Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Talking About a Revolution

Recently, it seems that we have been surrounded by examples of youth taking action, lending their voices to fight for change; and the media, comprised mostly of adults, have taken notice. 

Over the past few weeks, we've had the rare opportunity to watch as a revolution in Egypt took place before our very eyes.  The 30-year dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak has ended and, according to the New York Times, the young people of Egypt played a significant role in peacefully toppling his repressive rule.

The Times reports,

Dr. ElBaradei, a Nobel prize winner, has been the public face of an effort to reinvigorate and unite Egypt’s fractious and ineffective opposition since he plunged into his home country’s politics nearly a year ago, and he said the youth movement had accomplished that on its own. “Young people are impatient,” he said. “Frankly, I didn’t think the people were ready.”

But their readiness — tens of thousands have braved tear gas, rubber bullets and security police officers notorious for torture — has threatened to upstage or displace the traditional opposition groups. 

Dr. ElBaradei now seems to believe in the power of youth to effect social change, in the article he went on to say that,

The youth movement “will give them the self-confidence they needed, to know that the change will happen through you and not through one person — you are the driving force."

It remains to be seen how this revolution will unfold and who will carry the movement forward.  There is cause to be optimistic, yet Egypt still has a long way to go.  Read the full article from the Times here.

Closer to home, The Notebook reports, on February 11th close to 100 West Philadelphia High School students walked out of their classrooms at 1 PM.

Borrowing a tactic from the long history of student activism, students say they organized a walkout as a statement to the District about their disappointment and concern with the ongoing reforms at the school.

Junior D'atwan Nelson, an organizer of the event, said students' voices were being ignored at the school.

Students chanted, "No education, no life."


According to The Notebook and The Philadelphia Inquirer, students feel that the school is disorganized and are frustrated by the number of expulsions, and even arrests, of students for minor infractions such as wearing sweaters, as well as by school police who are "disrespectful of teens."  Not only that, but the school may be letting go of over half of its teachers next year because of plans to overhaul the school as one of the district-run "Promise Academies."  Students are troubled by the fact that many of their teachers will have to re-apply for their current jobs.  You can read the full list of student demands here (scroll down).

And, lastly, in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry we've begun to see several of our characters stand up for their rights.  Cassie finally spoke to Papa about the incident with Lillian Jean in Strawberry, and he had this to say:  

"There are things you can't back down on, things you gotta take a stand on.  But it's up to you to decide what them things are.  You have to demand respect in this world, ain't nobody just gonna hand it to you.  How you carry yourself, what you stand for -- that's how you gain respect.  But, little one, ain't nobody's respect worth more than your own" (Taylor 176).

Students,

For this week's blog prompt, I'd like you to consider the theme of social action in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and make connections to yourself, and our world.  Please answer all parts of the following questions in 2-3 paragraphs using complete sentences.  Remember, your response should be able to stand alone; your reader should understand what you're writing about without needing to read the blog prompt.

**Quality commentaries are composed in a google doc before posting and are proofread for CUPS
  • What do you think about the incident between Cassie and Lillian Jean?  Do you think Cassie handled the situation well?  Why or why not?  
  • Is it ever OK to do use violence if you feel you've been treated unfairly?
  • Papa says in the above quote that "There are things you can't back down on, things you gotta take a stand on." What "things" is Papa referring to?  What things do you think Cassie must take a stand on? Why?
  • Have you ever felt the need to "take a stand" on something?  What cause would get you out in the streets like the West Philadelphia High School students, and the protesters in Egypt?
  • What other examples of characters "taking a stand" do you see in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?
  • Do you think these characters are right to take a stand?  What are the risks involved?  Do the potential benefits outweigh the possible dangers?
     

51 comments:

  1. I think that the fight between Lillian Jean and Cassie was very interesting and funny, the way that the author explains it. Cassie could have done a better job handling the situation, but in the end she did earn her respect from Lillian Jean. Because if Lillian Jean tells one living soul, Cassie will tell the whole world Lillian Jean’s deepest darkest secrets.

    I think it is never O.K. to use violence in any occasion, even if you are being mistreated: the best thing you can do is talk it out. When Papa says “things” he means any type of situation especially the ones that put you in a bad position or make you feel bad. I think Cassie took her fathers speech the wrong way with the Lillian Jean situation. I think she needs to take a stand on T.J.’s attitude toward her, not even her everyone because that attitude of T.J.’s gonna get him no where good in life.

    I always feel the need to take a stand on something like: if someone gets smart with me I get smart back or if someone is bothering my brother or any of my family, I feel as though I need to put them in their place. The things that they are better learning conditions and in Egypt they wanted the president to back down, now they’ve gotten what they wanted.

    In ROT, HMC the main characters are taking a lot stands on things like T.J and Stacey, when Stacey found out the T.J. was the reason Mama fired that was the end of there friendship. Stacey and Jeremy, I think that they could be very good friends only if Papa didn’t think so bad of him. Clearly, Lillian Jean and Cassie had some issues with Strawberry and the fight. I think Stacey and T.J. not being friends is good because if they were friends T.J. would get Stacey in a lot of trouble.

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  2. To me i think the fight between Casssie and Lilan Jean was very interasiting a funny.Alsoi think the aurther could have put down so self control of Cassie keeping things under control.
    From my opion it is sometimes right ot use violence becouse if people are doing things volinet to you you will have to fight viloence with voilentces. When mama or papa was saying stufff they mean any type of situation especially the ones that put you in a bad position.In ROT the main characters are taking a lot stands on things like T.J and Stacey, when Stacey found out the T.J. was the reason Mama fired that was the,end of there friendship.

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  3. I think Cassi handled the situation with Lilian Jean OK because she was very angry with her, and it wasn’t something you can just forgive and forget. Cassi had do something. I’m not sure if it is OK to use violence. For me it would depend on why you might want to use violence and if there is another way to have your problem solved. I think Papa was saying that the “things” you got to take a stand on are the things you cant just forget about, the things that if you don’t do something about it you will think of yourself as a coward and regret for the rest of your life. In the context of Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry Papa is talking about the Walles store and Lilian Jean.
    I have never felt the need to take a stand, but that is probably because so far my life has been safe and happy. Something that would cause me to protest would be if my human rights were taken away or if the school or government or what have you were not paying attention to my needs.
    The other things that people are taking a stand about in Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry are the when Little Man got mad about the book.I think that all the characters are doing the right thing even though some of the consequences might be dangerous. I do think that the over all outcome will be greater than the dangers.

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  5. Yes i do think Cassie handled the situation good because if someone is being unfair and rude i think you should put them in there place but not with your fist but with your words. It is sometimes okay to use violence in certain situations like if you get into a fight with your best friend if she is a real friend she will get over it and so will you but if its a situation where someone is bothering you almost everyday and you just want to teach them a lesson that’s a time where you can use violence but don’t let it go to far where you end up in either in big trouble or worst. I think the characters in roll of thunder are right to stand up because if they tease and mess with you everyday and one day your going to have enough coverage to stand up to that bully and they will be aware not to mess with you anymore. Yes i do think that the potential benefits outweigh the possible dangers because possible dangers could lead to worst things and potential benefits and possible dangers balance each other out.Cassie must take a stand by standing up to Lillian jean.Papa is referring to Cassie and how she should stand up for her self and stand up to Lillian jean.I saw in Roll of thunder how Cassie stood up to Lillian jean.I have a few times in my life i had to stand up for myself it wasn't to point where we would have to fight but we would use are words to express how we feel inside.


    TALKING ABOUT A REVOLUTION

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  6. I think Cassie and Lillian Jean didn’t need to fight, and shouldn’t have fought. It was extremely unnecessary, and could only make things worse. I don’t think violence is an option when you need to solve an important problem between two enemies. Cassie certainly did NOT handle the situation well, and should’ve written in a journal or diary instead. You should never use violence to solve a problem, because if you’re caught at the wrong time and wrong place, you could be in big trouble.
    If you’re ever treated unfairly, take it to court and let the judges decide who’s right. Never solve things on your own with fist to fist rendezvous. That is absolutely unnecessary and should be avoided at all costs.
    When Papa says “things” in the quote, “There are things you can't back down on, things you gotta take a stand on,” I think he’s referring to what happened at the Wallace store, and the events of what happened with Cassie and Lillian Jean, and every thing he might be remembering in his life when he was a boy.
    I think Cassie needed to take a stand, and should’ve resisted the urge to fight Lillian Jean, no matter how much she wanted to slap her in the face, and punch her in the gut. The reason to back my opinion is because fighting doesn’t get you anywhere. It only makes matters worse, and hurts both of you.
    I have felt like I needed to take a stand on a lot of things, but usually I’m nervous, shy and embarrassed, wondering what people will think of what I say, or if I have a wrong answer. I know I can’t help my stage fright, but maybe I can face my fears and combat my inner worries with good thoughts about what will happen if I proceed to do what I feel is right. I would definitely be ranting on and protesting on the streets if there is animal abuse. Basically what I’m saying is that there IS animal abuse, but I feel like such a small part against it that it won’t matter. I will always think that I can’t do it, afraid of what others will say.
    I think Mama is taking a stand in Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry, because she is willing to go on a two-day trip all the way to Vicksburg to go to the store there, and get people credits, get their groceries, and come all the way home without asking for anything in return. She is trying to get everyone to stop going to the Wallace’s, as a sort of protest against their service.
    I completely agree with Mama and would’ve done the same thing if I was her, because it’s the right thing to do. The Wallaces could get mad, and Mama could get in trouble for getting the credits, but she’s willing to take that risk, help out friends in need AND secretly protest at the same time. When the Wallaces have no customers, they get no pay! The benefits include and are not limited to: Helping friends, secretly protest, have an adventure riding to Vicksburg every once in a while, get away from the family for some time, and not have to take care of the kids!

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  7. @Ta'Hira, Michaela, Kaylah, and Ava: it looks like we have a little debate going! Students, where do you fall? Is it ever OK to use violence to seek revenge on an enemy?

    @Ava: Getting over stage fright is completely possible with practice! :)

    Great stuff so far, 7th graders! Keep the comments coming.

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  8. To me i think the fight between Cassie and Lilian Jean was very interesting a funny.Also I think the Aurthur could have put down so self control of Cassie keeping things under control.
    From my understanding it is sometimes right to use violence becouse if people are doing things violent to you you will have to fight violence with. violence. When mama or papa was saying stuff they mean any type of situation especially the ones that put you in a bad position.In ROT the main characters are taking a lot stands on things like T.J and Stacey, when Stacey found out the T.J. was the reason Mama fired that was the,end of there friendship.

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  9. What I think about the fight between Cassie and Lillie Jean is pretty interesting because the whole fight started by Lillie Jean pushing Cassie. I think Cassie took everything a little bit too far because They actually had a whole fight about it. I think that “things” mean like everything going on right now. Like Stacey and T.J, Cassie and Lillie Jean, ect. Cassie has a lot going on right now and i don’t think she needs all of this going on to her right now. She’s only 7. That’s ashamed. I was about to “take a stand” on this school last year. I was take a stand on why we can’t play on the play ground because we all help build it. It’s not fair. So we started to make a petition but Deen Kareem said that we would go against the school, we will get suspended. No one wanted to take a risk so the plan was off. I see T.J actually studying for the big test instead of cheating. I’m starting to feel proud of him. Only a little bit though. Well i think every character or any one can take a stand but they have to know that there are always going to be a consequence involved after. For example, in the time period that Cassie and all of them are in, There will be huge consequences because they’re in the time of racism.

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  10. What do you think about the incident between Cassie and Lillian Jean? Do you think Cassie
    handled the situation well? Why or why not?
    Sometimes it ’s ok to use violence like if you feel in danger and you need to protect your self its
    nothing but self defence.
    Cassie thought she must take a stand on when she was being Lillian jean’s slave so she took
    action and it led to a fight.
    ● had to take stand once before because people thought i was a goodie too shoes bThe
    accident between Cassie and Lilian jean

    Is it ever OK to do use violence if you feel you've been treated unfairly?tand because he in not
    taking anymore drama from T.j he has moved on and doesn't care.
    think these characters should take staPapa says in the above quote that "There are things you
    can't back down on, things you gotta take a stand on." What "things" is Papa referring to? What
    things do you think Cassie must take a stand on? Why?
    Have you ever felt the need to "take a stand" on something? What cause would get you out in
    the streets like the West Philadelphia High School students, and the protesters in Egypt?What
    other examples of characters "taking a stand" do you see in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?
    Do you think these characters are right to take a stand? What are the risks involved? Do the
    potential benefits outweigh the possible dangers?

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  11. I think the fight between Cassie and Lilian Jean was bound to happen soon. I think Cassie handled the situation well because her father told her to do what she think is right. Cassie also handled it right because she made sure she didn't hit Lilian Jean's face so that she won't have any noticeable bruises. The way Cassie handled was great,she got what she wanted and that was for Lilian to leave her alone. It's not always OK to use violence because you can just talk it out if your being treated unfairly so that the problem won't escalate. The "things" Papa could be referring to is is how Lilian Jean is treating her. I think Cassie should take a stand on how Lilian Jean is treating and she should do this because if she doesn't it may get worst,but then again if she does things still might get worst. Yes i have had to stand up for myself before because when i was younger my brother would scare me knowing that i was afraid of clowns. I don't know any causes that would make me protest like the students in Egypt. I've only been in this world for a twelve years but as i get older i might find some things. I see Mama taking a stand. I do think that it's right for Mama and Cassie to take a stand but a risk is being hung or fire which happened to Mama. The potential benefits do not outweigh the dangers.

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  12. Yes I think Cassie handle situation good because if somone is being mean and think she all that I will be mean too.Isn't or Is ok never to use violence sometimes because of someone wanted to fight you ......you are going to do something (ex.what cassie planed for lillian jean simms).Yes I had to stand up for myself because people be making funny of you and I'm sacred of rats and anything that can crawl on your skin.In ROT Cassie and Lillian Jean Simms situation was bound to happened because Cassie was upset and was suck and tried of being push around so she use her to get to her secerts ............that was pretty sneaky and so funny .And it was really funny when Cassie a nine year old beat up Lillian Jean Simms a twelve year old.

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  13. I think the incident between Cassie and Lilian Jean is not that good and seems complicated. Cassie seems like she can handle most of the situation well, just I think sometimes she kind of out of control because of things that Lilian Jean have done to her. She should not fight and take revenge on Lilian Jean. I would say it’s between ok and not ok to use violence if we feel we’ve been treated unfairly, because we can not always use violence to revenge people all the time. If we always overcome violence with violence, there’s would be no end of violence. So, sometimes we need to control ourselves as hard as we can, and prevent ourselves from violence and revenge because most of the times violence and revenge will harm ourselves and will ended more worse. I think when papa says quote that says "There are things you can't back down on, things you gotta take a stand on” is referring to what happened to his son and daughter like Cassie and Stacey that need to stand on what’s right. I think Cassie need to stand on that Lilian Jean can not condescending her. But, it doesn’t mean that she need to fight Lilian Jean. She can argue with Lilian Jean but not fight because with fight she can embarrassing herself, and is very detrimental to her. Another chance is she can just stay away from Lilian Jean and with that everything will be fine. I ever felt the need to take a stand on something, just sometimes I just don’t know how. It’s really hard to make decision. It’s like half of my heart say “ yes” and another half say “no”. I don’t know which one is the truth and the lies, they confusing me. So, the only thing I feel my heart is pounding like one side of my hearts and another side is screaming and arguing against to convince me they’re the truth, yes and no is flying around in my mind. Just like I said it’s really hard to make a big decision. But I know that I have to find the result soon even the result that I took is not always the best. So, just accept whatever happened from our result whether it’s good or bad. I think Jeremy is one of character that taking a stand in “Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry” and I think he’s right to take a stand to not giving up to close and help Cassie and Stacey. One of the risk involved is Cassie and Stacey keep on staying away from him, and don’t let him friend with them and probably we can say that he always be ignored and rejected. The other risk is his family will not like him to play with Logan’s family. I can not give an opinion about the benefits to be gained than the possible of danger. But what I can tell is that in order to defend the right is a very noble job, and everyone will appreciate it. Although many people hate him because he is not impartial to those who are not the right (injustice), but more people who see and appreciate what he has done to the right and truth.

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  14. The siuation between Cassie and Lillian Jean it was nice t wasn't crazy like they were yelling at each other. I think that Cassie handled it well like she wasn't yelling and I think that Lillian Jean was agreeing with Cassie on what she was saying. But I still don't understand pushed Cassie and it was none of his business.
    I think it is OK to use violence because if you're tired being treated like your not valuable,then you should fight to be treated fairly.
    I think what Papa is referring to things is like all the negativity and violence probably. She probably needs to take a stand on to be treated equally.
    To me I really don't think that I need to take a stand on anything. What I would get the cause out West Philly high schools is probably they weren't getting enough attention from the teachers,but they were giving all their attention to the teachers.
    I see Stacey taking stand because he's tired of T.J. disrespecting him and controlling him and being bossy. I think that Stacey is right to take a stand because he's getting tired T.J.. The possible dangers are that Stacey might snap out and beat up T.J.

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  15. I think that the fight between Lillian Jean and Cassie was interesting, but unnecessary. I honestly think that Cassie was too young to handle this situation herself, considering that it was about an older girl's racism and how she used violence and revenge to solve her problems. I would understand if Cassie hits Lillian Jean back but her basically attacking her took it way too far.
    I see a big example in characters "taking a stand," with Papa, Mama, and Uncle Hammer getting people to boycott the Wallace store. They aren't using violence, but slowly about to cause alot of damage for the Wallaces. They have a perfect reason to, too. The Wallaces are extremely racist and they allow kids to buy alcohol and it's just not a safe environment for the kids to be in.

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  16. I think that the incident between Cassie and Lillian Jean should just be forgotten about. I don’t think Cassie handled the situation well because now if Cassie does some thing out of order to Lillian then she might tell her dad what happened. I don’t think it’s ok to use violence in some situations that can easily be dropped but if it’s a big situation you should tell someone and if they don’t handle it you should try to resolve it in a calm matter.

    I never felt the need to stand up to something because I’m still young and don’t really know what to stand up for. If schools start to close down that are good. I see Mr.Morrison taking a stand also I see Cassie trying to take a stand. Mr.Morrison is trying to take a stand by trying to get the Wallace’s arrested for the burnings. I think the characters are right to take a stand because the Wallace’s are burning houses for no reason. The risk are the Wallace’s might come after the Logan’s and Mr.Morrison and try to harm them

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  17. Do you think these characters are right to take a stand? What are the risks involved? Do the potential benefits outweigh the possible dangers?

    I think the incident between Lillian Jean was unnecesary and Cassie didn't handle the situation well. The person who got Cassie angry the most was Mr Simms. Cassie did deserve to hear an apology from Lillian Jean but not that way becuase she wasn't the one who caused Cassie the most harm. I think it is ok to use violence. A good example of a situation I think it's ok to use violencein, is the one where Mr Simms threw Cassie to the ground. Mr Simms should pay for that.
    I think the "things" that papa's reffering to is things that stand inyour way of success or greatness, or freedom. Or, things that are wrong and you have to make a change. I have felt the need to take a stand on something, before, but I don't remember if I did something. I usually like to stay away from the drama. Well, Cassie, one 9 year old girl, can't change the relationship between blacks and whites. One thing she should take a stand on, or protest is join the boycott and become a leader for some people because she seems like she has some leader quality. A cause that would get me to protest like the people from Egypt would be something that other people would also protest for. I believe that just one kid can change the opinions of millions of people.
    I don't see many characters taking a stand in ROT, with the exception of the boycott of the Wallace store.

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  18. dontae
    I think she Cassie did the right thing by attacking Lilian Jean. But I think she soon will regret it because she told her what her papa said and she might think he said it and will tell her father. Even though Cassie might tell the kids they might think she is lying. Expect for some blacks but they would not say because they soon might think they have more power now. And they might have a boycott just like big ma mama uncle hammer . And if they do it the Mr.Sims Mr.Wallace and more might join forces to teach them a lesson.

    Yes and no because if you are treated unfairly you should stand up for your rights just like Cassie did but not if the person has more power than you during that time because you might in danger yourself and family.I think what Cassie must take a stand is stand up for your rights. But don’t get in trouble .I think Stacey so he can defend is sister and brothers just like Mr.Morrison and papa.

    Yes you should take a stand if someone not leading right or you are not getting a good education .I think everyone is taking a stand it rot. But might get hurt doing it or not.

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  19. I think she did do the right thing by beating up Lillian Jean b/c I think that was the only way that she was going to apologize for Strawberry. I don't think it is always o.k b/c you could tell a teacher and that teacher will tell that student but that student will then get hurt even more and then it will result in more pain for that student. For what Lillian Jean in Strawberry b/c that is the only thing Cassie is having trouble with. No I don't think so really b/c nothing in my life has ever been that bad. Little Man when he gets tired of people calling them negro. I think yes b/c I’m thinking he’s acting like Rosa Parks.

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  20. I think Cassie handled the situation OK I'm mean Lillian Jean did hit Cassie first , and she said she wasn't planing to fight but Lillian Jean smack her cross he face so Cassie did alright.Well some times the violence just happen you don't mean to but sometimes you think u been treat bad you got to do something about it.I thinks papa is referring to is what happen in strawberry Mr.Simmons and don’t let nobody push you around.I think Cassie should take a stand to Lillian Jean.


    No i never felt like i need to take a stand to anything really.I think the people in Egypt is doing the right thing take a stand for their country,their family,their selves.West high school is doing the right thing they getting sick of the rumors the the worst school ever.I really see Cassie taking a stand.The risk is killing thing when Cassie got into that fight Mr.Simmons is going to do something.

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  21. I think that Cassie took the incident a little too far between Lillian Jean and her. I think she should have controlled her emotions better. Also being violent with others brings violence back to you. That is why Lillian’s father pushed Cassie. It depends, if someone is trying to hurt you, then using violence is okay. But really it is better to control your anger and let it go. I think Papa is referring to what happened in the Wallace Store where T.J. got in a fight with Stacy, as well as the event with Cassie and Lillian Jean. Cassie should have taken a stand against Lillian Jean’s father for how rude he was to her.

    There have been many times I needed to stand up for. Like soccer games where referees forgot to count the score instead of just picking who they think should win. An event that would get people to get out of their homes to protest would have to be like an oil spill or taxes being raised to a new high. Another example of standing up I see, is when Little man and Cassie stood up for the bad condition of the books Ms. Crocker gave them. I think that characters are standing up for the right things because they have a hard life and standing up to people is one of the few benefits they can gain in situations to make the person respect them. The risks involved are getting arrested, getting hurt and bad relationships. I think that the potential benefits outweigh the possible dangers. That is what I think about standing up for what is right.

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  22. I think that the situation between Cassie and Lillian Jean was very insense and I think that she could have handeld that very differently because she had Lillian Jean thinking that she was her friend and that they could tell each other every thing and that nothing would ever come between them .I don’t think that it is ever rite to use violence to solve a problem and that violence wiil get you no were. But sometimes there are situations were you cant Handel yourself.


    I think that papa is referring to the the situation between Cassie an Lillian Jean because the frase that he stated sounded like a fighting situation or something in that nature.
    Yes I have felt the need to take a stand n something when I was playing basketball I felt the need to take a stand on a call that someone had gotten wrong something would cause me to get in the streets like the students from west philadelphia high and the portesters from Egypt is something tat touched me that nothing else in the world has never did.

    Lillian Jean had took a stand for about 5 to7 seconds because when Cassie smacked Lillian Jean Lillian Jean and took a stand and said apologize and then Cassie said no and if you tell anyone I will everyone your deepest darkest secrets. So Cassie blackmailed Lillian Jean that is another person who took a stand. I do think that these charters are rite for taking a stand for what they believe in I mean look at the civil rights movement we wouldn't have our rights today if we didn’t up for what we believe in

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  23. i feel that what happened between Lillian jean and cassie was something that may have needed to happen only because theres a limit of tolerance that can be taken.I don't think that many understand the things that happened Cassie was just waiting until she couldn't control her anger and let it out in the wrong way.

    Fighting is never OK but she felt as if she wasn't being respected in the right way it seems that everything turned out wrong do to allot of problems in this book uncle hammers visit the burning the Wallace store it all happens in a time of pressure everything happened for a reason and well have to see what comes next for these girls i dont think this problem has ended just yet.

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  24. I think Cassie should have told Lillian Jean how she felt after she became friends with her. Cassie beating Lillian Jean could cause problems for family,if Lillian Jean told her father. When you’re in a situation like Cassie’s,I think you should only use violence if you have to. I think Papa is referring to the black and white problem. Cassie should continue doing what she is doing.
    Cassie never takes things sitting down. She always find a way to fight back or to stand up for
    what she believes in. I never had a good reason to protest. I would protest if something important
    from me. Things like my rights, communication or entertainment such as computer and things.
    In roll of thunder I see Stacey,Papa,Mama,and Cassie taking a stand. They always fight back.
    I think they are right to take a stand. Even though they are risking there home and lives, they
    take that risk to try and change things.

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  25. I think the fight between Cassie and Lillian Jean was gonna happen at some point because Cassie had everything she needed she knew Lillian Jean secrets. I think Cassie handled the situation well because Lillian Jean kept pushing and pushing her to the limit and Cassie got sick and tired of it. I think it is OK but it depends on the situation and the effects of it. Pap is referring to the Lillian Jean situation including the incident in Strawberry. Cassie needs to stand up to Lillian Jean and let her know that I'm not taking no crap from you because if she don't Lillian Jean will never leave Cassie alone. Yes I have felt I need to take a stand on something. Education and everybody in the world being equal and stooping violence would get me in the streets to stand up for me and everybody else rights. I see Mama taking a stand for her rights by not shopping at the Wallace store and letting Harlen Granger that he won't be getting the land back. I do think the characters are right to take a stand. The risk might be getting hung, killed, or beat up. I don't think the benefits would outweigh the dangers because of what the Wallace's are capable of.

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  26. I think that the incident between Lillian Jean and Cassie was well planned and it was necessary. It was necessary because I could understand how Lillian Jean would’ve not listened to a little girl. So that’s why Cassie fought her. But I do think that you should not use violence when you feel treated unfairly.
    The things that Papa are referring to are acts of racism. Cassie has already taken a stand on racism in the store and the incident with Lillian Jean. I have not felt the need to take a stand on something yet. I think that I would take a stand on puppy mills, dog fighting, rooster fighting and animal violence.
    Other characters that I see taking a stand are Jeremy by going against the will of his father and sister. Also Stacey is also taking a stand against T.J’s antics and tricks. Jeremy and Stacey are right to take the stand and the risks are that Jeremy’s dad could find out and likely punish him. Stacey’s problem would probably outweigh the possible dangers of taking a stand.

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  27. Dear tr. Lacey,
    When we get upset we have many different ways of expressing our feelings. Some people cry until they fall asleep. Some people punch walls some people write their thought down. And some people even violently express the way they feel. By intentionally and sometimes even unintentionally hurting others. It is never okay to hurt someone else because you feel unfairly. Or to use violence in any type of way in that matter. When your mom or dad yells at you they don’t comes at you with insults and vulgar language it does upset you .but it just causes rage to get stronger. I will admit that I enjoyed it very much when Cassie had deceived Lillian jean by making her think that Cassie actually wanted to be friend, and instead just beat her up.Still it was a little unreasonable .was there any other way she even could there was no other way she could get Lillian jean back so perfectly without her being able to tell her father or anyone at that matteror Cassie to do that. Cassie is very intelligent that she could think of this. So I think she had the capability to come up with a more reasonable way to seek revenge. Or even just continue with being friends with Lillian jean. Personally I would probably have done the same thing as Cassie. But I do think that the more responsible thing to do would be to try to deal with it and not even talk to her or try to make peace.
    About what papa said I think what he meant by “things” were racism and who are in charge around their or who has the money basically. And I think he was telling Cassie to never accept it, never get used to it, and never put up with it. He was telling Cassie that there are a lot of things that aren’t fare in life but some of them shouldn’t be tolerated. I think that the “things” that Cassie has to take a stand on are being treated unfairly just because of the color of her skin. That Lillian jean has no right to make her life unfair or miserable in anyway. Nobody does. Cassie should stand up for who she is and help people do the same for themselves. Cassie has many things to take a stand on and to help other people understand. She is only 8 but if enough people want to change something it can be done.When I think of people taking a stand I think of a lot of things on this earth I’m opposed to. If I was in the position of these people in Egypt and in west Philadelphia high I would probably join them in their revolution. that little guy who thinks he’ll evolve control called war. I do not agree with the things that people do just for control. The fear of the government is to intense that they want control of some people so badly they harm innocent people along the way. Living in a world where the people are afraid of their government and the government stops being afraid of its people. No one can understand the simple but great power of words and peaceful negotiation. The world is messed up because the adults make a decisions based on one thing which is want. When the children sit and suffer in the dark not able to be heard. No sense of justice. We can’t understand it all, but we do know when something should be changed for the better. And even on occasion how. But we have to suffer because our government lacks a skill that is learned taught and practiced in kindergarten. Ever heard of that little guy called reason?
    Other characters in roll of thunder also are taking a stand. Like mama uncle hammer and papa planning the boycott against Wallace store. The only thing is that they did cause the berry’s burning and who knows what they could do to the others. They could burn down their houses as well and leave these people with no place live and little resources. But that’s the risk

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  28. Dear Tr. Lacey,

    What I think about the incident between Cassie and Lillie Jean is, I think Lillie Jean got what she deserved After talking about cassie so much. The fight was neccesary cassie didn’t need to be being bullied and called a slave. I think that cassie handeled the situation excently this is because she made sure that Lillie Jean would not tell on her by making her scared that she would tell all her secrets about the boy she liked and tell about all the names she called her. So in total Cassie handeled the situation perfectly by her actions.



    It is not always fair to use violence if you feel you’ve been treated badly. This is because you would not like it if someone would just come up to you and hit you. But on the other had if someone had been bothering you a lot or teasing you and no one payed attention then I would find the need to resort to violence. Over all the need to resort to violence would be very great to make me resort to violence and very easy to try to ignore it. So there are times when you need violence but also times when you should not resort to violence.



    What Papa is reffering to when he says “There are things you can't back down on, things you gotta take a stand on.”He is reffering to taking a stand for yourself. This mans that you can’t let people push you aside or run all over you. Things Cassie must take a stand must on must be her freedom she must stop letting people walk over her and call her a slave. She has been doing this lately in the book. So Papa is right they must take a stand.



    I haven’t felt the need to take a stand on some thing. This is because there haven’t been problems that have occured for me to take a stand there has never really been a big problem that has ever arose in my life. A cause that would get to protest on the street is if some thing has been takeb away from me that is very important like freedom. Other examples I see happening in ROT is that stacy is starting to realize the games that T.j was playing on him which is making him more mature . So in conclusion a lot of things can happen that would make somebody want to take a stand



    I do think the characters have a right to take a stand this is because the rights that we have today as humans they did not have back then because they were black. The characters have a lot of dangers though if they do take a stand so it makes it harder to take a stand if you are going to be prostecuted and tortured if you take a stand for your rights. The potential dangers outwiegh the potential benafits this is because they do not have a lot of people on there side.

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  29. I think the incident between Cassie and Lillian Jean was horrible because it was not handled properly. I don’t think she handled it well because she used violence instead of getting an adult to handle that situation. I don’t think it’s ever OK to use violence if your treated unfairly because it can get you in really big trouble and you can possibly do something you will regret. I think he’s referring to that Cassie can’t back down on things that are important and that she must take a stand. I don’t really like taking a stand for things because its like I'm in the center of attention.In ROT, I think the kind of stands the characters are taking is like T.J and Stacey, when Stacey found out that T.J. was the reason Mama fired that was the end of there friendship. Stacey and Jeremy, I think that they could be very good friends only if Papa didn’t think so bad of him.

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  30. I think the situation was unexpected knowing Cassie and the person she is portrayed as. The way she handled it was pretty unnecessary, but I can totally see why she acted like she did. She had a lot of build up from over the pass few chapters and it was time and she just snapped. Usually I don't think that it is okay to use violence to solve a problem but I do think the way Liliean Jean has been acting with Cassie which lead her to do what she did and I think if you are in a situation where violence is being used against you I think it is okay to use violence back. I think Papa ment that if you really think something is important you can’t just say well watever. You have to stand up and say what you think. I think Cassie has to stand up to Liliean Jean and really say what she thinks, but not in a little girl way she really has to stand up staight and say what she means! She has to do it to stop Liliean Jean from picking on her.


    Well I’ve never felt such a big need like West Philadelphia H.S but when me and my freinds heard that we were not going to be able to play on the play ground just the year after which was half a year. We started to think about what we could do. So we started a patition. We thought they wouldn’t let us play on it just because but when we found out that the really reason we went back and said okay its actually best for us. I feel like sometimes when a protest happends I think the main reason usually is a miss understanding. In R.O.T I think Cassie and Stacey need to take a stand I think they need to show their “friends” what they are capeablel of, they should tell T.J and Liliean Jean what tehy should hear.

    I think the characters have every right to take a stand. I think the way a lot of the characters have been treated shows that they have every right to take a stand. I think the biggest risk is someone getting heart. The benifents of out weighing is in my oppinion dose not take over the risk of someone getting heart. I think it’s way to much of a risk.

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  31. Dear Tr. Lacey,

    What I think about the incident between Cassie and Lillie Jean is, I think Lillie Jean got what she deserved After talking about cassie so much. The fight was neccesary cassie didn’t need to be being bullied and called a slave. I think that cassie handeled the situation excently this is because she made sure that Lillie Jean would not tell on her by making her scared that she would tell all her secrets about the boy she liked and tell about all the names she called her. So in total Cassie handeled the situation perfessionaly by her actions.



    It is not always fair to use violence if you feel you’ve been treated badly. This is because you would not like it if someone would just come up to you and hit you. But on the other had if someone had been bothering you a lot or teasing you and no one payed attention then I would find the need to resort to violence. Over all the need to resort to violence would be very great to make me resort to violence and very easy to try to ignore it. So there are times when you need violence but also times when you should not resort to violence.



    What Papa is reffering to when he says “There are things you can't back down on, things you gotta take a stand on.”He is reffering to taking a stand for yourself. This mans that you can’t let people push you aside or run all over you. Things Cassie must take a stand must on must be her freedom she must stop letting people walk over her and call her a slave. She has been doing this lately in the book. So Papa is right they must take a stand.



    I have felt the need to take a stand on not smoking. This is because I need to keep my body healthy. For example ciggarets have been proven to cause lung cancer. A cause that would get to protest on the street is if some thing has been taken away from me that is very important like freedom. Other examples I see happening in ROT is that stacy is starting to realize the games that T.J was playing on him which is making him more mature . So in conclusion a lot of things can happen that would make somebody want to take a stand.



    I do think the characters have a right to take a stand this is because the rights that we have today as humans they did not have back then because they were black. The characters have a lot of dangers though if they do take a stand so it makes it harder to take a stand if you are going to be prostecuted and tortured if you take a stand for your rights. The potential dangers outwiegh the potential benafits this is because they do not have a lot of people on there side.

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  32. I think the incident between Cassie and Lillian Jean was handled very well and was very interesting. I think that because Lillian Jean kept getting on Cassie’s last nerve. I don’t think violence is always the answer but just imagine if there was not an adult and this kid kept getting on your nerve and that person don’t want to listen to you?I think papa is referring to stand up for your own respect. I think Cassie is standing up for her respect from Lillian Jean. I would stand in the street to stop drug, racism and much more. Some of the character are doing the boy cott against the store owners. Also Jeremy is taking a stand against his parents and sister. I think all the character who are taking a stand have a right because everyone has an opinion.

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  33. What do i think about the incident of Cassie and Lillian jean is that Cassie is right and Lillian jean was wrong what she did. It isn’t good to use violence if your being treated badly because if you use violence there be more violence and people can get hurt. I think papa i referring to is never say never and try to make a difference. If i would of take a stand it would be for the right to vote as a child or teenager. because you might won’t our opinions for a good president in charged. I see Cassie take a stand of being Lillian jean slave. Yes they have the right of stand because they can make a difference in the community also the risk s being killed.

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  34. I think Cassie handled the situation well becausepeople who are racists deserve to be punished. It is a good example on how sometimes in your life, you have to fight for yourself.
    No, it is not okay to use violence, only if it is incredibly serious and violence is the last resort. The Egyptian students fought only when they were attacked.
    Cassie's papa is talking about how she would react to they way the white people were trating her. The thing he is referring to is racism.
    Cassie must take stand against people who are racists and treat her disrespectfully.
    In 2001, I was in the protest rallies against the Iraq war with my father. I would protest against any war and Conservative manipulation.
    Some of the parents organized a boycott of the Wallace store because of it's ongoing racist treatment of the black people who shopped there. They were right to take a stand even though Cassie's family could lose their land. There was no benefit, but they fight against the injustice.

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  35. Dear Tr.Lacey,
    When it comes to sticking up for your rights it usually ends up in violence witch in this case is a bad answer. You should never use violence for solving small problems like the way Cassie did. I have to say I’m glad Cassie beat up Lillian Jean. I have to say Cassie has skills when it came to protecting herself. She could have tried to solve her problem in another way. To tell you the truth I think Lillian Jean is going to tell and it might start trouble.

    I think you should never use violence if you’re treated fairly or unfairly. Think about Martin Luther King Jr. He protested, did public speeches , but did not use violence. Even when whites used violence on him he did not respond. Violence is never the answer not unless someone is trying to harm you. You have the right to protect yourself. Even with Stacey and T.J, Stacey was mad but he had to right to attack T.J. You can take stand in what you believe in. For example little Man when he was mad at T.J he walked away , he didn’t use violence but he stud up for what he believed in.

    I have to say violence will get you in deep trouble. I have stud up for what I believed in. I have spoke to people about it. I also have put myself in Cassie’s shoes and I know I never want to go back down that rode again.

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  36. I think that the incident between Cassie and Lillian Jean was ridiculous, I think that Cassie should have handled the situation differently. I think that she shouldn't have to result to violence for a situation like this. I would’ve just said sorry, and that's it.
    I think that it is okay to resort to violence in some situations if you feel like your being mistreated. You usually would think about the situation, and predict what the outcome would be or result but if your being mistreated, then you have a right to resort to violence.
    I believe that papa is referring “things” to situations like the one in Strawberry. And like I said in the second paragraph, there’s some thing you have to think about, and not do any thing, and things you have to think about, and do it. Things Cassie would have to take a stand on is why the Wallace family are not being arrested, things like their house, that they might sell.
    Yes, I’ve felt like I needed to take a stand on something. I am getting older by the second, and so are my peers, and each part of that second we’re making our own decisions. And I guess you take a stand on something you truly have thought about, and have thought through your decision to the situation.
    Some things in “Rot” that people are taking a stand on is mama, and the Wallace family, T.J. and Stacey about the cheating and Cassie with Lillian Jean.
    I think that Cassie does have a right to take a stand to Lillian Jean. People I guess can predict the risk to situations, but I guess you just have to read some more to find out the outcome. I think that peoples benefits could outweigh the possible dangers, because every thing happens for a reason, and every reason is because of a cause.

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  37. I do not think Cassie handled the problem correctly and she might have endangered her family. Lilly Jean might tell her father (who could be a Night Man) that Cassie attacked her, and he could attack the Logans. I also do not believe Cassie handled the problem well. I believe violence is not the answer to anything, because it leads to more violence. Finally, Cassie could get into big trouble if her mom or dad find out about her attacking Lilly Jean. That is why Cassie handled the problem the wrong way.

    The quote “There are things you can't back down on, things you gotta take a stand on.”explains that there are rights that we have to keep fighting for, until we get them. When Papa said that quote to Cassie he wanted her to fight for her rights as an African American. I think Papa wants Cassie to fight for rights because African Americans do not have many. One person who has taken a stand in the story is Uncle Hammer. Every time a family member has a problem with a white person he gets ready to fight this could endanger his life if he fights with the wrong person. Uncle Hammer and many other people in the book fight for rights because they want to live in an equal world and they believe that is worth fighting.

    I feel I should fight for the rights of those who need someone to stand up for them, but I’ve never had the chance. I never had the time in my life to take a stand for other people like the West Philadelphia High School students, and the protesters in Egypt. Every day of my life is very busy between school/homework, my social activities and my meals. I do not always have time to help other people that is why I can not fight for peoples rights. One time I was being bullied and I stood up for my own rights by telling my parents. That is how I stand up for my rights

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  38. Cassie and Lillian Jeans’s fight was quite an interesting fight. For one thing it was very physical. I think I was a rough fight especially if they had hair tugging and tackling down to the floor so hard it knocked both women down to the ground. I think Cassie did handle the situation well because the situation at strawberry was a big one. If I were Cassie I would have held a grudge against Lillian Jean so bad that it would have made me hate and vile every time I saw her. A grudge so big it turned into a violent situation.
    To be honest yes I think using violence is OK. Mainly because being treated unfairly is wrong and you could hold a grudge against him or her and it can grow and grow, until you realise it some how and I think that some how should involve physical violence towards the person you hate or have a grudge on. I think Papa is referring to things that you have to take straight on, to face your fears. I also think this mean to never give up for what you want and you will get it. I think Cassie should take a stand on racism because it is such a big issue and it is how she lived. It is also treating her miserably and she is confused so she has to fight to get over this confusion.
    No I have never actually felt I had to take a stand for something. The cause that would get me to walk out of school in the middle of the day would be misery. If I was treated really badly to the point that it is abuse then I would walk out of school. I would walk out because I felt like that was not a good place to be in and that I should never be there again. The other characters I see taking a stand in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is Mr. Jamison because he is going against the Wallace's and helping the Logan's and other black people get to Vicksburg to shop, even if his life is at risk. I think Mr.Jamison has a right to take a stand because the way those people are treat allows Mr.Jamison to try to take a stand and make a change for the better or the future. The risks would be the Wallace's finding out and deciding to kill Mr.Jamison. Yes the potential benefits outweigh the possible dangers because it is a big thing and you have a lot of people taking a stand for the better of the future.

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  39. Cassie and Lillian Jeans’s fight was quite an interesting fight. For one thing it was very physical. I think I was a rough fight especially if they had hair tugging and tackling down to the floor so hard it knocked both women down to the ground. I think Cassie did handle the situation well because the situation at strawberry was a big one. If I were Cassie I would have held a grudge against Lillian Jean so bad that it would have made me hate and vile every time I saw her. A grudge so big it turned into a violent situation.

    To be honest yes I think using violence is OK. Mainly because being treated unfairly is wrong and you could hold a grudge against him or her and it can grow and grow, until you realise it some how and I think that some how should involve physical violence towards the person you hate or have a grudge on. I think Papa is referring to things that you have to take straight on, to face your fears. I also think this mean to never give up for what you want and you will get it. I think Cassie should take a stand on racism because it is such a big issue and it is how she lived. It is also treating her miserably and she is confused so she has to fight to get over this confusion.

    No I have never actually felt I had to take a stand for something. The cause that would get me to walk out of school in the middle of the day would be misery. If I was treated really badly to the point that it is abuse then I would walk out of school. I would walk out because I felt like that was not a good place to be in and that I should never be there again. The other characters I see taking a stand in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is Mr. Jamison because he is going against the Wallace's and helping the Logan's and other black people get to Vicksburg to shop, even if his life is at risk. I think Mr.Jamison has a right to take a stand because the way those people are treat allows Mr.Jamison to try to take a stand and make a change for the better or the future. The risks would be the Wallace's finding out and deciding to kill Mr.Jamison. Yes the potential benefits outweigh the possible dangers because it is a big thing and you have a lot of people taking a stand for the better of the future.

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  40. Dear Tr. Lacey,

    I think the incident between Cassie and Lillian Jean was interesting. I don't think Cassie handled the situation well because if Lillian Jean would have told her father what happened anyway, Cassie's whole family could be in more danger. 
    I don't think it's okay to use use violence if you are being treated unfairly, but you can defend yourself, there's a big difference. 
    I think those "things" Papa were referring to are the Wallace's burning people. I don't think Cassie should take a stand on anything right now because she's just a little girl. 
    I have never felt the need to take a stand but something that would make me take a stand is if my rights were taken away. 
    Some examples of characters taking a stand are Papa and Mr. Morrison. They're standing up to the Wallace's by shopping at Vicksburg. I think they are right to take a stand because if they don't then more people will get hurt. Papa and Mr. Morrison risk getting hurt for not shopping at the Wallace store and they risk losing the land. 
    I think the possible benefits outweigh the dangers they face. 

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  41. Dear,Tr.Lacey

    The incident between Cassie and Lillian Jean,I thought Cassie didn't handle the situation as well because I think that she should had told big Ma'am so that way she wouldn't have to apologize to Lillian Jean.
    Yes and no because it depends what situation your in,but you don't want to deal with the consequence that comes with the acted you did,also it depends what color race you are as well(in some places).
    I think the things Papa referring to,is the way others of your or different race keep pushing ,and pushing you until you cant take it no more for example the way Lillian Jean kept pushing Cassie,then when Cassie pushed her everybody thought that she was wrong.
    When Stacey took a stand to T.J. when he got his mom fired,what he did was beat him up fro disrespecting him cause he’s letting him stay in ther home as a guest and T.J. goes behind his back like that.

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  42. I think Cassie did handle the situation because she was smarter than Lillian Jean that periof of time.Also Lillian Jean just follow with out any clue what was about to happen.Another she handle it well because she had a back plan if she got caught than Cassie would reveal Lillian Jean secret.So basically she set a ploy on L.J.

    It depends on wether you have to use violence when you have been mis treated.Because say if someone keeps on bullying you. It keeps on happening every single day and you tell the teacher and he/she dosen't do anything you might want to take out all that fustration out on the bully.If you use violence over something stupid like stealing a pen you can just tell the teacher and they will deal with them.You don't have to use violence on someone.

    I think Papa meant that you can't let people just push you around all the time.Sometimes you have to push back.So what that for Cassie is that you can't let Lillian Jean push you around.You have to push Lillian Jean back and that's what she did.

    I do feel like I have to take a stand sometimes.So I use it with words which means to protest.Sometimes I have need to speak what I feel and other times I do it for other people.So I would put myself in the Eygpt place.I see Stacey taking a stand in R.O.T.I think the characters do have the right to take a stand because like I said they do not want to be pushed around any more.There is definatley alot of risks to handle.Also the benefits do out weigh the dangers.

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  43. Cassie handled the situation well because I fell that Cassie needed revenge on Lillian Jean and what happened at strawberry.I also think Cassie let out some frustration when Cassie beat up Lillian Jean.I think it is OK a certain times to solve problems with violence if you are treated unfairly.I think papa was referring to the racism in the world because there is nothing they can do. I have never felt like I never had to take a stand.One thing that would get me in the streets is when something stand out to me.Little man because he is getting tired of the racism in the world.Yes they do have the right to take a stand but the risk is they might seriously hurt.

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  44. Dear Tr.Lacey,

    I think that the incident with Cassie and Lillian Jean was crazy, when Cassie made Lillian Jean come down into the woods she knew that her revenge was coming closer and closer from what happened at the Strawberry when she caused Cassie all this trouble with her with Lillian Jean's pa. I think that Cassie handed the situation over the edge a little bit because yeah they wanted Cassie off the sidewalk and pushed her off and treated her with racism I still think that she could have like handle it machurely and said okay well maybe next time just stay in the wagon and not try to cause any attention to myself. Because when she just started to hit Lillian Jean I thought yeah it was entertaining but when she threatend her I was like wooow were did this all come from she is usually the quiet nice but mindstrong girl. I think it is okay to use viloence only for certain reasons like when you are mistreated disrespectfully for no reason just because of your skin color, and or race. I think papa is referring to like if you are called racism things that you can't do anything because if you do you will cause a bigger situation which will probably end up with you losing because white people thought they were better then color folks. But they aren't and even though you may not win atleast they know you fought for what you think is right and didn't back down. I think that Cassie needs to take a stand on if she is ever miss treated because of her skin color because even though white people back then didn't think much of black people other than dirty and poor I think Cassie could make a change in how they look at them color folks because of how she is with her mind, and strength to be naiive. I never had to take a stand on anything because of how young I am so I don't really think about the problems around me only if it's with my school that I am attending rite now. Something that will get me into the streets of philadelphia is if something really hits me like I want it to stop because I really am against the situation. I see that Stacey is taking a stand in Roll Of Thunder. And yes I do think that these character have a rite to stand up and fight for what they think is the rite thing to do. I think that some risks envoled would be getting hurt physically and mentally because of what they might do to you when you are trying to recive your own rights. And yes the benifits do outweigh the dangers.

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  45. Dear Tr. Lacey,

    I think the situation between Lillian Jean and Cassie was pretty shocking. I think Cassie handled the situation ok but could've handled it better than she did. SHe didn't have to use the type of force that she did. She coul've used a less violent way. I think it's ok to use violence if being treated unfairly like if your getting bullied and it gets out of hand because you have to stand up for yourself.

    I think Papa said to stand up for yourself if the situation gets out of hand and you feel you need to stand up for yourself. What cause would make me do things like they did in Egypt and West Philly was if the rules or laws were completely outrageous. Some other exapmles of taking a stand were when Stacey beat up T.J. There are high risks of getting involved but if yopu feel you have no other option or its the best decision then go for it. ( Posted 2/28 1 day late)

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  46. I do think that Cassie handled the situation with Lille Jean well because she got what she deserved after what she did to Cassie and made her apologize for not doing anything at all.Not in all cases it is right to use violence after being treated unfairly but if you were physically touched you might have to use violence to defend yourself.When Papa says this he means don’t back down he means do not back down from Lillian Jean.Cassie has to take stand on fighting for her equality with Lillian Jean because Cassie does not feel as though she did not do anything wrong, she should have never ad to apologize to Lillian Jean.


    Yes I have had to take stand for something like when people treat nice kids wrong.One way I would implament this change is by showing people know bullying.

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  47. I think the incident between Cassie and Lillian Jean in the woods was crazy because out of now where she threw her books on the ground then they got into a fight. What really surprised me is when Cassie said that if she told anyone about what happened she would tell everyone her secrets. It depends on what happened. Like situations that you can handle, and then situations that you have to handle. I think Cassie has to stand up to fight for her dignity and pride because she is treated unfairly. Stacey must stand up to T.J.

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  48. I think the fight between Cassie and Lillian Jean was unnecesary. I don't think Cassie handeled the situation well. Lillian Jean wasn't the one who physiclly hurt Cassie,(which is what Cassie did to Lillian Jean) Mr Simms was. Lillian Jean did deserve to apologize but not the beating that Cassie gave her... I think it is sometimes ok to use violence if yourtreated unfairly. An example of a situation where I think it’s ok to use violence is when Mr Simms threw Cassie to the ground. He’s a grown man and she’s a 9 year old girl being thrown to the ground by a grown man, that’s not right. I think the “ things’’ Papa’s reffering to is Mr Granger trying to take the land, and the fact that they don’t have lots of power because their black, they have to be strong because of that. The things Cassie needs to take a stand on ( in my opinion) is Mr Simms throwing her to the ground, and be a part of the Wallace store boycott because I believe she has leader quality in her. The same cause that they’re out there for, or a cause that a lot of peoiple would protest for because I believe one 12 year old kid can’t change the opinions of a lot of people. An example of taking a stand that’s happening now in ROT is the boycott that mama and papa started. They are right to take a stand but I don’t think many people will be on their side. The risks involved are the Wallaces hurting the Logans, or the white people in general might hurt the Logans.

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  49. Tyreek's 10 picture ideaMarch 4, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    The ten images that I would include on our blog are images about writers and artises.
    Or maybe another idea would be to find images of the school of I.C.S (Independence Charter School).
    I also have another suggestion would be to find a picture of friendship or a family community picture.
    I would also include a picture of someone being successful after graduating from school.Probably a special picture of a memory before or going to I.C.S.
    A picture of all the students and teachers from I.C.S.
    Or maybe our most famous Six Word Memoirs from the Seventh Grade!

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  50. Cassie handled the situation well but she could of handled it better, but in the end she did earn her respect from Lillian Jean. because if Lillian Jean tells one living soul, Cassie will tell the whole world Lillian Jean’s deepest darkest secrets and Lillian Jean wouldn’’t liked that to happen .


    I think it is a bad idea to use violence the best thing is to about it because if a police officer is near he can think you are the one who is committing the abuse.

    I think Cassie needs to stand up for her beliefs and fears and not listen what others think about her.

    Until today I really don’t have a reason to stand up just yet.Because I think every think around me is perfect the way it is and that means there is no reason to stand up for something I don’t really need.

    I think characters do have a right to stand up for them self because it is a right any human being should have.
    Other examples I see in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is Mr. Jamison because he is going against the Wallace's and helping the Logan's and other black people get to Vicksburg to shop, even if his life is at risk. I think Mr.Jamison has a right to take a stand because the way those people are treat allows Mr.Jamison to try to take a stand and make a change for the better or the future. The risks would be the Wallace's finding out and deciding to kill Mr.Jamison.

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  51. I think Casie handled the situation the right way. She planed the whole fight so no one could know about it and she planed to punch her in certain places so no broses would appear also she had her trapped because if she would of told some one first they would of laughed because she got beat up by a nine year old and also there was no proof and also she new a lot of secrets about the boys that she likes.

    I think that some times it is ok to youse violance when you feel youv been treatd rong because if some one pushes you on the floor your not just going to stand there and let thenm bully you your going to push them back right.

    The thing that i think papa was talking about was the situation imbetween casie and lilianjean.
    I have never felt the need to take a stand on something big but i would like to take a stand on violance.

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