Sociology Department of Social Sciences
…One evening as I watched the movie entitled Rubin “Hurricane” Carter assigned in one of my classes, I knew then at this point what my purpose was to be: to help the oppressed, marginalized and ignored groups of people in society; to give a voice to those who are not being heard, to seek justice where there is injustice and to be the light so that others can see which way to go…..
…When I read the description of the Sociology program at Clayton State University I instantly decided that this was where I belong. My first Introduction to Sociology class met all of my expectations and this confirmed my decision eve more that I was on the right track in choosing this major. Not once since choosing this major did I look at the estimate or average income for working in this field. I was more excited about serving others than I was with the paycheck amount……
…Sociology has challenged me critically and analytically. In this major I have learned how media distorts the truth and the impact the media has on our communities. After learning this, I stopped taking what the news says for face-value as truth but instead began to do my own research to find out the truth…..
…Being a sociology major has prepared me to take all the knowledge that I have gained inside the classroom and go out into my community and begin to implement change. Many of the classes I have taken in the major that focused on oppressed groups of people has inspired me even more to give back to my community. As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” …”injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. To me this means there will always be a need for sociologists. As long as people are being mistreated and ignored there will always be a job available to serve…..
…I was unsure about what direction I wanted to go in when I started the major but after taking several classes that focused on racism, classism, sexism and colorism, I discovered that this subject area is what interested me the most. I found myself analyzing and critiquing the news, other television shows and movies that I watched automatically; it became like a second nature to me. Every time I see something that I feel is oppressive, my skin crawls. I believe that if I bring attention of these issues to others it will spark a curiosity in them to want to learn more about these things and become active citizens in our community……
…As social change agents, we have to take time out to help each other in order to change the world. This is my passion, my purpose, and it is my time to do this; I willingly accept the challenge. My action plan is to advocate for justice for minority groups and I believe I would ultimately like to work in a capacity that focuses on civil rights, victim rights, or human rights. We have to unite as a community and demand the change we seek. I do not have to wait until a tragedy strikes in our families, our neighborhoods or our schools before I seek justice. Every day I have an immediate cause to seek change, justice, and a better society for me and the generations that will follow me…..