Let's Stop Focusing on Race

Let's Stop Focusing on Race

Because it is about so much more.
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It's time we stop playing the race game. It's time we stop labeling each other white or black, but instead as Americans. We need to learn to actually get over the past. At what point do we actually choose to leave the past behind us? At what point do we say, "I forgive you", even though every human being alive today has nothing to do with slavery. If this were the case, why aren't we still criticizing the Germans for their attempted extermination of the Jewish people that happened less than 80 years ago? People condemn the American flag for symbolizing slavery when we were one of the first countries to get rid of slavery entirely, even with countries today still participating in such acts. India and Chine are the top two countries that still have millions forced into labor and considered property. India has over six times more slaves than China, making it the country with the highest percentage of its population being slaves.

The movement for social acceptance of every race, religion, and culture is systematically flawed. Movements like Black Lives Matter, the huge women's march that took place right after Trump's inauguration, and basically all anti-Trump rallies parade behind a false narrative that we can all get along with no war, no financial burdens and no social contingencies. Such movements lack factual evidence where such mentalities have led to a perfect society, and the answer to that is none. Before Obama's presidency, the ideas of white privilege, gay marriage, refugee acceptance, and women's rights (even though there is no right that a man has that a woman doesn't have) were never seen as an importance. They were not seen as a necessity for society to operate efficiently. But during Obama's terms as president, it now seems that the utmost importance for America is not to maintain an effective foreign policy but to embrace all religions regardless of what they think of western culture. Not to create a competitive business environment, but instead, focus on accepting those who may be disenfranchised by society not taking into account of how that may hurt a business. Not to move on from our historically evil past of slavery, but to keep digressing by bringing it up as some form of justification of racist acts. Not to take advantage of a free market, but to constantly remind ourselves that others are not given such opportunities and we should therefore be ashamed of ourselves for having such opportunities. Seeing how such a perspective can be such a setback to advances in society, we need to learn that not everyone gets what they want, and just because I, a white male, got into college and is pursing a career DOES NOT mean I do not care for the black individual who does not have such an opportunity. Instead of simply focusing on that, we need to focus on the betterment of society and learn why people of all ethnicities reach rock bottom. Yes, some of it is because of our system, but most of the time, it is the personal choices we have made that led us to were we are or are going to be.

To play off the famous words of renowned television channel MTV, dear black people, learn that no one is special for their skin tone, and that America is the best chance you've got. Realize there is a problem within the black community when black children are born out of wedlock by upwards of 64 percent. Compare that to only 18percent for white children. Blacks also disproportionately commit over 50 percent of the nation's crimes. Learn and understand the problems within black culture before accusing whites for being the problem. Do not degrade and demonize a nation that allowed you to get an education, pursue a career, have a family, and even become president. Yes, you are a minority. That does not mean you are disenfranchised solely on that basis. Do not succumb to the liberal notion that since you are black, you are automatically at a disadvantage. Prove them wrong. and show them you are not held to a lower standard of living as they seem to assume. This should infuriate you. This should entice you to go above and beyond your ancestors, but most importantly, it should teach to, seriously, get over it.

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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.
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"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.

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To Fix Taxes, We Have To Rethink 'Wealthy'

"Wealthy" doesn't mean the same for everyone.

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When discussing taxes today, so many politicians are quick to rush to the adage "tax the rich." Bernie Sanders has called for the rich to be taxed higher to pay for Medicare for All. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for a 70% tax on the wealthy.

However, all of these proposals are missing a key thing: a true definition of rich.

When thinking about what counts as rich, it is important to distinguish between the "working wealthy" and the "investment wealthy."

The working wealthy are the people in society that get paid highly because they have a high skill set and provide an extremely valuable service that they deserve just compensation for. This class is made up of professionals like lawyers, doctors, and CEOs. In addition, the working wealthy are characterized by another crucial aspect: over a long term calculation of their earned income over time, they don't come out as prosperous as their annual incomes would seem to suggest. This is because this set of the wealthy has to plunge into student debt for degrees that take years to acquire. These jobs generally also require a huge amount of time invested in lower-paying positions, apprenticeships, and internships before the big-money starts coming in.

On the other hand, the investment wealthy is completely different. These are the people that merely sit back and manipulate money without truly contributing to anything in society. A vast majority of this class is born into money and they use investments into stocks and bonds as well as tax loopholes to generate their money without actually contributing much to society as a whole.

What makes the investment wealthy so different from the working wealthy is their ability to use manipulative techniques to avoid paying taxes. While the working wealthy are rich, they do not have AS many resources or connections to manipulate tax laws the way that the investment wealthy can. The investment wealthy has access to overseas banking accounts to wash money though. The investment wealthy can afford lawyers to comb over tax laws and find loopholes for ridiculous prices. This is tax evasion that the working wealthy simply does not have access to.

That is why it is so incredibly important to make sure that we distinguish between the two when discussing tax policy. When we use blanket statements like "tax the rich," we forget the real reasons that the investment wealthy are able to pay such low taxes now. Imposing a larger marginal tax rate will only give them more incentive to move around taxes while squeezing the working wealthy even more.

Because of this, in our taxation discourse, we need to focus first on making sure people pay their taxes, to begin with. Things like a tax of Wall Street speculation, capital gains taxes, a closing of loopholes, and a simplification of the tax code. These things will have a marked improvement in making sure that the investment wealthy actually pays the taxes we already expect of them now. If we stick to the same message, the only thing we will be changing is the rate that the uber-wealthy are avoiding.

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