United We Kneel?

United We Kneel?

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Recently, in the news, we've been seeing and hearing Trump's mouth, more important worldly news, and kneeing during the National Anthem. At first, it was mainly just Colin Kaepernick but now it's people all over the country. Here's my stance on the whole ordeal.

Honestly, I see both sides of the situation. Kaepernick and friends are kneeling because 1, it's their right to do so, 2, the great America we live in today has not been particularly "great" to people of color recently, and 3, not everyone has their hands on their hearts during the National Anthem anyway.

On the other hand, I do see where there could be a problem because yes, we live in America, we're free, all of that. The military fights for us. I understand all of that.

But like I said earlier, it's their right to kneel and it's everyone else's right to think it's wrong.

What I love the most about this whole thing is despite what happens to Colin, despite what they try to do to him or what people say, he's still going to kneel for what he believes in. He believes that there is a social injustice. He said he's not going to pledge and stand for "a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color".

It began after the inadmissible shootings of black people by white cops. Which is not often how it's portrayed in the news headlines. It's more like, "Cop shoots black guy who resisted arrest". I'm saying what it is, a white cop shooting a black man, or woman.

Though I understand both sides of the ordeal, I agree with Colin and the cause he's kneeling for. Mainly because it could be me next. Me getting pulled over and killed for reaching for my license and registration. It could be me with my hands up, complying, and still getting killed for "resisting arrest" or "having a knife".

I love this country, but recently I've been loving it a lot less. Now someone reading this may say, "well leave, then. We don't want you here if you don't want to be here". That's not the American way. There are people making others not want to be here anymore because of the injustice, brutality, racism and fear. Fear of me or one of my family members getting killed next.

We are oppressed. We are mistreated. Not me, per say. But my black brothers and sisters. My Hispanic friends. I have, indeed, gone through racially charged situations. I have had racism thrown my way and I was taught to brush it off "as long as they don't touch you". But honestly, if they do touch me, I'd be the one in trouble. Why? I'm the person with the darker skin. I'm more threatening. The width of my nose. The fullness of my lips. The thickness of my hips and the brownness of my eyes is frightening.

So, united we kneel. I'm woke, are you? *Power fist*

Cover Image Credit: NY Mag

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Why Your Grandma Is Your Biggest Blessing In Life

Because nobody loves you more than she does.
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There are many people in your life you are thankful for: Mom, Dad, siblings, cousins, best friends, teachers, neighbors, you name it. You are grateful to have people who constantly support you, who pick you up when you're down and love you unconditionally. But the one person who stands out among the rest of them is your grandma.

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Ever since you were little, you and your grandma have always had a special connection. Going over to Grandma's house for the night was something you looked forward to. She knew how to entertain you at your best and worst moments. No matter what you did together, you loved it. Being with your grandma wasn't like being at home or with your parents – it was better. You went to the park, made cookies, went out to dinner, got a “sweet treat" at the mall, played Go Fish, took a bubble bath for as long as you wanted and got way too much dessert than you should have. You did things you weren't supposed to do, but Grandma didn't stop you. Because at Grandma's house there were no rules, and you didn't have to worry about a single thing. Being with Grandma was the true epitome of childhood. She let you be you. She always made sure you had the best time when you were with her, and she loved watching you grow up with a smile on your face.

The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.

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4 Things All Former Athletes Miss About Being Part Of A Team

You WILL miss playing sports in college.

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Ever since I was a little girl, I was always on a team, until I came to college. You'd think that after a lifetime of constant practices, meets, and games that I would've been sick of sports by the time college came around. However, I still miss it so much. I miss goofing around at practices with my favorite people while doing the extremely intense workouts our coaches would give us. I miss riding the bus to every meet while blasting music the entire way there and back. Most importantly, I miss competing with all of my friends and cheering each other on for hours upon hours. There are so many things that I miss about being part of a team and I'm sure you do too. I have listed the top four things that I miss about no longer being part of a team.

1. The unbreakable bond that you have with your teammates

You would think that spending hours upon hours with each other at practices, competing, and team bonding experiences that you would be sick of each other, but you actually learn to love your teammates even more. You spend so much time together that they become your best friends and then you find yourselves hanging out with each other even during the little free time that you have.

2. The trust that you have placed in your coach's hands

You spent years trusting your coaches to make you the best at what you do. Spending hours at practices, working extremely hard to accomplish simple goals and them putting all of their faith in you as you compete in your weekly meets truly builds a social trust between you and your coach.

3. Going to practice every day to practice your heart out

Some days you dreaded it and some days you loved it, but no matter the day you always gave it your all at practice. You'll even miss the hard workouts that always kicked your butt because you loved how it felt to be super sore the next day and to know that you were actually getting better. Plus, you were probably always really fit and in shape so that's always good.

4. Competing at meets with your teammates

Getting out of class early a couple of times a week to lay on the bus seat and blast music with your teammates until you finally get to the school and then doing the exact same thing on the way back. Pretending your teammates hear you cheering them on while they kill it and pretending you hear them cheering you on even though you all are way too focused to hear that, but you still always appreciate it. Not to mention for some athletes, the awful tan lines that you low-key love, but could never get rid of your entire life.

Being part of a team is one of the best experiences I've ever had and I will forever miss it.

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