It's Time To Stand Up For Our Country

It's Time To Stand Up For Our Country

What Colin Kaepernick showed us about our own government.

Colin Kaepernick went from an up-and-coming hot shot NFL Quarterback to a hated, wannabe NFL star in the span of only a few years. After putting his team, the San Francisco 49ers, though a Superbowl loss, Kaepernick's popularity and ability has since been on the decline. Besides being one of San Fran's top QB's at the time of the team's Super Bowl appearance, Kapernick has taken on a new hobby; protesting. During the National Anthem at the beginning of one of the 49ers preseason games, Kaepernick refused to stand up and show respect. Sure enough, Kaepernick's lack of action flooded the Internet and many people had strong opinions on it, mostly angry. Kaepernick claimed he was trying to protest the horrible things that go on in our country, specifically, racial oppression.

Many people had strong opinions on this. Many felt like his alleged protest during the National Anthem was uncalled for no matter what the cause.

But do they care?

Why does everyone care about Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the National Anthem but not their own governments'?

More often than not, our own American government officials lack respect for this country and refuse to show respect and support for our flag and anthem.

So why aren't they on the news? Why aren't the people angry about that?

Why aren't people angry about this?

We need to take a look at our own government before we point fingers at an NFL player. Yes, NFL is one of the most viewed, popular things in the country, but our government is the one that matters in the end. Maybe Kaepernick's action or lack of action will effect our country in the future, but right now, our own government affects it, our government and governing officials affect it directly. Why aren't we calling out these people?

That is what appalls me the most. There is not outburst when our own government and government officials refuse to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. Why doesn't that make everyone mad? I man, that's our own president, our own government. There is no outburst when your state senator and your president refuses to put their hand over their heart or stand up. This has been going on for longer than Kaepernick's protest, this has been going on since before the 49ers went to the Super Bowl, this has been going on since before Kepernick was a football player, and this has probably been going on since before Kaepernick was even born. That's how deep this goes.

But we have the power to change it. We have the power to vote these officials out. We have the power to shape our country into what we want. We have the power to provide our country with the support it deserves.

If you want to get mad at someone for not standing for our country and not standing for our flag an option, look at the people supposedly above it all, the people supposedly representing it day to day.

So thank you Colin Kaepernick for showing the country that there are so many people who don't care. Thank you for bringing to our attention all the other people who disrespect our country and our flag just like you did.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.

Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.


Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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I Spoke With A Group Of DACA Recipients And Their Stories Moved Me To Tears

An experience that forever changed my perspective on "illegal" immigrants.


I thought I was just filming about a club meeting for a project, but when I entered the art-filled room located in a corner of the student common area, I knew this experience would be much more than a grade for a class.

I was welcomed in by a handful of people wearing various Arizona State hoodies and T-shirts that were all around my age. They were college students, like myself, but something felt different when talking to them. They were comforting, shy at first, and more driven than the peers that I usually meet.

As I began to look around the room, I noticed a good amount of art, murals, religious pieces, and a poster that read, "WE STAND WITH DREAMERS." The club was meant for students at ASU that are either undocumented or DACA recipients.

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As a U.S. citizen college student, you typically tend to think about your GPA, money, and dating. As a DACA recipient college student, there are many more issues crowding your brain. When I sat down at a club meeting for students my age dealing with entirely different problems as me, my eyes were opened to bigger issues.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program allows for individuals that crossed the border as children to be protected from deportation and to go to school or work. Commonly known as DREAMers, these individuals are some of the most hard-working, goal-oriented and focused people I have met, and that's solely because they have to be.

In order to apply to be a DACA recipient, it is required that the applicant is attending school with a high school diploma, or a military veteran, as well as have a clean criminal record. While being a DACA recipient does not mean that you can become a permanent citizen of the United States, it allows for opportunities that may not be offered in their home country.

It's no secret that the United States has dealt with immigration in a number of ways. From forming new policies to building a wall on our nation's border, we see efforts to keep immigrants from entering the U.S. every day. But what about the people who are affected?

As the club members and I began a painting activity regarding where we came from and how we got to where we are today, I began to feel the urge to cry.

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One girl described the small Mexican town that she grew up in and the family that still resides there. She went on to talk about how important education is to her family and so much so that it was the cause of her family's move to the United States when she was still a child. Her voice wavered when she talked about the changing immigration policies that prevent her from seeing her family in Mexico.

Another member of the club, a boy with goals of becoming a journalist, talked of his depression and obstacles regarding growing up as an undocumented student. Once he was told by his father that he was illegal, he began to set himself apart from his peers and became someone he did not think he would ever be.

All of my worries seemed small in comparison to theirs, and I felt a pang of regret for realizing I take my own citizenship for granted every single day.

Terminating the policy would lead to the displacement of about 800,000 people. We tend to forget about the human aspect of all of this change, but it's the most important part.

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