F O R T H E R I G H T R E A S O N S
UNPOPULAR DECISION
HARRIET TUBMAN
Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in 1822. She escaped
from her plantation via the Underground Railroad ...
TXBLUE08
TXBlue08, who never uses her real name, is a mother of four
from Texas who writes a blog about her life, her chil...
APRIL
April is a Chicano who recently graduated college. She has
been inspired by the banning of ethnic classic books. Apr...
MASHA GESSEN
Masha Gessen is a lesbian writer, journalist, and gay rights
activist. “It’s a no-brainer that (homosexual ac...
HARRY TRUMAN
Truman was the 33rd president of the US. He was originally
vice president, but when Roosevelt died he had to ...
RAOUL WALLENBERG
Wallenberg was a Swedish humanitarian who saved about
100,000 Jews from Nazis. In these days the holocaus...
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Unpopular Decisions for the Right Reasons

  1. 1. F O R T H E R I G H T R E A S O N S UNPOPULAR DECISION
  2. 2. HARRIET TUBMAN Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in 1822. She escaped from her plantation via the Underground Railroad like many others, thanks to a conductor’s guidance. However, unlike many others she actually went back to her plantation to rescue other African Americans who were highly discriminated against. This work was highly dangerous, and could also mean her life if she was ever caught. You see, this action of escaping a slave’s plantation was already highly illegal. Helping people to escape could mean death. As you can see, Harriet Tubman had a cause she really believed in and she went with it no matter what the anyone else had to say about it.
  3. 3. TXBLUE08 TXBlue08, who never uses her real name, is a mother of four from Texas who writes a blog about her life, her children and her faith. One of her entries was about raising her children without influencing their faith with religion. Such as, if you are good you’ll go to heaven, but if you are bad you will go to hell. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-910282 This brave blog entry has caught the attention of a ton of church blogs and angry commenters. Even CNN had to get involved on the controversy. TXBlue08 has many supporters that also raise their children to be independent thinkers and rely on their own faith. The decision TXBlue08 made for her children may not have been the most popular among Christian parents and other blogs, but it was certainly brave of her to tell others about how her children’s faith should be determined.
  4. 4. APRIL April is a Chicano who recently graduated college. She has been inspired by the banning of ethnic classic books. April was outraged by this act and decided to mix her art and activism together to make jewelry. This jewelry represents the reading of banned books. When you buy a piece of her art, the money all goes to buying banned ethnic books, which many believe will be all gone. This work she does gets a ton of racist comments. Such as, why would anyone want to read a *Mexican book. Many people however to agree with her cause and believe it’s just wrong to separate ethnic Americans from their culture. The work that April does may not be the most popular among some people, but she is standing up for her culture. *Mexican wasn’t the word used
  5. 5. MASHA GESSEN Masha Gessen is a lesbian writer, journalist, and gay rights activist. “It’s a no-brainer that (homosexual activists) should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist.…Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there — because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie.” This is just one of her many quotes relating to gay marriage. Masha’s writings are beautifully well written, yet the hate that Masha has endured by being a gay writer is unimaginable. Some people have even refused to read her writings because of this. The quote above is part of a longer article she wrote. http://www.catholicvote.org/gay-marriage-activist-its-a-no-brainer- that-the-institution-of-marriage-should-not-exist/ This writing is incredibly brave for a lesbian writer to come out with.
  6. 6. HARRY TRUMAN Truman was the 33rd president of the US. He was originally vice president, but when Roosevelt died he had to take over. Roosevelt only met with Truman two times and thus he wasn’t informed about some serious political events that would change history, such as the Manhattan Project. When Truman was named president he was then told about the Manhattan Project. As a fast way to finally end World War II, he decided to fire an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and later Nagasaki. After he did this, with the American people not even knowing about the productions of these 2 bombs, Truman's approval ratings dropped by 20%. So, even though this may've not been the most popular decision, he did it because he thought it was the best way to end the war.
  7. 7. RAOUL WALLENBERG Wallenberg was a Swedish humanitarian who saved about 100,000 Jews from Nazis. In these days the holocaust was attempting to kill every Jew. The governments involved also made it close to impossible for them to leave the country. Raoul gave many Jews a safe house and sometimes a fake passport to travel to a country not involved in the mass murder. Sometimes the airline officials were bribed to let the Jewish people on. And sometimes Wallenberg would have to disguise them to get them on. Wallenberg’s actions were highly illegal, so he was forced to sleep in a different house every night to keep from getting caught. Wallenberg’s actions were very illegal and he risked getting caught every day. However, he believed that what these people were doing to Jews was very unfair and he wanted to help any way he could.

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