To White Males Who Still Support Trump

To White Males Who Still Support Trump

Your hypocrisy blinds you from seeing the truth.
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During this past election cycle, it seemed unanimous among my female and POC friend groups that Trump was awful, and most of what he wanted to do once in office would be terrible. However, among my group of white, male straight friends, most didn't really seem to mind him being in office, and some even wholeheartedly supported him. Now, 8 months later, even after all the fiascos that have happened, Trump still has the support of many young, white men. Why? My hypothesis is that they lack a fundamental grasp on the basic concepts of sympathy.

As a white male, you probably haven't faced much opposition. You've never had to earn respect, and have had it fairly easily given to you. If you were in a situation where you worked for respect, it probably came quicker compared to your female/POC classmates or coworkers. You've never feared your safety while walking home alone at night, or if you were being paid fairly. You've never questioned your ability to land a job in fear of your racial background. This lack of conflict based on your ethnic background and gender has led you to believe that everyone has experienced life with the same ease as you, and that if people are denied opportunities, it is simply because they haven't worked hard enough.

Then Trump comes into office, and continues with her tirade of rants about working, middle class America. You agree with his comments. After all, all you have to do in America is find a job and work and you can be successful, right? Never mind that some people have to work twice as hard to get the same kind of acknowledgment for their hard work as you. Your efforts are praised, while the efforts of millions of other Americans is expected. If people are on welfare, its because they're all lazy and love mooching off the government, even if people in your own family have relied/currently rely on government assistance, its different because its YOUR family. YOUR blood. It must be everyone else who's lazy and entitled for asking for help, right? Grammy can use all the Medicaid she wants because she needs it, but if someone's abuela down the street also needs help, she's just a stupid, filthy illegal trying to take advantage of the government.

What many young white guys suffer from is the plague of hypocrisy. They excuse the problematic things they do or their family does by saying its okay, but if another family does the same they're trash. They see the world through one perspective, and struggle to empathize with others. If someone disrespects their mother or sister, they threaten to kill them, but if a female friend tells them they were assaulted, its because they were asking for it. If one of their white friends is harassed by a cop, there's an uproar, but if an African American is harassed, it was because they were not complying.

I am tired of the close mindedness of my male, white friends. I am tired of them seeing the world from the perspective of one color and one gender. If you are a white male and still support Trump, open your eyes. Talk to people. Put yourself in another's shoes, and commit yourself to empathy. Caring is not a weakness, and their is strength in trying to understand another's viewpoint and doing anything you can to help them if they are in need. The world is not made for straight white men, and not everything is about you. Care for others. Listen intensely, and listen before you judge.

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Austin Alexander Burridge's 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Accomplishment

Often, people fall into a trap of focusing on themselves when they are feeling down. Maybe someone did not get a job they wanted. Or perhaps a person gets dumped by an expected lifelong companion. Maybe someone feels they have underachieved after looking at Facebook and seeing great things a high school classmate has accomplished. When feeling down, helping others is a proven way to improve one's mood and attitude, and it can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment. The act of giving to those in need is an inherently good action and leaves people with a wonderful feeling of joy.

2. Gratitude

One can become more appreciative of life by serving others that have less. Whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the elderly at an assisted living center, or helping families after a natural disaster, service enables people to be grateful for what they have. Seeing people who have fewer advantages, especially those who are spirited and thankful for small things, allows one to realize just how fortunate he/she is in life.

3. Friendships

Volunteering is a great way to build meaningful friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with those who are served. One of the most profound and fascinating aspects of these relationships is how volunteers will learn from those served and vice versa. As these special bonds are built, they lead to impactful connections that last for years to come.

Of course, these are just a few reasons to volunteer and serve others. One can never go wrong by helping others as opposed to merely focusing on oneself. Volunteering invariably and inevitably contributes to personal growth, development, and satisfaction.

About Austin Alexander Burridge: Helping others has been of paramount importance to Austin, and as a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Austin gave back to the community around him. He also has participated in annual peanut butter drives, The Minnesota Sandwich Project for the Homeless and collected canned goods for local food shelters. Additionally, Austin has a passion for the environment, which he pursued when visiting the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest while studying at the School of Environment Studies, which investigates ecological systems and their sustainability

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Ilhan Omar's actions are only making matters worse for the Democrats and the country.

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Many freshman representatives have been gaining a fair amount of traction recently, either by the things they say or the legislation they push. One of these is Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from Minnesota. However, the reasons for the attention she has garnered are more negative than positive.

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Most recently, she has come under fire over her comments on the 9/11 terrorist attacks, referring to this horrific event as "some people did something." Here's the full quote:

"For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I'm tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it. CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties."

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Has Trump used violent rhetoric before? Yes, he has, but the video he tweeted about Ilhan Omar does not encourage any violence toward her. It is dishonest to say it does and is an attempt to stifle real discussion. The actual people sending Omar death threats and the people honestly criticizing her are two entirely different groups.

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