Wednesday, September 28, 2016

NCHC Panel Discussion

At the Pulitzer panel Tuesday, I learned a lot about how the “Old South” and the “New South” work together. At the beginning, I believed that the panel would talk about the how 21st century life is banishing the old ways or about how against change the old south is. When, in reality (or really Doug Marlette’s Kudzu comic strip), the older generations of the south are typically very accepting of “new age” millennials and how we differ from them. I was definitely affected the most by Rodrigo Dorfman's commentary more than anyone else's. His filmmaking is very interesting to me and, as a member of the Latinx community, are stories that I identify with and understand.  

Dorfman is a filmmaker who described his work as capturing the dignity and perseverance of the Latinx community. He tries to showcase hispanics in the best light possible and to get people to see us as “human beings, not tragedy.” He said something that really stuck with me. He said that we should tell stories that change the world and that, by listening, you should allow those stories to change you. As someone who cares deeply and is completely fascinated by the stories and struggles of others, I respect and am in awe of Dorfman’s work.

I spoke with John H. White, Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist, after the panel discussion was over and had a very meaningful conversation with him about the disadvantages that this society imposes upon members of certain genders, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and I came to find out that he is a very amazing person. I was disappointed that he was not on the panel.

I chose this cartoon by Kevin Siers in light of this year's election. Voting laws in North Carolina have been changing a lot recently and many claim (what I believe to be true) is that Voter ID laws have begun to benefit republicans by targeting and discriminating against black voters. African-Americans are statistically less likely to have a photo-ID’s which are now required to vote. On the other hand, republicans are more likely to have hunting licences (which are pictureless) that are accepted as a “valid form of identification.” I believe that this work was chosen for a Pulitzer prize because of these reasons. It addresses the ugly truth that people try to deny.

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