Summer Interns Begin Their Work
The Summer Intern program is a leadership immersion experience for young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 who live in new communities for the summer to learn about and experience putting their faith into action. The Summer Interns will serve in United Methodist-related centers, churches, and institutions for ten weeks over the summer. What follows are several blog posts from the 2011 class of Summer Interns as they gathered earlier this month.
By Sarita Robinson
The demographic of the Summer Intern Class of 2011 is very familiar with the controversial pop star Kanye West, whose last album featured a song by the name of "Power."
The song, unlike many heard from the artist before, boasts that "no one man should have so much power." Historically speaking, different cultural groups allow conscious and unconscious negative emotions that have been agitated by brutality and frustration for centuries to affect their relationships with one another.
The conflict in Northern Ireland between Protestants and Catholics has been traced back to the 17th century. Colonists unnecessarily divided tribes in Africa based upon pretty lines that they wanted to draw as opposed to the regional boundaries already established by indigenous people.
Today, we're making an effort as Americans to resolve the disputes between immigrants and those who have US citizenship status. The issues that have conflicted many social groups, like those between Protestants and Catholics, have been fueled by oppression.
Prejudice is a negative socialized attitude towards a specific group; however, discrimination is an act that takes prejudice a step further.
This reflection is from Sarita Robinson, a college student from Little Rock, Arkansas, who took part in the Summer Intern training, June 13-19, 2011, also in Little Rock. Ms. Robinson will work as a Summer Intern with Southside Community Center in San Marcos, Texas.
Date posted: Jun 24, 2011