What Is Being Unapologetically Black?

What Is Being Unapologetically Black?

Clapbacks, fights on social media, and more! Being unapologetically black is multi-faceted.
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From clap backs, to blasting people on Facebook, being unapologetically black is something that will definitely continue to be brought up. But what does it mean? Does it mean that people are going to be "pro-black" at all times? Does it mean that people who are pro-black always against whites? Well, I can tell you one thing, it definitely is a serious matter, and it is not something that means you are against everyone else that is white--that's for sure. However, let's take a look into what exactly being unapologetically black does and does not mean.

What Unapologetically Black Is

Being unapologetically black does mean a few things, and the first one is that you are always going to back your race NO MATTER WHAT. I've always found myself in these situations where I am "one in the number" whether it's in a classroom, a social event, or even a meeting. Whenever something comes up, and it normally always does, I have to defend not only myself but my ethnicity.

I cannot tell you how many times I have had to be on the offensive side to defend myself from racial profiling. Believe it or not, not all black people are poor or have parents who are not married. It absolutely drives me insane when people decide to think this way and don't use their brains.

Secondly, being unapologetically black means that you are not black just during black history month--you are black no matter where you go. People who are not of color tend to forget that when other people who are in the room. They say things that are not necessarily offensive, but lack factual evidence and are just not true at all.

Comments such as, "Oh, let's not forget about the black people" seriously are just said without any thought. Then, when someone who is black defends themselves it turns into, "Why are you so loud?" or, "Why are you so angry? I'm not racist." No, no, black people who will truly defend themselves are black 24/7, 365 a year. That is what being unapologetically black truly is all about.

What being Unapologetically Black Is Not

Being unapologetically black does not mean that you hate people who are white or not black in general. People truly do not get this part at all! Being for one thing does not mean that you don't like another particular thing.

Here's a simple analogy. I love chicken, but it doesn't mean that I don't like steak! I love ALL meats. It's the same analogy when people say that if you are Pro-Black you are not saying that you are Anti-White. This drives black people crazy and it's absolutely ridiculous how people don't grasp this concept.

Finally, being unapologetically black does not mean that you do not believe in equality for all. As I've stated before and I will say again, I want EVERYONE in America and the world to get a fair chance at life. I know that that is not always possible, but it can definitely be made strives for. I know that people that if you fight for a certain thing or person, you're against another like before but that is not true at all.

People need to keep in mind that not being black is a privilege in this country and that you are born with certain things. Now that we are continuing to have these conversations about non-whites and minorities reaching equality, people are truly upset. Always keep in mind, though, segregation was once thought to be the norm. Now we are allowed to sit, get the same education, and love each other no matter what the race of a person is and we're protected. Just remember, when someone is unapologetically black, they are not against you if you aren't black they are honestly just standing up for what they believe in.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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The Crimes And Misdemeanors Of A Sitting President

Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is: Can this nation survive any more division?

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Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is; can this nation survive any more division? Is Nancy correct in her comment, "He's just not worth it?" Impeachment should not be used as a political tool to remove an unwanted government official out of office. Its purpose is to bring charges against a government official and once the official is impeached then the legislative body can impose judgment which could ultimately remove the official from office.

Moreover, in the past, this country has impeached two sitting presidents and neither ended with his removal. According to www.merriam-webster.com, the definition of impeaching is "(a) to charge with a crime or misdemeanor, specifically: to charge a public official before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office. (b) to remove from office especially for misconduct, and (c) to bring an accusation against."

So how many cases of impeachment has the United States experienced with sitting presidents? According to www.History.com, eight U.S. presidents have faced impeachment, but with very different results. John Tyler was the first president to face impeachment proceedings in 1843. Representative John Botts of Virginia filed claimed Tyler conduct of the U.S. Treasury although the House of Representatives voted Botts' claim down.

Andrew Johnson was the second sitting president to have impeachment proceedings filed against him. In 1868 President Johnson dismissed Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and according to Congress, the president violated the Tenure of Office Act. Even though Johnson was impeached the Senate would not confirm his removal from office and he finished his term.

With the exception of Grover Cleveland, the twentieth century gave way for many calls for impeachment beginning with Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, and ending with George H.W. Bush. None of these presidents were subjected to the process as the claims never had the votes to call for a hearing on the committees.

There were three articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, however, he resigned in 1974 before any of the proceedings could take place. In 1998 Bill Clinton was impeached over allegations of perjury and obstruction of justice relating to the Monica Lewinsky case. In Clinton's case, the Senate acquitted, and he finished his term in office just like Andrew Johnson.

President Trump is under scrutiny for some of the very reason's other presidents have had impeachment proceedings. He has proven to most American's that he is a danger to our democracy. Trump has snubbed his nose at the foreign emolument clause, creating an open way for foreign powers to pressure our president to stray from his constitutional obligation to the United States. The firing of the FBI Director James Comey and fulling admitting on national television to Lester Holt that he did because of "this Russia thing." This is "obstruction of justice," and other presidents have been charged with this article of impeachment. However, Nixon resigned, and Clinton was acquitted.

So why is he not worth it? First the truth, he won the election. Unless there is proven evidence that he colluded with the Russians to rig the 2016 presidential election reversing this fact will drive this new faction of voters back to the polls to elect another under-qualified candidate. In addition, the Republican Party will use the impeachment as a platform in the upcoming election. Citing the Democrats stole the White House from them.

Second, is the nation ready for even one year of Mike Pence as president? His record as Governor of Indiana is the only evidence needed. He banned Syrian refugees, he reinstated mandatory minimum sentences and authored a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. He doesn't take to Twitter, has the political knowledge, and is waiting his turn to strike like an incurable virus.

Third and even more disturbing is the Republican Party and their efforts to gloss over his crimes and misdemeanors and cite the economy, and jobs. Many won't vote against Trump because of his base; cannot afford to have to explain their decisions to his base voters in 2020. Most fear they will have to go through a primary. Even though if they removed Trump and put Pence in his place they could have during their two-year reign and most American's civil liberties would be a thing of the past.

The voters gave their voice in 2018 and Congress is working, unlike the previous Congress. They have a lot of work to do and spinning their wheels debating the crimes and misdemeanors of the sitting president is counter-productive. History will repeat itself and he will be acquitted.

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