Peace by Piece Slide Show

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sampson Park TURNT UP Reflection- Isaiah

It was hot. Sweat built on my brow and poured out of me like an overflowing glass of water to drip down my entirety—as Breial said, “Dude you sweatin’ bricks.” Yes, in fact I may have been able to build a house at the rate that I was going, burning along the way as well. But those are simply the minor details of weather and the unfortunate happenings that come with wearing inappropriate clothes. The event itself was rather lively in its own way, very physical and artistic. The physicality of the event I feel also helped to reinforce the impact of Stop-N-Frisk because that law itself is very much about the body. To say what that is, go on a journey with me. Imagine that you’re at the corner store getting a cold drink with your peeps and then while walking home the cops roll up on you and tell you to stop. They then get all up in your face and space, potentially saying things about you that aren't true, just in general violating you and not telling you why and moving on—they might even take you to jail. This is not the bee’s knees and should not be happening, because at the end of the day this is just profiling off of stereotypes and a legal way to enforce quotas and harassment of specific segments of the population. On top of that we also explored the closing of schools in New Orleans and other cities and how those instances also are attacks on very specific areas and populations.

During the event itself I was covering the “Community May I” game and two art activities. During the game I could feel my awkwardness creep out of me while reading through the activity, but I stumbled through and finished out somehow still alive—even though I did mess up a few times. The art stations were easier for me to handle because they were more up close and personal with the youth there participating. It made me glad to see people coming over and putting painted hand prints on the white board and red and blue hands on the black board expressing themselves positively and enjoying the actions. Closely tied in with this was one of the more memorable moments of the day for me. A little girl who came over to the boards wanted to do the Stop-N-Frisk board, but when I asked her if she had ever been angry or confused she giggled and said no to both feelings. I found this to be a wonderful moment and it made me contemplate how lovely it would be for her to not have to feel those emotions at least in the ways that are negative and tear people, families, communities apart like Stop-N-Frisk does. Her innocence gives me inspiration and hope for the future to improve the world so people like her have something more to look forward to.


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