»Global Citizens Wall Dialogue

Wondering what was mentioned after you left a comment on the Global Citizens Wall?  Check below for a full transcript of your fellow students' responses to current issues impacting our world.

+-12th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

On the 12th anniversary of 9/11, are you more hopeful or doubtful about our future? Why?

  • Doubtful. Destructive foreign policy has only worsened since 9/11, we have made countless more enemies, and the emergency powers granted post 9/11 that eviscerated the Bill of Rights have only expanded since. We are an empire colony from within and without.
  • Doubtful, 2 words… Barack Obama
    • Give his Nobel Prize to Putin for Syria
    • Barack Obama what?
      • Probably a reference to his alarming foreign policy
      • I am hopeful in that relations and policies regarding the middle easy can get better as long as America votes for officials that can bring about that change. However, I am doubtful that that change will come any time soon.
      • I am hopeful that America can make it through anything. It may take time, money, and failure, but the American spirit lives on.
      • If we doubt, WE FAIL
        • But really though
        • This
        • This…but then again…
        • I’m hopeful because I believe in the human spirit – our innate ability to learn from our mistakes, to from from our times of suffering, and to win despite the odds that are stacked against us. We as human beings have the power to change the world as we see fit. The question is, are we willing to seize this responsibility? Let’s change the world.
        • “Love one Another!!” Biggy Big
        • Neither But…we have not the luxury to doubt, and yet…what is there to be hopeful about when our nation is making the same mistakes as always?
        • There must always be hope for us as well as future generations 
        • Can we stop hoping or doubting and forget about who or what contributed to our current situation and instead have Faith that WE WILL, not that we already aren’t, make a positive change. It’s our world, our future, soon to be our present. Whatever’s going on, we have the power to make a change. LET’S DO IT!
          • Exactly, thank you
          • We can’t fear life, or else it is not worth living. Part of the beautiful thing oh having a conscious is being vulnerable to life’s shadows and horrific moments. But if we stop living fearfully, share love, 9/11 incidents wouldn’t occur, and we can experience more peace than sorrow. R.I.P. to the victims of 9/11. We will never forget you.
            • For real though
            • Yes!
            • But really though
            • THIS!
            • Life is too:      
              • Beautiful
              • Precious
              • Short
                • To doubt
  • This week’s wall also included an illustration of the World Trade Center and the American flag, and a new, One World Trade center with a cross above it and this text:
    • Hope rises anew
    • The new One World Trade Center almost complete
    • Rica ------ Class of 1995

+-Syrian Civil War

President Obama says the U.S. should take military action against the Syrian government. With other global leaders split on the decision, should the U.S. get involved? Do we have a responsibility to act?

  • Yalla Erhal Ya Bashar!!! Hurry up & leave, Bashar!!!
  • We shouldn’t be involved. Historically, U.S. intervention doesn’t lead to peace (Iraq, Iran, etc) and only makes us more enemies. It’s time to end perpetual war!
  • Not a military decision but a moral one…
  • Well, the United States historically loves creating power vacuums in unstable countries, so why not?
  • Wiesel warns against this
  • USA BABY
  • *We need the U.N. to have general assembly meeting(s) and weigh out different potential options. Negotiate for crying out loud!!!*
    • I AGREE!!!
    • They have Russia’s backing!
    • U.N. doesn’t have a military force so they couldn’t take any action
    • No, we don’t have a responsibility
    • People are being killed murdered
    • This Obama supporter does NOT support action in Syria. The whole country is against it as well.
    • It becomes a responsibility when 100,000+ have died in less than 3 years and we can prevent the death toll from increasing. What would you want, watching mass genocides and your family dying, cities destroyed, knowing you’re likely next?
    • This is more than a US issue. This is against standards and laws the UN has put down. The US cannot act alone, but SOMEONE needs to galvanize and make the UN enforce the laws they make
    • Y2K Thanks Obama
    • Kony 2012
    • I personally am split w/ regard 2 a strike on Syria, while as a power the US is the rep. of democracy. I can’t speak on behalf of others but a cruise missile strike would even the field & send a warning 2 the current regime. I believe if the Arab nation’s join the US it would make it an int’l cooperation. The opposition should unify and represent all Syrians as a whole
    • I think this board is only going to start arguments, and not in a civil, happy way…
    • If a government uses chemical weapons on its own people we have a moral obligation to intervene
      • We supplied chemical weapon precursors to Hussein. US foreign policy is dangerous and irrational
      • You know what pisses me off? This. We say “moral obligation” but what about all the genocides and human rights violations that go on, on the daily? Why only Syria. I mean it’s good that we are “trying”: to do the right thing, but I feel that there’s a much deeper issue behind all this that can’t really be answered by a glass wall.
        • THIS!
        • Yo I feel this
        • We do have a moral obligation. The real problem with this country is the constant double-standards that it holds. We uphold our moral obligation as long as it at least doesn’t detriment the country’s international interests. As to the glass wall, man is at his most honest when he is given a mask.
          • *checkmark checkmark checkmark*
          • As an Obama supporter, I disagree with this idea. It’s awesome that other countries have backed us (France, Israel, Turkey etc) HOWEVER horrible idea: Turkey vs. Syria à Palestine vs Israel à Russia vs. USA and Iran being a Russian ally…could lead to WW3…I respect that our country has finally decided to take action because of years of blocked UN resolutions and also the idea of “books off the ground” tactic as in no US soldiers fighting BUT THE CONSEQUENCES ARE TOO SERIOUS TO BE IGNORED!
            • This “them vs us” is a part of the problem. We need to move beyond this “my-way-or-the-highway” way of thinking because we can’t afford to impose our world order on others. Is “right” really “right,” or is it merely what we like? BTW: WW3? US vs Russia?! Cold War ENDED half a century ago!
            • Rebels in Syria are backed by al-Queda and are just as bad or worse than Assad. This morning they beheaded a bus full of Syrian kurds. Better to reason with the devil we know. One Iraq was enough!
              • NO!
              • Need to do more research
              • Stay neutral…nobody wants another war
                • The war is already there, we can end it

+-Racial Equity

50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, fewer than half (45%) of Americans say the country has made substantial progress toward racial equity…Do you agree? What counts as substantial progress and what’s preventing it?

  • I think the country has made substantial progress. I think that now most people can recognize where racial inequality is present and have the ability to act on it.
  • I can’t say I know the answer. But the fact that I can’t means something to me. I’m struggling to say “yes! We’ve made substantial progress!” But….I can’t at least, not yet.
  • I do not agree with the cited 45%. Institutionalized inequality is subtler now but still pervasive and harmful.
  • Racism exists because it is still a topic. Don’t bring it up and it’ll go away. Trust humanity.
  • Substantial? No. Some progress? Yes.
  • I AM (under the line “What counts as substantial progress and what’s preventing it?”
  • Who can determine what’s “substantial” progress or not? Every race will always feel pressure in some way from other races. Where do you think current men’s fashion came from? Not white people. No one race can claim to be predominantly prejudiced against, but it’s that pressure which every race across the board feels that has given us progress towards equality. Whether or not it’s substantial is up to the individual to decide based off of his/her own personal experiences.
    • ???
  • I don’t think the country has made substantial progress BECAUSE the country focuses more on being colorblind than embracing diversity.
    • All the Blessings
    • *snaps, snaps, snaps*
    • Yes!
    • Agreed!!!
    • Yes! MLK would be disgraced if he knew people claimed to be “colorblind” embrace your culture and your color!!
      • *check mark*
    • I agree 100%!!! Claiming to be colorblind is an issue within itself. I feel it’s used as a scapegoat to run away from institutional and individual racial issues
      • Yes, I agree
  • Define “racial equality” and “substantial.” Is there less segregation? Perhaps. Are whites still privileged? YES.
    • Yup!
    • I agree 100%
  • “We made progress toward racial equality” – white people
    • Amen
    • But 4 realz
    • Amen – from a white girl
    • #1
    • *check mark* 

+-New Student Intentions

Are we at Chapman because it’s something to do, or to do something?

  • Help other and help myself in the process
  • To do something beyond myself
  • Discover my passions
  • Travel and see new slices of life
  • DANCE
  • The opportunities you take now determine the path you will follow in the future
  • Leave a legacy class of 2014
  • "I wanna inspire other to be inspirational & I want my words to motivate others to be motivational” – Rudy Francisco aka my boyfriend
  • To impact the world!
  • Get a gr8 job!
  • I am here to do what I LOVE
  • Grow
  • Make something of myself!
  • Be the best version of myself!
  • To find out who I can become.
  • To explore myself and the reason for my being
  • Make a change
  • This à “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world…”
  • To be a learner.
  • To not be erased!
  • To be bigger than myself
  • To be an IMPACT
  • Create a community that will touch many lives
  • To discover myself and figure out my role in the world
  • Understand that there is more in this world than what surrounds me.
  • Graduate by 2014
  • Choose me
  • Had $200G to blow
  • To do something
  • Chapman University has given me a lot of tools that I can put in my tool belt, go out into the world and build new opportunities
  • ^^^ ABSOLUTELY 
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