Equals Should Be Treated Equally

As Black History month nears, and with Martin Luther King Day this past week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the way white people (Caucasian for you “politically correct” people) treat minorities. It’s challenging writing this because I don’t want to offend anyone, but at the same time, this is coming from my historical knowledge, observation, and conversation; please, correct me if I am wrong.

Throughout my day, I interact with a diverse group of people–African Americans, Asians, Middle Eastern, etc. There’s diversity in my classrooms (though still, mostly white). there’s diversity on the buses, at work, at stores, everywhere. But it wasn’t always like this. Fifty years ago, we (the United States) were just beginning to overcome absurd prejudices against minorities. Can you believe that black people were spit on, beaten, verbally assaulted, threatened, and considered to be the lowest of the low, because of the color of skin?

I can’t express in words the confusion and disbelief I feel when I think about this way of life, and how much more confusing it must have been, and still is, for those who were/are treated that way. To feel human, is to be human– no matter where you’re from, no matter what you look like, no matter how you speak or what you believe–and in each of us is an innate sense to be accepted and to be respected and loved.

I can’t say that we have overcome this prejudice, even though it’s 2012 and we’re fully integrated, and our President is African American–the truth is, it still exists. Racial jokes and stereotypes are fluent throughout our nation. Discrimination exists whether it is legal or not; it’s in our attitudes and the back of our minds–I myself struggle with stereotypes and judgments, but I’m working to eliminate them. My goal is to see every person the way God sees each person–with love and with respect to the feelings, gifts, and dreams within each individual.

I hope that this note, although long, will encourage you all to appreciate what we as a nation have overcome, and what we have left to complete in order to treat every human being humanely.

Thanks for reading 🙂



CHanneling My Inner Chai

Yes, I know it’s Chi, but today I bought a Chai Latte from Starbucks, and it was one of the better beverage decisions I have made in a while. It was like drinking Pumpkin Pie, and I love all things Pumpkin Pie. The only problem was the milk: my stomach is still bloated from the dairy, but that can be easily fixed with soy!

And, I was searching through my cupboards and found two containers of Chai! Guess what I’ll be having tomorrow morning…:)


Also, it’s fun to give the barista a fake name when he/she asks. Today, I was Norah. I always thought I could pull  off that name. I wish I had saved the container as a souvenir..

I Got Class.

My books arrived yesterday! Here’s a look at four of the five classes I am taking:


It should be a fun semester 🙂


At Home ‘Bucks

I don’t think I’m alone when I say that paying 4-5 dollars for a coffee drink is a bit ridiculous, especially when it might cost someone that same amount to get to the coffee shop! Coffee prices and gas prices seem to be correlated, so I did a little research and found an easy way to indulge in the same coffee treat, minus the logo and cost.

All you need is brewed coffee, milk, ice, and any sweet add-in of choice. I went for an Iced Mocha, but instead of chocolate syrup, I used a bit of Nutella 🙂 It tasted chocolaty, and had a good amount of protein for the start of the day.

Just add the ingredients together and blend. Mine created a frothy mixture at the top, just like any frozen Starbucks specialty drink, which made me excited. I think next time I’ll add some chocolate chips.

Another great part of this at-home drink is that you know the nutritional content of each item. Many specialty drinks are loaded with calories and sugar, but I used fat-free milk, and a small spoonful of Nutella, so mine was fairly low in that area.


New Year’s Resolution

Because it’s the beginning of a new year and because everyone else is doing it, I thought I would share my own resolution for 2012. It’s not unique by any means, but I thought it was good for me none the less. For my resolution, I am going to make an effort to budget. I have a student loan that can and should be paid off, and trips to save up for, so careless spending needs to sit in the back burner…at least for now.

What are your resolutions?