NFT Horse Racing; How I Bred a Horse in Zed Run?

July 30, 2021

Perpetual Motion Machine

“Here is an NFT that can be replicated. With the strong framework surrounding Zed Run, one can easily dominate a market run by virtual horse fanatics.”

Zed Run; The Horse Racing NFT

Candidate for Breeding NFTs


The previous owner bought it at 0.12. We bought it at 0.1.

Because ‘Zmu’ is a Mare she is able to breed in cycles.


Looking To Breed

I searched the breeding marketplace for stallion to breed. Finally I happened upon ‘Chain of Events’.

Big Stud in Town

There is a small fee that comes out of paying the stud owner to produce your new NFT.

Example of Stud Farm

This can range in prices, but I found a great option for not much.

Chain of Events
Highest Bidder on this Stallion

Stud Stats


Once the Stud is chosen and the breeding fees are accepted, both parties engage in a transaction which results in a new NFT Race Horse.

Owsley is Born

Conclusion:

This was by far the most ideal situation an NFT could have as an attribute. Due to the nature of the woman horse and the breeding cababilities that comes with owning the NFT, I was able to reproduce my NFT. After Breeding my horse ‘Zmu’, I had created a very new NFT: ‘Owsley’.

-Melvin

Exxon Continues To Save Its Own Ass

Michael Melvin

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Rhetoric and How Exxon Continues To Save Its Own Ass

Exxon is a global energy conglomerate that is one of the largest publicly traded energy companies in the world. With such a large presence in the world, Exxon needs to protect the United States by abiding by ethical concerns brought to our attention by foreign countries they do business in. For many years, Exxon has used rhetoric to brand itself as environmentally friendly and conscious. By analysing rhetoric located on the Exxon website and by listening to interviews with the current and past CEOs of Exxon, we can truly see if the corporate ethics on a macro level matches that in action. As a company that has, in recent times, pledged support to the Paris Agreement and reduce its carbon emissions, it is essential that we analyze what the company stands for in order to fully understand how the future will present itself with this company. From an environment friendly perspective, crude oil should never be as prevalent as it is today. However, the demand that backs travel and energy is so large that companies like Exxon are allowed to continue practices that are bad for the environment. In order for Exxon to properly follow their ethics code, the company should be going into cleaner energy research. While this has been done, the market for gas and oil has only skyrocketed relative to the current economy. Will Exxon continue its old ways and ignore the growing concerns over climate change through the use of rhetoric? Or will Exxon pivot their stance on energy in order to promote a healthier planet? The answers to these questions could change at any moment based on the rhetoric that Exxon uses in order to promote its own self interests.

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 Exxon protects itself through corporate ethics and expediency, by using calculated vague words during press releases and interviews. This was primarily the job of Rex Tillerson, until his disassociation with the company in 2017 due to his nomination as Secretary of State. Through his dissociation with this large company, Rex Tillerson was given a cushy $180 million and let go. Initially, Tillerson started out at Exxon during the financial crisis in 2008. Since then, Tillerson has raised the company into the global conglomerate that we saw before the pandemic. Due to increased instability and concern over the future of crude oil, Exxon appointed Darren Woods as the new CEO. So far, Woods’ career as CEO has been a strategic failure. When Darren joined Exxon in 2017, the price of the stock was equivalent to 90 USD. Four years later, Exxon would reach unprecedented lows of 32 USD. 

While Darren Woods could never have predicted such low demand for crude oil, he is still the face of the company and should be treated as such. Presently, the price of Exxon is trending slowly upward. However, if we take into account the drastic measures we have to take in order to protect our earth, crude oil may never reach the old levels of demand again if we are really interested in combating climate change. However, as the pandemic restrictions start to lift, we are seeing an increased demand for traveling, and therefore fuel. The airline industry is a large consumer of fuel, and they single handedly rely on Exxon and other energy companies to keep up with demand.

One could make the case that Exxon has such large purchasing power that they can spend money on lobbying in order to protect their status as a dominant market player. Through lobbying Exxon has been able to twist the dialogue so that they can survive in the corporate world and while still using rhetoric to satisfy shareholders’ environmental concerns. In response to the idea that Exxon has been lobbying, the corporate company page discloses that lobbying is a vital practice for protecting democracy in other countries. There is literally a page on the corporate website that is entitled Political Contributions and Lobbying. This shows that Exxon is not hiding the fact that they are manipulating politics in foreign countries for the sake of democracy. However, in reality the use of the word ‘democracy’ could just be used as rhetoric in order to keep their global businesses running. Exxon already dominates the world with its business. Thus, one could say that the sun never sets on the Exxon empire and that would be completely true.

On the macro level, Exxon has tried to adapt to modern environmentally conscious times. What once was an Industrial Empire is now on the outs. With global ethics being an important subject matter in today’s corporate world, Exxon is forced to find different ways to expand their empire. However in doing so, Exxon may become a totally different company in the next 10-20 years if the environment is lucky. However to be completely honest, we have no idea what is going on outside of US borders, as most of our news is based in the United States and runs off of basically a ‘zoom call’. This is very terrifying and should scare any investor as we start to open up our borders again. If Exxon can only keep their rhetoric together for a little longer they can regain their old power dominance over the world. 

Exxon prices going down is not a new topic. After the previous CEO Rex Tillerson stepped down, Exxon has been slowly bleeding. It was only until the 2019 COVID pandemic, that Exxon stock fully plummeted. It was here that Exxon needed to step up their corporate ethos and rewrite their entire platform. This was especially vital, as their previous CEO was nominated as Secretary of State for one of the most controversial presidencies the United States has ever seen. This nomination alone shows just how powerful the CEO of Exxon is from a political standpoint. 

The new and improved Exxon company, which backed the Paris Agreement, stands for finding solutions to the problems that face the world and its environment. However, the company still believes that energy ‘improves lives’ and is ‘essential’. In response to this Exxon has diverted investors’ attention away from its past, in order to focus on a new era of cleaner energy. One concrete example of this can be found by looking at Exxon’s investor presentations. Before late 2020, the company did not regularly include slides that focused on the environmental impact of its business. However, the company’s two most recent investor presentations, from December 2020 and March 2021, have both included slides focused on Exxon’s efforts to improve the environment. Even before Exxon regularly made the environment a visible part of its rhetoric, the company issued corporate responsibility reports. These reports were not advertised or brought to investors’ attention during earnings calls, but they contained rhetoric that painted Exxon as a company that was continuously monitoring and researching its environmental impact. In an ESG report from 2010, Exxon focuses on reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. The company report says “Due to the possible negative impacts climate change poses to business operations, human rights an economic development around the world, we urge further integration of climate change into the core of ExxonMobil’s business strategy.” According to Bloomberg, from 2017 to 2018, the company’s total greenhouse gas emissions intensity per barrel of oil equivalent spiked by almost 6%.

Exxon has used many rhetorical strategies in order to divert the attention away from the messy impact that its businesses have on the global front. Exxon has used their algae biofuel as a way to divert attention from the concerns over the ethical dilemma that is Exxon. For a company spanning more land than any empire ever to grace this planet, the environmental impact of Exxon must be disastrous. What makes all of this worse is that the United States borders are closed and we do not have many journalists currently reporting many stories overseas about these environmental concerns on a micro level. However, we do have years of research by Exxon scientists pointing to the increasingly dangerous impact of Exxons business overseas. These scientific journals have been released to the public and have even led to the New York Attorney General investigating this matter. Another prominent example is Exxon’s recent embrace of carbon capture. In 20200, the company proposed a $100B carbon capture infrastructure initiative. While this initiative sounds like an environmentally conscious move by Exxon, it also functions as a way to use rhetoric to advance its interests. One critical component of this plan is the use of public funds. By using environmentally friendly rhetoric to propose an infrastructure project, Exxon is able to lobby for government funds to put back into its business. Instead of using its own funds to make a commitment to improving the environment, Exxon used rhetoric to make itself seem environmentally conscious without having to put up as much of its own capital. 

Analyzing the scientific articles provided by Exxon, many journalists began to report on the topic. This brought rise to the #ExxonKnew movement. The #ExxonKnew movement is based off of the principle that Exxon lied to the general public about information regarding climate change and growing worries about the environment. In addition to deliberately contributing to climate change, these lies directly contradict the Engineers Code of Ethics. The Code states “Engineers must perform under a standard of professional behavior that requires adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct. Engineers, in the fulfillment of their professional duties, shall: Hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public.” 

In terms of the #ExxonKnew campaign, the company already had an excuse: Lobbying. Using a dismissive tactic by acknowledging the campaign as competitor slander, Exxon just doesn’t acknowledge the logos of the situation at all. This is also evident when you visit the Exxon ‘Who We Are’ web page. It is here that rhetoric is placed strategically in order for the company to appear stable from an outside point of view. Also by blaming lobbying for a problem they are facing, Exxon is indirectly making lobbying a legit concern. 

As the world becomes infatuated with the idea of clean energy, the markets say otherwise. With Oil and Gas increasing by the day and global warming becoming a daunting threat looming over us, Exxon is forced to face the constant backlash from social advocates and journalists by using applicable rhetoric. Upon first look at Exxon’s ‘Who We Are’ page, it can already be taken into account that Exxon is using rhetorical techniques in order to convince the reader to support their own vision. Words such as ‘Human Comfort’, ‘Economic Prosperity’, and ‘Social Progress’ pop up in the summary of what exxon stands for. This is a take on pathos, as the organization’s purpose strongly reflects that of the company’s own bias. Instead of embracing humility in light of the situation at hand, Exxon uses key rhetorical strategies in order to distract the reader away from all of the controversy. By painting a picture of Exxon mobiles ‘humble’ beginnings, Exxon takes focus away from controversy and replaces it with a track record of success and stability. While this may seem vague and suspect, the investors love to hear rhetoric like this because it builds trust in the company’s value. By manipulating the rhetoric surrounding exxon, the company is able to keep a steady upward trend without much instability. However, competitors and social advocates can use the same rhetorical techniques to lobby against exxon. This can be seen through the #ExxonKnew movement, which has gained some popularity recently due to Exxons recent change in rhetoric surrounding the Paris Agreement.

The Exxon ‘Who We Are’ web page functions as rhetoric perpetuating the ideals of the company on a macro level. In order to figure out if the Macro vision actually worked, I went to an Exxon station in my area and asked some of its employees a few questions about the company and its involvement in the community. When I asked one of the employees if they thought that Exxon benefited the community, I got a resounding yes. One employee was cited saying, “Because it helps a lot of people out with gas and stuff like that”. This makes you wonder if the corporate ethos has rubbed off on its employees in the community. Overall through the rhetoric provided by said employees, I found that the corporate ethics seemed to have been lost somewhere down the line. However, the company did provide certain benefits to the employees I interviewed in the form of steady pay and Health benefits.

Through interviewing employees at my local Exxon station, I was able to gauge the awareness of such subjects on the issues regarding Exxon. However, it seems as if most of the employees are struggling to get by and rely on Exxon as a source of income. One of the women I was interviewing was also putting a kid through college, which is no cheap task. Even with financial aid, I have no idea how. With that being said, I wonder how the Exxons around the world operate on a micro level. This information is impossible to know as there are travel limitations due to COVID-19.

All in all it seems that Exxon is able to perform in the markets regardless of the controversy over their corporate ethics. The company seems to have an excuse for everything and has much swing in terms of purchasing power. For Exxon this rhetoric seems to be used in order to appear as a stable entity. By doing so, Exxon is able to stay out of the limelight even though they are so large and have such a global impact. Hopefully by reading this paper, you have learned where the real problem stands with climate change. The mainstream media tends to skew certain ways based on the dialogue they are trying to perpetuate. However, by doing so the media is always going to be biased to those who hold money and power. If we want to promote a more open dialogue, we should analyze more companies and see if their corporate ethics match up with what they are actually doing. 

-Melvin


Citations:

“Exxon’s Climate Denial History: A Timeline.” Greenpeace USA, http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/ending-the-climate-crisis/exxon-and-the-oil-industry-knew-about-climate-change/exxons-climate-denial-history-a-timeline/. 

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HKS Authors See citation below for complete author information. , and Robert Stavins A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy and Economic Development. “International Climate Policy: The Durban Platform Opens a Window.” Harvard Kennedy School, 24 Jan. 2012, http://www.hks.harvard.edu/publications/international-climate-policy-durban-platform-opens-window. 

Ward, Andrew. “Shell Joins Exxon to Defend Paris Climate Accord.” Financial Times, Financial Times, 4 May 2017, http://www.ft.com/content/043320bb-1c59-301a-9e5d-20cce5dc28b1. 

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Gillis, Justin, and Clifford Krauss. “Exxon Mobil Investigated for Possible Climate Change Lies by New York Attorney General.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 5 Nov. 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/06/science/exxon-mobil-under-investigation-in-new-york-over-climate-statements.html?_r=0. 

Press, Associated. “Tillerson Leaves Exxon with $180 Million Retirement Package.” PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, 4 Jan. 2017, http://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/tillerson-leaves-exxon-180-million-retirement-package. 

Update Sill Panel On Audi S6

Michael Melvin

18 May 2021 – Greenwich, CT

For a Feasibility Study, we chose to analyze what part of the wheel changing process took the longest time. We then were able to come up with solutions in order to make the process more efficient. Through physical testing and multiple survey responses, we were able to figure out the area where people were struggling the most. The majority of participants became stuck at the Sill Cover Panel.

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I believe that these covers are inexpensive and very difficult to operate. Personal interaction with the sill covers in the past resulted in my knuckles scraping against the asphalt and drawing blood. Now everytime I remove the sill cover, I bring a pair of gloves so that I can protect my hands. This should not be the case with an Audi sports car.

In order to protect customers from the most taxing step in the entire wheel changing process, I believe that Audi should look at different options for making the sill cover easier to remove. As a sticker to the old glove method, I would be complacent with receiving a pair of Audi race gloves so that I can remove the Sill panel with ease. However, I see an area where people are experiencing trouble and I would like to indulge in some ideas that could fix this unfortunate obstacle.

The first idea draws upon something similar to that of the Thule® origin. When I used to ski, I would use a rotating lock device on my roof rack. Due to the sleek design of the rack overing the catching point, the Thule® rack was the epitome of all roof racks. Ice, snow, rain, and hail; this design was impeccable and always proved to be effective. 

As someone who has dealt with the Sill Cover on the Audi S6 in extreme conditions, I am motivated to make sure no one has to go through the mental and physical hardships that I had to endure. When met with extreme conditions the normal ‘down N’ out’ maneuver was not working well as the entire apparatus was covered in ice. In this situation I just used work gloves, however, I feel that the average consumer would be in absolute agony.

This was, yet again, an example of how taxing the sill cover is and how to improve this situation for those looking to change a tire on an Audi s6.

The second idea draws upon the locking mechanism in your classic and generic clip-on belt. By using a simple snap and lock mechanism, the sill cover can be easily removed with the least amount of extra work. Customers do not like extra work and this would only ensure them that Audi has the best interests in mind when it comes to their premium customers.

The third idea is just a safety net in case you do not get this far. By supplying a pair of nice gloves in the wheel well, you can help owners perform necessary tasks without getting grease and mud all over their fine clothing.

In order to understand the target customer for an Audi S6 I compiled a survey which was distributed to a group of Volkswagen Group Car Owners in order to understand issues that most drivers within this corporation are dealing with. Through responses and product testing, we were able to figure out the areas of the wheel changing process that were proven to be overly strenuous. All subjects slowed down at the sill cover, due to the complexity of such a side quest.

In order to turn this issue into an asset, I felt that it would be best to mimic these examples based on successful products in the past. Due to oversaturation in the markets, you should be fine to use one of these and it should help convey the strive for perfect usability.

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When faced with extreme conditions and decreased mobility of the phalanges, it is custom to use clasps and locks, rather than using whatever the audi S6 has today for a sill cover.

By having participants interact with the vehicle, I was able to help gauge a particular issue, as well as help figure out a possible solution.

Through all of this, I believe that any of the choices would be sufficient. However, I personally feel that the inclusion of nice race gloves paired with slide out button sill covers would do the car wonders. I recommend that you take everything into careful consideration and think about this in the future.

-Melvin

NYRA’s Mistreatment of Animals

13 May 2021- Greenwich, CT

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As a proponent in combating mistreatment of animals, I was disgusted to hear how overworked your horses are. As racing horses is an old sport, you have much of a grip on your organization and its dealings. However, I would like to engage in a conversation regarding the ethos of the organization itself. 

On your website it says, “Meeting the highest standards in thoroughbred racing and equine safety.”(NYRA Website) However horse racing, in itself, is not a safe sport for the horses. Many horses have lost their lives due to over racing and overtraining and it pains me to think that this will continue to happen.

When I learned last year that one of my favorite horses, Borough Boy, was euthanized on the track, I was in dismay. When you see a horse die on a track, the reality of the sport starts to kick in. Horses are gorgeous animals who should be protected and not raced into their grave. 

Saratoga, a main hub for horse racing, has become a death sentence for many horse averaging about 14 deaths per season in 2020.(Times Union) As the future generation becomes more aware of the mistreatment of animals, I feel that you will need to follow strict corporate ethics in order to just survive. Which is why I wonder if it is even worth backing the malpractice of racing these live animals.

If you want to discuss ways we can make this sport more ethically responsible, you could look into buying NFT Horses. While this is horse racing technically, these horses are Virtual Entities. Thus, NFT horses are a more approachable topic for discussion.

For more information check out this link:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Battuello-13-deaths-and-counting-14413633.php

Leave No Trace Eversource

13 May 2021- Greenwich, CT

Dear Eversource,

I would like to make you aware of how your business is costing us extra money, due to the fact that your workers came over to cut down one of our trees. We were told that they wanted to remove the tree because it was old and a liability. Little did we know, but your employees were focused on only the top portion which was in direct range of the adjacent power lines.

As someone who agreed to them cutting down our tree, I was surprised when there was a pile of wood left out for almost a week. The damage done by these trees sitting on our yards is easily visible. Due to the fact that the wood piles were sitting on grass, much of our grass on our front lawn is in disarray.

Also, the wood left on our lawn was a hazard for anyone trying to use our front lawn, including our puppy. After your employees left our property without proper tree disposal, our dog went on a rampage. This was unwarranted as he could have choked on a piece of tree.

In the efforts to promote fair work ethic, employees should be forced to dispose of their remnants before leaving. Each day the log covered our grass and our lawn was slowly dying. At this point it is too late to do anything and we will be spending extra money on growing our lawn out to where it was before your workers went through with their chainsaws and left their mess for us to clean up.

Luckily we called back and they are resolving some of our current issues with the tree that still stands. We were told that the tree would be completely removed. However, half the tree has been sitting there for a week and has been an eyesore for the neighborhood. In order to be more beneficial to the community, I feel that employees should be held accountable for there actions so that such an event doesn’t happen again.

Thanks,

-Melvin

To Those Who Chew With Their Mouth Open

13 May 2021- Greenwich, CT

Dear People Who Chew With Your Mouth Open,

Your actions perpetuate a rhetoric that doesn’t have a place in fine dining. People have spent money to eat at this restaurant. By making a scene at the dinner table, you are killing the vibe of the restaurant and ruin the overall feel of the restaurant. 

An example of this, you may ask? So, here you are… Sitting across from a dinner table with someone with ill manners. Now if that person were to make arguments with food in their mouth, would you listen to them? The short answer for me is probably no. However, I feel that most people would just write off this person instantly as it is not very polite and socially conscious to create a public symphony with a focus on breaking down your food. 

Chewing with your mouth open is also annoying when you are trying to get a task done. If you are at a meeting with a bunch of colleagues and another is chewing food while you are speaking, one could experience trouble thinking over the cacophonic salivating noise. I really do not like it and sometimes even my own chewing annoys me. Which brings me to this.

If you are in a restaurant  and eating food, you should be mindful of the people around you and how your actions may affect others. By opening your mouth during chewing your act of laziness is creating a much louder noise than if you actually closed your mouth. 

All you have to do is close your mouth and all of these problems would be resolved. However, if you or a loved one is an open mouth chewer, there is still time to curb your awful habit. By just simply closing your mouth, you can silence your eating process and look more formal next to your peers. Hopefully, this complaint letter warranted some rational thinking for those of you that ‘Anything Goes’ at the dinner table. The dinner table is not the wild west, it is a place of comfort and a platform for great dialogue. Do not ruin my oasis.

Sincerely,

Melvin

Robo- Calls; A Cellular Problem

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People are getting so many Spam calls, or Robo-calls as my father calls them, that people don’t answer their phone at their houses anymore. This is especially terrifying, when you have to be reached for something urgent. This upsets me and should be something addressed by the cellular provider. However, the majority of the providers still send Spam to your phone because they feel as if it is not their problem when in reality it is.

As someone who has an ancient phone hooked up to our landline, I hear every single call that comes through the house. The fact that spam blocking technology has not been integrated into the cellular companies to control these types of spam is infuriating. What’s even worse is that now I do not trust any phone calls made to my home phone. Instead, I have to rely on my cellular phone, which still occasionally still receives Spam calls.

With that in mind, every call that comes through the US has to go through a gateway controlled by a cellular carrier. The fact that all these calls overseas can mimic a local number is terrifying and is the cellular providers responsibility. If that phone number is changing its number before it hits the shore, it is dangerous. This should never occur and it is only a matter of cost. The technology is there and you could put infrastructure and controls to manage it. We are allowing profit by these phone companies at the expense of people’s privacy and state of mind.

This is especially worrisome when thinking about the elderly and people with disabilities who are unable to tell the difference between what is reality and what is spam. By targeting these types of people, spammers are able to rob innocent people of their hard earned money. By using pre-calculated scripts, a scammer can earn the trust of its prey and convince them to release personal information. This is unacceptable and needs to be combatted. This is not a matter of personal choice and rationality, but a matter of cellular companies trying to save money so that they can make more. I want to see this issue taken more seriously, as it spreads doubt and perpetuates distrust in society.

-Melvin

Progress Report: Audi Sill Cover

Sill Covers in red circles
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My report covers the Sill Cover on the Audi S6. I believe that these covers are inexpensive and very difficult to operate. Personal interaction with the sill covers in the past resulted in my knuckles scraping against the asphalt and drawing blood. Now everytime I remove the sill cover, I bring a pair of gloves so that I can protect my hands. This should not be the case with an Audi sports car.

So far my work has come along well. Since I worked off of my initial usability report, Greenwich Audi has been made aware of my efforts. I actually gained interest from an employee Audi the other day saying they heard about my usability report and were very interested. In response, I told them that I would be doing a sill cover report and if they needed help with the upcoming Greenwich Polo event that I was their guy.

Because of my dialogue with Greenwich Audi, I feel that it will be very easy to get the information that I need to complete the project.

In the future, I am looking into expanding my research into the sill cover. I will compile information on Sill cover problems in the past and research how much it costs to build such a cheap piece of plastic.

In conclusion, I will be finding a cost efficient alternative to what Audi provides now as a sill cover. If I do this right, hopefully, I can get Audi on board to fix this inconvenience.

I think we should put together a report on why the Sill is not helpful, compile a bunch of reviews regarding removing this sill, and provide a solution. This can be done if I actually go out and get enough information from Audi and my test subjects in order to put together the report. I feel that this report should be simple, straightforward, and easy to use. By using graphs or diagrams, I feel that my idea might actually be accepted by Audi and then I am on to the next project.

-Melvin

Delta On Small Business: Shit Happens

Shit Happens draws upon the hardships that every individual faces. Due to the recent pandemic, many small startups like Shit Happens have been struggling to survive due to regulations and social distancing regulations. What once was promoted through expression of art in the form of Hip Hop/rap/trap has now turned into a business marketed through word of mouth. As a fan of this company and a supporter of the individuals who put in work on a daily basis, I was disgusted when a Delta flight attendant told me to take my hoodie off or I would not be allowed on the plane. When I heard this, I started to get really upset and was beginning to stand up for my rights. It was here that my father told me to silence myself so that we could get back home. I am happy that my father saved me from making a scene out of myself because we probably would have been booted off the flight considering Delta’s track record of banning people for similar reasons like not wearing a mask. Hopefully when the pandemic ends, Delta will check their hubris, but we can’t be sure of that.

When one feels oppression in any form it feels terrible. While, there are obviously greater degrees of oppression out in the world. It is our job to protect the citizens of the United States of America from having to deal with any oppressive figures. As one of the largest flight tycoons in the world, Delta holds power and assets beyond your wildest dreams. Yet, instead of providing more for its customers, the company uses this money to protect themselves from lawsuits and pump money into its shareholders based on a dialogue they are perpetuating systematically. This same dialogue is the reason that I was not able to wear my hoodie. Due to the fact that my hoodie said ‘shit’, the flight attendant believed that I was perpetuating hurtful imagery, however that is not the case. Shit happens stands for so much more. It stands for rising up and achieving success regardless of the obstacles people face on a day to day basis.

I believe that in these tough times, Delta needs to show a little humility. As a fan-girl of Socrates I believe that any leader in the face of an obstacle should utilize humility. However, in this scenario Delta seems to believe that they can just hide my complaint letters below thousands of new circulating news articles. Do not let Delta win and help the people gain back their rights to rep specific streetwear regardless of what it says.