Dear Millennial Politics, Enough

Dear Millennial Politics, Enough

I've had enough of this silly blame game, step up to the plate.

Dear Millennial Politics,

Enough is enough. This seems to be the age of juveniles, because the more we can play who's at fault between Democrats and Republicans, the actual validity in politics lessens. I am a Democrat. Or as many Republicans would nickname me, a snowflake. I'm delicate and fragile, die my armpit hair pink, and only want free college and legalized weed. This, in no way, should be how millennial Democrats are viewed.

Millennial Republicans have been crying all over Odyssey with how they are no longer entitled to their own political opinions, and I think that is BS. You are generalized by your parents' old money, your easy life, and your privilege. For that, I am sorry. You are, in fact, allowed to have your opinions just like I am, but don't think that everyone in this world is going to agree with you. And that is where you have to learn.

I see Republicans tweeting out how the world is divided, but yet as soon as the D word is spoken, the shutdown and word twisting begins. I don't see why opinions can't be heard, and I don't see why some things can't be taken more seriously.

I feel that in the age where millennials can now vote, we have turned politics into a mockery. At first, the whole reality TV star businessman running for president was funny. But now, here we are, with a President with very little political knowledge in a very fragile world state. It might just be my Democratic brain speaking, but I wouldn't care so much if there was a Republican president, if he/she had some sound political history.

Why can't we be friends? Well, probably because everyone thinks their own entitlement to their own opinion reigns superior. I, in no way, would say I am stuck in my political party. Yes, I hold certain ideals and values I call my own that resemble the Democratic Party. Like, I am pro-choice, I am for helping those in need, and I believe that everyone should receive some form of healthcare or help to get healthcare.

To look at the flip side, I am not against guns. I do not think that the middle class should be the ones taking the hardest hit for taxes, and I do not believe minimum wage should be an insanely high amount. But, why do these certain opinions label me as something so disgraceful that you can't seem to get past it?

Really, I understand we do have our own beliefs. The only time I see the easy divide is when someone so blatantly backs something that could intentionally hurt you, your family, or things you love and care about. Some things I have heard from Republicans have been so hateful or scary that I just don't know how someone could have that type of mindset.

Now, don't get me wrong, both sides of the spectrum have some wild and unattainable thoughts. But maybe, for once, we stop generalizing the people in each party. If there were a candidate that shared a better picture than one from my party, I certainly would not look away from supporting them.

My closing thought is this: What if we just took things seriously? Stopped shaming each other like 12-year-old girls in middle school. No one likes a bully, and no one here should be the scapegoat. So millennial politics, what if we stepped up to the plate and tried to change things for a better future?

It's just a thought, but please, remember that everyone has an opinion. Everyone has their own story. Before you begin to judge them, think a moment about their circumstances and their mindset. The only way to be united is by understanding and accepting.



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Starbucks Corrects Its Wrongs In Light Of Recent Racial Bias Issue

All stores in the U.S. will be closed on May 29th to perform racial bias training.

Recently, a video of two African-American men being arrested in their local Starbucks for simply standing and waiting for their friends in the lobby/seating area surfaced on the internet. Since this situation was brought to light, there has been an uproar of public outrage focused on the blatant racial bias these men were faced with. Even Starbucks itself had something to say about it.

For many African-American citizens, this situation is all too common. Being racially profiled is not a thing of the past and more than just these two men have experienced it. The ACLU writes about the experiences of citizens being racially profiled, stating,

"We rely on the police to protect us from harm and promote fairness and justice in our communities. But racial profiling has led countless people to live in fear, casting entire communities as suspect simply because of what they look like, where they come from, or what religion they adhere to."

In light of the recent incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks, many fans expressed outrage in the comments section of this post, but Starbucks responded to almost every viral, angry comment:

However, in the midst all of the outraged comments were fans who appreciated the message that Starbucks was trying to send:

Despite the mixed reviews on Starbucks' course of action, the company is standing strong in their choice to address the issue and correct it.

People come to Starbucks stores to drink coffee, hang out, talk with their friends, and have a good time. It is absurd that these two men were escorted out and arrested for doing just that. I, personally, have done that same thing and have never once been asked to leave.

As a country, we need to think about the way we treat people of color and other minorities. It is a shame that this kind of public outcry had to happen to bring racial profiling to our attention. People are treated unfairly for no reason other than the color of their skin every day.

Way to go, Starbucks.

Thank you for recognizing that this was not an isolated incident and that racial profiling happens all the time. Thank you for taking the time to publicly announce that you are willing to go through the proper training with your employees to ensure that it doesn't happen ever again. But most of all, thank you for making a statement to the rest of the nation and the world about what kind of company you are, what kind of people you represent, and that racial injustice will not be tolerated.

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Why Earth Day Is Underrated, And What You Can Do

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” –The Lorax

April 22 may be just another day to most, but with climate change on the rise and wildlife becoming extinct, it’s more important now than ever to recognize Earth Day and understand what it entails. Our society as a whole cannot let this day pass with nothing done. It has to serve as a reminder of the action that must be taken.

Late January of 1969 would come to be a turning point for our nation. At the time, the worst oil spill in history occurred in Santa Barbara, California. Founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson was horrified, yet inspired. Soon after, he announced his idea to teach the nation about the environment and built a staff to promote events across the country.

Earth Day brought thousands of colleges and universities together to fight for the cause. It became a sense of unity for everyone. No matter who you were, what race you were, where you came from, Earth Day was able to empower these people and help them realize they all wanted the same thing for the home we share. This kind of behavior is exactly what we need today, and should enable us to see that we’re all on the same side.

By the time 1990 came, Earth Day became a global event. 200 million people were involved to fight for environmental issues.

Today, Earth Day and the environment face many challenges. With those who deny climate change, deforestation, oil lobbyists, fracking, dying animal life, politicians dividing our nation on these issues, and much more, Earth Day astoundingly continues to prevail through the obstacles. With over 190 counties participating in the event each year, and more than 1 billion people, it’s never too late to do your part and contribute to the day.

Here are some basic things that anyone can do to make a change. Every day counts, and anything you do matters.

1. Join a local outdoors cleanup

Rivers, forests, beaches, whatever is near you. Help clean up litter and debris.

2. Carpool

This is probably the simplest thing you and your friends or family can do. If you’re going to the same place, drive together. For every mile you don’t drive- you’re reducing your carbon footprint by 1 pound.

3. Bring reusable bags when you shop

They’re cheap, cute, and save an abundance on plastic.

4. Use a reusable water bottle

Save on wasting plastic bottles every day.

5. Use environmentally friendly cleaning products

Typical cleaning products are high in chemicals and toxicity.

6. Always recycle!

Paper, plastic, cans, anything you can. Every individual thing recycled makes a difference.

7. Use LED lightbulbs

This can reduce your footprint 450 pounds per year.

8. Volunteer at local environmental groups

See if your school has an environmental club, or anything local in your town. See how many people you can get to do it with you and make a day out of it.

9. Donate your clothes and check out thrift stores

Instead of throwing them out, give them to somewhere they will be of use. Also, thrift shopping is inexpensive and you can find some really unexpectedly great items!

10. Don’t wait until Earth Day to do all of these things

Keep up the green behavior year-round.

Do your part, and do what you can today.

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