougar News Blog is participating in this year’s Blog Action Day. Each year, bloggers from around the world post about issues like the environment, poverty, and climate change. This year’s issue is inequality. Following a class discussion about ways people receive unequal treatment, students chose a topic to write about from their own personal knowledge and experience. Students were given almost no direction for this assignment, so what you read is entirely the ideas from the minds of 13- or 14-year-old eighth graders. For more information, visit blogactionday.org.

Racial Inequality

By Abriann Rios Pineda

     Racism has been around for a really long time. Even after the Jim Crow Law was passed. Jim Crow Laws are racial segregation laws made in 1876. That only stopped African-Americans from having to be separated from white people, and hate crimes from being committed. People mostly think of white people and African-Americans when they hear the word racism or racist, or when they are having a conversation about it. It also involves Chinese and Japanese in other parts, all over the world.
     Racism still is around. I think it exist more at schools. Students in class get made fun of because of what color they are or what their race is. It also happens on the bus and at after school events. Aside from it happening at school between students, it happens at restaurants where the waiters and waitresses don’t want to serve a person because of their race. It also happens at libraries, stores, and attraction sites.
     Some people say “not to be racist or anything, but…” and then they will say something to that person that makes him/her feel uncomfortable. Maybe that person feels like they were being racist to him/her. The situation could be as simple as that, or another example that’s even more simple is a family is being stared at with an unpleasant look from a family that is a different race dressed more different and look different.
     I’ve been in this situation before and I’ve seen others in this situation. I feel that for someone to act like that with another human being is very hateful because they are a person too. It makes me think what if you were that person being made fun of or looked at in a way you don’t want to be looked at. I would feel really uncomfortable, and that’s why I don’t like racism or could ever act like that.

Age, Race, and Gender

By Aysaiah A.

     Everybody is the same whether you are a different race, gender, age. It does not matter because we are all human beings, but most people around the world don’t notice that. Some people don’t know that we are all the same as them.
     Racism is one of the most biggest factors of inequality. People around the world still are against another race. From the 1700’s to the 1960’s people were racist against African Americans. They thought that they were aliens, that they were not human but they are. Racism is not illegal but it should be.
     Age is not really a big factor in inequality, but it still counts. An older person (per say an employee) could be treating a younger employee less favorably because of his age. This happens all the time. Young people treat older people less favorably because of their age. Young people (per say a teenager) can act like a complete jerk to older people. They could say “Oh, they are too old to even hear what we are saying” or things even worse.
     Gender is another factor of inequality. People of different genders are being discriminated against also. An example would be a man wanted to buy a car for $30,000. Then a woman wants to buy one but the car dealer raises the price just because she is a girl. Women are mostly being discriminated against in Iran. Women are not allowed to show skin or else they with get beaten by their boyfriend or husband. Women are humans too. This should not happen but it does.

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By Cori Gibson
Cougar News Blog

CCJH journalism teacher Jason Davis had his students take part in Blog Action Day on Oct. 16 where this year’s theme was human rights. Each year, bloggers around the world participate by making a post about a chosen issue.
Students in Davis’ class took part in the activity because he wanted them to realize that not everyone has the rights and freedoms they deserve. Eighth grader Holly Stillman thought of the idea that got everyone thinking about the world they live in.
Davis said, “I gave very few directions on the assignment because I wanted to see what the students would come up with on their own and I was very impressed with the responses.”
This year, there were over 2,200 blogs in over 130 countries participating. This is however, the first time that Davis’s class has taken part in this activity and it was enjoyed by many of the students.
Stillman said, “I believe that students will now have a better grasp on what human rights are and how to apply them to their life.”
This activity was designed to get students to think about where they are in the world. It teaches them not to take what they have for granted.
Davis said, “I think it’s really difficult as a human being to know that I’m only one person in 7 billion, but I still want to do things that make the world a better place.”
The journalism classes will be participating in Blog Action Day again in the future. Many of the students enjoyed it and Davis did too.
Davis said, “The writing showed a lot of understanding and compassion for people and didn’t get political, which was exactly what I wanted.”

The staff of the Cougar News Blog is participating in this year’s Blog Action Day. Each year bloggers from around the world post about issues like the environment, poverty, and climate change. This year’s issue is human rights. In the Journalism classroom there is a poster that describes how to be a global citizen and includes things like respecting diversity, fighting against social injustice, and volunteering in the community. The class used these as a guide to show how to improve human rights around the world. Students were given almost no direction for this assignment, so what you read is entirely the ideas from the minds of 13- or 14-year-old eighth graders. For more information, visit blogactionday.org.

Respect Diversity and Values

By Mario Duran
Cougar News Blog

Have you ever tried to cook something on your stove without plugging it in? Have you ever tried to teach a little kid how to be a marathon runner before the little guy can even walk? Have you ever tried to eat the ice cream cone before the actual ice cream? Well you probably shouldn’t, because it’s very difficult and probably won’t work at all and the ice cream will fall on your pants.
If you try to get rid of bullying or rape culture or racism there’s a very high chance you’re trying it on a grown person who is already a bully or a rapist or a bigot. If you want your baby to grow up to be a great speaker, you should probably teach him how to talk first. So, it should make sense to teach rapists to not want to rape in the first place. Kind of like sending your grandma a Thank You card before she even sends you money (unless it’s about last year’s money, in which case you are kind of mean and need to appreciate your grandma a little more).
If someone grows up not knowing that it’s not okay to be mean, to respect the word no, to hate people for no reason, then they will never know that it’s not okay. If we teach people to be good in the first place, we won’t have to worry about them being bad when they’re old and (probably) stubborn.
Billy just met a gay couple. He asks his mom “hey how come they are both guys?” Then, the mom says “because they are evil and worship Satan. Don’t ever talk to them.” How do you think little Billy will grow up? He will grow up being homophobic.
Bobby just met a gay couple. He asks his mom “hey how come they are both girls?” Then, the mom says “because they both love each other very much.” How do you think little Bobby will grow up? He will grow up accepting gay culture.
Sometimes hate leads from rejection in a certain religion. Billy’s mom might be very religious and doesn’t like gay people because in her set of rules it says that being gay is bad. It’s not okay to be mean to someone because of this either. While their beliefs might be silly to some people, they are very serious to them. And while Billy’s mom follows those beliefs rigorously, Bobby’s mom, who shares these same beliefs, isn’t as serious about them. You can’t dismiss everyone because of a shared trait.
Sunzida lives with her mom, dad, and brother. They are a caring family and love each other very much. Sometimes Sunzida gets dirty looks when she walks on the street. Sunzida is a muslim girl, and she wears a hijab. Ever since September 11th, Muslim people have been deemed evil terrorists. Sunzida has never done anything bad, but nonetheless, people don’t like her. She is discriminated against like the gay couples Billy and Bobby met.

By Cassidy Hoxeng
Cougar News Blog

Everyone is different in their own ways, whether you’re blonde or brunette, or a boy or girl. Judging people has been a big problem lately. People judge just on the color of your skin or the color of your hair or even the clothes you wear. Just because someone is different than you, doesn’t mean you should mistreat them. People should respect each others differences. If everyone was the same it would be boring. Would you want someone to be exactly like you?
Everyone deserves to be treated with respect. People have value. Individuals have many different lives, they may be having issues with their family, school or relationships, but you don’t know any of that and by making them upset, you’re making them feel worse. They think they are losing their value to life or even the situation they’re in.
What people are really doing is bullying. Even if you don’t know that person and you just see them on the streets and call them “fat,” that is bullying. Think about how they feel. How would you feel if someone called you a name or made fun of you? Many people end their life because of bullying.
People need to respect people because just because you’re different doesn’t mean you’re useless, it means you’re unique.

Be Aware of the Wider World and Your Role in It

By Kayla Mix
Cougar News Blog

Though the Earth is not the largest of all the planets, it is still very big. It is home to over 7 billion people and is constantly growing.
Though the world is so big, many people often forget to think about other people and their feelings. People think that the world revolves around them. That causes them to think of no one but themselves and they soon become trapped in their own little worlds where everything goes their way. However, as those people are in their own little happy place, the rest of the world is thinking about what is real. They know that they can’t have everything they want because that’s not how things work and those people are correct. The real truth is that the world doesn’t really work that way. You can never get what you want unless you work toward it.
Many individuals are judged by their appearance, whether it’s their ethnicity, beliefs, culture, or religions. Just because people believe different things than you do it does not mean that they have to be mistreated, but many times they are and that is not fair because we are all equal and we should all be treated as such. As soon as people realize that then the world will become a much better place for everyone in it and people will be happy.
America has more independence than other countries and sometimes we take that for granted. We should appreciate all the freedom that we have because many people out there don’t have the same luxuries that we do. Some people have been working their whole lives and don’t even come close to having half of the things that they deserve.

Learn How the World Works Economically, Culturally, Socially, Politically, Socially, and Environmentally

By Anna Gray
Cougar News Blog

How long have you lived in this world? Do you know exactly how it works, because there are many different parts that make up how the world runs today. For example there is how the world runs economically, socially, and politically. Most people have believe that all humans should have equal rights and the same opportunities, but that is not how our world is today.
Economically, most people believe that money equals power. If it does, shouldn’t all people be offered the same opportunities to have good paying jobs? That does not always happen though. Some people are not offered the same jobs as others because employers can be prejudiced or racist against people beliefs or characteristics.
Socially there are a few things that could be improved to give humans the same rights. For example, men are still making more money than a woman for the same amount of work. In 2009, full-time working women were earning 19 percent less money than a full-time working man. People are also still being discriminated against because of their race or sexual orientation and are not being offered the same opportunities.
Politically there is issues with governments. Some governments around the world give citizens very little human rights. There are dictators that force people to believe in certain religions, give them no rights to speak or vote. The world needs to help each other and unite to give humans equal rights.

Fight Against Social Injustice

By Holly Stillman and Alysa Rippee
Cougar News Blog

Social Injustice is defined as a type of discrimination such as race, genocide, bullying and many more. There are many different forms of social injustice, one popular form of social injustice between young adults includes cyber bullying. Statistics show that 52 percent of teens have reported being cyber bullied and 33 percent have experienced being threatened online.
Injustice in social life has been around all through history to today. Some important people who fought against social injustice include Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and many more. In the current world social injustice includes race, sexual orientation, people with disabilities and economic values. Social injustice is about inequalities and unfairness among people that is taken advantage of by discriminators.
People need to act against social injustice when witnessing it. That applies to children and adults. Harassment and bullying are forms of social injustice that occur very often in public and online, whether it would be pushing someone against the lockers or jeering at a co-worker. Before you open your mouth, consider the content that’s about to come out.

Participate in and Contribute to Your Community

By Maranda Brousseau
Cougar News Blog

The United States has freedom overall. We are Global Citizens which means that we have certain responsibilities. For example, participating in and contribute to oour community. Participating in our community doesn’t always mean volunteering in a soup kitchen or at a animal shelter, but we can also support our government by voting or mailing a letter of suggestions. We could even go to a city council meeting or to a school meeting to share our ideas and show support. People also can participate in or volunteer for community events.
Another thing that many people do for community service is picking up trash on the side of the road or the highways. Some people buy food for the less fortunate instead of giving them money because they will know that their money will go to the right purpose. Community service is also a punishment for many people. But, either way they are helping out in the community and doing their part in the community. We have to contribute to our community somehow, right? People can think of some really creative ways to help out and participate in the community! As Global Citizens, we should be thankful for our rights and show our thankfulness by giving a helpful hand to the community by participating in the community.

Take Responsibility for Your Actions/Act in a Way That Makes the World a Better Place

By Kathy G.
Cougar News Blog

You might hear a quote saying, “Oh you can’t change the world.” But you shouldn’t listen. Always keep trying to make a positive difference. There’s 7 billion people in this world. If everyone in this world started doing even little things like smiling at each other, it would affect the world greatly.
People will criticize for a while but it will calm down soon. Plus people might start trying new things to make a difference and it will spread on and on. Each time they do something positive they will want to do more.
A lot of people think you need to be a billionaire or a world leader to make a difference, but really all you need is the positive you. Because being a good person is all about the small things. It’s about how you treat other people not how many people you have power over.
If you would like to start trying to make a difference but dont know how, here are a couple of ideas you might want to try.
Volunteering is a great way to start. It could be volunteering at thrift stores, shelters, or schools. Believe it or not, that’s usually how it starts. Someone will just go and help out; you don’t have to do anything big for people to start seeing the differences you are making.
Also, donating can help out like donating clothing or if you’re up for it just donating a little blood. There are a lot of people in this world that need clothing to keep covered and warm, and people with diseases, and in emergency services that need blood.
People don’t realize how amazingly easy it is. It’s just spreading some kindness. How easy is that? There are so many things you can do that are nice. For example, you can help an elderly across the street, or just being nice to them, and if you see bullying stick up for the person, it may take some courage but it will be worth it.
Once you are an adult this will be the big one, you can go to city council meetings, write letters to the congress and senators, check with government websites, and most newspapers have sections where you can voice your opinion.