An interesting sentence for me was “Does no one else think this is bizarre?” Becca asked. This sentence was exactly my thought process the entire story. During the story, the entire family acted as if the lizard-baby was a completely normal child and unconditionally loved it as any new born in the family would be loved. Becca’s statement made me realize that someone wasn’t bought in and thought that a LITERAL LIZARD coming out of a human was just a bit odd don’t ya think? When I look at this story through a disability studies lenses, I can depict how it is possible for strangers and others to judge a child that is not theirs, but for the mother they always love their child no matter what.

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Watching this movie gave me a ton of ideas that were very complex topics that I had to sit and think about before putting it into words. Throughout the film, I noticed the obvious binary opposition of black and white, as the show is filmed without color, with of course the theme of that continuing into Radha’s play. One of the biggest impacts this play had on me was realizing how my perception of African American society and culture can be corrupted by a white media picture. It opened my eyes to the unfair circumstances of African Americans trying to give their voice and perspectives to the world in true form. The music in the film often gave the scenes an almost awkward feeling.

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From the interview I learned more about Kiese Laymon’s relationship with his mother and how she disciplined him. This helped to make Kie’s actions in the story make more sense such as how he has so much discipline for losing weight. If I hadn’t watched the interview, I wouldn’t understand why Kiese was able to stay on such a straight path and never deviate from his goals. He seemed almost robotic from the amount of discipline he had.

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After watching “Little Miss Sumo” , I was fascinated to see all of the hard work the athletes put in. I feel that the reason that women’s sumo is not as popular as other women’s sports is due to Japan’s traditional ideas around sumo. I think that the globalization of sumo will give women’s sumo a strong chance at having the same opportunities as men’s sumo. In Missouri, women’s wrestling was just introduced at the high school level. If other states continue to follow this, I believe that women’s wrestling in all forms will be able to have the same opportunities as men.

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After reading the small “Your Black Friend” by Ben Passmore, I questioned my own actions around my black friends. I asked myself if I acted differently around them. I think this piece is great is making the reader question whether or not, their unnecessary black culture references around black friends make them uncomfortable. This piece helped me solidify the idea that no one should act differently around someone because of race. If everyone treated people as just people, communities could grow much stronger.

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After watching “You and the thing that you love” I was inspired by the film’s subject, Nick Mullins, and his ability to come back after his incident.

The film represents Nick’s disability has a limitation that only stops him from one thing and that is being able to see.

Nick depicts his disability has only taking away his vision and nothing more. I loved the scene where he decides to turn his life around and gets back into skating even without vision.

The binary opposition I saw in the film was Nick stating what he can and can’t do.

The only way I saw the film interacting with class is how Nick did not want to make his family take care of him forever and strived to get as close back to a normal life as possible.

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What specific events in the story do you see that causes the protagonist to change drastically?

What are some moments in the story where the picture brings more to the story than the text?

What is a moment in the story where both text and graphics would not work independently, but together provide meaning?

What parts in the text can you relate to your own life?

How do you think someone with different thoughts than your own would respond to this part of the story?

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For my module one project, I want to use my experience growing up and try to inspire others to make positive changes for themselves. I hope that by sharing my story that someone who reads it may relate it to themselves in order to shed any self conscious thoughts they have about themselves.

Now to get more specific I am going to attempt a multi part story in which I recall several memories from ages 12–18 that I thought were just completely essential in maturing my thought process. This will more than likely consist of 7–8 short half to one page stories in which my eyes were opened.

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