As part of an essay for my Music Appreciation class in college, I decided to pick a song that I enjoy listening to called “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert. It’s a song that has a serious and important message that discussions about basic rights and having equality for everyone. Even ‘til this day, America is divided because of the belief that we have. Sadly, some of us think that it is wrong to fall in love with the same-sex. Even though, in life, we can not pick who we fall in love with, what the color of our skin will be, and whether we will be born a girl or a boy. It makes us question our society and how our culture views humans based on labels and ridiculous stereotypes. Instead of looking at each other and saying that people are just like me, a human… we view others on stupid reasons like the color of their skin or their sexual orientation.
I, Frederick Douglass, want to speak to all Millennials. I want to tell you all as growing up as a black man born into slavery that life has not been easy. The truth about slavery is horrible. There is so much knowledge that mankind just does not know. Slaves did not grow up to have an intelligent output. There are so many things that we did not know. We lacked information such as our own age, how to read and write, we did not know compassion and kindness. Even though we were victims of slavery and were not even treated as humans and less than dogs. The only thing that kept us fair-minded was being able to sing. Slaves were just a property that endured forced labor to do whatever our masters wanted us to do. We weren’t able to have knowledge of what we were capable of and were surrounded by depression and darkness itself. But, I want you to realize that life has it is bittersweet moments. That the Millennials can actually change society as a whole. Get rid of racial tension built up for centuries and learn to love each other. All I ask is please do not judge someone base on their bloodline and the appearance of the color of their skin.
My experiences with literacy were not great. Before my school education, no one taught me to read. Let's start from the beginning... I can honestly say it probably started with just my mom and me. My mother was a stay-at-home mom, while my father was in the military service of being an Army man. I know my mother basically raised me alone most of my baby years. My father would even dare to come close to change a diaper. I remember playing videogames on the Nintendo 64 more than I recall ever reading. Of course, my mother didn't know the importance of reading to a young child since I was her first-born child. While caring for me and providing me with the basic needs of raising me, my mother would work her hardest cooking and cleaning while trying to balance her crafts.
A long time ago in middle school (around 2008-2009)... I remember doing a week-long project of writing poems in my English class. Initially, I hated the idea of writing poems and honestly thought it was quite a useless project to do. However, it wasn't until the middle of the week when we started working on Japanese poems, like Haikus and Tankas, that I started to be more interested in our poetry project. Unfortunately, I didn't keep my original poems from this school project and they are forever lost in some magical landfill off in the abyss. Yup, you heard me! I basically threw all of my middle school project of poem week away in the trash. Such a waste of good hard work of writing poems. My stupidity... I think back on it and realize that it was kind of dumb trashing it, but I was pretty much a goth girl who didn't care at the time. "Why keep hold of your middle school work with you, forever?" For days like this when you want to recall old memories, of course!
What exactly is a zombie? A zombie is an undead human. It has decaying and rotten skin. And zombies are just mindless creatures wanting to eat brains. I do think zombies are monsters, but they can represent mindless humans also. I mean zombies can’t think for themselves all they want is one thing and that is to eat your flesh or brains. The function of horror is to give humans a sense of fear and let our imagination run into dangerous scenes or events. An article to prove this example is “Our Zombies, Ourselves” written by James Parker. Parker compares the modern-day zombie with how now zombies start to get gorier. He plastered the meaning and question of why zombies are so much apart of our society now. Parker states, “The zombie him-self has never looked better, dripping with wounds, full of conviction. With his dangling stethoscope, or his policeman's uniform, or his skateboard, he exhibits the pathos of his ex-person-hood.” This quote expresses that modern zombies represent the looks of a human.