Melting Pot? More Like Melting Not.

Melting Pot? More Like Melting Not.

Why American health care seems inclusive, but really isn't.
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If you think about what is happening in the world today, there are many people moving all over. Whether through immigration, refugees or tourists, there is constantly a flow of people throughout the world. When it comes to accommodating to the needs of these foreign individuals when they are in need of some sort of care, it is important that there is an efficient way to communicate with them.

There is not one universal language that we as humans can understand, but people who speak different languages can communicate with one another through different methods. It is still important that everybody feels comfortable. America has been called a “melting pot” for so long, but I don’t think that term quite fits anymore. We don’t care to want to cater to the needs of other cultures, or be understanding of them. We are often times full of hate towards them. We have this sense of superiority that instills fear into other cultures. I believe that we should be aware of the needs of all walks of life as a whole and be able to cater to their needs, and be welcoming to them, not hateful towards them.

When you have people in this world like Donald Trump saying he wants to ban all Muslims and build a wall on the border with Mexico, it’s going to be hard to build a welcoming country. I don’t know everything about politics, but I do know that this isn’t the right way to represent the so-called “melting pot.” Mexican immigrants are more than that. They are refugees, escaping the persecution and violence in their own country. They are trying to find a better life. We need to represent a more loving, welcoming people because I think that’s what we as Americans are supposed to be.

We can also learn many things from other cultures as well. One example is that we can learn to be more welcoming from those in many African cultures. Just from my experience traveling in Tanzania, I can say that these people were the most welcoming that I have ever met. I was always greeted with a smile and many times a hug. To feel welcomed and very comfortable and safe in a place that I had never been to, as well as encountering an entirely new culture was a very comforting feeling, and I know it does not happen often in the United States. I am currently in Italy studying global health with a group that I am a part of at my university. We met with a doctor from an organization supported by the Catholic Church called Caritas. We toured their health department, and it was a phenomenal experience. Italy currently receives a large number of refugees, and they are doing everything they can to take care of them as they come in. This health department has the words “Medical Center” written in every language on the outside of the building, and inside, all of the doors and signs are visual labels, so that people know where to go for examinations, medications, or even the front desk. They also have over 350 volunteers who help out, ranging from organizing medicine in the warehouse to translating for patients. They are accommodating to the needs of these individuals because they understand that they are not Italian and they need to be provided with an easier way of communicating. These are ways we can learn from other cultures, and I think they can be extremely valuable to us.

I think this is what we are lacking in America. Many times we don’t bother to be a welcoming people, rather our sense of superiority has instead made us want to push them out. Although we have these kinds of services available to people who may be refugees or immigrants who are coming in to seek health care such as translating, we don't bother to show it. We have been known as a “melting pot” for so long, but should we even be considered that anymore? Our health care system appears to be inclusive, but it really isn't.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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To The Generation That Might Not Care, A Green New Deal Is Crucial

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The reality of climate change and method to address the issue has been a source of contention in the United States for far too long. While Republicans trail behind Democrats a great deal in the percentage who believe long-term, irreversible climate change is a real problem, an equally if not more important gap to acknowledge is that between generations.

A universally taught science concept in elementary school is the difference between weather and climate. Weather is the day-to-day condition of the atmosphere — rainy, sunny, etc. Climate is the weather of a particular geographic location over a long period of time. The weather in an area may be snowy on a particular January day but might overall have a warm climate (Trump has yet to learn this concept).

The gap between generational support for not only believing in the reality of climate change but if the government should take steps to prevent further harm on our planet is apparent. A few reasons that older generations may not support aggressive climate change policies are that many are not going to see the lasting impact of their harmful actions, may not want to acknowledge that their way of life for a majority of their life was detrimental to the environment, or that they simply do not think it is the government's role to further regulate current practices and lifestyles in the name of the environment (an argument supported by many conservatives).

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The "Green New Deal," proposed earlier this month by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey is mainly a list of ideas and goals rather than a carefully laid-out plan, though aims to eliminate greenhouse emissions through the creation of millions of jobs in the renewable energy industry, moving toward public ownership (a major source of disagreement among Republicans and Democrats), and much more. This plan is a comprehensive overview of many sources of environmental degradation that our nation has not addressed, despite the majority of the nation believing the climate change is a real issue.

There will undoubtedly be a major shift in the operations of many companies due to aggressive climate change policies, which could have been avoided at a drastic level if our nation had chosen to make climate change prevention a priority. Unfortunately, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global temperatures will rise to an irreversible level in 12 years if the United States and other countries that greatly contribute to rising temperatures do not take action. A sense of urgency has been lacking for far too long is crucial.

Written into the recently proposed Green New Deal is a section detailing how it will attempt to remedy the inequality of those most directly impacted by climate change. Vulnerable communities, particularly communities of color, are not seeing an equitable distribution in disaster funding to prevent damage inflicted by the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters that have resulted as an increase in rising global temperatures — Which, regardless of your age, should be a glaring flaw in our current system.

I personally doubt that the entirety of the recently proposed Green New Deal will be enacted, however, I believe that anyone who values the quality of human life, clean air, clean water, food sources, for not just those in the United States, but around the world, should be supportive of a Green New Deal.

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