Wednesday, September 22, 2010

If You Really Knew Me: Columbia High School

If You Really Knew Me...Another excellent episode

"If You Really Knew Me" took an interesting look at Columbia High School in South Carolina. The episode allowed us to glimpse at a primarily African-American high school, which is a contrast to the diverse or predominately white schools we've seen in other episodes of the MTV series.

As someone who attended a diverse high school, this episode of "If You Really Knew Me" was fascinating for me. It was interesting to see clique formation in a school where race wasn't a predominant factor in clique building, except to seemingly exclude those who are different.

When I went to high school, some sports, clubs and groups were diverse, whereas others were less divided. For example, most of the rich kids and alternative kids were of one or two specific racial backgrounds. In this school, people of African-American descent filled all of the stereotypes that we had in high school. For example, some kids are emo, some kids are fashionistas, and some kids are jocks. It proved that all schools have the same social construct, and individualism is universal. This may sound overly simplistic, but I didn't grow up seeing a lot of African-American emo kids, and I truly respect the fact that subcultures transcend racial backgrounds. It's just not something I'm used to seeing.

While I really enjoyed seeing one student bloom during Challenge Day, her name made me want to cringe. (Before you call racism on me or something, see my link above about baby names.) This girl had a great sounding name, but with a pretty tragic spelling. Her name was:

Brittianey

Brittianey, as a person, was awesome. Her personal style was fantastic. I really admire the fact that she was willing to be different. In fact, I strongly believe that your name helps to shape who you are, and Brittianey's strange spelling helped to shape her into the amazing, creative person that she is. However, the spelling of her name has way too many letters, and looks as if her parents made a bit of a mistake when spelling "Britain" and adding the -ee sound at the end. It looks like it should be pronounced Britt-ee-uh-nee.

I also admired another student, Julia, for facing the girl who made fun of her and helping her tormentor to change. While the bully's transformation seemed less than legit, I think Challenge Day helped Julia grow and accept herself as a person. Julia seems like a genuinely nice person, and I hope Challenge Day helped her peers to see her for who she really is.

On another note, American Idol announced the show's new judges

"American Idol" released the news that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will be the new judges on American Idol, accompanying returning judge Randy Jackson. It looks like the show is trying to take an edgy turn and regain viewers. Do you think it will work? I think it will at first, but won't have lasting power to regain and maintain viewers.

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