Wake Up America

I have no words. No emotions left. No more tears to cry. The only thing I have left is prayer and a small ounce of hope for the destructive, hateful country we are living in.

A mentally disabled white teen male was beaten, tortured, and abused by four black teens who screamed "f**k Donald Trump" and "f**k white people" as they live streamed them beating the white teen on Facebook. A hate crime in it's purest form.

These are the raw blatant facts of the scenario. However, if you log onto social media such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook the incident was blown into every direction possible. People started labelling the black teens as BLM movement members and calling the kidnapping an act of hate and violence pre-meditated and planned by BLM. However, it is displayed in the police reports and publicly announced by prominent BLM supporters such as Deray McKesson that the kidnapping and torturing is not linked to the BLM movement. The BLM movement does not in any way support violence or hate. The sole purpose of the movement is to promote equality of black lives peacefully.

I think we have started to neglect the fact of basic humanity. We are all created under God. We all bleed the same blood. But in the past few years, our country has slowly been moving towards a race war. Incidents being blown out of proportion by the news and social media. Any action by a white or black American citizen is over-analyzed and made to be something entirely different than it was originally meant to be. This stirs up anger and hate and only perpetuates the clear division already present in our country. Stop.

It is so simple. Racism works both ways. Both white and black Americans commit hateful and racist acts. It is not a one-way street simply because of our country's history. If you keep bringing up the past it is only going to repeat itself instead of uniting and truly working to become equal. Not one race dominant over the other. Not only black lives matter. Not only white lives matter. Not only Asian lives matter. Not only Hispanic lives matter. Not only Muslim lives matter. All lives matter. You can hate me for saying that and try to say that I am discrediting the black lives matter movement by saying that because I don't understand because I am a white female.

The fact of the matter is our country is not simply black and white like 19th-century televisions. Our world is made of a melting pot of rich cultures and ethnicities. We are not two clear-cut races. We were all created equal. That's what the new movement as a country should be about. You cannot simply assume that someone voted for a certain presidential candidate simply because of their skin color or that someone believes a certain thing because of their political standpoint. You don't see the white people of this country sitting in the streets and rioting over the disgusting event. Thousands are keeping their mouths shut because anything they say can be misconstrued and taken wrongly by the BLM community which so often happens when a white hate crime occurs. How is this fair?

He was partially scalped and beaten. His screams weren't even able to be heard. How do you think it feels to be a member of that boy's family watching your son and brother being abused and tortured with no help no one hearing his cries no one there to help him and all because he is white. All because he like every other citizen in our country did his duty as an American and voted. But these 4 black teens and young adults didn't agree with his decision and decided to use his mental disability as a weakness to torture and beat the boy because of his skin color and scream disturbing things and posted their acts on Facebook for the world to see. How does that look? The fear that is now instilled in white people all over America. With memes saying "white people thought they were safe because they voted for Trump". Now a video like this is posted. How is that a movement for equality?

We need to stop creating strict labels based on skin color and political views and any other aspect you can knit pick and putting them on any person we meet. What happened to open minds and hearts? Instead of close-minded hateful hearts. When we close off our eyes, hearts, and minds to what we don't want to hear or see we close ourselves off to millions of our opportunities to grow as individuals and a society. It isn't that hard to open your ears to listen to one another instead of reading something on Twitter and turning to anger and assuming an entire race or group of people feel a certain way simply because a single person of that race or group says or does one thing you don't agree with.

Does no one see the pattern here? Something bad happens, people turn to social media to spread false beliefs, ideals, and facts. Hate and anger rise up and fights further continue the violence and hate. No more love. No more patience. No more optimism. Just a country full of people who believe only one group can be right. There is only one way to live. Only one way to think. We all need to grow up and let go of the hate and using our country's past as an excuse to hold grudges and attempt to justify our actions. Let it go. Black lives matter, white lives matter, Hispanic lives matter, Asian lives matter, Muslim lives matter and we all should be treated equally despite our skin color, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, clothes we wear, or morals. Be a little more human and a lot less hateful its simple. Stop the hate and violence and entitled sense of justification. Learn to get all the facts before you put out negativity into the world and open your mind and ears a bit more to understand every view and side of the story. That is the only way we are going to move forward as a country and society.

James 4: 1-2

"What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask."

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I'm An 18-Year-Old Female And I Will Never Be A Feminist

Honestly, I'd rather be caught dead than caught calling myself a modern-day feminist.

"A man told me to have a good day... I'm triggered." How ludicrous does that sound? Tune in because that is the extent of modern day feminism.

Sure, I think boys are stupid and that I'm probably better than 90% of the male population, but that doesn't make me a modern-day feminist. Now I believe that woman should stand up for themselves, and Golding's quote: "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been," is by far one of my favorite quotes... but modern day feminism is not something I want to be associated with.

I'm all for "anything you can do I can do better," and "We can do it!" but realistically speaking in some situations, that isn't feasible. As an 18-year-old woman who works out regularly, and is stronger than the average female, I couldn't carry a 190-pound man back to a safe zone after he was shot on the front line of a war even if I tried. It is not anatomically possible for a grown woman to be as strong as a fully developed male.

Reality check: Men and women are not equal.

They are not physically equal, they are not mentally equal. Modern-day feminism is equality between the two genders, but corrupt and on steroids. I support what feminism used to be. I support women who work hard and have goals and ambition... not girls who hate men and stomp around with no shirts on to piss off the public. Feminism has developed into a polluted teaching that young men and women are plunging into.

We are built dissimilarly.

The human brain is literally an organ that is sex oriented. There is a cognitive difference, that singlehandedly destroys gender equality.

I will not spend my time running a revolution against anyone who likes Donald Trump. I am not going to binge watch Trump's twitter in an effort to start some leftist gob of drama. I refuse to be part of this head hunt to attack all Republicans on the newest Instagram post made about how feminism is stupid. I do not hate men, and society would crash and burn without the successful men and women who work together to create what we call the United States of America.

Why, you ask? Why are the 15-25 year olds of our society clinging to feminism? They are hopping on the rapidly growing bandwagon where all the hipsters, feminists and Trump haters reside. It's "cool" to hate Donald Trump. Twitter is a world of liberalism, hatred and fake love towards all. Social media is where this generation is living — and modern-day feminism brews there.

We need to keep separation in the household within roles.

We must raise our children to do what they are best at rather than trying to do something they are incapable of just to prove an irrelevant point.

Women must stand up for what they believe in and be strong in their shoes, while not getting so caught up in what your modern day feminist says she thinks is right.

We cannot let this briskly changing society sway us away from what is going to keep the world working precisely.

Cover Image Credit: Macey Joe Mullins

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President Trump's Government Shutdown Is A Threat To National Security

National parks are unstaffed, but not closed. Americans can visit them without paying an entrance fee, but it is "go at your own risk."


Just as Americans were settling in for the holiday season, President Trump intiated a shutdown of the federal government by rejecting any budget that did not include funding for a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. There is a four-way wrangle between, Mr. Trump, senators who are for the wall, senators who detest the wall, and senators who are clueless about what to do next. About 380,000 of federal government employees(civil servants and government contractors) are on unpaid leave while another 420,000 essential security personnel (FBI agents, Border Patrol, Secret Service agents, airport security agents, etc.) are working without pay. The shutdown began on December 22, 2018, and is still continuing in mid-January, 2019.

Mr. Trump's is asking for over $5.6 billion of homegrown American taxpayer dollars to complete the wall. Neither Mexico nor Central America countries have indicated any desire to pay for it, another promise Trump campaign on. Mr. Trump states that "Drugs, terrorists, violent criminals, and child traffickers are entering our country" with consequences of "drug debts, violent murder, gang violence." Of course, we cannot allow that to happen. From his "state of emergency" and "TEXT BORDER" advertisement, it looks like America is in a war zone.

But are we?

A concrete or steel wall might be practical if there were a stamped of drug dealers, gangs, and violent criminals charging toward the U.S.-Mexico border. The only war zone there is on the U.S. Senate floor, where neither party nor the president can come to a conclusion about border funding. President Trump is also pushing for the establishment of the United States Space Force to keep our country safe. The issue is that if the country can't even maintain a ground force at the southern border, how can there be a Space Force?

On a more serious note, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be missing their first paycheck. While raising the minimum wage is debatable, receiving no pay is not. This past Christmas, many federal employees, and their families had to cut back on Christmas gifts and spending in general as they face financial hardship. That's not even the worst part. The 420,000 essential security personnel are forced to work for no pay because America cannot be kept safe without them. Recently, close to 21% of TSA employees, who work in airport security, have called in sick. The men and women who work in airport security usually earn an average starting salary of $15.50 an hour. Airports now have fewer screeners and security agents, which entails shutting down security lines or conduct more brief security checks. Longer lines will lead to more frustrated passengers and lateness for those traveling for business purposes. It is very likely that airports will move towards looser security check since impatient crowds of people aren't going to sit still. It is also possible that more people will avoid flying and drive instead-if the route is driveable.

National parks are unstaffed, but not closed. Americans can visit them without paying an entrance fee, but it is "go at your own risk." Bathrooms are unmaintained or closed, there are no rangers to ask for guidance or help, and few if no one to call in an emergency.

The FDA is affected by the shutdown, meaning food safety inspections will be conducted even less frequently, which will increase one's risk of foodborne illness, especially the elderly, those with weak immune systems and younger children.

While the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is still in operation, but the staffing is down to 45 percent, which will reduce their capability to detect and prevent cyber security threats. These individuals already overworked, and not paying them would only decrease their morale, further lowering productivity. DHS was also received one of the lowest ranks in the best places to work in the government, which can lower prospects for seeking new employees to fill vital roles in government cybersecurity.

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