Crimes Against Humanity is a course that not only goes into the historical aspect of culture, but it also sheds light on what can be done for future societies. It is as if we are looking at problems to figure out the solutions for ourselves and what we can produce theoretically with our abilities to influence the better nature of education. Learning to become more involved with our community and testing how far we can go with our knowledge gives worth to our education and lifestyles.
What we value is at the heart of crimes against humanity. Maxwell Street provided an example of how the University of Illinois-Chicago and the city of Chicago attempted to stimulate the growth of an area, but instead drove out the valuable culture that supported it. I can remember examining Maxwell Street and observing it from a tourist’s perspective rather than genuinely experiencing what made that diverse area exceptional–a place where people rose from the gutter and made historical accomplishments. We could see it as a way to enhance the culture and make a learning experience if we wanted to improve the state of the area. During this exhibition, I was given the opportunity to brainstorm how to make effective changes in an area of diversity. This made me believe that Maxwell Street was a microcosm scenario for how many countries handle situations, and how some judgments can be deemed as a crime against humanity.
Further crimes are evident in our course text, Chicago Blues. My personal favorite crime fiction story was “O Death Where is Thy Sting?” not only because I enjoyed researching it as a part of my curriculum but because from all of them I made many personal connections. We see that in this story that there are morals such as determining the differences between true innocence and what determines guilt. During the climax of the story, a young boy undergoes obstacles that ultimately play a key role in underlining the irony of his own demise. Ultimately, societies bear the burden of having to balance out what makes their people innocent or guilty.