First Semester:


When I first arrived at Cowpens I immediately felt out of context. I never learned about the battle of Crows nor knew the significance it had. It also made me feel a bit guilty that my detachment from the site lead to my ignorance to ignore and not ask more questions on why this story was not told. Specially, why were the stories of the numerous individuals who fought in it were not told?

When I arrived there to me it looked like a forest. The location needs to integrate more tour guides and integrate more diversity. Although, the people who fought were predominately white their weapons and major help stemmed from minorities. The fact that minorities were not mentioned at all to me aback and proved how stories can be molded and twisted to hear one specific side of the story. This to me shocked because I always believed especially growing up but one must question what they are told at all times even when the response might be genuine.

Growing up in the great city of Chicago I know through the public education I received no word of the battle at Cowpens was mentioned. However, in the South, it is something very important in their history and is taught in their school system. This is something that needs to be addressed in order to better us as a society and better our future generation of learners.

Professor Garry Bertholf, “The Biopolitics of Race and the Post-Genomic Turn to Caste”

When Professor Bertholf spoke about BiDil it truly moved me. I knew racism exists and that is the misfortune we live in. Yet, I did not realize how this segregation has manifested itself in the sciences in the sense of prescribing certain individuals certain pills versus others.

Hearing about BiDil I became intrigued and angered that our government allowed for this to occur. The fact that this pill was advertised for African-Americans only triggered me to a great extent. The reason being is that what if a “Gay Pill” were invented and was advertised to turn gay people straight? That is first off absurd and second of all a direct violation of my identity and my pursuit to be happy in this world.

Medicine should be used universally and although some races are more susceptible to certain diseases it should not be discriminatory nor used to outcast a group and make it seem that a certain group of people are sicker than others. Specifically, it is not right for the government to have allowed for this to occur.

In order to move forward in our society, we need to start looking at each other as humans and not instantly discriminate base on skin color and race. We need to take a step back and see the true beauty in looking at one another as humans. Then and only then, may we live in a better world than we do today and accomplish truly exceptional things in the world we live in today.

Second Semester: 

Review… Drag Show – Talk about that revolutionary work in the making here at Davidson.