Poetry On Odyssey: Why Do We Just Accept Things?

Poetry On Odyssey: Why Do We Just Accept Things?

A poem about the ones who turn a blind eye, and those who suffer because of it.
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Real gun violence;

The kind of thing that sneaks up on you when you start to grow up.


Super soakers are just a bit of fun,

Cool off as water hits you like a shotgun.

Action-packed video games and loud bangs,

It’s as if the desire to kill is ingrained in our brains.


It’s all harmless fun,

When it’s a game between friends,

But as soon as you open up twitter

This is what the hashtag trends:

#JusticeforTrayvon.


It’s like the police brutality won’t ever end.

We feel grief for maybe a second or two,

And then we move on quickly

because that’s what we’re expected to do.

“These things happen, it’s best not to sulk”;

You’d think because these things happen,

We should revolt.


Playing “pretend violence” when we’re young,

Only numbs us for what’s to come.

We’ve become so used to these gun violence headlines,

That the chances of change are seeming slim to none.


Why do we just accept things?


It’s 2018 and somehow they still exist,

Homophobes are those who are intolerant of others right to love,

They spew words of hate,

And they kick and they shove.


Homophobic hate crimes, they happen more than you think.

They say gay is a choice,

And it makes them sick.

But it seems the only choice made here,

Is their choice to be a prick.


Equality isn’t something to be argued,

It’s a finished discussion.

But even after reading this,

You’re probably going to still let your friends homophobic jokes slide,

Without repercussions.


Why do we just accept things?


The color of one’s skin is not a representation of worth,

But we still choose to quietly hate and to hurt.

From racial slurs to racial profiling,

Everyone acts like they can’t hear blacks screaming and hollering.

The black man makes only 70 cents to a white man’s dollar.


Through systems of quiet discrimination,

they’ve tried to lesson each of our values.

So let’s try to educate them on a lesson of equality,

A book of “How-To’s”.


With all this said,

We’re aware that racism should be dead.

But that doesn’t mean people aren’t going to choose

to still be willfully ignorant instead.


Why do we just accept things?


Cat calls in the streets and unwanted touches under the sheets,

These are the things we don’t ask for-

To be touched by creeps.


Keep your mouth shut,

It was no big deal,

But your ignorance to our “no’s”,

Destroys our ability to heal.


We speak up about sexual harassment and assault,

Because that’s what we’re told to do.

But as soon as we tell our stories,

It becomes old news.


Why do we just accept things?


He gives a whack to your head,

“It was probably something i said”.

A hard blow to the chest,

“Oh he just isn’t feeling his best”.


“Abuse is inexcusable”,

Something most can preach.

But when it’s time to speak up for someone involved in abuse,

We stand idly by because “it’s not our relationship”,

Therefore it’s no use.


I think i’m getting tired of just accepting things.

Cover Image Credit: Via. Unsplash

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12 Things Young Republicans Are Tired Of Hearing

A dozen myths about conservatism and what the real deal is.

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As a college student, I know a lot of people my age consider themselves very liberal. It's a rare occasion when you meet another conservative on campus. Being a young Republican, there are several negative assumptions that come along with that.

Here is a list of 12 things we're all tired of hearing.

1. "You're only a Republican because your parents are."

Yes, my parents are both Republican and that's where my morals and beliefs were first taught, but I am my own person. I have done my own research and decided that my views side with the Republican Party. There are several things that even my parents and I disagree on. I wouldn't choose to be a Democrat just so I could be different.


2. "I bet you support Trump."

While many Republicans my age are supporting Trump, that doesn't mean we all are. We're entitled to our personal opinions and assuming we're all the same is incorrect. Just because you are a Republican doesn't mean you automatically support Trump.

3. "You're racist, sexist, etc."

This couldn't be farther from the truth. There are so many Republicans that come from unique racial and cultural backgrounds, both genders included. Take Marco Rubio, Condoleezza Rice, Ben Carson, and Bobby Jindal. These are just a few of the many, many examples.


4. "You're uneducated about the issues."

Just because someone has a different opinion than you doesn't mean they're wrong or uninformed.


5. "You're only a Republican because you're rich."

I am by no means rich. Did my parents have enough money to support their family? Yes, and I'm very blessed for that. However, they didn't pay for everything. As for college, I worked my butt off to get scholarships and opportunities to succeed. I was taught at a very young age that money requires work and things aren't just handed to you. That's exactly the reason why I strongly support capitalism.


6. "Why don't you want free college?"

NOTHING IS FREE. Would free college be awesome? Absolutely! However, I do not believe it's fair to tax working people to pay for it. If you want something, work for it.


7. "The GOP is a bunch of old, white men."

This is so untrue. I mean take a look at all the well-known conservatives in America. Lauren Conrad, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Carly Fiorina, Condoleezza Rice, Megyn Kelly, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and so many more. Point proven.


8. "You're close-minded."

This is the most common and most annoying. Conservative does not equal close-minded. I love hearing about different ideas and opinions.


9. "You hate immigrants."

I personally feel like our immigration system is broken and needs to be changed so it's more accessible to become an American citizen. However, I don't believe those here illegally should receive taxpayer benefits. I'm all for immigration as long as it's done legally.


10. "You don't support women's rights."

Usually, this is brought up when talking about abortion. What about the rights of the unborn child? It's not just about one person's rights at that point.


11. "You should just #FeelTheBern."

#NO. I do not support socialism.


12. "You only hear the Fox News version."

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Donald Trump Shutting Down The Government Is Just Like A 5-Year-Old Child Throwing A Temper Tantrum

Donald Trump's political actions are shockingly similar to those of a small child.

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"Mommy I'm going to hold my breath until I get what I want" was a quote you could hear me saying when I was around five years old. However, unlike President Trump, I outgrew throwing petty temper tantrums when I was a child.

On December 22, 2018, Donald Trump issued a government shutdown until he was granted $5 billion for his U.S.-Mexico border wall. This shutdown, lasting for a total of 35 days, devastated 420,000 federal employees as they were required to work without immediate compensation.

In this case, instead of Trump holding his breath until he gets what he wants, he withholds the paychecks of thousands of people with families to support. In response to this shutdown, GoFundMe launched a campaign to help financially compensate government workers, raising over $90,000 for over 1,000 people in just two days.


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Pictured above is just one example of the many GoFundMe's created to help those Trump victimized with the government shutdown. Donald Trump's temper tantrum affected parents, children, friends, and family of government employees in a range of departments which are the Department of Treasury, Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Commerce, Justice, as well as the Department of State, Department of the Interior and Homeland Security.

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