Coo guy, Ryan Coogler

Dec 6, 2013
by: lhong

In my AP literature class we have finished reading a book called Things Fall Apart by Albert Chinualumogu Achebe. The book helps bring another perspective on the Nigerian culture, rather then the stereotypical views of them being primitive and socially backwards. There is a complex social government where patriarchy is main source of power. The author was a child of a Protestant missionary and graduated with an English education, making his insights on European and African colonial expansion, religion, race, and culture more impartial.

My name is Lawrence Hong, I am Asian American and my understanding of my civil rights is to be treated equally by law enforcement as whites. Even though under the Constitution we are "created equally" the police still target colored people just because we are deemed as mischievous and up to no good. My civil rights is used to protect me from harassment by police officers due to their reputation for violating civilian’s rights in Oakland. I know my basic rights, that law enforcement must have a search warrant to check your car and home. They must also have probable cause to search you, whenever under suspicion.

My expectations about watching Fruitvale Station is to get a better understanding about institutionalized racism and police brutality, and why do they happen to African Americans living in Oakland. After watching the film, my friends and I will be able to learn how to deescalate violence with police officers. I am excited to watch this movie because it was filmed in my hometown Oakland.


Coogler was indeed Coo!

Submitted by Miss Shafer on Fri, 2013-12-06 23:48.

Thanks, Lawrence, for blogging a little about Fruitvale Station and our amazing experience today meeting Ryan Coogler.

It felt like I watched the film for the first time today, even though I did see it on the first day it came out in the Bay Area back in July. That's because I was surrounded by students like you and I could feel your emotions throughout the film and the connections you all were making with life in the East Bay as young people of color.

I am excited to see the raw footage you guys shot after the film and then help out wherever I can in crafting a beautiful documentary of the day.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Miss Shafer



Submitted by Kendrick Shawn on Tue, 2013-12-17 16:08.

Hey I'm Kendrick from Judge Memorial and I have to agree that the profiling and stereotyping is totally wrong and just sad, especially in the 21st century. My question is: what change or differences do you see in the future? Do you think we will change for the Better or worse, or will it remain the same?