Luis J. Rodriguez

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  • Analysis Of Always Running La Vida Loca

    Always Running, La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. by Luis J. Rodriguez is a compelling autobiography, which allows readers to understand what gang life is like if they have not experienced it in their personal lives. Throughout the biography, Rodriguez explores his youth, street life, drugs, various acts of violence and getting out of the vicious cycle he once knew as the only way of life. As well as exploring these topics, Rodriguez delves into the everyday struggles that youth of color face, which include survival, love, acceptance, and the need for respect and community. Rodriguez 's work also allows the reader to understand gang life firsthand, and not just through a researcher 's work. Although the book is raw and unfiltered, it puts into…

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  • Always Running Rodriguez Analysis

    In the memoir “Always Running”, the author Luis J. Rodriguez writes about his life growing up in East Los Angeles and confronts several difficult situations. I don’t blame Luis for making these decisions and Rodriguez shouldn’t be held responsible for the actions he made throughout his youth because he didn’t have a choice in what he did since he was in a gang, the environment he grew up and he wasn’t offered a good education. Personally, I don't blame Luis for making these difficult decisions…

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  • We The Public Place The Best Athletes On Pedestals Analysis

    Rodriguez was caught using steroids, and has now been suspended for one year from the Yankees. Moller defends the use of steroids, agreeing that the average sports-loving American places athletes high above normal citizens. The author says, “I’d wager that the lure of being A-Rod is a bit more seductive than an A on that art history test” (551). Basically Moller is saying that even he used a performance enhancing drug in high school. Rodriguez was under a lot more stress and caved in to the use…

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  • What Is Performance Enhancing Drugs In Sports

    decades, and possibly even before that. When you think of Performance Enhancing Drugs, or PED’s for short, you think of a drug that are considered illegal, narcotic, or even dangerous, depending on how much you use. This stuff is no joke. These drugs are also considered an abusive substance, meaning you can do more harm to other people, other than just your body. It’s scary just to even think about it. Some of these substances can include dietary supplements, prescription medications, and…

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  • The Steroid Era

    player’s performance on the field. Over the last few years, members of the BBWAA have not voted in players that have been caught using steroids into the Hall of Fame. However, there are many different positive reasons as to why PED users that have had Hall of Fame careers should be in the Hall of Fame. It allows all the players deserving, based on stats, to have a greater chance of being inducted. This will lead to more players being recognized that have had successful careers, even if they had…

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  • John Locke In The Time Of Butterflies

    Three sisters, Minerva, Patria, and Maria began a revolution against the powerful Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. In the book In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, three sisters become revolutionaries during the brutal regime of Trujillo in the mid 20th century to obtain freedom for the country. This correlates with the French revolution because the revolutionaries want to gain their freedom from the opposing tyranny. Social change happens when the people are triggered by a catalyst…

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  • Effects Of Steroids In Baseball

    games trump morals and values in the minds of the fans? Apparently in today’s society it does. After coming back from a 65 game suspension for violating the MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention Program, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, was not only cheered for each at bat, he was given a standing ovation by the crowd of 45,691 (Gruman). After testing positive for PEDs, then lying to the media about his use, the fans still welcomed him back with open arms. Disappointingly, this is not the only case.…

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  • Steroids By Athletes

    pain away. They use this to limit the pain they endure during the event they participate in. The use of these drugs can affect them differently then they are supposed to, if the uses of the drugs are abused. These enhancers are believed to be used by athletes, amateur and professionals and needs to come to an end. The use of performance enhancers, such as Adderall and Hydrocodone, in high school athletics and professional sport, is a problem that can be eliminated by educating about the risks…

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  • Why Do Pro Athletes Use Steroids

    reasons why pro athletes should be allowed to use steroids, including the fact that most Performance Enhancing Drugs are legal, Its their bodies so it should be their choice and risk, and every athlete has great pressure on them to win. Most people caught using PEDs are using completely legal ones. Most likely athletes will use HCG or others that are legal in the US(Katz,2008). The only reason PEDs are bad is because the NCAA committee , and commissioners of pro sports are making rules that…

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  • Athletes Hall Of Fame

    that have played the sports honestly and excelled because of their hard-earned talent to have to have their name in the Hall of Fame beside someone that didn’t do the work and didn’t put in as much effort but yet still got in. The fans are disappointed and disgusted with the athletes that use performance enhancing drugs and they are definitely vocal. When Alex Rodriguez was suspended for 211 baseball games in for using performance enhancing drugs, baseball fan John Santamaria is quoted as…

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