Short Notes: There Really Is An Apple Taste In Apple Jacks

Jose Vilson Short Notes 10 Comments

The leftovers:

1. Wait, you mean Obama actually won Texas? Well then, maybe the MSM (mainstream media) has a lot to think about when it comes to responsible journalism. Not that I’m for or against either candidate, but it’s important to present the facts.

2. My impressions of Squidward and Gary of Spongebob Squarepants fame are becoming impeccable.

3. I finished Ch. 1 of my manuscript for the WOW Project. I know, I know, I shouldn’t be giving updates on that until I’ve personally handed in my manuscript to an agent, but I’m really excited.

4. JD and Taylor, I’ve already answered the Blog Evolution Meme and Top 5 Posts Meme I think, and in style …

5. My brother’s forearms are bigger than ever. I might have to check if dude’s on that HGH.

6. No really, my Apple Jacks actually have a nice apple taste, but it’s overpowered by that cinnamon.

6. Tamara and Ilana, I got you right now (re: Passion Quilt Meme).

Here are the rules:

  • Post a picture or make/take/create your own that captures what YOU are most passionate about for kids to learn about…and give your picture a short title.
  • Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt” and link back to this blog entry.
  • Include links to 5 folks in your professional learning network

Tommie Smith, John Carlos, and Peter Norman, 1968 Olympics

Are you surprised? This iconic image is the representation of a freedom struggle of living in this country. On one end, they represented America in grand fashion, delivering 2 of the 3 top medals in their contest, and on the other end, they knew that their country wouldn’t afford them the same rights as Whites were during that period. If I showed this to my kids, I’d want them to understand that their strength didn’t just come from their superior athleticism, but also their heart and love for their people, and the intelligence to make a stand in the greatest world stage. (It’s also important to know that there were 3 protesters there. Peter Norman also wore a protest badge to show support for Tommie Smith and John Carlos.) The opportunities they’ve received wouldn’t have happened without the struggles that people before them faced; now it’s up to them to carry that torch.

As for the people I want to pass this onto, I got nothin’. Take it on if you want to.

7. At first I didn’t think it was possible, but I’ve officially been linked on not one but two (mostly) gossip sites: Nicole Bitchie and MzVirgo. Shocked? Yeah. Appreciative? Certainly. I must be taking tips from Gangstarr.

jose

p.s. – Anticipate a positive post, a post about why your future’s so bright, you need to wear shades, and a post about NYC. I’ll definitely need your participation on that last one.

About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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    Jose

    Yeah I definitely knew that, but when it comes down to it, it’s the delegates that matter, and that’s who Obama won. Secondly, only one side of the story was told because, even with there being 3 million contestants in the primary portion, there’s still a really long road ahead for Hillary if she wants to win. Regardless, I would just prefer we all get all the facts, and not just the ones convenient for the media to lead us into the ratings.

  2. Hugh O'Donnell

    Re the meme: Those guys got the shaft at the time. Supposedly the wrong venue for protest, but I was rooting for them and the whole idea at the time, and so were a lot of other folks I know.

    Weirdly enough, the supposedly liberal press was not very liberal on that one. Great choice, Jose. Never enough reminders.

    (Remember, we’re not teaching to a class, we’re teaching to a parade.) ;)

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  4. Jonathan

    That photo’s from Mexico City, 1968. Forty years ago. A different world in so many ways.

    Everything was getting better. Everything could get better. We were demonstrating, speaking out, and in some cases rioting, not because we liked disorder or chaos. We were acting to affect change.

    Today we struggle not to lose what took so long, so much struggle, so much blood, to win.

    Today we’re free to understand, but not sympathize, not agree with, Carlos and Smith’s angry message.

    Forty years ago we would have appreciated it, been inspired by it, seen it as a symbol of hope.

  5. Eric Sassaman

    Jose:
    I’m currently working with a film maker whose film, SALUTE, documents the ’68 Olympics protest that you have referenced. This film is about to have wide distribution in the States. I really just want to thank you for pointing out that all three men on that dais were taking part in the protest. Obviously, for Peter Norman to have raised his fist would have been inappropriate, so he did what he could in support of his fellow athletes and in support of of civil rights. And all three ended up having to weather the backlash. In digging through so many U.S. blogs that broach the topic, you are the first out of dozens to acknowledge this. Thank you.
    -Eric Sassaman

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