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Week 2 Post

After reading both letters and watching the documentary. It’s crazy how they mistreated all black people and how they are viewed as. During the documentary, Baldwin does make some interesting points about black people and how they are treated because of the color of their skin. Throughout the years stating the events in what has happened. The Birmingham campaigns and Wounded Knee. How many people were being killed? Recent events of the deaths of black people due to police brutality. What caught my attention the most was the event that took place in 1890 which was wounded knee on how many people were murdered.

Hello All

Hi everyone, my name is Nadja, and I am majoring in architecture. I was born in Montenegro, raised in Italy and Germany and moved to New York almost 4 years ago. I started my studies in architecture at Pratt Institute and later transferred to CityTech, for its focus on technical skills and specific areas of architecture and construction. I took a couple of classes in mechanical engineering and loved working hands-on with manual milling machines and later CNC machines. It never ceases to amaze me what technology can do and that we have the possibility to build things that can leave a positive impact on society. I would love to learn more about electrical engineering and incorporate that in my architecture projects, create kinetic art that responds to movement or sound. I see there are students in computer science, and I always found problem-solving and analytical skills fascinating and fulfilling, sometimes unreachable.

I was a competitive swimmer until I moved to the US, and still love to do various sports. I am not a professional skier but I love to ski in the winter and swim in the summer as much as possible. I am taking 3 summer classes (maybe too much?) but I’m really trying to graduate by the end of the Fall so I can switch to a work visa and stay in the US. I can’t imagine living anywhere else but New York! The genre I usually read is novels as I can experience that immersive feeling that only music, drawing or architecture can give me. One of my favorite books is “One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest” by Ken Kesey and one of my favorite quotes from the book: Because he (McMurphy) knows you have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy. He knows there’s a painful side; he knows my thumb smarts and his girlfriend has a bruised breast and the doctor is losing his glasses, but he won’t let the pain blot out the humor no more’n he’ll let the humor blot out the pain.” The novel deserves to be read because even today the message that emerges in the book is extremely current and is not limited to a ruthless criticism of psychiatry that, like all institutions created by man, can’t be considered infallible since it focuses its attention on the abstract concept of “normal”. What makes the reading of this novel extremely fascinating is the metaphorical use of the writer, through the description of the events occurring in the psychiatric institution, to denounce a brutal system created by men themselves. The system that the writer attacks is symbolized by Miss Ratched, a smiling and inflexible head nurse, the perfect representation of a mythical and oppressive system. She dominates all the patients in the ward , coldly and cynically exploits their fear of the outside world, in fact there are not a few patients who have decided to self lock themselves due to the inability to bear the pressures exerted by a society that would like them to be equal to others.

The main character McMurphy, refuses to obey and seeks freedom. Throughout the book I love seeing how his character begins to awaken the same desire for rebellion in other patients as well. It allows them to face their fears and, even for a limited period of time, rebel against the oppressor.

I would love to hear more suggestions on books about social protest.


Hello everyone, my name is Louna Lafond. I’m Born and raised from Haiti and came to reside in Brooklyn from since young, till now. I am a Women. I am currently enrolled in summer classes to make up for my past mistakes, life is definitely worth living. I will be enrolled in forensic science, I’ve always wanted to work behind the scenes revealing how people did what they do.  I am not first generation from my family to attend college but, godwilling, I will become the first generation on my mothers side to finish! I do pursue Music as my freewill creative expression. From young, I’ve always loved to express myself through traveling, communicating and socializing. I got into music while learning how to write in English when I was in the 3rd grade. I remember clearly we had to write a poem, so I copied Miley Cyrus “It’s a party in the USA” and was persuaded to sing it. That day was the starting point of my becoming, We were ALL VIBING.  Till this day, When i find the moments I get to express myself I love every moment, I hope to gain perspective in passion through different stories.  I hope to grow with everyone, and learn a lot.

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