Humans of New York is a very popular blog that gives you a more intimate look into the lives of everyday New Yorkers. Recently the man behind it all has been working with a young man, Vidal, to raise money for his school: Mott Hall Bridges Academy. They have raised over a million dollars in donations so that over the summer the students will be able to take a tour of Harvard University. The principal, Ms. Lopez, has big ideas for her students at this school. Instead of suspending kids for messing up, or just not dealing with the problems in her school she would make them spend a day with a mentor or talk to them about why they are having trouble. Ms. Lopez, Vidal, and all the teachers at Mott Hall Bridges Academy are some of the most inspiring people I have heard of.
Recently, Vidal has been on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and was invited to meet with the president. Since the beginning of this whole project, I have seen very little news coverage on this. I’ve been wondering, why have we not been talking about? This project is a big deal. Anyone who has donated or supported this project in any way is showing these kids that there is more to life than where they are. This project is showing these kids what kind of future they can have, and there is very little media coverage over this.
This project is an example of what we should be covering on the news. Instead of reporting on how some white cop shot a black kid, but we don’t really know if it was self-defense or not because the black did have a knife but witnesses say that he wasn’t going to harm the cop but were not really sure because he does have record but he really was a good kid and he doesn’t do drugs because people say so but they have picture showing that he did and it was in his bloodstream but he really didn’t ever make trouble.
My point is that instead of showing the bad, we should show the good. The stuff like this project that is giving these kids another chance, things that show how far we’ve come as a society and how far we will eventually go. All of this media coverage is doing nothing but holding us back from moving forward.
Police Car Set On Fire By Ferguson Protesters
It is 2 a.m. and i’m currently sitting on my couch watching CNN (because its the only news channel i could find), and all I can do is think about how destructive these people are being. After only watching this for about 5 minutes these are the events I have heard about:
- At least a dozen buildings set on fire.
- At least 150 shots fired (in one place).
- 29 arrests, so far.
- An elderly man was carjacked and then ran over.
- Multiple guns have seized from people.
- An used car lot was set on fire, but the firemen could not get to it because of the gunfire.
- The National Guard is having to be brought in.
Protesters In Ferguson
These are just to name a few of the things going on in Ferguson and surrounding towns. Not only is this happening is Ferguson, but there are multiple more (peaceful) protests going on across America. Michael Brown’s parents did not want this. This is not they way to react to a shooting of a young man. As the chief of police said, “Change is created through our voice; not the destruction of our community.” Most importantly, if you think that “black lives don’t matter” then you need a reality check. Everyone knows a life is a life regardless of color, and if you think this, but you are going around setting businesses on fire, saying Darren Wilson should die, and overall acting like a raging fucktard, then you really need to grow up and get a grip. And acting like this is not making the case better for people in any way or form, all it is doing is making these people look worse than you guys already think people see you.
Hypocrisy is all I hear when these people talk. I’m not saying that some of these people aren’t out there for the right reasons but most of them are not. These people need to stop trying to make a point, or make history, because most of them are not doing it for the right reason.
is your VOICE
In honor of elections today, i decided to write an article about it. Now before you click off my page because this is about politics (and we all know everyone hates politics), just read at least a few more sentences because i have some important things to say.
First of all, if you are voting today then please, please just think about your choice. When you go to fill out that ballot, pick the candidate you think will be the best in office. Do not pick someone because that’s who your parents or friends are voting for, because in the end you could have been that person that helped the one you wanted to win. And if you don’t vote for them, and the person that doesn’t need to be elected is, you will have to live with the guilt until next elections, knowing that you could have possibly made the lives of everyone you know just a little better.
Secondly, BE SMART. If you don’t like either person, then don’t vote. Yes, it is seriously that simple. Also, don’t vote for the person who doesn’t want to extend medicaid, or anything to do with government assistance. This doesn’t make me a democrat, it makes me smart. I don’t classify myself as that because I’m a 16-year-old, very independent girl who absolutely loves having her own opinion. And my view on this is that whatever money the government has ever gave you, or anything it has helped you with, is government assistance. And if you just so happen to be reading this and you have all the money in the world and have never, ever needed assistance, then get off my page because you would never understand. If anyone wants to stop welfare, then we should do more in depth background checks of the people actually applying for it. I am not for stopping welfare. It is a good thing that helps people stay on their feet when they just lost their job or are looking for a new one. And guess what, when more people can keep their house and clothes on their back, that means way less homeless people out in the freezing cold or hot summer.
As you can tell, the main point here is THINK before you VOTE.
Slenderman With Girl
Two 12-year-old girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, responsible for the stabbing of a friend in Waukesha, Wisconsin are to appear in court today, where the judge will determine whether or not the two girls will go to juvenile court instead. Both girls have been charged as adults with attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
The girls story is that they led their friend, also 12, into the nearby woods to “play hide-and-seek” where they then stabbed the girl nineteen times. After her attackers left, the girl crawled out of the woods to a nearby road where a bicyclist miraculously found her and called 9-1-1. Geyser and Weier were allegedly “sacrificing” their friend so that they could go live with an internet fictional character by the name of Slender Man. They believed that by killing the girl for him, he would appear to them and they would then become his proxies.
In Hamilton, Ohio, another Slender Man inspired stabbing has happened. An anonymous woman reached out to reporters to tell her story. The anonymous woman claims that her 13-year-old daughter attacked her one night coming home from work.
“I came home one night from work and she was in the kitchen waiting for me and she was wearing a mask — a white mask,” the woman said. “She had her hood up and had her hands covered with her sleeves and the mask.”
The woman suffered injuries to her face, neck, and back. The mother says that her daughter has had some previous mental issues and was almost obsessed with horror fan-fiction and the fictional character, Slender Man. The woman had said that in the past few weeks she had been writing about Slender San and that she would often write about “killing”. She had also been making worlds for Slender Man in the popular game, Minecraft. The daughter claimed she had no recognition of the attack, and she will face charges as a minor.
Eric Knudsen, the creator of the the fictional character and his spokeswoman publicly announce that he was “Deeply saddened by the tragedy in Wisconsin and my heart goes out to the families of those affected by this terrible act,”. The administrator of Creepypasta, David Morales, and Erik Knudsen both push the fact that the website where Slender Man was first made is not a website to make children violent. David Morales said in a statement, “We are not teaching children to believe in a fictional monster, nor are we teaching them to be violent.“
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