By now you know that we’re working with Mr. Mayo’s class to raise awareness on the genocide occurring in Darfur, right? We’ve written an open letter to the President of Sudan and created our own pledge to fight against Genocide. We’re also working on a Voicethread presentation where we’re studying political cartoons on Sudan.
Here’s one of the more interesting images…and the conversation that we’ve had about it so far:
Big Bird: Look at this political cartoon. You can see that the man is writing down the things that need to be fixed or solved. I think the author is trying to tell us that America has a lot of problems.
Also look on the shirt. It has a lot of useless problems more than the big problems around the world.
Billy Burrito: I think that big bird is right because on his shirt he has a lot of useless and pointless jobs like save his SUV. So there kinda saying that the genocide in Darfur isn’t a problem and that we don’t need to help them.
Do you think that we should help Darfur with there Genocide?
Drama Queen: I partly disagree with you Billy. These may sound like dumb things to do, but that is what the average person has to usually think about. (Save maybe, the illegal nanny).
For example, think about your parents. What do they worry about? Gas prices, taxes, bills? These things sound pretty dumb, but you have to worry about these things in order for YOU to survive!
But I think the people represent the USA, and all they are doing to help. Which is nothing. Nothing, but asking about Darfur. People in the US of A are trying to survive in the world themselves, and except for an occasional thought about world issues.
But SHOULD we care?
Pooh Bear: I partly disagree with Big Bird because the things written on the mans shirt are not all useless problems for America, they are average problems for the world.
I do think, though, that the author thinks that these things are useless problems. Or why did he make the man and women look useless themselves?
The women says "What about Darfur?" I think that the author was trying to say that American people are only caring about themselves instead of Darfur, not that they are caring about stupid things instead of Darfur. What do you think?
Drama Queen: Pooh Bear I agreed with you on that these problems are typical but save New Orleans and save our troops are important not typical.
Take New Orleans,after Hurricane Katrina New Orleans was gone and still it needs more help almost 3 years later.
Our troops need help too. we’ve lost so many people there and the families who have a family member in Iraq are devastated so most are typical.
I think that the author is trying to say that most Americans think that their problems are more important and few like the woman care about real problems like the genocide in Darfur.
Mental Muffin: i agree with billy burrito because all of the information he put on his shirt is useless. i also wonder if one of th reasons he put useless information on his shirt because of his body shape
i also think the author is saying that we shouldn’t do anything about the genocide because the guy in the political cartoon says he doesn’t have and more room but he probably could of wrote something on the back of his shirt about Darfur.
Jake the Snake: Well I agree that some of these ideas are useless but not when he says "save the troops" that is a serious topic that we are dealing with today. It’s also a huge topic being discussed in our presidential elections.
Or what about all of the families that got hit by hurricane Katrina? Do you really think those people have it as good as we do?
So do you really think these ideas are dumb to think about?
Vlad the Impaler: Listen Billy B and Drama Brat I’m in the neutral zone between you two.
Drama girl says "well we need these stuff to survive ( forgetting illegal nanny) so stuff this Darfur Genocide . Billy says Americans are too greedy and selfish with themselves .
I really don’t know what to think . Is it our job to care about the worlds problems around us or the government? Why should we care? Is worrying about our affairs too greedy ? Should we care about the
world a little more than we do now ? Does the world care about us the same ?
Horse Freak: I also agree with billy, why should we be worrying about our problems when there are helpless people in Darfur who are dying every day!! To me were being selfish i know we have to worry about things like taxes, jobs and cars, but those are such small things compared to genocide!!
What do you think are we selfish and don’t know how well we have it? Should we complain less and help more just in case the problem is reverse and its happening in our country?