Getting back to things

Last week, more specifically last Thursday, the Diversity Committee had the event we had worked for throughout the year. Things went very well and we had a very good dialogue throughout the day. You can read about it here. It was really meaningful. Someone in the dialogue said that we should all watch Zootopia. Since my students and my kids had told me that I should see it, I decided to take some time and go. I have to say that it was really, really good. There was a scene in particular that caught my attention. For those of who have not seen the movie and don’t want spoilers, suffice it to say that the script in the press conference hits home for me in many ways. It is the type of discriminatory speech used in many cases and passes as polite, nice, rational and logical at times. But Hopps, the bunny cop, hurts her friend deeply. Later on, she realizes what she’s done but it takes a reality check to sink in. It is the type of hurt that people do not realize they cause on others. It was, in my opinion, the best part of the movie. I tried to google it to paste it here but I could not find it. I think everybody should watch the movie if anything just to see what soft and systematic prejudice sounds like.

I am grateful to God because the event went better than what I could have imagined. I am still in awe of it.

I am grateful because I was able to go and watch Zootopia with my daughter. We had a good time.

I am grateful because the semester is coming to an end.

I am grateful because the annual reports my students did were really, really good. I was very impressed with them.

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