In these two readings, one thing was clear: Charlie Kernaghan wants to make a difference. Stopping the use of sweatshops that are dangerous to their workers is his main goal, and he will use a strong and sympathetic voice to share their stories. Fact after fact hit me in the face like his speeches apparently hit his audience. It takes 6.6 minutes to make a $100 garment, blood is in the fabric of the shirt on your back, and China has created 30 million jobs while the US has lost 2 million. These struck me hard. Here, a Catholic man, a Jesuit student, saw something wrong and has made it his life goal to make better lives for all the women and children working to their death.
Kernaghan uses various methods to get his ideas across, and was very successful by telling the truth. Leaving no room for excess explanation and letting the facts and stories speak for themselves- a skill that we can use to persuade and inform others in writing. However, the methods to tell stories of sweatshop workers are not what should be our focus. The growing questions of: What can we do? How will this end? and How can the change happen? should be crossing our minds. This man wants to not just tell the story, but also inspire people to help stop the problem. He wants to encourage people to fight for social justice and build the world community.
This particular cause is fascinating since it looks at what is invisible to us in America. We don’t hear about these things, all we focus on is the end result. If more people understood that our beloved Disney has child laborers working 72-hour workweeks and no vacation days, those people would look differently at the company that defines childhood worldwide. Knowing the background, we have to now look differently at the material world around us to understand what exactly the effects of Kernaghan’s information are.