Members: Zachary Welsh, Taylor Boris, Jessie Harper, and Daniel Huffman
To Kill A Mockingbird:
Jessie: What do you think of boo?
Taylor: He’s an enigma that’s for sure. After taking this course, reading this book feels different and there’s things that I hadn’t noticed before.
Jessie: I dont think hes a monster like everyone thinks he is
Daniel: Why do you think Lee included his character?
Jessie: If it wasn’t for boo I don’t think the kids would’ve considered the race issue as much.
Daniel: Speaking in terms of race and disability, I can’t help but feel like we have to discuss them together.
Jessie: No, they definitely run parallel with one another. I can’t wait for my kid to actually read this book so I can get their perspective on it.
Zachary: I feel like Boo kind of represents the stereotypes that are associated with people with disabilities. Like these characters know nothing about him and yet he’s described as a recluse and a freak or when he’s called a malevolent phantom. And I think it’s interesting because even today people stereotype disabled individuals even without knowing anything about them, so its an important thing to discuss..
Taylor: Yeah that’s definitely true, I think that’s a good point.
Daniel and Jessie: I feel like he might be on the spectrum but I could be wrong.
As Good As It Gets:
Taylor: It talked about the queer side of disability which I thought was interesting because I feel like that’s one of the most marginalized groups that aren’t talked about.
Jessie: Yeah that group in general isn’t talked about.
Taylor: There’s a lot of good points that are brought up in here
Jessie: Yeah it’s like a whole group that isn’t even talked about here
Daniel: No one ever breaks down the LGBT community so it was really nice to get an article about that
Taylor: I feel like this reading talks a lot about how there’s a lot more to people than others assume.Jessie and Daniel: This is such a massively under talked about group because people don’t think about them.