As A Black Woman, George H. W. Bush Wasn't My Hero

As A Black Woman, George H. W. Bush Wasn't My Hero

But maybe he was a hero to somebody else.

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Many Americans, world leaders, and dignitaries paid their last respects to former President George H.W Bush on December 5th, and I am not ashamed to say that I wasn't one of them.

Like most of you, I was taught that if I didn't have anything nice to say, I should just keep my damn mouth shut, but then again, where is the fun in that?

Throughout the day, I caught snippets of the service televised from inside the National Cathedral in Washington, and I was arbitrary, to say the least. It was a nice service, I mean if you enjoy classical hymn's, unfunny anecdotes and an orange president in the front row, but it was also prevaricating.

H.W Bush was described as "close to perfect," by his son, and many others spoke on the late-president as a dignified leader who led with courage, honor, and integrity. And I am sure he encompassed all of those traits---to somebody, but I can't help but not think of his arduous legacy on the topic of race. And somebody needs to critique his infamous way of doing politics and the nasty, fear-mongering way he won his presidency in the first place.

The former President had a political career that encompassed the decades surrounding the Jim Crow era and the civil rights movement, respectively. The political arena shifted, and it was the first time in American political history where it actually mattered were you morally fell in regards to race. You were either racist, or you weren't. And to keep it simple, I'm not talking about covert or institutional racism (yet.) I'm referring to overt, release the hounds, open the fire hose, bomb the church, beat 'em, tie 'em to a fan and drown 'em, shoot him in the head, strange fruit racism. And President H.W Bush seemed to ride that line throughout his political career.

On one hand, he would vote in favor of the 1968 fair housing act, openly denounce the Ku Klux Klan and its former leader, and appoint Colin Powell, as the first black Secretary of State. But none of that leaves us sure of his view on black people as he has also opposed civil rights legislation, referred to his own (half Mexican) grandchildren as "the brown ones," and put that troll of a man, Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court.

But nothing said, "piece of sh..." like his strategy of subtle stereotyping, playing on suspicion, fear and group-based guilt.

Bust got elected president after a campaign sullied by the egregious Willie Norton ad, about a black who murdered a white woman during a temporary release from prison.

Now, what we are not going to do is pretend not to see the stereotypical and damaging narrative of the big scary black guy, and the poor innocent white women being used to further a political and capitalist agenda.

While Bush's campaign did not actually release the ad, and it instead came from a third-party group, Bush absolutely exploited its influence as well as the image of "the dangerous black man." His 1988 campaign ran on his "touch on crime" stance, and he absolutely took advantage of the ad's effectiveness---as opposed to condemning it.

While the "purpose" of the ad was to criticize opponent, Michael Dukakis,' lax stance on crime, and support of furlough programs, many, including myself, would argue that if this was the true nature of the ad, and not to exploit the image of "the black man," why not run the ad without the face of Willie Norton? Wouldn't it have conveyed the same message?

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12 Things Young Republicans Are Tired Of Hearing

A dozen myths about conservatism and what the real deal is.

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As a college student, I know a lot of people my age consider themselves very liberal. It's a rare occasion when you meet another conservative on campus. Being a young Republican, there are several negative assumptions that come along with that.

Here is a list of 12 things we're all tired of hearing.

1. "You're only a Republican because your parents are."

Yes, my parents are both Republican and that's where my morals and beliefs were first taught, but I am my own person. I have done my own research and decided that my views side with the Republican Party. There are several things that even my parents and I disagree on. I wouldn't choose to be a Democrat just so I could be different.


2. "I bet you support Trump."

While many Republicans my age are supporting Trump, that doesn't mean we all are. We're entitled to our personal opinions and assuming we're all the same is incorrect. Just because you are a Republican doesn't mean you automatically support Trump.

3. "You're racist, sexist, etc."

This couldn't be farther from the truth. There are so many Republicans that come from unique racial and cultural backgrounds, both genders included. Take Marco Rubio, Condoleezza Rice, Ben Carson, and Bobby Jindal. These are just a few of the many, many examples.


4. "You're uneducated about the issues."

Just because someone has a different opinion than you doesn't mean they're wrong or uninformed.


5. "You're only a Republican because you're rich."

I am by no means rich. Did my parents have enough money to support their family? Yes, and I'm very blessed for that. However, they didn't pay for everything. As for college, I worked my butt off to get scholarships and opportunities to succeed. I was taught at a very young age that money requires work and things aren't just handed to you. That's exactly the reason why I strongly support capitalism.


6. "Why don't you want free college?"

NOTHING IS FREE. Would free college be awesome? Absolutely! However, I do not believe it's fair to tax working people to pay for it. If you want something, work for it.


7. "The GOP is a bunch of old, white men."

This is so untrue. I mean take a look at all the well-known conservatives in America. Lauren Conrad, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Carly Fiorina, Condoleezza Rice, Megyn Kelly, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and so many more. Point proven.


8. "You're close-minded."

This is the most common and most annoying. Conservative does not equal close-minded. I love hearing about different ideas and opinions.


9. "You hate immigrants."

I personally feel like our immigration system is broken and needs to be changed so it's more accessible to become an American citizen. However, I don't believe those here illegally should receive taxpayer benefits. I'm all for immigration as long as it's done legally.


10. "You don't support women's rights."

Usually, this is brought up when talking about abortion. What about the rights of the unborn child? It's not just about one person's rights at that point.


11. "You should just #FeelTheBern."

#NO. I do not support socialism.


12. "You only hear the Fox News version."

Fox News is my favorite choice of news programs, but I also enjoy hearing the different views on CNN, NBC, Huffington Post, etc.


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Donald Trump Shutting Down The Government Is Just Like A 5-Year-Old Child Throwing A Temper Tantrum

Donald Trump's political actions are shockingly similar to those of a small child.

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"Mommy I'm going to hold my breath until I get what I want" was a quote you could hear me saying when I was around five years old. However, unlike President Trump, I outgrew throwing petty temper tantrums when I was a child.

On December 22, 2018, Donald Trump issued a government shutdown until he was granted $5 billion for his U.S.-Mexico border wall. This shutdown, lasting for a total of 35 days, devastated 420,000 federal employees as they were required to work without immediate compensation.

In this case, instead of Trump holding his breath until he gets what he wants, he withholds the paychecks of thousands of people with families to support. In response to this shutdown, GoFundMe launched a campaign to help financially compensate government workers, raising over $90,000 for over 1,000 people in just two days.


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Pictured above is just one example of the many GoFundMe's created to help those Trump victimized with the government shutdown. Donald Trump's temper tantrum affected parents, children, friends, and family of government employees in a range of departments which are the Department of Treasury, Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Commerce, Justice, as well as the Department of State, Department of the Interior and Homeland Security.

While I wholeheartedly agree that immigration into the United State's is a very pressing issue, I believe there are better ways to tackle this problem than simply building a wall. However, whether you are a supporter of Trump's Border Wall or not, most can agree that throwing a petty temper tantrum is not the way a politician, let alone a President, should act. Shutting down the government until they agree to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall devastated over 420,000 people and there is no excuse for it.

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