Posted December 30th 2010 at 11:43 pm by
in The Urban Labs, Year In Review 2010

Putting the Year in Perspective

As I tried to get a Top Ten list ready for the New Year I could not find the motivation. We have had some moments that make great stories but as a whole they amount to… angry politics, lying husbands and corporate greed. Nothing new for a new year.

While I love the Chilean miner story, I haven’t lost sight of the fact they almost died because of the disregard mining has for labor. Sandra Bullock would have preferred an honest husband and the Tea Party success of 2010 seems to be foreshadowing of our country losing the freedoms we have gained in the last 30 years. I was falling into a horribly cynical mood.

I turned on the television and saw Ben Jealous announcing the release of the Scott sisters who were doing life sentences for an $11 robbery. In part because our community raised its voice, these women will celebrate the New Year with their family after being imprisoned for 16 years. This New Year is going to be one of the greatest of their lives.

I found my voice in their story. I found perspective on a new year. Yes, it is just another year, but it can be one of freedom if we work for it.

Post by Malia Lazu. This post is part of the 2010 Year in Review series. Anyone is welcome to submit a post by emailing colabradio@mit.edu with your text and image.

2 responses to “Putting the Year in Perspective”

  1. amy stitely says:

    Malia, I can feel you in the cynicism. I’m glad you found some light in the last couple days of this tough year. I hope you carry it close as you walk into ’11.

    Amy

  2. Malia Lazu says:

    I think humor is a weapon we will need to get through! Thanks Amy!