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We have been reflecting on possible ways to engage in social change. Your Community Narrative paper was a great opportunity to think about your own communities and some of the things you could do in order to promote change. Since social media has constituted in a powerful way to promote activism and social change, you should now create a social media campaign that will improve some of the issues you pointed out in your discussions, Critical Inquiries, and your Community Narrative. Please, choose a social media outlet you would like your campaign to be in. Think critically! Why do you want to use Facebook instead of Instagram, for example? What kind of rhetorical appeals will you use? What would be your intended audience? Why? Choose ONE specific social issue you would like to address and help improve. Your media campaign could be a poster, a video, a PowerPoint presentation, a meme, a poem, blog, wiki, etc., but it has to show how critical and purposeful the selection of images, words, and colors are in order to achieve your goal. After you have brainstormed and planned your topic, materials, and message(s) you want to include in your campaign you should submit: 1. An 8-10 minute video in which you talk about your planning, the selection of materials, the reasons behind the selection of those, your intentionality, intended audience, and the bibliographical sources--from our reading materials and external sources you will use to support your argument and plan of action. Please, record your video and upload it to YouTube, send me the URL/Link from Youtube. Besides, the previous elements, I will also take into account your body language, level of engagement with the project, the projection of your voice, and the way you interact with the camera in order to engage your audience in your project. (((Just write to me what should I say in 8 mins. ))) 2. A two-page Word file with a 200-300 word rationale/justification/motivation for your project (Page 1) and a Works Cited page (Page 2, MLA style) in which you will include at least 4 scholarly sources (Books, articles, chapters from books) from our class readings or external sources. Include scholarly sources only, not popular ones. Use the following questions in order to frame your social media campaign, the rationale, materials, and rhetorical strategies you will be using: 1. What is/are the main goal(s) of the project? 2. What kind of audience is your campaign going to address? Why? 3. What is the social relevance of your project? 4. How do you plan to use it publicly? Why? 5. What kind of social impact would you expect?
Alqassabi 1 Ali Alqassabi Milton Gomez Discourse300 March 16, 2019 Community Narrative Living in Kansas City is breathtaking since the city offers all sorts of activities to suit every person’s personal preference. From the informative visit to the Kansas City zoo to the many museums showcasing a variety of things ranging from toys to aircrafts and steamboats, Kansas City (KC) is the perfect place for both residents and tourists. I am a resident of this amazing city and the experience so far has been enriching. I actively participate in the Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Kansas City (YVCKC) which entails a variety of activities and opportunities such as working with children, taking care of the elderly and interacting with my fellow youths. However, like most cities and town, KC is faced with some social issues like classism, racism and sexism. One of the social issues faced by the residents of Kansas City is that of classism. This is clearly evidenced by the split of neighborhoods into social classes. According to a study done in 2017, classism has a big impact to the society more than people realize. The study revealed that organized crime was more rampant in areas deemed to be of a lower class. This has a negative impact on the economic activities in the area, for example, some stores that would normally be open late into the night in “higher class” areas close as early as 5pm in areas considered to be lower class. The same differences are observed with regard to closing hours of libraries situated in areas of different classes. The most common division for a community into economic classes Alqassabi 2 often relates to race with white people occupying prestigious areas. Evidently, classism and racism go hand in hand and both need to be addressed. Kansas City also records incidents of biasness relating to gender. Surprisingly, over 50% of American men believe that sexism does not exist when it is in fact true that the chances of favorable opportunities decrease when the subject is a woman (Wright 207). This is often witnessed in hiring, remuneration and promotions in the work environment while in school, it manifests in form of more adverse treatment for female students in comparison with their male counterparts. The manifestation of sexism is sometimes blatantly expressed in the form of harassment of female students but subtle in other cases, for example, discouraging female students from pursuing STEM subjects since they are “hard and not for girls” (Wright, 208). This is an issue that affects most parts of America and the world in general and unfortunately, Kansas City is not an exception. It is important for me to reflect on my role as an American resident because I seek to understand my community and help in bringing changes where necessary. I realize that social change is effective when carried out by huge numbers of people in general. However, this does not erase the individual responsibility that one has towards fighting social injustices. Within my capacity, I can do a number of things to condemn and fight against racism, sexism and classism. I believe the first step towards social change is to recognize the need for change in order to rid the community of social injustices. This can be done by educating the masses since some of these injustices are committed unwillingly. Information can be passed through various channels. I can serve my community and help bring about change by first educating myself on social justice and then starting a blog where issues on social injustices are addressed. Different issues could be tackled with every post and I would also invite readers to share their experiences. Alqassabi 3 I believe this would play a role towards sensitizing the community of Kansas City about issues that affect us all. Social media is a powerful tool that can be used as platform for championing for social justice, not just in Kansas City but in all parts of the world. Of particular interest to me are Twitter and Instagram since these are platforms widely used by the youth and can be exploited to make my voice be heard. In addition to this, I also intend to immerse myself in more volunteer work. For example, to get a better understanding of the far-reaching effects classism, I intend to volunteer at innercity schools, particularly at the Central Academy of Excellence that is currently making an attempt at integration of students from suburbs and those from lower income areas. An African-American woman once sued a company for discriminatory hiring practices citing the color of her skin and her gender. She failed to win the law suit because she made the mistake of separating these two identities that both defined her. Intersectionality refers to the relationship and interdependence between certain factors that may define a given human being and that could lead to discrimination. For example, the theory of intersectionality suggests that certain things including but not limited to race, national origin, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation and class cannot each exist separately (Hill and Blige 18). This theory plays a huge role in explaining acts of discrimination and social injustices, for instance, one can be simultaneously discriminated against for being a person of color and for being transgender. This necessitates a deeper understanding of the numerous differences that exist between groups of people and the complexities surrounding them (Hankivsky, Olena, and Renee 220). It is important to realize that people’s identity consists of various intersections and therefore systemic oppression affects different people in different magnitudes. It is therefore Alqassabi 4 important to use inclusive language and generally integrate different perspectives when addressing an issue. Alqassabi 5 Works Cited Hankivsky, Olena, and Renee Cormier. "Intersectionality and public policy: Some lessons from existing models." Political Research Quarterly 64.1 (2011): 217-229. Hill, Collins P, and Sirma Bilge. Intersectionality. Cambridge: Polity, 2016. Print. Wright, James D. Social Problems, Social Issues, Social Science: The Society Papers., 2017. Internet resource.

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