Losing Matt Shepard

Losing Matt Shepard - November 6, 2007 Expos 101 EM HH05...

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November 6, 2007 Expos 101 EM HH05 Losing Matt Shepard: An Essay Essential Question: Do negative events help people or society become better? On December 7, 1941 America was attacked at Pearl Harbor by Japan. Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the attack as “a sudden and deliberate attack that severely damaged American military and naval forces.” He also regretted to say that many American lives were lost.” The attack greatly demoralized American morale and will forever be remembered as a day which will live in infamy. Thus, the attack on Pearl Harbor was a negative event. In response to this event, America declared war on the Axis forces and entered World War II. The war united America against a common enemy and everyone worked together to fight back. The war also helped revive America’s economy and gave Americans all around a reason to feel a sense of patriotism and pride. Eventually, America and the Allied forces were victorious and defeated the Axis, bringing an end to fascism, Hitler’s reign, as well as Japanese feudalism. Thus the attack on Pearl Harbor brought America into the war, which led to a positive change. Negative events spread awareness of problems which results in a positive change that helps to make people and society as a whole become better. One such negative event is exemplified in “Losing Matt Shepard” by Loffreda. Matt Shepard was a young college student who was cruelly beaten and then tied to a fence because he was a homosexual. By the time he was found and hospitalized, it was too late and he died a week later. Matt Shepard’s death is considered a negative event. Disregarding the anti-gay groups and the media, one should look at how people and 1
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society responded to his death. The story of Matt’s death reached all across America and thousands of people from everywhere came to his funeral to mourn and show their support. On a smaller note, Loffreda illustrates how specific people also changed from Shepard’s death: One student, who spoke to me on the condition I didn’t use his name, told me that before Matt’s death he “straight-up hated fags.”. . . After seeing student’s cry in one of his classes as they discussed Matt’s death, he had what he called, with a defensive grin, a real breakthrough: he felt a little sick, he told me, that he had thought things about gays
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