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Monday, December 14, 2015

Final: Same Love

Macklemore is a nonconformist. He isn't the most popular rapper, some people may even think of him as a joke. Even if he is conceived as a joke his songs have meaning and get topics across that some people consider uncomfortable to talk about. He is a nonconformist because he goes against what people think rap music is. Instead of rapping about drugs, money, and sex, Macklemore raps about problems in today's society. In the song "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis they sing/ rap about how gay people should be equal in society and should't be discriminated against because of the way they live their lives.

Even though society today is way more accepting of gay people than they were even 5 years ago, there are still people who believe that being gay is wrong and that it can be fixed. Many different types of people don't believe that being gay is politically correct. "The right wing conservatives think it's a decision and you can be cured with some treatment and religion" (line 11-12). The "right wing conservatives" believe that everything should be traditional. They believe that gay people are nonconformists, in a bad way may I add, because they aren't your "traditional" relationship and go against what the more conservative and traditional people believe as normal. You are taught to be yourself, but how can you be if there are so many different people knocking you down when you are yourself. "Live on be yourself When I was at church they taught me something else" (line 31). The church wants you to conform to societies expectations of being perfect. I believe that no matter who you like or what you believe in, you should be accepted in today's society. Clearly we aren't as progressed as we should be since the church and conservatives still believe that you have to be traditional to be equal. I don't understand why being different is a big deal , I thought everyone was supposed to be different and unique in their own way. We are taught this in kindergarten, yet when some people show who they really are they aren't treated as equals.

Inequality in our society has always been a problem, if it comes to African American, Muslims, gays, etc. Inequality has lead people to not conform to the perfect expectations of society. "The same fight that led people to walk outs and sit ins" (line 29). When people are participating in walks, protests, and sit ins they are fighting for something they believe in. They are fighting against society to be equal. Just like the book March we read in class, the gay community and it's supporters protested against the laws and discrimination they received from the general public through the same tactics as African Americans have. Macklemore believes that you should test the boundaries of society. As he did when writing a rap song about gay rights. And as gay people did when fighting for equality. He believes you shouldn't conform to staying silent, you should be heard and have a voice. "Everyone...more comfortable remaining voiceless" (line 3 pg.2). You need to fight against conformity and fight for your human rights so you aren't discriminated for just being yourself.

Overall, I believe the song "Same Love" doesn't conform to society. Even though gay marriage is legal in the U.S. now, and many of our younger generations are more accepting of how people live their lives, I feel that their is still a little ways to go for the gay community in terms of being treated equal by some individuals. I also believe this song doesn't conform to society because it goes against rap the stereotypical "rap music" that is popular throughout many young people. "If I was gay I would think hip-hop music hates me" (line 22). Macklemore even states in his song that this genre of music and gay people don't mesh. He would rather get an important message out to the public about gay rights and suffer some hate from the hip- hop community, than conform to the ways of rap music and be like every other rapper that is on the radio. Macklemore is a nonconformist.

Sunday, December 13, 2015


Finals are a stressful time. Students overwhelm themselves for basically no reason. I don't think that finals should be such a big deal. One day shouldn't determine how smart you are or what grade you have in a class. Overall, the final doesn't affect your grade that much, you usually get the grade on it that you have in that class. So it is kind of pointless to take a test that already shows your results in the class. Another pointless thing about finals is that you already learned and took tests for all the material that is on the final, so why do we have to show our teachers that we know how to do things that we were already graded on.

I actually don't mind studying for the tests because it makes me feel smart. I already learned all the material and know how to do it all. The actual test is what stresses me out because I always leave the room feeling like I bombed it. I know it is the other way around for most students because of all the organization that you need to do to lead up to the actual studying. If there was a choice between having to do finals at the end of each semester and having to take one accumulative final I think many people would choose to have two because it wouldn't be as stressful and as much material on each test. Overall, I believe that finals should't be a thing because it exhausts and stresses students out, for a test that won't really swing their grade at all.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Did Christmas Come too Early This Year?

I don't know if I'm the only one who noticed this, but Christmas came to early this year. Grocery stores all around the Northshore had their holiday decoration up even before Thanksgiving. In my opinion grocery stores should advertise Thanksgiving before Christmas, the food is the most important part of Thanksgiving. I saw lights up around town before Thanksgiving as well. 93.9 always starts their holiday celebration prematurely, Christmas music is being played the second November 1st hits the clock. By the time December rolls around I'm tired of hearing the songs because my mom insists on playing Christmas music whenever we are in the car. No need to sound like the scrooge here but I think everyone can only listen to Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
a certain amount of times before losing it.

Don't get me wrong I love Christmas, it is such a happy time of the year around here, but sometimes it can be much. Some of the positives of early Christmas is it gives you something to look forward to, even if it is pretty far away. It also makes a really pretty scene with the lights and trees. My favorite part about Christmas is going downtown and seeing all the lights and going ice skating. What is your favorite part of the holiday season?