Hello Everyone! My name is Silja Mitange; I am 18 years old and a first-year student in the Professional Writing Program. I was born in Luanda, Angola ( it is in the southwest of Africa) but raised in Toronto, Canada (fun fact: I am fluent in both English and Portuguese.
Growing up, I always preferred language above all school subjects, whether it was English or Portuguese. I practiced musical theatre and dance throughout High school, but all of those skills were just hobbies to me, no matter the amount of positive feedback I received from all my instructors. Long story short, I had an epiphany. Yes, at the age of 18! (I have had more in the past). I realized that I was unaware of the gifts that God placed within me ( I am also a follower of Christ). So, after studying both sciences and arts, I realized that it was time to leap into the unknown, trust in the Lord and use the tools he gave me to move forward, because believe it or not ladies and gentlemen, I was not going to major in the arts, let alone go to university. Now here I am, at York University habitually writing, The Lord is gracious, and I am grateful.
Thereupon, I am excited to use my skills and gain more in return as we begin this project.
For the past few generation human being in power have been imposing their belief to rule society. This imposition of one's belief began an uprisal of individualism, where each human being shared a different opinion. Nowadays that society is filled with individualist; everyone carries a different belief or opinion that opposes another. So, as a society, especially our Canadian society, in order to avoid conflict we have chosen to view all beliefs as merely a matter of opinion. It would be wrong to assert that all knowledge is merely a matter of opinion because actually what is an opinion? An opinion is subjective, based off emotions and open to interpretation, physics is not is not based off emotions, and it is not opened to interpretation hence it would be wrong to assert that all knowledge is merely a matter of opinion. Above all, an opinion cannot be proven right, therefore certain things such as philosophy, and language, in general, is just a matter of opinion, but not all knowledge is a matter of opinion.
My opinion piece is called “ The Skin I’m In: I’ve been interrogated by police more than 50 times—all because I’m black” Written by Desmond Cole. The central argument or main claim of this piece is that though we live in a free society black people are still obligated to justify their freedom.
This piece is highly rooted primarily on anecdotal evidence, which is why I believe is very powerful. This is considered an opinion piece because, Desmond Cole wrote it based off his experiences therefore those that have never experienced nor witnessed what he went through can very much argue that such discrimination does not exist in Canada becasue they have never seen it.
Also, there are two individuals: the prosecuter and the one being prosecuted, this is very significant and arguable is becasue in this piece the prosecuter is the police, and they are characterized as a wolf in sheeps clothing, and becasue of the sheeps clothing he has on he can very well say " not everything is racism I’m just dong my job to protect the people , we interrogate many individuals for safety reasons not becasue of skin colour."
Desmond Cole's piece is very biased, I only say this because of the experiences he has gone through in his lifetime , it gave him a completely different view of the Canadian society. Due to his past experiences he has dedicated his writings and speaking to "activism in the service for black liberation. Therefore when is talking about injustice towards the black community he comes off very biased.
What makes this piece very topical is the fact that the social context aims towards a very delicate, defended hot topic — white supremacy, and racial injustice which Canada " the piece keeping country" likes to say it does not exist
This hot topic carries a load of potential for a podcast episode becasue it’s one of those topics that people often reject listening too. Primarily because it speaks the truth it sheds light on reality, and this makes people uncomfortable.
Carding Podcast Outline
Upon the making of my podcast I have come across many characters that I plan on using for my internal “scenes”.
Founder of the Toronto community advisory board and he says that he has been a victim of racial profiling, not only by the police but from others as well even non white individuals that are not black either. He argues that this occurs in job application, and even rental agreement, he argues that racial profiling is everywhere he goes. This character is very useful for my podcast because I am specifically referring to black Torontonians as the targeted population. This would make for a great anecdote to prove my overarching narrative, because my listeners would get to see that these victimizing experiences truly occur.
Desmond Cole is a freelance writer and an activist, he wrote about his carding experiences in Canada overall but specifically in the city of Toronto. He recalled that he has been polled over and randomly stopped in the street by law enforcement officers asking him personal questions, in other words racially profiling him. This is very useful for my piece for I will be investigating the rules on carding and how police are supposed to approach it. Through those facts I may bring back Desmond Cole’s experience to expose or to bring to light how Toronto law enforcement officers have been abusing their power and even Canada’s Charter of rights and freedom.
Marlon, Tariq and Officer Jim From: Racial testimonials profiling in Canada: challenging the myth of "a few bad apples"
This scholarly book published by the University of Toronto press in 2005, contains true of Torontonians who have undergone racial profiling by the Toronto Police. This true story is very similar to that of Desmond Cole, which is good for my Podcast because Cole’s anecdote is told by a popular source which means the accuracy of it can be question such as biased. But Because I now have a similar story but one that is published by a university press it will strengthen the accuracy and unbiasedness of my other anecdotes. Marlon and Tariq were people that were raised to respect the police and taught to view them as community helpers, but after a few bad encounters such as police abusing their power through their “routine check”. The authors of this book also made sure to interview the police officer himself which stated that he did not pick on them because he just knew their origin but because of his past experiences with people of that ethnicity, that it what caused him to racially profile the two individuals.
When it comes to sound, I believe it comes easy for me, perhaps it’s because of past experience with audacity. But when I first began adding sound, I went to the website with royalty free music and downloaded almost 4 different sound because I couldn’t choose. So, I tried all four sounds on my podcast and place the best one, this whole process took me about, fifteen minutes, therefore I would say trying to find an enjoyable listening experience is not hard— at least not when it comes to sound. In my podcast I am not happy with my audio persona, its not because I don’t like my voice—I love my voice, I just feel that I could have given a better audio persona, had my actual voice not sounded tired. I feel that if I had added sound effects to y podcast it definitely would make my audiences listening experience better, because it will distract them from my tired voice, and carding is not a topic that many people like to listen to, so sound effects would maintain my listeners captivated.
Upon the process of making my podcast I have realised that audacity is actually very simple to use, I’ve used it before and for certain things I had to watch YouTube videos on how to use and ended up doing the right thing. From the very beginning in order to do the podcast I had to tell my self “ you can all things through Christ” and that was my strength to be honest, because I don’t often do many tech things like podcasting. When it comes to writing, thinking and communicating I surprisingly learned a lot. Because in the beginning of the semester I had asked myself “ how is my writing and research going to improve by doing podcasts?” little did I know. My writing abilities have become much clearer, I believe its because throughout the assignment much though process went into it.Also in tutorials and lectures we were taught how to organise ideas, and even how to come u with some. This really improved my thinking and communication. When it comes to researching there was a drastic change. I say this because before this course, even though I took EN 1001 I still did some research on google, I dint think about popular sources and scholarly sources, well I did when it came to essays, but I did not know how to evaluate my sources. Now when I do research like I did for my an assignment this semester I really analysed my sources, like “ how credible and useful it would be to me and why”. That’s not even the cool part, the really cool part is that I do it subconsciously. Thank you.
Its a matter of opinion…
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