Making America Hate Again

Making America Hate Again

The Trump Supporters seriously need a morality check....
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I thought I was done with politics, but apparently, I am not. And it's events like these that piss me off!

On January 29th, tragedy struck Quebec, Canada when a gunmen opened fired on a local mosque, the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec, killing six people and wounding eight others during the Sunday evening prayer service. The gunman, 27-year old, Alexandre Bissonnette, was attending Laval University studying Political Science and Anthropology. According to many classmates, he was a supporter of Donald Trump and mocked Syrian Refugees on the internet. Bissonnette was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder on Monday. He did not enter a plea and is currently awaiting sentence.

On January 31st, White House press secretary, Sean Spencer commented on the shooting saying, "We condemn this act in the strongest possible terms. It's a terrible reminder of why we must remain vigilant and why the President is taking steps to be pro-active, rather than reactive when it come's to our nation's safety and security." While Trump supposedly called Prime Minister Trudeau and expressed condolences he has yet to make any comment regarding this tragedy to the public. On top of that, CNN hasn't covered the story at all, and no other comments have been made from Washington D.C. on the tragedy. This is possibly due to the overshadowing of Trump's immigration ban against seven Muslim countries, (which surprisingly didn't include Saudi Arabia, where 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were born).

This is exactly what I fear would happen when Trump became President. Some may call this vigilante behavior, I call it terrorism. Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau called this horrific event a "terrorist attack against Muslims." And I couldn't agree more. This horrific act is a reflection on the negative influence Trump has spread to his supporters let alone anyone willing to listen to him.

As of 2016, there are over 101 anti-Muslim groups in the United States alone, and the crimes committed against Muslims have risen 197 percent. This is a product of fear, induced by both the terrorist acts committed by ISIS, and the Islamophobic ideas coming from Trump's administration.

Many Republicans I know who support Trump constantly defend him. They tell me that he is going to do great things for this country. They tell me that he doesn't hate Muslims, that there were, in fact,Muslims, Gays, Women and Mexicans who voted for Trump. I would like to believe that maybe the press had been fear mongering the whole time, and that I can even possibly give Trump the benefit of the doubt. He seems to be doing a good job establishing diplomacy with Russia.

But I can't... and here's why.

Other then the mosque shooting, there has a major spike in hate crimes within the weeks following Trump's election. The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization dedicated to combating extremist groups and social injustices had collected over 1,034 reports of hate crimes between November 9th and December 12th alone. One anonymous citizen from Florida reported:

"I witnessed an apparently inebriated older white man in the park make an obscene gesture at two women in hijabs in a public park. The women scurried away and the man turned to me perhaps under the assumption that I shared his enmity. He made remarks about Ohio and, to the effect, that Muslims are subhuman and that “President Trump got his work cut out for him." We exchanged words but I avoided an altercation and left the scene."

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, a local church received a threatening voicemail (which can be found in the link above):

“I think this is the gay church, that help gays that get kicked out of the country along with all the fricken Mexicans that are illegal that you guys are hiding illegally. I hope Trump gets ya. Trump Trump Trump. Trump Trump Trump. Trump’s gonna get your asses out of here and throw you over the wall. You dirty rotten scumbags. Hillary is a scumbag bitch. too bad waaa waaa. Hillary lost. Hillary lost. Trump’s gonna getcha and throw you over the wall.”

Letters praising Trump and advocating for Muslim genocide were sent to numerous mosques and Islamic centers across 5 different states. These letters referred to Muslims as "children of satan," and that Trump is the "new sheriff in town" who will "cleanse America and make it shine again." It is believed these letters were written by the same person due to their similarities.


Videos of Trump supporters harassing people have also surfaced. One of the most notorious is a video of a group of students surrounding a lunchtable of latino children and chanting "Build a wall!"

There are also many people who have supported Trump. People who are leaders of hate groups. When a President is gaining support from hate groups, that says something.

Andrew Anglin is the founder of the neo-Nazi's, Daily Stormer website. I took a look at this website and was terrified by what I saw. There is a section titles "Jewish Problem." In an article written in April of last year, he wrote,"Jews, blacks and lesbians will be leaving America when Trump gets elected- and he's happy about it. This alone is enough reason to put your heart and soul into supporting this man." He also reponded to Trump's ban on Muslim immigration by writing, "Get all of these monkeys the hell out of our country- now! Heil Donald Trump- THE ULTIMATE SAVIOR!" Then there is Jared Taylor, the founder of American Renaissance, a newspaper forum dedicated to promoting white nationalism. And finally, Richard Spencer, the leader of the Alt-right, who held

The point I am trying to make with all this is... that there is a reason many of us are upset that Trump is President. There is a reason we are afraid. There is a reason we are angry. Before you criticize the Democratic protesters for going out and destroying private property, understand why?

Donald Trump has encourage xenophobic behavior among the American people, and you still look for reasons to justify supporting him. If there was one floater in a pool, does that mean you would still jump in? Justify all this, and then we can talk! Because I am not willing to make America great again at the price of discrimination and violence against others.

For a country that has overcome anti-semitism, moving Japanese Americans into camps during the Second World war, racism in the south, and homophobia, we are really moving backwards in history.

Never in my life have I been more ashamed to be American.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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Everything You Need To Know About The New Abortion Ban In Several States

DISCLAIMER: the following does not include any of my personal beliefs/opinions.

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Abortion has and will always be a controversial and very sensitive topic for all genders. The following article delves into the details about the Alabama abortion ban that was signed to be a law which, if it passes, will be in effect January 2020 and briefly touches on the Georgia Heartbeat Bill.

Roe v. Wade (1973)

In 1973, Roe v. Wade 410 was passed in the U.S. by the Supreme Court. In short, this ruled that the Due Process Clause along with the 14th Amendment in the Constitution would work to give pregnant women the choice to choose whether or not they wanted an abortion AND should coincide with the government's personal agenda to protect the health of all who is involved. What I mean by this is that the Supreme Court decided during the second trimester of a pregnancy, abortions would be allowed. But, if it is the third trimester, abortion is to be prohibited unless the health of the mother is in danger. This law catapulted the abortion debate which is still going on today.


Abortion vs. Alabama

Alabama's governor, Kay Ivey, signed off on a bill that will basically ban all abortions, including rape, incest, any abnormality, and if the mother's life is in danger on May 14, 2019 after acquiring approval from 25 Senators . This could be a problem considering that it very much contradicts Roe v. Wade (1973). To Ivey, the bill is a reflection of the values in which the citizens of Alabama believe: all life is precious and a gift from God.


Governor of the State of Alabama, Kay Ivey (pictured above). home.bt.com

The governor of Georgia also signed a bill to ban abortion after detecting the slightest heartbeat which is approximately around the six-week pregnancy period (around the time most women discover that they are pregnant). Another important take on this is that despite the rift and debate that is going on between Democrats and Republicans, most Republicans believe that Roe v. Wade will be overturned. This is looking more like a possibility considering most of the Supreme Court consists of people who support the Republican party. In short, the main idea is to ban abortion in all of the United States, not just in some states like it is currently. In regards to Alabama, the bill still has not been enacted into a law and could possibly encounter delay in the Supreme Court because, after all, this is a very debated topic. For now, abortion is still legal until January 2020 or when it becomes a law.

Conditions of the Abortion Law

The conditions of the abortion law explicitly states that abortion during any stage of a pregnancy is prohibited and if any medical professional aids in the practice/procedure of an abortion, they will face up to 99 years in prison. If an attempt is made to perform an abortion procedure, an individual can be sentenced to 10 years in prison. Women who successfully get an abortion or attempt to will be prosecuted as well. However, only those who provide another with an abortion will be punished in Alabama, not the one receiving the service.

No form of abortion is allowed including: rape, incest, life-threatening abnormality, or putting the life of the mother in danger.


Alabama expected to approve controversial abortion bill www.youtube.com


Two Sides to the Debate

Although most Republicans support the law, the Democratic party has combatted the notion of it. Many opponents of the ban state that the restriction can put the lives of many in danger and affects women of color and those who are living in poverty heavily. ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights have also declared that they will sue. Many young people have also reached out to social media websites such as Twitter and Instagram to voice their opinions:

Tweets from individuals who are anti-abortion ban www.wnd.com

Many celebrities have also stated their opinions on the matter. Rihanna stated in one of her Instagram posts, "Take a look," referring to a picture of 25 Senators in Alabama who approved the abortion bill, "These are the idiots making decisions for WOMEN in America. Governor Kay Ivey...SHAME ON YOU!!!"

Although both sides clearly have their opinions on the debate of pro-life/pro-choice, one thing we all can agree on is that this will be a long process that can make or break the lives of a lot of people in our nation.

Until next time,

Salsa.

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