Equilibrium

In the story “A Conversation About Bread”, by Nafissa Thomson-Spires, two young black men by the names of Brian and Eldwin, are studying anthropology. In their grad program Brian and Eldwin felt out of place, they were 2 ‘unicorns’ among a pack of horses. It is outrageous that Brian and Eldwin have to feel so out of place just because of their race, in an environment where they are trying to learn and become better.

Similarly in the NBA lockout, race played its toll when a dilemma sparked between 2 sides, the 100 percent white ownership, and the players union that is 85 percent black. During the 2011 NBA season 22 of the 30 teams lost money so NBA players argued salaries were not high enough and other problems piled on. NBA players were not going to put their body on the line for entertainment purposes while the owners upstairs were making double their salary. So in an effort to break the impasse and start the season, the dispute reached a more complicated and sensitive disagreement when the race factor began to situate itself. These players felt out of place at their job, they didn’t even want to step on the court and play basketball because they felt controlled, they felt like they had no say.

Spider-head

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In the short story Escape From Spiderhead by George Saunders, there is 2 prisoners with a criminal past. Nearing the end of the story the main character Jeff was in a tricky position as his friend Rachel was on the death block. Earlier in the story Jeff had already been forced to watch Heather take her own life and in the text Jeff reflected upon how emotional and gruesome the feeling really is, “It was like all I had to do to be a killer again was sit there and wait,”(76). While sitting there Jeff realized there had to be something he could do, so he saved Rachel by switching the Darkenfloxx into his own MobiPak. Despite Jeff’s killer tendencies he still had a soul ripe enough to save Rachel as he did not want to watch her die. Abnesti, the one who has forced this cruel pain upon them was enjoying his dominance as he looked over Jeff and Rachel. Although Jeff is viewed as a bad person, a criminal who was in prison this does not make Abnesti the ‘good guy’ in the story. Abnesti tried to convince all the prisoners he was doing the right thing but he made sure they were suffering as he looked over them. Abnesti’s respect for the prisoners was completely absent since he was unable to view them as human beings.