My cats name is Riley. She is a 5 year old American tabby with green eyes and prominent white markings on her coat. I originally had a black cat named Midnight who I loved a lot. We got him from the shelter when I was around 2, so basically I have always had cats around the house. When he passed away from Kidney failure and other health problems a 6 years ago, I was really distraught and sad. After about a year of not having a cat, I convinced my dad that I needed another cat. We started searching the shelter and one day we walked into PetSmart and I saw this tiny kitten that was in a cage alone and I fell in love immediately. So we bought her the next day and we’ve basically been inseparable since. Riley sleeps with me at night (sometimes on top of me), waits for me at the door after school, always lays on top of any homework I have, and watches TV or YouTube with me- at least it seems like it. I love my other pets (a Pitbul and Great Dane), but my cat has a special place in my heart.
I suppose my favorite story of my cat isn’t really a story but an on-going occurrence. When she was younger I bought this toy that’s has a thin wire with a little mouse attached to it. Whenever I go near it she knows she’s about to play and automatically runs behind something and ‘stalks’ the mouse from her hiding spot. Then she’ll run at and I lift it up and she’ll flip. She does crazy flips at least 4 feet in the air chasing after the mouse. Usually she will catch it within the first few tries and then will drag the entire toy back to her hiding spot. Riley does a ton of other things that I find hilarious, but writing it all out would take forever. There is so much more I could write about her, I absolutely adore her and if anything happened to her, I would be an emotional wreck. Since I picked her out by myself and it wasn’t a decision my parents helped me make, she’s entirely mine and holds a special place in my life.
After reading about recent events to happen on a college campus, it’s sad to say I’m not surprised. Within the last week or so, there has been a lot of fall out having to do with the SAE fraternity at University of Oklahoma. A video sent out to some organizations depict the students using racial slurs one night, from there the 9 second clip spread rapidly across the campus and far beyond that. Once it got out, the president of the school immediately took action, and expelled the students that led it and closed down the fraternity permanently. As I said before, I’m not surprised that this type of behavior is still prevalent in today’s society. The action taken by the school was good, and the students deserved it, but for this to happen they had to be influenced into that racism somehow; it doesn’t develop on its own. The president did say that they would be investigating the action and looking at other fraternities, which is a good move, since most likely others probably have participated in that behavior, but the SAE students were the ones finally caught in it.
Racism is still a huge issue in modern society. Even though the whole civil rights movement (to end discrimination) happened in the early 1960’s, it is still around, and probably will be for a long time. After all the people alive during that era are still alive today, activist and the racist, and because of human nature the behaviors of previous generations will always influence new member of society; thus keeping the racism alive. I’m not saying that the family members of the students were racist or anything, just that the behavior was passed down somehow since the students seemed to think racial slurs are okay. And even though some have issued apologies, it still doesn’t make it right, since they probably only feel sorry because they were caught and had to face their actions, not because of the behavior itself. No matter what, the behavior was wrong and the fraternity deserved their punishment, however, people can’t just get mad at those particular students, it came from something, and that same thing is keeping racism a prevalent issue in today’s society. People should focus on changing not just the students, but the bigger issue at hand: racism.
Here is my attempt, (I repeat: attempt) at creating a labyrinthine sentence-
Have you ever noticed that feeling? The one of pure, unmarred joy- usually underappreciated- that spreads all over, filling every part of you until your just like a ball of joy, which can come from a huge event, but most often comes from a tiny, simple occurrence; like the stoplight suddenly turning green when your approaching; finding some extra cash you hid in the pockets of a jacket; your favorite song playing on the radio; walking into class and finding out there’s an extra day for an assignment (at least for high school students); changing into your ‘comfy’ clothes- whatever that may be- after a long day, or even spending quality time with close friends or family; whatever it is, hopefully you begin to see (and appreciate) all the small events that bring joy to your everyday life.