Maxine Waters, Auntie Maxine

Auntie Maxine Has No Time For Sarah Huckabee Sanders Or Her Stomach

If you shoot me, you better shoot straight.

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People are beginning to refuse service to members of the Trump administration and I, along with Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), are living for it.

Recently, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was heckled out of a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C....ironic, I know. The protest to her dining in the establishment was of course over her defense of Trump's zero-tolerance policy regarding illegal immigrants and separating children from their parents. Since early May, immigrant children as young as a few months old have been separated from their parents, detained by U.S Customs and Border Protection and placed in shelters all over the United States, while their parents await prosecution on federal misdemeanor charges. Over 2,300 children had been separated from their parents before someone mentioned to the idiot-in-chief that he had the power to stop the separations. As of last week, officials stopped separating children from their families, but a plan to reunite those already torn apart has yet to be formed. The greatest fear is that many of these children will never see their parents again as they have already been deported.

"Efrén Olivares, a lawyer with the Texas Civil Rights Project, has spent days interviewing detained adults and working to document family separations....Olivares interviews parents quickly before their criminal sentencing hearing at a federal courthouse in McAllen, Texas, writing down as much identifying information as possible and then trying to track down their children."It's all-consuming," Olivares said earlier this week. "If we don't document them, there's no record that these families are in the system," he said. "It's very, very likely that many of them will not be able to, on their own, look for their children, especially when they're detained and even after they're released — or deported, even worse."

A few days after Nielson was chased out of a restaurant, Sarah Huckabee Sanders faced the same fate. According to a tweet by the lying White House press secretary, she was politely asked to leave a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia by its owner because of her work defending Trump's policies.

Florida attorney general Pam Bondi was also booed out of a movie theater while attempting to see "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" the Mr. Rogers documentary—again, ironic.

Since then, there has been a national uproar about the ability to deny service to, or "harass," public officials in public because of their political affiliations. A great many white Republican-folk have led conversations starting with something about "unity" and how "differences in politics shouldn't....blah, blah, something or another," but it got me thinking. Where the hell were all of these "good-hearted 'Mericans" when businesses were refusing service to the gay community? Or the black community? Or the Mexican community? *crickets* Yeah, that's what I thought.

Let's get something straight, if you have knowingly aligned yourself with a man who hates people of color, believes Mexicans are rapists and murders, refers to young black men as thugs, makes fun of handicapped persons, does everything he can to oppress the LGBTQ community and separates children from their families while allowing them to be medicated with psychiatric drugs, you better know I will refuse service to you.

Last week, Rep. Maxine Waters, a.k.a Auntie Maxine, caught a bit of heat after a clip of her promoting the refusal of service to member's of the Trump administration went viral. In the clip she said,

"Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd," Waters said. "And you push back on them. And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere. We've got to get the children connected to their parents."

The idiot-in-chief then tweeted out this, falsely accusing Auntie of calling for violence against his lil' minions.


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Of course, Auntie had the time to set the man in the White House straight and get him together by reminding him of A.) the fact that she DID NOT advocate for violence against anyone and B.) all the times he's talked about "punching" people in the face and ruffing them up. She also took a firm stance defending her comments in the face of Democratic colleagues who attempted to distance themselves from them, *cough cough* Nancy Pelosi.

I, for one, stand with Maxine Waters. It's easy to call her names, say she has a low IQ, refer to her as Mad Maxine; I mean, at the end of the day, black women have endured that from white men for centuries. Like Malcolm X said, black women are the most disrespected group in America. But I am thankful to Auntie Maxine. Why? Because she is taking the force of their attacks like a boss for young women like myself and those to come. I also thoroughly understand her. Reminiscent of Fannie Lou Hammer, she is sick and tired of being sick and tired and so are we. Instead of a zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration in a country where all but 2% of the population are illegal immigrants or decedents thereof, how about a zero-tolerance policy on racism and bigotry? The last time I checked, civil disobedience and protest (of which the latter is our constitutional right) are benchmarks of this great nation.

Despite clear evidence that Maxine Waters DID NOT call for violence, Republican lawmakers are still calling on a resignation and apology to the White House for endangering their lives for her audacity to forgo "civility." Can you imagine, a gang of white politicians lecturing a black woman born in 1938 on the indecency of being denied service at a restaurant?

After receiving numerous death threats and being forced to cancel a few appearances, Maxine Waters had one thing to say at a "Families Belong Together" rally in Los Angeles, "If you shoot me, you better shoot straight."

Auntie Maxine is not standing down and neither should the resistance.

You can call it "rough," you can call it "harsh" and you can call it "loud", but you also need to call it "correct."

#IStandWithMaxine

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An Open Letter To Democrats From A Millennial Republican

Why being a Republican doesn't mean I'm inhuman.
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Dear Democrats,

I have a few things to say to you — all of you.

You probably don't know me. But you think you do. Because I am a Republican.

Gasp. Shock. Horror. The usual. I know it all. I hear it every time I come out of the conservative closet here at my liberal arts university.

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“You're a Republican?" people ask, saying the word in the same tone that Draco Malfoy says “Mudblood."

I know that not all Democrats feel about Republicans this way. Honestly, I can't even say for certain that most of them do. But in my experience, saying you're a Republican on a liberal college campus has the same effect as telling someone you're a child molester.

You see, in this day and age, with leaders of the Republican Party standing up and spouting unfortunately ridiculous phrases like “build a wall," and standing next to Kim Davis in Kentucky after her release, we Republicans are given an extreme stereotype. If you're a Republican, you're a bigot. You don't believe in marriage equality. You don't believe in racial equality. You don't believe in a woman's right to choose. You're extremely religious and want to impose it on everyone else.

Unfortunately, stereotypes are rooted in truth. There are some people out there who really do think these things and feel this way. And it makes me mad. The far right is so far right that they make the rest of us look bad. They make sure we aren't heard. Plenty of us are fed up with their theatrics and extremism.

For those of us brave enough to wear the title “Republican" in this day and age, as millennials, it's different. Many of us don't agree with these brash ideas. I'd even go as far as to say that most of us don't feel this way.

For me personally, being a Republican doesn't even mean that I automatically vote red.

When people ask me to describe my political views, I usually put it pretty simply. “Conservative, but with liberal social views."

“Oh," they say, “so you're a libertarian."

“Sure," I say. But that's the thing. I'm not really a libertarian.

Here's what I believe:

I believe in marriage equality. I believe in feminism. I believe in racial equality. I don't want to defund Planned Parenthood. I believe in birth control. I believe in a woman's right to choose. I believe in welfare. I believe more funds should be allocated to the public school system.

Then what's the problem? Obviously, I'm a Democrat then, right?

Wrong. Because I have other beliefs too.

Yes, I believe in the right to choose — but I'd always hope that unless a pregnancy would result in the bodily harm of the woman, that she would choose life. I believe in welfare, but I also believe that our current system is broken — there are people who don't need it receiving it, and others who need it that cannot access it.

I believe in capitalism. I believe in the right to keep and bear arms, because I believe we have a people crisis on our hands, not a gun crisis. Contrary to popular opinion, I do believe in science. I don't believe in charter schools. I believe in privatizing as many things as possible. I don't believe in Obamacare.

Obviously, there are other topics on the table. But, generally speaking, these are the types of things we millennial Republicans get flack for. And while it is OK to disagree on political beliefs, and even healthy, it is NOT OK to make snap judgments about me as a person. Identifying as a Republican does not mean I am the same as Donald Trump.

Just because I am a Republican, does not mean you know everything about me. That does not give you the right to make assumptions about who I am as a person. It is not OK for you to group me with my stereotype or condemn me for what I feel and believe. And for a party that prides itself on being so open-minded, it shocks me that many of you would be so judgmental.

So I ask you to please, please, please reexamine how you view Republicans. Chances are, you're missing some extremely important details. If you only hang out with people who belong to your own party, chances are you're missing out on great people. Because, despite what everyone believes, we are not our stereotype.

Sincerely,

A millennial Republican

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?

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Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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