REVELATIONS

”Dark future ahead of me, that’s what they said, I’d be starvin’ if I ate all the lies they fed, ‘cuz I’ve been redeemed from your anguish and pain, a miracle child I’m floatin’ on a cloud. ‘Cuz the words that come from your mouth you’re the first to hear. Speak words of beauty and you will be there. No matter what anybody says what matters most is what you think of yourself.”
-India.Arie

I didn’t have any friends beginning elementary school or finishing elementary school. I never knew why I was just a natural repellant of people, kids in particular. Looking back on those years now I still cannot believe children so young could be so cruel. Kids will be kids, I guess. One of the reasons was the way I looked. I had short crispy hair that would stay wherever the wind blew it. I was not as childish as some of my peers, I always saw the big picture and never followed the hype.
The other students never knew when enough was enough. I was teased for my size all the time. During recess one year, I was trying to read one of my favorite books (Yolanda’s Genius) and there were three boys harassing me and just calling me names. They said I was bigger than a hippo and they threw snowballs at me. One of them threw a snowball with some ice in it. I went to tell the teacher and say something. The boy who had started it all said to me if I got him in any trouble he and his friends would “roll my fat ugly ***” down a nearby hill. I stayed put and did not defend myself.
Another thing that happened was Josh. Josh was this boy who I had a crush on in the fifth grade. I do not know how I got so bold that I stepped up to him, but I did. I told him I had feelings for him and Josh told me that because I had hair that felt like a brillo pad, my skin looked burnt and I didn’t dress the way he thought I should, we would never be together. I could barely take it. I was being rejected for being dark, my feelings were so hurt. After that I didn’t really think of getting with any boys.

Middle school was just as bad if not worse. There were twice as many people and they just got meaner. By the sixth grade I had gotten bigger. My face had matured and my hair became unmanageable. I was still overweight, poor and shunned by my peers. I was the epitome of ugly.
I became exhausted with feeling ugly, I began to think I was wrong for not following everyone else. I got extensions in my hair and started to wear make-up. I remember when I first modeled my look - I walked into school and was immediately told that I looked like a clown by one of the “popular” girls and others told me my hair looked like a mop. The cruelty only got worse.
It hurt to be ridiculed. I had thoughts of running away (as naïve as it sounds) which eventually led to thoughts of ending my life completely.
I had found a group in the eighth grade that accepted me for me and the previous feelings I had were suppressed. The people in the group made me laugh and made me feel needed by trusting me with their problems. That group helped me begin to define myself, I just did not see it then. I also did not notice how they brought me down, or how I began to only see the downside of situations. I didn’t realize I was becoming a pessimist.

High school came and I found myself in a worse emotional state than before, but in fear of being A burden on anyone else or just being annoying, I suppressed my feelings.
I tried make-up again, only this time I used more natural tones. Nobody thought I looked like a clown and if they did, they didn’t tell me. I felt pretty, like I had a chance to salvage my self – esteem. I began to reevaluate the people I had come to know as friends, they were loud, selfish, obscene and influenced me to act out. When I did, They told me I acted to crazy, I acted like an immature four-year old. I also began to reconsider my make-up, it doesn’t do much I felt I should not have to hide my face to feel beautiful, it’s all a façade.
My sophomore year ended with an argument with a friend over my behavior and my sudden withdrawal from the group. I did not feel comfortable talking about it, I felt they were untrustworthy so I just tried to let everything go. I also did not want to hurt anyone by telling them what I saw every time I thought of them. I could not begin to explain to them how they contributed to my pessimistic outlook, I just could not explain how I felt completely saturated in sadness. I was tired of everything, the lying, the deceit, and the way everyone, including myself placed useless drama into their lives by making stupid decisions when we knew better.
What bothered me the most was when they showed disrespect to their parents. Referring to the women who brought them into this world, raised and taught them how to speak and walk as “bitches” and other obscenities upset me so much. Another thing that bothered me was the constant pressure I felt to smoke, drink and sleep with who ever I found appealing. I hated how most of them were so quick to give up their bodies, especially while under the influence of weed or vodka. I could not do it anymore - I felt repressed and submissive and to a certain extent ‘trapped.’

Over that summer, I had a lot of time to look at some of my situations, both past and present, and I realized all of these situations were either brought on by myself or brought on for the amusement of other people. I saw that my life was not for entertaining others I only had to worry and look out for me - do what I needed to do to stay happy and keep a smile on my face. After seeing reality, I didn’t feel naïve anymore, nor did I feel the need to hide anything.
The next thing I knew that needed to change was my body ( as I stated before, I had a weight problem).I tried losing weight, it worked. I went on a diet plan created by me it consisted of 2 hours of vigorous workout and no eating or drinking anything but water after 6:30. It worked, I had lost 13 lbs in 2 months.
I’m not quite sure how to explain my minor epiphany, I thought my 13 lb loss was so earth-shattering. I felt gorgeous, even as I started gaining the weight back. I still felt beautiful because I had realized that my heart and mind are beautiful and there are so many other, more important things to worry about than being fat. My size does not define my personality nor does it define my mind.
I’m so proud that I can look into a mirror and see past my body, I am so proud that I can see more than just a pretty face. I am so proud to know what self love and self acceptance feels like. I am beautiful in my eyes and in the eyes of those who know and love me. I’ve realized that being a size 18 knowing pain, humility and acceptance is better than being a size 10 with nothing on my mind other than boys. I’ve learned in my 17 years of being on this earth that looks should be one of the last things on anyone’s mind. We as people should always be thinking about mental growth and acceptance of diversity, only than can we find peace among people. After all my previous revelations I can honestly say I’ve never been happier to be me.
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Title: The Cosby's part in the Civil Rights movement

In The 1980’s there was a plethora of racial obscenities being thrown all over the
media, even though slavery had ended nearly 100 years earlier, the repercussions
continued to proceed and didn’t appear to, at any point, desist. Society’s vested
interests and fear of diffusion didn’t uphold America’s need to look past race.
African-Americans on Television and film were given stereotypical portrayals of being
ugly, incompetent and having no chance at being successful leaders. The famous
collaborations of whites and blacks on television such as Silver spoons, and
Diff’rent strokes didn’t uphold America’s need to look past race nor did it exhibit
any articulate intelligence or potential for blacks to move forward in life.
Both of the communities of course saw The Cosby Show in two entirely
different ways. The African-American viewers saw it as a portrayal of what they could
accomplish if they worked hard, studied, got and kept their lives right. The white
community saw The Cosby Show as nothing more than a black face of white Television shows.
***Americans who were struggling in the "ghetto" neighborhoods have stated that The Cosby Show gave them a definite brighter hope for what was to come for blacks. African Americans in the 1980's were feeling more suppressed than ever with the racial excuses for unemployment, and the perception that all minority groups were lower class. Surprised that they could even afford to pay their electrical bills they tuned in to watch the show every Thursday night in hopes of catching a glimpse of what their future could be and building dreams they knew would never come true. Blacks were feeling trapped by the white community. Blacks were not able to voice their opinions without someone getting upset and hurling racial slurs at them. The Negro communities as people were somewhat relieved to find that there was actually a show that portrayed the African-American community as REAL people. The Cosby Show gave hope for a brighter future. A future that made the public want to do right. It was almost as if they needed it to help escape the racial enigma that was their lives. The stereotyped portrayals of what African-Americans represented was also played into their over all view of the show, back then. Having no hope and no confidence in themselves helped society overpower the community by conforming to the hypocritical stereotype that white America put them in.
*** African-American Community experienced negativity from everyone. From their own community and from the white community, who did not encourage them to succeed and go to college. Some whites however saw The Cosby Show as a pretense of what could be for African-Americans. The attached stigmas of inferiority of blacks caused by the offensive images that permeated American culture helped make inequality acceptable so when society evolved these categorizations emerged with it making whites more insecure and more prompt to use racial slurs or be racially biased. In the 1980's nobody, even most of the black community thought that blacks could rise out of this abyss of racial iniquity that ALL of society helped placed the black community in. The white community obviously saw themselves as highly superior to minorities. Reluctantly when the Cosby Show aired a majority of viewers were white. The fact that the family had two highly successful parents ( Cliff, the father was a Gynecologist, and Clair, the wife was a lawyer) set the white community at ease due to Bill Cosby's vision of finding humor in real family situations rather than saturating the show in blackness (Tom Carson). The show was also praised by whites because it generated positive ways to raise and motivate children. Others in the white community saw it as an illogical portrayal of African-American families.
*** Majority of America did not know, back than, how hard the writers of The
Cosby Show had to work to keep the controversies of race which pervaded the show at a distance. The show was designed to confront an outstretched history of negative black portrayals on television.
*** to keep the show's dialogue moving at a steady pace, Alvin
Poussaint, a psychologist, was hired by the producers of the show to aid in
"Recoding Blackness" in the minds of members of the audiences. Unlike other Black
families on television (Sanford & son, The Jeffersons, Good Times) The Huxtables were made to challenge common black stereotypes with certain mixes of qualities, such as A strong father figure; multigenerational family; and a strong emphasis on education.
*** Until the late 1980's social "whiteness" was consistently naturalized in American
television. This "whiteness" has dotted the landscape of television drama, providing
the safe spice for white life, entertaining trills and thriving for the "Basso
Ostinato" of social whiteness.
*** Some Critics unfortunately, however failed to see the power and strength of the
show, it's politics were quickly labeled as "Reformist Conservatism." Critics believed
that The Huxtables' wealth concealed persistent inequalities in the United States,
particularly ones faced by blacks, and to validate any myth of the American Dream. Other Critics noted that the show had been providing service to white
privilege since it first aired. They felt, the secret to the spectacular success
of The Cosby Show, with a predominantly white viewing audience in the 1980's struck a deal with the majority of white viewers, that it pardoned them from any racial inequalities in the United states in accordance to letting the Huxtables in their
living room. The same study has found that black viewers praised the show for it's
portrayal of blackness, but were apprehensive about the Huxtables' failure to
interact with less wealthy blacks.
*** Cosby Show aided in redefining television stereotypes in the 1980's. It was
completely set on a successful African-American family which was very scarce back in the 1980's. Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley once stated that the best thing about The Cosby Show was that it didn't try at all try to be a stepping stone for blacks. The Cosby Show looked at itself as any other show did, normal, unlike many other shows that failed. The Cosby show was also praised by some critics because it showed that the usual difficulties of white children growing up in America were not that far off from the struggles as black children, such as The Huxtables' first son, Theo who was dyslexic. Theo's Character was based on Bill Cosby's real-life son Ennis who unfortunately is struggling with that same disorder.
*** from two different cultures, both communities had completely different
comparisons of the show. The black community often compared The Cosby Show to the 12 hour miniseries Roots. Roots dramatized the most grotesque chapter in America's past. The show told a compelling story of a family's strenuous journey from Freedom, to slavery and back to freedom. Roots revealed the terrible threads of African- American identity and presented slavery through the eyes of slaves. Much like The Cosby Show, Roots had an all black cast and combined the critique of American culture with an concurrence of American culture. The African-American community also compared the show to The Jefferson's, another black family who worked hard and was eventually able to "move on up" to a higher level of economic status.
*** The white community had often compared the show to "Father knows best," The Cosby Show was described as nothing more than a "blackface" for the show. Another reason why The Cosby Show was compared to other American shows was because the abundance of family values it depicted, The Cosby Show had a strong nuclear family with parents who were professionals, multiracial friends, and low-key racial pride. The show had a sense of class which was uncommon in African-American television. The Cosby Show was unfortunately taken off the air in April on 1992 but the shows impact on society continues to prevail in the minds of the past and present. Research has been done to prove so.
***, children see a plethora of advertisements on billboards, bus stops, magazines, and the most seen, television,. Advertising has an vast amount of power to shape beliefs, attitudes, and values of our youth. This extraordinary influence makes it a necessity to explore how advertisers present race and class on such advertisements.
*** During the 1980's advertising agencies started a vital shift toward a
culturally-inclusive market. The results were that kids realize that all whites were
shown as smart, wealthy leaders while blacks were given negative portrayals.
*** same research project was made in the 1990's and all children understood the concept that they could succeed and do their best. The children also agreed that seeing their own race on television showed them that their race/nationality was
important.
*** companies have done a lot to teach children the importance of
embracing diversity. They have thus far been successful. Paul McGuire, senior
president of media relations at UPN (television station) stated :
"Our network is always trying to reflect the nation in it's programming,
I think it's more about what these shows are about that is the biggest draw.
Television is far more worried about ratings than the positive image."

The TN media has found that these television stations that that show many different
ethnicities on their stations are between fifteen and eighteen times more popular
among different ethnicities. The Cosby Show also had a great impact on the way children in the 1980's grew up and portrayed people of color. Whites became more hesitant to show any stereotypical disrespect to different ethnic groups due to the fact that stereotypical racism was becoming overrated as African-Americans were gaining a better title and definition of themselves and their lifestyle.
*** Cosby show was the most positive portrayal of an African-American family on television. The cast was a model of a strong parent-dominant, close-knit American family. The fact that the family is black without making a point of it is an encouraging sign of growing maturity in terms of race in The United States, at a time when the civil rights movement was at it's peak, The Cosby show helped show America that races cannot be brought together by joking about the differences between them, it's the similarities, what is universal in their experiences that brings them together. Thanks to The Cosby show, the youth generation of the 1990's is growing up in a more diverse setting. Seventy-Five percent of surveyed children have stated that they have friends of different races not only that, but they have been apart of some of their and traditions. Which proves that racially diverse programming can help teach children to understand and embrace different cultures and also to respect and value those who are accustomed to them.
Society had gone above and beyond its own expectations, when The Huxtables' were
brought into their homes every Thursday night diversity and a general acceptance of "blackness" was also invited in.
*** Cosby show came at a time when race relations were very tense in the United States. Many people were looking for a way to consent xy black sitcoms and films aided their search in finding it.
As previously stated, The Black and White communities both had entirely different
views on the airing of The Cosby Show, The Cosby Show went through a myriad of criticism and praise from each community in the united states, some whites had
viewed it as unrealistic and absurd white others had praised it for bringing hope
into the lives of the hopeless. African-Americans had praised the show for finally
portraying the positive sides of a black life style, but also shunned it for giving
the community dreams that would never come true.
The 1980’s represented a time when race was the only relevant thing to worry about in the eyes of the people. Thanks to The Cosby show, and African Americans never ending fight against iniquity and social inequality, and the tragedies that have been brought on to America’s society can look beyond race and straight into more applicable issues like economic status.

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1. Rasheed Anderson. Cosby Knows Best Http://www.Imdb.com/title.tt0086687. 3/1/05

2. Johnathan Robertson. "..OH! I remember that show..." En.Wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cosby_Show.
2/18/05

3. Yolanda Lee. Children of the future. www.Childrennow.org/Media/Medianow/MNsummer2002.htm.
2/18/05

4.Carter, Richard G. Tv's Black comfort zone for whites.New York: Television Quarterly. 1988

5. Robert Johnson. "Cosby's Impact" Time Magazine 1990: 21-24

6. David L Woper. "ROOTS" Race Matters. Http://www.racematters.org/digginguproots.htm 3/5/05

7. Sarah Minnawood. "Bill Cosby" Kennedy-center.org.
Http://www.Kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=individual&entitY id=3713&source
type=A. 2/11/05

8. E.M Forster. "The Cosby Show" www.Museum.TV.
Http://Museum.TV/archives/etv/R/htmlR/racismethni/racismethni.htm
3/9/05

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Hello Ms Lovely,

These are interesting essays but I've only had time for a quick scan as they are quite long.

I think you are making a few generalisations about white attitudes in the Cosby show essay, you need to be clear on the difference between institutional/society attitudes and individual people's attitudes. At the moment you make it sound as though all white people are automatically racist. I found this essay extremely interesting though.
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Thank you, its cool to get feedback on my writings...it was actually a paper for school on the movement (or so it started out as one) so the attitudes of individuals are automatically eliminated. if theres anything you think i need help with or that i need to look at i'd love to hear it. thank you again i need to go though. bye.
In The 1980’s there was a plethora of racial obscenities being thrown all over the media, even though slavery had ended nearly 100 years earlier, the repercussions continued to proceed and didn’t appear to, at any point, desist. Society’s vested interests and fear of diffusion didn’t uphold America’s need to look past race. African-Americans on Television and film were given stereotypical portrayals of being ugly, incompetent and having no chance at being successful leaders. The famous collaborations of whites and blacks on television such as Silver spoons, and Diff’rent strokes didn’t uphold America’s need to look past race nor did it exhibit any articulate intelligence or potential for blacks to move forward in life.
Both of the communities of course saw The Cosby Show in two entirely different ways. The African-American viewers saw it as a portrayal of what they could accomplish if they worked hard, studied, got and kept their lives right. The white community saw The Cosby Show as nothing more than a black face of white Television shows. (Johansen 8)
African-Americans who were struggling in the "ghetto" neighborhoods have stated that The Cosby Show gave them a definite brighter hope for what was to come for blacks. African- Americans in the 1980's were feeling more suppressed than ever with the racial excuses for unemployment, and the perception that all minority groups were lower class. Surprised that they could even afford to pay their electrical bills they tuned in to watch the show every Thursday night in hopes of catching a glimpse of what their future could be and building dreams they knew would never come true. Blacks were feeling trapped by the white community. Blacks were not able to voice their opinions without someone getting upset and hurling racial slurs at them. The Negro communities as people were somewhat relieved to find that there was actually a show that portrayed the African-American community as REAL people. The Cosby Show gave hope for a brighter future. A future that made the public want to do right. It was almost as if they needed it to help escape the racial enigma that was their lives. The stereotyped portrayals of what African-Americans represented was also played into their over all view of the show, back then. Having no hope and no confidence in themselves helped society overpower the community by conforming to the hypocritical stereotype that white America put them in. (Kweli 3)
The African-American Community experienced negativity from everyone. From their own community and from the white community, who did not encourage them to succeed and go to college. Some whites however saw The Cosby Show as a pretense of what could be for African-Americans. The attached stigmas of inferiority of blacks caused by the offensive images that permeated American culture helped make inequality acceptable so when society evolved these categorizations emerged with it making whites more insecure and more prompt to use racial slurs or be racially biased. In the 1980's nobody, even most of the black community thought that blacks could rise out of this abyss of racial iniquity that ALL of society helped placed the black community in. The white community obviously saw themselves as highly superior to minorities. Reluctantly when the Cosby Show aired a majority of viewers were white. The fact that the family had two highly successful parents ( Cliff, the father was a Gynecologist, and Clair, the wife was a lawyer) set the white community at ease due to Bill Cosby's vision of finding humor in real family situations rather than saturating the show in blackness (Tom Carson). The show was also praised by whites because it generated positive ways to raise and motivate children. Others in the white community saw it as an illogical portrayal of African-American families. (Woper 9)
The Majority of America did not know, back than, how hard the writers of The Cosby Show had to work to keep the controversies of race which pervaded the show at a distance. The show was designed to confront an outstretched history of negative black portrayals on television. (Ford 1)
Desperate to keep the show's dialogue moving at a steady pace, Alvin Poussaint, a psychologist, was hired by the producers of the show to aid in "Recoding Blackness" in the minds of members of the audiences. Unlike other Black families on television (Sanford & son, The Jeffersons, Good Times) The Huxtables were made to challenge common black stereotypes with certain mixes of qualities, such as A strong father figure; multigenerational family; and a strong emphasis on education.
Until the late 1980's social "whiteness" was consistently naturalized in American television. This "whiteness" has dotted the landscape of television drama, providing the safe spice for white life, entertaining trills and thriving for the "Basso Ostinato" of social whiteness. (Juliano 5)
Some Critics unfortunately, however failed to see the power and strength of the show, it's politics were quickly labeled as "Reformist Conservatism." Critics believed that The Huxtables' wealth concealed persistent inequalities in the United States, particularly ones faced by blacks, and to validate any myth of the American Dream. Other Critics noted that the show had been providing service to white privilege since it first aired. They felt, the secret to the spectacular success of The Cosby Show, with a predominantly white viewing audience in the 1980's struck a deal with the majority of white viewers, that it pardoned them from any racial inequalities in the United states in accordance to letting the Huxtables in their living room. The same study has found that black viewers praised the show for it's portrayal of blackness, but were apprehensive about the Huxtables' failure to interact with less wealthy blacks. (Carter 2)
The Cosby Show aided in redefining television stereotypes in the 1980's. It was completely set on a successful African-American family which was very scarce back in the 1980's. Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley once stated that the best thing about The Cosby Show was that it didn't try at all try to be a stepping stone for blacks; The Cosby Show looked at itself as any other show did, normal, unlike many other shows that failed. The Cosby show was also praised by some critics because it showed that the usual difficulties of white children growing up in America were not that far off from the struggles as black children, such as The Huxtables' first son, Theo who was dyslexic. Theo's Character was based on Bill Cosby's real-life son Ennis who unfortunately is struggling with that same disorder. (Florence 9)
Coming from two different cultures, both communities had completely different comparisons of the show. The black community often compared The Cosby Show to the Twelve hour miniseries Roots. Roots dramatized the most grotesque chapter in America's past. The show told a compelling story of a family's strenuous journey from Freedom, to slavery and back to freedom. Roots revealed the terrible threads of African- American identity and presented slavery through the eyes of slaves. Much like the Cosby Show, Roots had an all black cast and combined the critique of American culture with an concurrence of American culture. The African-American community also compared the show to The Jefferson's, another black family who worked hard and was eventually able to "move on up" to a higher level of economic status. (Fueras 5)
The white community had often compared the show to "Father knows best," The Cosby Show was described as nothing more than a "blackface" for the show. Another reason why The Cosby Show was compared to other American shows was because the abundance of family values it depicted, The Cosby Show had a strong nuclear family with parents who were professionals, multiracial friends, and low-key racial pride. The show had a sense of class which was uncommon in African-American television. (Lewis 7)
The Cosby Show was unfortunately taken off the air in April on 1992 but the shows impact on society continues to prevail in the minds of the past and present. Research has been done to prove so.
Everyday, children see a plethora of advertisements on billboards, bus stops, magazines, and the most seen, television,. Advertising has an vast amount of power to shape beliefs, attitudes, and values of our youth. This extraordinary influence makes it a necessity to explore how advertisers present race and class on such advertisements.
During the 1980's advertising agencies started a vital shift toward a culturally-inclusive market. The results were that kids realize that all whites were shown as smart, wealthy leaders while blacks were given negative portrayals.
The same research project was made in the 1990's and all children understood the concept that they could succeed and do their best. The children also agreed that seeing their own race on television showed them that their race/nationality was important.
Television companies have done a lot to teach children the importance of embracing diversity. They have thus far been successful. Paul McGuire, senior president of media relations at UPN (television station) stated :

"Our network is always trying to reflect the nation in it's programming, I think it's more about what these shows are about that is the biggest draw. Television is far more worried about ratings than the positive image."

The TN media has found that these television stations that that show many different ethnicities on their stations are between fifteen and eighteen times more popular among different ethnicities.
The Cosby Show also had a great impact on the way children in the 1980's grew up and portrayed people of color. Whites became more hesitant to show any stereotypical disrespect to different ethnic groups due to the fact that stereotypical racism was becoming overrated as African-Americans were gaining a better title and definition of themselves and their lifestyle.
The Cosby show was the most positive portrayal of an African-American family on television. The cast was a model of a strong parent-dominant, close-knit American family. The fact that the family is black without making a point of it is an encouraging sign of growing maturity in terms of race in The United States, at a time when the civil rights movement was at it's peak, The Cosby show helped show America that races cannot be brought together by joking about the differences between them, it's the similarities, what is universal in their experiences that brings them together. Thanks to The Cosby show, the youth generation of the 1990's is growing up in a more diverse setting. Seventy-Five percent of surveyed children have stated that they have friends of different races not only that, but they have been apart of some of their and traditions. Which proves that racially diverse programming can help teach children to understand and embrace different cultures and also to respect and value those who are accustomed to them. (Cosby 6)
Society had gone above and beyond its own expectations, when The Huxtables' were brought into their homes every Thursday night diversity and a general acceptance of "blackness" was also invited in.
The Cosby show came at a time when race relations were very tense in the United States. Many people were looking for a way to consent to black sitcoms and films aided their search in finding it.
As previously stated, The Black and White communities both had entirely different views on the airing of The Cosby Show, The Cosby Show went through a myriad of criticism and praise from each community in the united states, some whites had viewed it as unrealistic and absurd white others had praised it for bringing hope into the lives of the hopeless. African-Americans had praised the show for finally portraying the positive sides of a black life style, but also shunned it for giving the community dreams that would never come true.
The 1980’s represented a time when race was the only relevant thing to worry about in the eyes of the people. Thanks to The Cosby show, and African Americans never ending fight against iniquity and social inequality, and the tragedies that have been brought on to America’s society can look beyond race and straight into more applicable issues such as economical classification.
The issue of same sex marriage has been an ongoing debate since November 2003,when The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that gays and lesbians have a legal right to marry under the Massachusetts Constitution. Some parties agree with The President's plan of action to urge congress to "Defend the sanctity of marriage," but is it the congress' right to create an ammendment for marriage that would ban homosexuals from getting married? "No, The federal government has no business dictating marriage." States Ms. Rubenson, faculty member at Manchester High School West. "The law should be taken out of marriage," declares Mrs. Holtsberg, another faculty member. "The privelage of marriage should be then given to citizens. The bottom line of this issue is peoples own biased and judgemental issues."
This debate goes on to attract others who agree with Ms.Rubenson, and Ms.Holtsberg, such as Manchester West high school ROTC Commander who says, "I think its a state right, congress should not worry about. I agree with civil unions."He goes on to sate that the constitution clearly states that there is a law that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages and allows states to enact similar legislation.
Individuals who have proven to be constitutionalists such as Rhiannon Richardson, 17 have declared that " Congress as it states in the constitution has the right to do whatever is agreed upon the benefit of the country in anyway it deems fit. Marriage is an institution of the law. When a couple enters into marriage it is simply stating that they are going to live as one and be financially stable as one."
Mr. Wakeman, a teacher at Manchester West High school, affirms that " If marriage is defined as the union of a man and a woman, than congress has no need to create a law specifically redefining it." He goes on to profess the definition of marriage as "A sacred bond between a man and a woman giving themselves to eachother for the rest of their lives and pledging to support eachother."
Marriage has also been described by other faculty members of Manchester High School WEST as "A friendship that grows with mutual respect and trust." Says ROTC Commander.
"I define marriage as a spiritual union, I think people should be allowed the right to marry whoever they choose" Ms. Rubenson states. Followers of the bibles rhetoric would conquer with the notion that " Marriage is the joining of a man and a woman in holy matrimony."
This debate will remain infinite until congress reaches a decision, although some may argue that it is a taxpayers right to marry whom he/she wishes, and other parties will disagree and uphold the bibles rule, it will be the final decision of congress to decide wether homosexuals deserve the right to marry.
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Same-Sex Marriage

The issue of same sex marriage has been an ongoing debate since November 2003, when The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that gays and lesbians have a legal right to marry under the Massachusetts Constitution. Some parties agree with The President's plan of action to urge congress to "Defend the sanctity of marriage," but is it the congress' right to create an amendment for marriage that would ban homosexuals from getting married? "No, the federal government has no business dictating marriage," Stated Ms. Rubenson, Teacher at Manchester High School West. "The law should be taken out of marriage," declared Mrs. Holtsberg, another faculty member. "The privilege of marriage should be then given to citizens. The bottom line of this issue is peoples own biased and judgemental issues."
This debate goes on to attract others who agree with Ms.Rubenson, and Ms.Holtsberg, such as Manchester West High School ROTC Commander who says, "I think it’s a state right, congress should not worry about. I agree with civil unions.” He goes on to sate that the constitution clearly states that there is a law that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages and allows states to enact similar legislation.
Individuals who have proven to be constitutionalists such as Rhiannon Richardson, 17 have declared that “Congress as it states in the constitution has the right to do whatever is agreed upon the benefit of the country in anyway it deems fit. Marriage is an institution of the law. When a couple enters into marriage it is simply stating that they are going to live as one and be financially stable as one."
Mr. Wakeman, a teacher at , affirms that “If marriage is defined as the union of a man and a woman, then Congress has no need to create a law specifically redefining it." He goes on to profess the definition of marriage as "A sacred bond between a man and a woman giving themselves to each other for the rest of their lives and pledging to support each other."
Marriage has also been described by other faculty members of Manchester High School WEST as "A friendship that grows with mutual respect and trust." says ROTC Commander, Hafner.
"I define marriage as a spiritual union; I think people should be allowed the right to marry whoever they choose" Ms. Rubenson states. Followers of the bibles rhetoric would conquer with the notion that “Marriage is the joining of a man and a woman in holy matrimony."
This debate will remain infinite until Congress reaches a decision. The majority of those who were asked disapproved with Bush’s requests of congress. It was stated that to not allow gays to marry would blatantly show discrimination flowing back into the hearts of Americans. Although some may argue that it is a taxpayer’s right to marry whom he/she wishes, and other parties will disagree and uphold the bibles rule, it will be the final decision of congress to decide whether homosexuals deserve the right to marry.
To the editor,

I would like to thank Erin Texiera for the piece on the women of the civil rights movement, which showed appreciation to those who fought for their deserved rights though their actions. I especially enjoyed the paragraph on Frannie Lou Hamer from Mississippi.
Nevertheless, I feel that women along with other groups classified as "minorities" still suffer from discrimination and racial/gender stereotypes. I realize the hostilities pertain to all races, but I have also noticed that the depth of each stereotypes fluctuates with each race.
Why isn't America's need for equality being fulfilled?
I have had to prove myself not as a person who was capable but as a competent lady My being a woman compels women and men who believe both sexes have a set "place" to believe that i am inferior or incompetent. My haitian ancestry compels men and women to assume my thought process to be self-deprecating and something less than menial.
Categorized "minority" goups arre being taught hetoric based on these stereotypes that our level of literacy is/will always be increasingly low. We are being taught that sucess is nothing but wishful thinking; a dream. I firmly believe i t is time to set new standards for what we see as "equality." It is time to end these demeaning stereotypes and discriminations of all types.
People of all races are classified race first, gender second, and human being last. I think it's time for Ameicans to better ourselves and this county by elevating our thoughts.
Boarding House:
My name is Natasha Vilgrain and I am an active member of Jobs For New Hampshires Graduates.
I came across sunday newspaper on 10/30 where I read about your accomplishment of owning
the boading house that shelters many individuals who have not yet found success.
I was very moved by the front page story written by Shawne Wickham on
your accomplishments and I wanted very much to be a part of it.
I consulted my peers and found they, also were very eager to help with your plight of
securing theese people and making sue they have a home to live in with food and (hopefully)
heat. Therefore JNHG would like to take donations of canned goods, pasta, etc.
(any house hold necessities) to aid you in helping the lesser fortunate people.
If this is an intrest of yours please feel free to contace me via the following:

New Horizons:
My name is Natasha Vilgrain and I am an active member of Jobs fo New Hampshires graduates.
SOmething I have always wanted to do for the less fortunate was/is to supply them with
food/clothing for the winter. that is when I heard from a friend of mine that during
Christmas each year _________ Church shelters over 150 people during Christmas.
The less fortunate are fed clothed and cared for.
My idea is to on Christmas day supply these people with baskets of readily prepared food or
food that can be heated at the local shelter or resource center. In these baskets I would
also like to supply house hold items (not all are homeless, but still cannot afford basic necessities)
such as toothpaste, tooth brushes, notebooks for the students,scarves, hats mittens etc.. It is to my knowledge that some
of the individuals who will be sheltered at this church are Louisiana natives
who are having a difficult time adapting or getting a job.
As a non profit charity organization i am well aware it will
be difficult for you to donate food and other previously stated items.
I am asking your organization is you could possibly show support
to us by supplying us with volunteers
who are willing to:
-help create baskets by weaving them or by asking other resources
for donations,
-volunteers to help on Christmas day when we will distribute these care
baskets,
-volunteers to fill the baskets etc.
People who can help in ANY way are accepted.

Hannaford/Stop&Shop/Shaws:
My name is Natasha Vilgrain and I am an active m,embe rof Jobs fo New Hampshires graduates.
SOmething I have always wanted to do for the less fortunate was/is to supply them with
food/clothing for the winter. that is when I heard from a friend of mine that during
Christmas each year _________ Church shelters over 150 people during Christmas.
Our expectations for this Christmas will exceede past Christmas' by atleast another hundred
My idea is to on Christmas day supply these people with baskets of readily prepared food or
food that can be heated at the local shelter or resource center. In these baskets I would
also like to supply house hold items (not all are homeless, but still cannot afford basic necessities)
such as toothpaste, tooth brushes, notebooks for the students,scarves, hats mittens etc..
It is to my knowledge that some of the individuals who will be sheltered at this
church are Louisiana natives who are having a difficult time adapting to the state or
getting a job. My request is that you donate food, toothpaste, toothbrushes, drinks, and
possibly a fund so that we may buy other necessities such as pillows, blankets,hats,
gloves,and scarves for those who will not have a place to go back to after they
leave the church. Your donation would be much appreciated not only by the vast amount
of people you will be helping this christmas, but also by our organization who has/will
work very hard to aid these people in having a better life.

DOllar Tree:
My name is Natasha Vilgrain and I am an active m,embe rof Jobs fo New Hampshires graduates.
SOmething I have always wanted to do for the less fortunate was/is to supply them with
food/clothing for the winter. that is when I heard from a friend of mine that during
Christmas each year _________ Church shelters over 150 people during Christmas.
Our expectations for this Christmas will exceede past Christmas' by atleast another hundred
My idea is to on Christmas day supply these people with baskets of readily prepared food or
food that can be heated at the local shelter or resource center. In these baskets I would
also like to supply house hold items (not all are homeless, but still cannot afford basic necessities)
such as toothpaste, tooth brushes, notebooks for the students,scarves, hats mittens etc..
It is to my knowledge that some of the individuals who will be sheltered at this
church are Louisiana natives who are having a difficult time adapting to the state or
getting a job. My request is that your company donate baskets, toothpaste and toothbrushes and
possibly a fund so that we may buy other necessities such as pillows, blankets,hats,
gloves,and scarves for those who will not have a place to go back to after they
leave the church. Your donation would be much appreciated not only by the vast amount
of people you will be helping this christmas, but also by our organization who has/will
work very hard to aid these people in having a better life.
Students: We have free audio pronunciation exercises.
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