A punishment for a crime you didn’t commit.

What is poverty? By definition poverty is the state of being extremely poor but in all actuality poverty is more than just that. Ghandi once said ,”Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn’t commit.” It is a multifaceted concept, which consists of social, economic, and political factors . According to the World Bank, “India is one of the poorest countries in the world.” When discussing the poverty that infiltrates rural India and the poverty depicted in Slumdog Millionaire , I can honestly say though well written ,Slumdog Millionaire doesn’t accurately depict  the severity of India’s poverty .

The slums in Slumdog Millionaire are brighter and livelier than any we’ve seen before(Lim,6).It is not often we see poverty depicted in an aesthetic manner, but Slumdog Millionaire does just that. One reviewer Daniel Lim, makes note of the fact that the film alludes to the idea of a developing India where slums are being replaced by modern-day apartments, but that is belied by the reality that the movie was shot in an actual Mumbai slum. But in fact,there are people today who are living in unthinkable conditions of poverty. Not years ago, but today. If you were to walk through the slums of Mumbai right now there are still beggars on the streets , polluted water ,  and malnourished children with no place to call home and no people to call family. However, Slumdog Millionaire does a swell job of shedding light on the extreme conditions that impoverished people had to undergo at this time , it doesn’t quite capture the extent to which poverty affects the civilization as a whole.






Intangibles I Plan to Keep on my Journey Through Life.

When asked what are the things that I hold most dear to my heart , I would have to say my family, friends, and faith. I have been so blessed in this lifetime that a book bag wouldn’t even be enough to carry all the intangibles , people ,and things that I value so much. But  if you must know , If I were to go on a  journey the first thing I would take would be my mom ,because she is truly my guardian angel on earth, there is nothing she wouldn’t sacrifice for me, and there is nothing I couldn’t talk to her about.Along with my mom I would bring my dad, brothers and sisters because they mean the world to me, and there is nothing I wouldn’t do for them and there’s nothing they wouldn’t do for me. Secondly I would take my friends, I have truly been blessed with some of the greatest people in the world to call my friends. People who genuinely care about me and vice versa, and I have no idea how I would do college or life without them. Also , I don’t see myself going on this journey without the many things Mrs.McCaugey has taught me this year , the wisdom she has provided me on how to write a proper argument. Last but certainly not least, my faith. There are so many obstacles that I have overcome in my life by the grace of God and words wouldn’t even begin to justify how good God truly has been to me .


intangible journey

What is Government To The Oppressed?

Martin Luther King Jr. and Henry David Thoreau both  realized the corruption that reaped through the government. King states the government tries to hide their immorality and mask it as doing the right thing, “it is even more unfortunate that the city’s white power structure left the Negro community with no alternative. Martin Luther King Jr. sheds light on the face of the racial injustices that were going on at that point. He also highlights the fact “that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere and that the only way to conquer this issue to break the chain of unjust laws. King makes it clear that it is our moral obligation to go against immorality when its set in front of us.Martin Luther King Jr. says the government should protect everybody not just one race.On the other hand, Thoreau states that, “That government is best which governs least;” which goes to show how he viewed the government-corrupt to stay the least. Thoreau also believed that it is our moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. Thoreau believed that the government should respect each and every individual. All in all Thoreau and Martin Luther King Jr. have the same mindset  when it comes to the impurities of the government and how to go about handling them



If it’s wrong and you know it you have the opportunity to make it right.



Satire as Effective Argument

After thoroughly analyzing both articles , I must say that “The Negro Plan”    by Harry Golden possess a more positive ethical appeal than that of the “Left Handers Got No Reason to Live,” by Roger Guffey. “The Negro Plan,” by Harry Golden allures the audience’s attention in a more positive manner than the “Left Handers.” The tones of the two passages differ drastically. Harry Golden uses a more  civilized tone whereas Duffey uses a acrimonious tone. Duffey uses condescending and harsh words when describing left-handed people such as: “malevolent,””unnatural,” and “perverts.” Both authors are making proposals to the Supreme Court but the difference lies in how they each chose to address the Supreme Court with their proposals. Golden tries a more compromising  approach, saying things such as “I think my plan would not only comply with the Supreme Court decisions , but would maintain “sitting down” segregation.  However, Guffey uses a more biased approach, saying things such as “We should all band together and pray fervently that God will strike these little perverts dead.” All in all , I didn’t agree with either proposal but if I had to say “The Negro Plan” was far better because of its mannerly approach and its ethical appeal.


there’s nothing evil about being left-handed

Slumdog Millionaire.

“When somebody asks me a question, I give them an answer.” Slumdog Millionaire is an iconic film released in 2008, that tells the story of  how an 18 year old orphan  Jamal Malik from the slums of Mumbai, is now just a commercial break away from winning 20 million rupees and becoming a millionaire. In this film, two brothers Jamal and Salim Malik are born into poverty and surrounded by violence by what looks like no way out.Despite the many trials and tribulations Jamal endured , he makes them all life lessons from which he learned and remembered for the rest of his life. Those lessons were all the answers he needed when faced with the chance of a lifetime.

I personally find it interesting to know that there are third world countries out there that triple America’s poverty rate. I also found it very compelling to know the amount of every day violence that takes place in the slums of India. Last but not least I found the culture of India quite intriguing.

I’ve known for quite some while that poverty exists in India but not the extent that the movie depicted. I also figured that the violence in India was probably just as bad , because statistics show that poverty and violence have a strong correlation in pretty much every society.

I need to expand my knowledge as a whole on the general civilization of India, and how everyday life is for people that live in the slums. I would like to know more about their economic policies , and how society treats the impoverished, and if it has gotten any better since the release of this thought provoking film.


A chance of a lifetime.

You Are Not Special by David McCullough.


When you’ve been told you’re special all your life then somebody tells you , you aren’t.

In my rebuttal I will be arguing for my right to believe that I am indeed special. I am arguing the mere fact that considering yourself special is not an act of selfishness. I’m arguing the right to not only be authenticated but to be different in doing so.

In You are Not Special , David McCullough declares that the biggest mistake a person can commit is to think that they are extraordinary , cause when doing so you lose a sense of individuality and become just like everyone else. He argues that the greatest gift in the world is knowledge and the capability to keep learning. He believes one should live one’s life according to their own desires and not by any standards that have been placed upon them. David avidly claims that we as young people have been “cosseted” all of our lives , growing up in environments that teach us that we are nothing but special; that we know nothing else but to consider ourselves extraordinary. But although , David claims that we are not special he doesn’t go as far as to say we’re regular. In his speech his main idea is that,”the sweetest joys of life, then,come only with the recognition that you’re not special.” But then again if everybody believes that they’re  special/ extraordinary wouldn’t that in fact make us all the same nothing but ordinary?

In David McCullough’s speech he states, “We have come to see them as the point-and we’re happy to compromise standards ,or ignore reality,if we suspect that’s the quickest way,or only way, to have something put on the mantelpiece, something to pose with ,crow about, something with which to leverage ourselves in a better spot on the social totem pole.” In this very claim Mr. McCullough implies that we are selfish creatures that only care about the praise that  follows any good task we accomplish, or that we as people are decadent, and only care about our appearance to society. I question David McCullough’s beliefs , because there are undeniably selfless people out here in this world. And I mean yeah, sure we are all guilty of being selfish at times but thats does not define us as utterly selfish people. I know for a fact that there are young people in this world that do good deeds not just for the acclamation of society but out of the pure kindness of their hearts.

My argumentative ways.

When asked how I would describe my argumentative style, I couldn’t quite tell you an exact argument type but I could describe the tactics I use for a successful argument. During an argument, I like to state facts and be very direct and only aggressive if need be.

The last time I argued was actually just this past January 2nd (a.k.a my 20th birthday) and me and my mom just weren’t seeing eye to eye. There was this really nice and fairly new  restaurant in North Atlanta that I really wanted to have my birthday  dinner at , but the weather was terrible and my mom said I rather you not go out tonight.  I proceeded to tell her that it’s my birthday and it only comes around once a year, and that I’ve driven in bad weather before. I also told her I would be very careful and to ease her mind I told her I would call periodically throughout the night just so she knew where I was at. I also mentioned, once again, thats its my birthday and that this night was very important to me. After minutes of back and forth arguing , she then decided to let me go forth with my birthday plans.

I knew in order to win an argument with my mom or anybody for that fact , you have to listen to their side and try to understand their side of the argument. I also knew to state facts because at the end of the day , facts are undeniable , and hard to argue against. Growing up I was always taught to be direct and never to beat around and the bush and to always make it clear what you’re trying to say. I was taught to be honest and to think before I speak.

I don’t typically argue but when I do for the most part I’m successful, what I like the most about my current style of argument is probably my sense of reason , I try to reason with my opposition while still advocating my case. If I could change one thing about the way I argue it would probably be to provide more evidence.


happy birthday to me .