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American Creed: The Stories (YouTube)

Author: Citizen Film. Director, Writer & Producer: Sam Ball

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WHAT HOLDS US TOGETHER IN TURBULENT TIMES?

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from remarkably different backgrounds, life experiences and points of view to explore the idea of a unifying American creed. Their spirited inquiry frames the stories of a range of citizen-activists striving to realize their own visions of America’s promise across deep divides.

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American Creed launches as a nationally televised PBS Special, and as a feature documentary on PBS.org, on Feb. 27, 2018. The date marks the beginning of a robust public engagement campaign including community conversations, classroom activities and local storytelling in cities and towns across the country — all designed to foster a bold national conversation about American ideals and identity.

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compitionpoint pooja sharma (Jan 08 2019 2:50PM) : great more

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isabel Nickerson (Apr 23 2019 2:19PM) : Education is very important and these are very important issues that need a discussion through the nation.
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isabel Nickerson (Apr 23 2019 2:20PM) : i agree with what the man said when he said that america is a place for immigrants to come and better the life.
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Roman Lopez (Jun 05 2019 4:04PM) : i agree
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isabel Nickerson (Apr 23 2019 2:22PM) : I agree that with our world of diversity we need to come together to better the lives of the future
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Kasandra Venegas (Apr 23 2019 10:20PM) : Everyone around the world needs to watch this video!!
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Paulina Nevin (Oct 31 2018 7:37PM) : I think this video is the start to the conversation we need to have as a nation. [Edited]
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Emilee Nussdorfer (Nov 02 2018 1:15PM) : I agree these are important issues we need to talk about as a nation and find solutions for them.
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Sloane Herrera (Nov 01 2018 10:27AM) : As a community we need to address these ideas. more

These are key ideas in a helpful discussion about American creed as we use this video’s information to help with in class discussion.



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Matthew Kloc (Oct 30 2018 6:20PM) : Parents are some of our biggest motivators, encouraging us to receive an education and to do good things in life.
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isabel Nickerson (Apr 23 2019 2:23PM) : I agree. most of our views come from how we grow up and our parents are a big part of that
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Roman Lopez (Jun 05 2019 4:05PM) : I agree our parents try and do everything they can so we can improve.
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Shreeya Kandukuri (Oct 30 2018 10:20PM) : When the video talked about education it made me think about how education is a key role in bringing different races together. This can cause unity in a country.
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Paulina Nevin (Nov 02 2018 8:21AM) : I agree with you, education is key to bringing different races together.I would also say that education is key to bettering a community and bringing new jobs in. [Edited]
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(Oct 31 2018 7:19AM) : Even though we are all so different in so many different ways, we set those differences aside and work together to achieve our goals. more

We all have such diverse racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds in America, but we all come together and unite in order to fulfill the common goal of success.

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Dr. Shawn Sandhu (Oct 31 2018 7:44PM) : Diverse people help people. more

I agree in America there are so many people who come from around the world. Everyone helps each other.

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(Nov 02 2018 8:23AM) : Parents are the biggest influence on a Childs view and beliefs because they are the most trusted person in the Childs life.
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Sloane Herrera (Nov 02 2018 7:58PM) : in order for people to be successful later in life they need an education. more

In America we get free K-12 school access and although most kids attend school for this time some don’t get the chance or their parents want them to work/provide for their family when they come of age and get pulled out of school. A lot of kids don’t even get the chance to even go to school or their parents don’t want them too and it’s odd to hear about situations like this.

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Jack Phillips (Oct 30 2018 6:55PM) : Common ground is very important when it comes to unifying a nation. America's culture naturally works against unification, so we must do what we can to find what makes us similar.
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Vibha Mahesha (Oct 31 2018 12:56AM) : Jack, I agree with you, and I think one problem we face in America today is the fact that we tend to focus on our differences, rather than our similarities.
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Emilee Nussdorfer (Nov 02 2018 1:18PM) : Vibha I also agree if we started looking at out similarities rather than our differences we could be a way more productive as a society.
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(Oct 30 2018 9:07PM) : I think that parents are wonderful motivators in our life but I also feel for the true American dream to be accomplished, the drive and passion needs to come from within [Edited]
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(Oct 31 2018 7:21AM) : I agree with this. Your parents form the mold of your work ethic in some sense, but you can't let them do all the work. After all, that's where two crucial American Values come in, determination, and individualism.
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Husnain Khan (Oct 30 2018 10:33PM) : The education provided in the United States is what draws so many immigrants. Education is one of the most powerful tools one can have.
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Student Mia Colony (Oct 31 2018 10:41PM) : There needs to be more discussion held on the topic of American Creed and values. Discussions like what is shown in this video would be beneficial to students and teachers. If we discuss certain topics, we can gain a better understanding of the world.
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Abbey Kurmel (Nov 01 2018 8:09PM) : Mia, I agree with you. I feel as though discussing what we see as American Creed and values would help everyone come together.
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Sydney Stephens (Nov 02 2018 8:27AM) : Mia, I think you're right. I think the more we talk about this the more attention it will bring to the topics and maybe more people will understand.
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Ramon Pichardo (Dec 06 2018 9:51AM) : lol more

that is brave surviving with no money and knowing no english

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D.D.S Chandan Aralikatti (Oct 30 2018 7:23PM) : Immigrants came to america with almost nothing and worked as hard as possible to make a life for them and their family. America is a country of opportunities and success is guaranteed as long as you work hard.
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Alejandro Arana (Oct 29 2018 5:05AM) : You can start from nothing and make it into something. Opportunity is what makes America so great and different.
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Teo Harmenil (Oct 29 2018 6:10PM) : Reply more

I think that one reason so many people choose to come to America is because you can start from nothing and make it.

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Praneeth Jamalpur (Oct 30 2018 8:49PM) : People come from many different circumstances but the goal is all the same, to make a better life. You need a lot of will power to leave everything you know and come to a new place.
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Bailey Delcamp (Oct 31 2018 9:50PM) : Opportunities in America more

I agree that one of the great things about America is the opportunities it provides, however, personally I believe that opportunity is not equally distributed, I believe that opportunity has a lot to do with luck and who you know. -Bailey Delcamp

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Elisa Torres (Dec 07 2018 9:09AM) : I agree with that because if you work hard in America,you can achieve something.
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Roman Lopez (Jun 05 2019 4:08PM) : i agree as long as you have the drive to succeed you'll be able to achieve it
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Ari Bozann (Oct 31 2018 8:06AM) : This is a great example of where you come from doesn't matter. Having your daughter end up at Harvard when you came with no money is very impressive.
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D.D.S Chandan Aralikatti (Oct 30 2018 7:25PM) : I like the idea that it only matters where we are going but I feel that it is important to remember where we come from as well. This documentary does not do a very good job of exploring backgrounds but it does focus a lot on the future.
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Megan Hetrick (Oct 31 2018 11:06PM) : I think that is the great part about America. You can come from nothing and turn into something
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Elisa Torres (Dec 04 2018 9:49AM) : I like what she says here about it didn't matter where you came from. It matter where your going and you can do great things which is true because everyone is different and have a skill or gift to do what there good at or what your good at. [Edited]
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Alejandro Arana (Oct 29 2018 5:06AM) : "Doesn't matter where you came from it matters where you are going.
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Matthew McAlvey (Oct 30 2018 7:46PM) : This is a really great idea, and one of the main ones in this movie, so I am glad that you pointed it out.
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Bailey Delcamp (Oct 31 2018 9:53PM) : This may be true for some people, but I feel like a lot of others have pride and wisdom that stems from their past that helps them achieve their goals for the future.
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Bella Minette (Oct 31 2018 11:42PM) : "You could come from humble circumstances you could do great things" I think it's important to remember where you came from but at the same time it's good to look ahead and to try to achieve your goals because "you could do great things" if you look ahead
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Abbey Kurmel (Nov 01 2018 8:12PM) : Bella, I agree with you. Knowing where you came from is important to bring with you because of the experiences you have and what you have learned from it.
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Eliza Guernsey (Nov 02 2018 8:33AM) : I strongly agree with this in that I think if a person came from tough circumstances then they should do their best to overcome their past and try to do everything they can to accomplish their goals.
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Eliza Guernsey (Nov 02 2018 8:33AM) : However, I also think that a person's cultural background is very important. Someone's cultural background identifies and individualizes them as a person, which should not be disregarded.
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Ari Bozann (Oct 31 2018 8:09AM) : I think the best example of how we're coming apart is partisan politics and the polarization of the parties.
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Rhea Shenoy (Oct 31 2018 4:47PM) : I think that people have forgotten to appreciate different view points, and instead, they dispel them right away. America has a lot of people with different backgrounds, and being American is about making sure that every voice is heard.
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Student Eric Chen (Oct 30 2018 7:46PM) : Sometimes, I believe it is our political polarization that helps us achieve think what truly is the best for the country although I do agree sometimes our conversations do get too heated when involving politics.
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Lillian Gorelik (Oct 30 2018 7:59PM) : I agree with what you're saying because although politics helps us achieve things for our country, it also causes splits in society. America promotes the factor of unity in our society but is it always reciprocated through our thoughts, and media?
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Student Nerds Rock (Dec 11 2018 3:42AM) : I regret that I don't think I agree with you, Eric 😖 more

Interesting point Eric! While I sort of agree with what you’re saying I do think that we have gotten to a point where people are so polarized that they outright aren’t even willing to have a conversation with somebody that doesn’t agree with them already.

A big fear that I have is that just how deep tribalism is embedded in human nature. Consider the following:

If I were to say that I think it was very reasonable for the Senate to approve Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, how many people that identify as liberals do you think would be interested in understanding my perspective vs. immediately classifying me as a villain, call me names, and never even try to hear where I’m coming from.

Conversely, if I were to say that I think it is important that we be very accepting of new folks immigrating into the US, be they from Mexico, Syria, or any other location on Earth. How many people that identify as conservative do you think would be interested in understanding my perspective vs. immediately classifying me as a villain, call me names, and never even try to hear where I’m coming from.

I’m a truly affraid that we have entered a time where what you have said is not true: that our political polarization is actually causing to slow progress leaving us vulnerable a societal swing of instability.

Would love to hear your thoughts as I know I may be very wrong here but this is my world view as I see.

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Audra Zimmer (Nov 01 2018 8:53AM) : I agree that our country has become very polarized, not only in political views but also in values too. My thing about that is that even when people have such different views, it important to still be able to communicate and hear one another.
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Kristen Tran (Oct 30 2018 8:31PM) : I truly believe in what Kennedy said. Stories do bring people together.They could give immigrants opportunity, but also lead Americans to strengthen a desire for future generations. I personally connect to stories coming from immigrant parents.
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Student Mia Colony (Oct 31 2018 10:44PM) : I think that there needs to be more media that centers on stories that certain groups can relate to. Stories are powerful in America, but not everyone’s story is heard. We should change that.
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Audra Zimmer (Nov 01 2018 8:57AM) : When they talked about education and how important it is, that really stood out to me because no matter what your background is if you are willing to learn and you can do anything.
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(Nov 02 2018 8:26AM) : Education is indeed important and I support this fully with out education you wouldn't have a brain and wouldn't be successful.
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Praneeth Jamalpur (Oct 30 2018 8:54PM) : I think its cool that people of different political views can come together and resolve or discuss issues. Some other countries only have one "view".
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Student Nerds Rock (Dec 11 2018 3:48AM) : I agree with you and also think you have understated how cool/exceptional America is. more

America is CRAZY cool because we permit people to disagree with those in power and complain/make as much noise as they would like without imprisoning or killing them. Few other countries on the planet, and yes it is 2018 we have the internet, we have rocketships, we have made so much progress yet still the list of countries where you would be imprisoned or worse for speaking out far exceeds the list of countries that see disagreement as a mechanism for healthy growth in society.

In fact, it’s rather scary to me to know that the default state of society would be a system where you would be severely reprimanded for having a different opinion and speaking up. It is scary that America is in all seriousness, the exception to the rule 😖

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Comrade Kyle Nguyen (Oct 30 2018 4:11PM) : This is what is needed in our political conversations nowadays, a sense of respect and understanding of the opposite party and their beliefs.
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Dean Park (Oct 30 2018 5:36PM) : I agree with you that we need to respect each other and try to understand each other better. That makes conversations more productive and helpful.
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Elisa Torres (Dec 18 2018 9:31AM) : I also agree because respecting each other will make more friendly and no fights.
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Alejandro Arana (Oct 29 2018 5:08AM) : INdividual achievement and goals can raise communities.
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Dean Park (Oct 30 2018 5:39PM) : The idea of patriotism is important because when the country is in crisis it's helpful for people to serve.
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Student Sanath Balaji (Oct 30 2018 6:04PM) : That's a very good point, that's why I believe one part of being American is having love for this land and its upbringing.
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Matthew Kloc (Oct 30 2018 6:23PM) : While American differ in certain areas, values that most would be able to agree on include access to education, freedom, and equal opportunity.
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Abbey Kurmel (Nov 01 2018 8:14PM) : Matthew, I think this is an interesting topic. We are such a diverse country but we all have common values and ideas. It is kind of crazy how our values can bring us together in a way.
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Shreeya Kandukuri (Oct 30 2018 10:33PM) : "Equal opportunity" is one of the big reasons why people come to America but has that promise always been a reality? Many people who immigrant to America question if they have been given all the opportunities that they have been promised or not.
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(Oct 30 2018 9:10PM) : I think that nationalism is an extremely important value all Americans have. You need to be proud of the country you live in and support and that's when we see peoples best work
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Dean Park (Nov 02 2018 8:20AM) : I agree that people should be proud of our country [Edited]
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Kasandra Venegas (Apr 24 2019 4:34PM) : People are always so quick to judge someone who's an immigrant, but don't realize that at some point they were also an immigrant to this country or an ancestor was.
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Husnain Khan (Oct 30 2018 10:34PM) : The United States is a giant melting pot filled with many different kinds of people. Everyone has their own story, which is what makes America so great.
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Roman Lopez (Jun 05 2019 3:12PM) : I agree our political system is polarized and we should work on finding a way to improve this
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(Oct 31 2018 7:24AM) : "We aspire to be a country where immigrants have an opportunity." I believe that this was the case for a while, but nowadays it seems as though that immigration isn't seen as such a good thing, whether it's legal or not.
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Student Jasmine Clerkley (Nov 02 2018 1:09PM) : I like this scene because kids don't really care about the color that other kids are so they just play like they're the same.
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Alejandro Arana (Oct 29 2018 5:11AM) : We are a very diverse group of people that live in the UNited states and we need core values that hold us together.
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Dr. Shawn Sandhu (Oct 31 2018 7:48PM) : Diverse America has good opportunities. more

I agree that America is really diverse. I feel like people come here from all around the world because they believe they will have better opportunities.

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Roman Lopez (Jun 05 2019 3:15PM) : You are free to choose what you wanna become but you arent always free to pursue what you dream of in america.
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Elisa Torres (Dec 05 2018 9:22AM) : When the kid said "That you're free to decide who you wanna become" Because it true because in American you have a lot of rights and you can become who you really are. [Edited]
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Roman Lopez (Jun 05 2019 3:16PM) : I feel like a lot of these "crisis" we arent needed in and we only add more conflict if the US gets involved
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Student Eric Chen (Oct 30 2018 7:51PM) : Obviously it is a joke when he said, "I don't even know what liberals eat", but in a way, it also lays down the problem that people with different ideologies don't have enough contact with each other.
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Alejandro Arana (Oct 29 2018 5:14AM) : Equal opportunity, and patriotism are very important american values. Must bond over a common aspiration with such a diverse group of people.
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Student Jasmine Clerkley (Nov 02 2018 1:10PM) : I think that people should respect where they come from, because not everyone has what you have.
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Bella Minette (Oct 31 2018 11:39PM) : "we have to bond to a common sense of what we're trying to achieve... and I think we've lost sight of it" This just shows that even though this is the country where immigrants come looking for equal opportunity and freedom, it may not be given to them.
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Student Zaggam Cheema (Oct 31 2018 10:43PM) : Understanding more

Its nice to see how much we have progressed and learned to understand each other and where everyone is coming from. We have learned to look into each other opinions and beliefs and do our part by understanding and respecting them.

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student Rachel Lee (Nov 02 2018 1:04PM) : I think this is very reflective on American Society and her story of how people and society has changed over time
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Dust Eshan (Jan 19 2019 9:17AM) : he thinks its reflective on society more

i think its really not reflective it was that people was judge by there culture and religion

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Jack Phillips (Oct 30 2018 6:59PM) : I found the idea of "opening up" who belongs to We The People to be a very interesting way to look at American social progress and acceptance throughout the years, since the "People" began as only white men.
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Dust Eshan (Jan 19 2019 9:19AM) : it was nice to see people opening up who the people really is more

i am agree with u ..after that people actually could get there rights

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Jason Washington II (Oct 30 2018 9:49PM) : The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a very important event in the progression of African Americans and their rights. Even though there were some limitations afterwards.
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Comrade Kyle Nguyen (Oct 30 2018 4:14PM) : It's interesting to see how much things have changed in just the Secretary of State's life time. She grew up in a segregated American. Where an African American child couldn't even dream about working in the government.
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Matthew Kloc (Oct 30 2018 6:26PM) : I liked how Rice described what she experienced growing up in the segregated South, in comparison to what is acceptable nowadays.
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Dean Park (Oct 30 2018 5:41PM) : It's interesting to see how the society changed and people started accepting the change. Like she said it is uncomfortable at first but it gets better.
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Elisa Torres (Dec 06 2018 8:58AM) : It very interesting how the years pass in America that people starting to accepting and changing.
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Kristen Tran (Oct 30 2018 8:40PM) : America has been open the "door" to immigrants due to our choices. Yes, it might be uncomfortable to accept new groups(I can relate). However our choices lines up with what America offers. I liked how she addressed this because I feel like it gets ignored
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Dust Eshan (Jan 19 2019 9:11AM) : its very uncomfortable when some other race of people says we the people more

i think its a big issue when people from other country trys to come and try to get jobs and says they actually belongs here

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Student Eric Chen (Oct 30 2018 7:54PM) : I get how she is saying through time, immigrants will also slowly be accepted but that doesn't mean we shouldn't do anything about the discrimination.
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Jason Washington II (Oct 30 2018 10:02PM) : It was unfortunate for a group to be treated unfairly just because they wanted rights like everyone else. Also, the constitution was very important in the discussion for civil rights--which civil rights activists explained thoroughly.
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Lillian Gorelik (Oct 30 2018 7:56PM) : The idea of "twoness" was a way back in the 1900s to separate the good Americans from the bad in people's minds. However, now that is the nation's pride and one of its core values, diversity, a way for people to show their culture proudly.
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Student Sanath Balaji (Oct 30 2018 5:59PM) : W.E.B. Du Bois did something great. By pointing out the differences between these two parties he created an uprising. Change is only possible when change wants to be had and is known.
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Elisa Torres (Dec 06 2018 9:07AM) : It crazy that if your not a American, he doesn't want your vote. Which is a mess up to be honest. Why do you have to be "American" to vote? We all are human.
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Dust Eshan (Jan 19 2019 9:15AM) : the guy doesnt want vote from people who were from another country more

i think he separated people and saw them 2 diffident way which lead the wrold to a diversity

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Comrade Kyle Nguyen (Oct 30 2018 4:18PM) : It's fascinating to the things that back then would divide us, are now the things that bind us together the most. Our origin or ethnicity is sometimes a unifying factor in towns or large groups.
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Christian Hutnik (Oct 30 2018 5:02PM) : I agree. I would think it would have to do with the history of civil rights in our country which stopped many from being friends with people of diffrent races.
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Matthew McAlvey (Oct 30 2018 7:51PM) : "Sports is the best way to bring together a variety of people." I really like this quote and I think it's really strong. I also believe it is one of the main themes of this book so i thought I'd mention it
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Kelsey Henry (Oct 31 2018 7:56AM) : I agree with you and think that people work together through diversity and work more as a team when playing a sport.
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Paulina Nevin (Oct 31 2018 8:08PM) : I agree with you and I think when kids play sports they learn teamwork and how to make friends. While also bringing together the parents of everyone on the team.
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Abbey Kurmel (Nov 01 2018 8:18PM) : Matthew, I agree with you. I think it is cool how you can look at sports teams and see diversity. As an athlete I find this to be accurate and many of the teams I have been apart of have been diverse.
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Rhea Shenoy (Oct 31 2018 5:01PM) : I thought that the baseball team was a really nice idea to get the town to communicate and collaborate with each other, just like we do activities in the classroom to get to know one another.
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Elisa Torres (Dec 18 2018 9:34AM) : Ya it helps people to get to know each other and talk, also make friends
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Student Sanath Balaji (Oct 30 2018 6:03PM) : Hearing things so often tends to make people think it's true. This causes people to perform poorly out of the thought of being less than other people. America acknowledged this and decided to be known as great because it is better to be confident than not
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Jonnell andre Sanciangco (Oct 31 2018 12:24AM) : Yeah, big facts. If you are told you're ugly your whole life, then you would believe you are hahah. (not from a personal experience though, chill out)
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Elisa Torres (Dec 06 2018 9:23AM) : What i don't understand is what he said "That's the only difference. Every else is absolutely the same" So i wonder what he means by that?Which interest me. [Edited]
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Student Eric Chen (Oct 30 2018 7:59PM) : It's interesting how he compared Italians vs Polish with Latin America and European immigration.
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Sam Carrier (Oct 31 2018 10:33AM) : I agree that civil rights are insanely important in America as we should all be able to work together in order to better our nation
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Dr. Shawn Sandhu (Oct 31 2018 7:52PM) : Civil Rights = America more

I agree when you said civil rights are important. In America everyone is equal.

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Konrad Thompson (Nov 02 2018 8:26AM) : I think one thing that's important is civic education. People need to learn how the law works and learn what rights they have. Without education of your rights, how can you really have them?
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Dust Eshan (Jan 19 2019 9:23AM) : he agree with civil rights more

i am agree with you and civil rights bought joy to america

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Elisa Torres (Dec 06 2018 9:42AM) : When he said "This country is awesome because it's awesome" like that just a opinion. Not everyone will say that and people think of different ways
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Dean Park (Oct 30 2018 5:44PM) : I agree with him that the reason we can do anything is because there were people who worked for it.
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Eliza Guernsey (Oct 30 2018 9:32PM) : Diaz talks about how the promise of America was fulfilled through civil rights. I like this idea because I agree that if minorities never gained the same civil rights as whites, then the values and culture of our country would be much different today.
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Lillian Gorelik (Oct 30 2018 8:05PM) : Through community we all have the same idea of "raising the country up" in our best abilities. By all working together to raise our country we work as one with relying on each other to create unity. Through American unity, many great things happen.
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Bella Minette (Oct 31 2018 11:47PM) : I agree with you when you say many great things can happen. Rather than going against each other, if the community rose up to the best of our abilities, we could make a difference.
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Sam Carrier (Oct 31 2018 10:35AM) : To be apart of a community you have to be able to work and trust each other.If the whole nation works together nothing can stop us.
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Bella Minette (Oct 31 2018 11:45PM) : His idea of raising the nation up and the unity means we have great potential to make change just by working together and trusting each other since we have the same ideals and hopes for this country.
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Student Eric Chen (Oct 30 2018 8:01PM) : He makes a good point. Being an American means being united.
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Konrad Thompson (Nov 02 2018 8:28AM) : America is a place with many different peoples and cultures. The only reason we can exist as a nation is by accepting eachother.
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Alejandro Arana (Oct 29 2018 5:16AM) : Community is very important because we rely on each other.
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Elisa Torres (Dec 06 2018 9:50AM) : I agree this part because raising the nation up can help a lot and show everyone is equal.
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Matthew Kloc (Oct 30 2018 6:31PM) : Serving our country is essential in defending our freedom and values. No matter how dangerous, soldiers are always willing to fight and stick up for what is right.
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Michelle Kang (Oct 30 2018 7:12PM) : I agree, soldiers sacrifice a lot to protect the country and our people, even though they know the risks.
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Kasandra Venegas (Apr 25 2019 2:05PM) : i like how her families history with the forces inspired to her join .
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Matthew McAlvey (Oct 30 2018 9:28PM) : I love how much she values her family bond, you can really tell that they are a very close family. I love how she showcases this because having a family bond is the way America can connect to help recover our country.
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Student Zaggam Cheema (Oct 31 2018 10:48PM) : Family bond more

I agree Matthew, a family bond is important and is one of our main American Values.

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Konrad Thompson (Nov 02 2018 8:39AM) : The family unit is the most basic unit of a successful society. If you look at oppressive societies in history, many are based on the dissolution of familial ties. Totalitarian regimes always say that your first duty is to the government, not your family.
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Rhea Shenoy (Oct 31 2018 5:10PM) : When something bad happens to a part of America, there are lots of times when people come together to support the people have been effected. They show their support to say that they are not alone in a struggle. This quality is what makes us American.
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Elisa Torres (Dec 07 2018 8:54AM) : In America, when something goes bad or something horrible happen. People will stay together and show a lot of support. It wonderful because people will show a lot of love those who die for America or those who didn't deserve to die. [Edited]
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Christian Hutnik (Oct 30 2018 4:59PM) : I would agree that a silver lining can be found in an situation. Even if it takes a long time to find one.
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David Van Ark (Oct 30 2018 6:51PM) : I agree, and staying positive is always the best way to think. When everyone is negative and does not find that silver lining, they will never progress in life.
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Kasandra Venegas (Apr 25 2019 2:14PM) : having a country that's diverse isn't a bad thing
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David Van Ark (Oct 30 2018 7:00PM) : I agree with him in the sense that it is better to accept the differences in people rather than ignore them.
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Rhea Shenoy (Oct 31 2018 5:16PM) : I think that the points in this video are really important. Immigrants tend to want to assimilate into the American culture. But it is also important to acknowledge that peoples backgrounds are a part of who they are, and they can never just erase it.
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Alejandro Arana (Oct 29 2018 5:15AM) : Having a diverse America is good and it shouldn't matter where you come from or who you are.
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Teo Harmenil (Oct 29 2018 5:45PM) : Reply more

Hondo, I agree with you that it doesn’t matter where you come from but rather where you are going.

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Dean Park (Oct 30 2018 5:47PM) : I agree with you teo
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Eliza Guernsey (Oct 30 2018 9:40PM) : I completely agree with him regarding that Americans should not be colorblind towards other people's races and ethnicities. Where a person comes from is very important to pursuing one of the core values of America which is diversity.
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Rhea Shenoy (Oct 31 2018 5:23PM) : I also agree. As a person with immigrant parents, I know that their culture will always be a part of me, and that it will define who I am as a person.
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Christian Hutnik (Oct 30 2018 4:54PM) : This is an interesting perspective that he wants equality but still wants to be recognized as diffrent. I can agree, but I think the only way to eliminate racism is to see everyone as the human race instead of white or black.
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David Van Ark (Oct 30 2018 6:55PM) : I agree, however being completely "colorblind" may not be the best way to achieve equality. When people act like everyone is the same, progress will not be made. People need to recognize that everyone is different, and learn to accept that.
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Student Eric Chen (Oct 30 2018 8:06PM) : This is a great point. Being "colorblind" doesn't mean being accepting who they are.
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Jonnell andre Sanciangco (Oct 31 2018 12:11AM) : "If you aren't white, then you're a savage." more

That’s messed up that as a child, adults put things in her ear to make her believe in something else about her background.

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Elisa Torres (Dec 18 2018 9:37AM) : Ya, when I heard that, it was crazy and mean. Just because there not white doesn't mean there a savage
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Kelsey Henry (Oct 31 2018 8:01AM) : When we are born we don't have any mindset but society teaches stuff as we grow. Society teaches stereotypes about all races and people believe in those as they get older.
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Jason Washington II (Nov 02 2018 8:29AM) : Society and its teachings build a mindset in Americans. [Edited] more

I definitely agree with this. No one is born with racist ideas or beliefs, it can only be taught. Particularly through society and households. This mindset that comes from society is inevitable. Since there are so many different people around us the duration of our life.

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Jack Phillips (Oct 30 2018 7:04PM) : It is very sorrowing to hear that the public school system taught the idea of Native Americans being savages. I could never imagine being told by someone that you are meant to trust that your entire family comes from a line of savages.
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Michael Krisztian-Terry (Oct 30 2018 9:10PM) : No one should be ashamed of their culture, the melting pot of culture that America is described as is one way that it is great
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Michelle Kang (Oct 30 2018 7:01PM) : I think his story is a great example that change is possible, even if it seems unlikely.
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Kasandra Venegas (Apr 25 2019 2:16PM) : I agree with you, this video restores faith in humanity.
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Dust Eshan (Jan 19 2019 9:26AM) : the change of lifetime more

its very Amazing how the lifetime has change and now everyone have equal rights to finish there study

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Michael Krisztian-Terry (Oct 30 2018 9:09PM) : Change is a good thing even if it feels like nothing is changing
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Michael Krisztian-Terry (Oct 30 2018 9:07PM) : We need to look at what other people "Bring to the table" instead of how their opinion differs from yours
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(Oct 30 2018 9:12PM) : I completely agree with Micheal. We get so caught up in the notation that there is only one right answer. People don't even want to have a discussion with one another and its important we hear different view points
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Student Zaggam Cheema (Oct 31 2018 10:47PM) : Discussion more

I agree with you EJ, if we hear different view points it increases our knowledge and helps us better understand the situation. It also creates a stronger relationship.

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Student Eric Chen (Oct 30 2018 8:09PM) : I definitely agree that you should accept someone and their perspective especially if they are different from you and that is what many people fail to do.
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Vibha Mahesha (Oct 31 2018 1:18AM) : I liked how he said "let's truly understand each other", because while it can be a general statement, when you think about how it applies to America and the values that surround it, the first step is acceptance and understanding one another.
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David Van Ark (Oct 30 2018 7:04PM) : This helps explain the importance of voting, because when people say it does not matter if they vote, it really does, even if they lose.
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Dean Park (Oct 30 2018 5:48PM) : I agree with him that fighting makes a difference even if you lose.
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Christian Hutnik (Oct 30 2018 4:57PM) : This is a great perspective on our voting process. People often say that their vote doesn't matter and that it won't change anything but he's right that the fight makes a difference even if you lose.
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Student Eric Chen (Nov 02 2018 8:23AM) : I definitely agree with you. Voting is our most best way of representation.
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