What changed inside me: Self-analysis

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This blog made me grow as a thinker. Now, I am more aware on the refugee crisis and their struggles to get a good higher education. Also, the blog helped me improve my ability to understand the refugee crisis from a refugee standpoint, make logical arguments that would help the refugees and connect with the common people who are not informed about this issue.

The refugee crisis is a serious and sorrowfully issue. In my blog, I had to explain how serious this issue is and find ways to entertain my audience. I chose a sarcastic dark tone when I was writing my blog. I never wrote in this way in my life. This tone was very useful because I, myself, was very entertained while I was writing. Likewise, I made a lot of jokes that made my readers enjoy my blog. Even though my tone was amusing, I still explained and connected to my readers the importance of the refugee crisis and their struggles in the country they move too. Furthermore, I learned how to inform a common reader about the history of the situation, the Syrian Civil War, to make them understand what is currently happening now. Lastly, I had to find some tools that could help me connect with my readers. I used memes and gifs. Memes and gifs are universal and they show a great deal of information in a small picture. Another method I used was comparisons that my audience knew. For example, comparing Jews refugees running away from Nazis and Syrian refugees, and refugees with squares. One critique, I have for myself is having a little more meaningful and not sarcastic pathos in my blog.

Not only did I connect with the audience, I had to relate to the refugee’s problems like, death, war, and running away to a brand-new country. Sometimes I tried to draw parallels between them and our lives to deepen my understanding. This helped me as a thinker because refugees and I do not have a lot of similarities but there are still ways to understand their pain.

The blog also helped my understanding to write papers, reason counterarguments, and use logic to help my writing. The counterarguments that I found were either in two categories. The first one was that the argument was built on a lie, like Breitbart. But, the second one had some reason or evidence to back up the claim like The New York Post and some of the 2016 presidential Republican candidates like Ted Cruz and John Kasich. For the false arguments, I had to show why these arguments are untrue with statistics and logic. With the reasonable counterarguments, I showed why my arguments are better logically and statistically in the long run. Another important element I learned from this blog assignment was how to deal with a liar like Trump. I had to understand what Trump was saying and try to find a logic behind his Trump ban. On top of that. I learned a new technique to write. I first type an outline and then type the bullet points into sentences. Next, I add topic sentences to each main bullet. Finally, I delete the bullets and add transitions. Other classes, I took helped out my blog too and I made critical connections with those class and the blog. In my Twentieth Century American Indian Art class I learned about how the Native Americans were oppressed for many years, and how did they coup with the oppression, assumption, and racism,  similar to the Syrians. Also in my Human Geography class, I learned about migration.  Lastly, I learned the struggles of a blogger. They have to write every week, proofread it and try to connect with the readers.

–Speaker

Against all Odds,

For all those gamers out there, grab your Mountain dew and try out this new intensive game.  Against all odds is a first person narrative where you can choose your avatar from 6 chooses and name it whatever you want. After that, you are put into the action. You are protesting and the police arrest you for protesting. Then they make you answer some yes or no questions. But every time, you answer no, your character spills red blood. Eventually, you get out of jail and decide that you have to run away.  I highly recommend everyone to play this game. There was a part which I struggled a lot. In the Sorting according to origin here is the solution.

 

Shoutout to ᎤᏬᏗᎨ

ᎤᏬᏗᎨ is a blogger that is worth visiting. She talks about the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians government and how recently their Principal Chief, Patrick Lambert, could be impeachment. Native Americans are one of the most neglected minorities in America. Many America citizens have no clue on Native Americans and only know them off of the history books. ᎤᏬᏗᎨ reminds the readers about current issues the Cherokee are witnessing and how important they are for the Cherokee. Also, she is trying to explain a very complex problem, at a time where the common citizen does not know that the Cherokee have their own government. I highly recommend reading her blog.

Shootout to frostandfound

frostandfound is a good blogger that focus on the Dark internet and the markets that are in the Dark internet. He explains what is the dark internet and how people using it can sell things safety and without people outside the market knowing. The dark internet is the new wild west, where everyone can do whatever they want on the internet while having their identities protected. frostandfound mainly focus on how drugs in the dark market are affecting the society and what policymakers are going to stop it.

Shootout to BradandBougiee

BradandBougiee is a very good blogger. He focuses how the American prison system is not working well. He believes and thoroughly explains that Mandatory Minimums, judges will give the same punishment for everyone who committed the same crime, the healthcare system in prison, and the funding of prisons needs reforms. Without these reforms, BradandBougiee believes that the prisons will grow and increase the tax rate for normal citizens. I strongly urge you to read his blog. Prisons are one of the topics that people ignore but it affects everyone. BradandBougiee does a good job of explaining the prison system and the problems it has.

Refugee vs Migrant

Here is a short video about refugees that touches the differences between refugees and migrants.

After all this talk about refugees, some may be confused with the difference between refugees and migrants. The UN 1951 Convention defines refugees as:

“a person who… owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or unwilling to return to it.”

A migrant has a broader definition which is:

“any person who lives temporarily or permanently in a country where he or she was not born, and has acquired some significant social ties to this country.”

Let’s do some math. We can use squares and rectangles to represent refugees and migrants. The squares are refugees and the rectangles are migrants.

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So all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares. So all refugees are migrants but not all migrants are refugees. If math is not really your thing that you could read it more from here.

–Speaker

But what happens if we do the opposite?

So let that my theory and pretend we did the exact opposite. Let us not talk to refugees and agree with Trump and his Muslim Ban and see what will happen. Now close your eyes. No do not because you are reading this but just imagine you closed your eyes and imagine a new world:

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I know Trump, but thanks.

Daniel L. Byman from Brookings reasons that most of the American terrorist attacks are done by people who are living in America. They are American citizens. They do these attacks because they believe that America is trying to declare war against Islam. This ban does send a message to the Muslim community; the current administration of America believes that the Muslims are not welcomed in America. Also, most of the terrorist attacks in America are done by “Lone wolfs” who are motived to fight against America because they believe that America hates them. The ban will fuel this hate and even some terrorist groups have started to use this propaganda.

Plus, most of the countries that are ban are American’s allies that are in the fight against the terrorist groups. If America bans their citizens from coming to America, America’s allies could feel that America does not trust them. Without trust, the wars in the Middle East will continue and more refugees may try to come to America. The ban could allow more people to become refugees.

Many other allies of the USA also condemned the ban, like Britain, France, Germany, and Canada. Because of globalization America need to be close to her allies. The countries listed already have a lot of refugees and they want America to step in and help them.

It is unreasonable to ban refugees and believe that banning them will decrease their amount or will stop them from coming. The ban will only put more pressure on America and other European countries.

Recently Bernie Sanders clearly accused Trump and his ban by saying,“Trump’s Muslim ban isn’t about keeping us safe,” … “A president intent on keeping us safe wouldn’t give ideological ammunition to terrorists.”

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This is really serious and ironic. From these points, it seems that the Trump Ban may be counterproductive; it may allow more terror attacks in America, which.

–Speaker