June 19, 2010
Reaction Paper #2
The discussion tonight began with an open discussion on the video about the Newman’s and the Stanley’s. Although no one came right out and said it, there appeared to be a strong push by the speaker to present the actions of persons from their race in the most positive manner possible. I brought up the fact that not only was race a major factor in their decision making, but economics, geographic location and the prior experiences of their parents lead to many of the decisions we saw presented in the video. The conclusion was the neither the Newman’s nor the Stanley’s were doing better at the end of the decade.
Next we watched the video on The Global Banquets: The politics of food. This was quite interesting to me. During my experiences both in the church as well as in my profession, I was led to believe that people truly wanted to do something about world hunger. Little did I know that the people that were growing the food had very little input into how it is dispersed thorough out the world. The reality was that farmers who grew the crop to feed others were basically on the verge of economic collapse. The small farmers were fighting with the large corporations, who were driving up the cost of the commodities needed by the small farmers to grow and produce crops and livestock. One farmer shared how he was a fourth generation farmer and how the farm had been with his family all this time, and not only was he challenged with growing a harvest, but also challenged with keeping the family farm. He was very concerned about having his legacy be blighted with the fact that he lost the family farm.
I was shocked to hear about the high incident of farmers committing suicide so their families could maintain in existence after their death. As I watched the video, I couldn’t help but wonder how it got to a point where policy would get so out of hand that it would be allowed for large corporations to squeeze out the...