We have all come to the moment in the quarter where we are posting our final thoughts. Some of us will walk out of Sociology 101 on the 14th and never think about the subject again. I am not going to be one of these people. My mom asked me if I had to describe my sociology class in one sentence what I would say, the biggest thing I took away from sociology and what I would have to say is that “America isn’t the greatest country in the world, but it can be”. Walking out of sociology I will hold that truth knowing that society is struggling but it doesn’t have to be. These treatments of being socialized and the ideologies that affect us all at both a conscious and unconscious level are bad, they are hurtful and oppressing, but they don’t have to be. Change is truly the answer if we are unhappy, and by the opinions I have read over the course of 8-weeks on the discussion forum, I can tell that many of you are unhappy with where the world has come today.
This last article by Johnson was, I believe, extremely eye opening, and helped me bring everything from class to a final thought. Johnson opens up the article with something I personally am guilty of. I believed if I did not contribute to the oppression of people, if I did not openly do something to another individual than I was not part of the problem. I believe most of society thinks like this and Johnson calls this out automatically by saying, “silence and invisibility allow the trouble to continue”. If we do not actively choose to change the situation, we are choosing to enable the oppression. By our silence we are actively choosing to be part of the problem. This was eye opening to me. I never realized that choosing not to say anything was choosing to agree with the problem. So I believe that Johnson really helps his audience make a decision, to be active, or to be passive. Like many of you, I am controlled by the myths that Johnson points out, of “It’s always been this way, and always will be”...
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