The Right to Marry - October 25, 2014

Don’t Hate, Appreciate

Arielle Summitt

Normally I don't have trouble with technology, but Audition gave me some serious problems.

It wasn't so much the actual workings of the program -- everything was great, no glitches or anything. No, the drama I had was with saving my progress, which was what I least expected could go wrong. I took all the steps that were necessary -- saving the file into my Userdirs folder as soon as possible, saving my progress every time I had the chance. It never seemed to matter, though, because the next day I would log on to a Mac and it wouldn't be there anymore! Only on the third try did I finally triumph in saving it in the right place where it would stay.

Although this was inefficient, time-consuming, and downright frustrating, completing the rough editing over and over again gave me the opportunity to hear the Moores' story multiple times and understand their struggle with racism and discrimination against interracial marriage. One particular quote from Thom has not left my brain since Monday:

I remember when I was twelve years old, my mom said to me, “Hey, Thom, let’s go downtown,” downtown Pittsburgh, “We’ll have a birthday celebration,” “birthday lunch,” and I said, “Great” so she says, “You can go anywhere you want” and so I picked a restaurant to go into and she said, “Oh, but we can’t go there because they won’t serve us.” That was a shock to me. I didn’t know what that meant.

 

Now let's get serious for a moment. People casually make racist jokes every day. They talk about race like it's nothing. Many of those people take for granted the progress that the United States has made toward equality in the last century. What they don't realize is that it was ten times worse not too long ago. It wasn't uncommon for people to be kicked out of public buildings and areas just because of their race. What Thom said made me think hard about this, and while I'm not saying that we should pity every African-American person we see, I do think that we should be a little more considerate of them and the things that we say.

On a completely different note, I have to say that I did not expect that finishing my rough editing three times would have any benefits for me, other than the extra practice with Audition. Maybe we all should listen to our assigned interviews a few times and see what insight comes from it.


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