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The Glass Castle

 

Throughout the whole book I was amazed yet almost envied at the way there were raised well at least certain aspects of it. I do not envy the way they were taken care of by their parts like when their house was next to their own dump “Y’all Wallses don’t burn garbage… Y’all throw it in a hole next to your house! You live in it”(165). This hit me because they had no choice being kids and no source of income yet it wasn’t actually her fault it was her parents faults but she got the blame put on in school which i think happens to a lot of kids.Or, when they had to eat margarine and then get in trouble since that was a luxury “Mom gave me a startled look. I’d broken one of our unspoken rules: We were always supposed to pretend our life was one long and incredibly fun adventure.(84)” The fact that their parents had things like her ring to sell but wouldn’t and their kids hadn’t eaten anything decent in weeks baffled me. The fact that a parent would put their self luxury over their children’s life is not right and in that moment I hated their parents. One more thing I did not envy was that they went for months without a proper cleansing, “By the time the free swim was over, my fingers and toes were completely wrinkled, and my eyes were red and stinging from the chlorine, which was so strong it wafted up from the pool in a vapor you could practically see. I’d never felt cleaner.(193)” I can relate this to my life but the difference is that she hasn’t had a proper bath in almost her whole life so this is literally the best clean she has had in a long time.

 

There are some things that I admired like how their parents always looked on the good things of life,”Mom liked to encourage self-sufficiency in all living creatures.(77)” This was where they could not afford food for their pets and their mom turned it around and I have to agree self-sufficiency is important in humans but I do question behind letting the pets fend for themselves. The overall premise  is correct that I think people shouldnt 100% rely on others to take care of them. You do see this later in the book when the kids leave their parents at a very young age for living on your own and take care of themselves very well even better than their parents ever did. So that lesson stuck with the kids very well. The next thing I liked about their dad is that he was smart and told them cool facts, “Then he pointed to the top of the fire, where the snapping yellow flames dissolved into an invisible shimmer heat that made the desert beyond seem to waver, like a mirage. Dad told us that zone was known in physics as the boundary between turbulence and order. ‘It’s a place where no rules apply, or at least they haven’t figured ‘em out yet,’ he said.(73)” This was one of many and it kinda made me feel like he wasn’t such a bad dad just a bad person since he did care about his kids and wanted to teach them stuff about the world but just  mad bad life choices which did affect his family poorly. The last thing I Admired was that Jeanette was creative in the way she dealt with problems she knew her parents would not help with like her braces,”I bent a metal coat hanger into a horseshoe shape to fit the back of my head. Then I curled the two ends outward, so when the coat hanger was around my head, the ends angled away from my face and formed hooks to hold the rubber bands in place. When I tried it on, the coat hanger dug into the back of my skull, so I used a Kotex sanitary napkin for padding.(201)” I liked this scene of the book because this is something I would have done except not on my self like for fixing toys and stuff where I could have gone to my dad I tried it by myself. I like the creativity that her parents kind of forced upon the children which is also a good life lesson to have learned. You can save money with than when fixing your own possessions.

Overall I loved this book, it opened my eyes to different ways of doing things even though they do not seem conventional at all. It shows how when given the option people can rise above the lowest points in life.

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Hate Speech Right or Wrong

 

Is hate speech protected by the first amendment? To put it simply, yes it is. But it is more complicated than that. In the case R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul, 505 U.S. 377 (1992) it makes things more clear to some people. In this case a young white male burned a cross on a black family’s lawn. Under Minnesota law it is  illegal to place, on public or private property, a burning cross, swastika, or other symbol likely to arouse “anger, alarm, or resentment in others on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, or gender.” The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled that the Minnesota law was unconstitutional because it violated the youth’s First Amendment free speech rights. He could have been held responsible for damages done to the property. In the second case, Wisconsin v. Mitchell, 508 U.S. 476 (1993), Mitchell and several black youth were outside a movie theater after viewing Mississippi Burning, in which several blacks are beaten. A white youth happened to walk by, and Mitchell yelled, “There goes a white boy; go get him!” Mitchell and the others attacked and beat the boy. This hate speech was tried and they were found guilty.

 

So what’s the difference well one was a public display the other was physical and seen as fighting words. Fighting words or words that target one person to act in a violent way are not protected by the first amendment. So in a heated debate you cannot say hateful words to cause them to react but you could write them on a sign and protest with the same words. So you can express your opinion in public but you can not confront someone who may take offense to it with those same opinions.

  • ABA Division for Public Education: Students: Debating the “Mighty Constitutional Opposites”: Hate Speech Debate

“ABA Division For Public Education: Students: Debating The “Mighty Constitutional Opposites”: Hate Speech Debate”. Americanbar.org. N. p., 2017. Web. 15 Feb. 2017.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo: First Amendment doesn’t cover hate speech

“CNN’s Chris Cuomo: First Amendment Doesn’t Cover Hate Speech”. @politifact. N. p., 2017. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.

Volokh, E. and Volokh, E.

Volokh, Eugene and Eugene Volokh. “No, There’S No “Hate Speech” Exception To The First Amendment”. Washington Post. N. p., 2017. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.

 

Hate Speech

Is hate speech protected by the first amendment? To put it simply, yes it is. But it is more complicated than that. In the case R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul, 505 U.S. 377 (1992) it makes things more clear to some people. In this case, a young white male burned a cross on a black family’s lawn. Under Minnesota’s law, it is  illegal to place, on public or private property, a burning cross, swastika, or other symbols likely to arouse “anger, alarm, or resentment in others on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, or gender.” The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled that the Minnesota law was unconstitutional because it violated the youth’s First Amendment free speech rights. He could have been held responsible for damages done to the property. In the second case, Wisconsin v. Mitchell, 508 U.S. 476 (1993), Mitchell and several black youth were outside a movie theater after viewing Mississippi Burning, in which several blacks are beaten. A white youth happened to walk by, and Mitchell yelled, “There goes a white boy; go get him!” Mitchell and the others attacked and beat the boy. This hate speech was tried and they were found guilty.
So what’s the difference well one was a public display the other was physical and seen as fighting words. Fighting words or words that target one person to act in a violent way are not protected by the first amendment. So in a heated debate, you cannot say hateful words to cause them to react but you could write them on a sign and protest with the same words. So you can express your opinion in public but you can not confront someone who may take offense to it with those same opinions.

ABA Division for Public Education: Students: Debating the “Mighty Constitutional Opposites”: Hate Speech Debate

“ABA Division For Public Education: Students: Debating The “Mighty Constitutional Opposites”: Hate Speech Debate”. Americanbar.org. N. p., 2017. Web. 15 Feb. 2017.

 

CNN’s Chris Cuomo: First Amendment doesn’t cover hate speech

“CNN’s Chris Cuomo: First Amendment Doesn’t Cover Hate Speech”. @politifact. N. p., 2017. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.

 

Volokh, E. and Volokh, E.

Volokh, Eugene and Eugene Volokh. “No, There’S No “Hate Speech” Exception To The First Amendment”. Washington Post. N. p., 2017. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.