Hey, Millennials, Stop Being 'Woke" And Wake Up Because People Are Dying

Hey, Millennials, Stop Being 'Woke" And Wake Up Because People Are Dying

It really is a big deal.
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If there is one thing that you have in this country at this given time, it is a voice. We are at a point in our history when voices are shared, people are vocal, and opinions are expressed.

It is up to the individual how they choose to use these rights. I think there if there is one thing that we all should use our right to, it is our place to speak out for our generation.

I am a voice that is prepared to wake people up, to make a change. In my General Studies Writing class today, we spent time discussing the frequency of school shootings since 1849. The statistics are astounding.

I am not saying there was no violence, as it is proven that although a change in form, the world is at one of its most peaceful periods.

That being said, it makes me sick to my stomach to know that I have realistic and reasonable fear that my place of education, my school, that I have the incredible privilege to learn in, is at a real risk of being terrorized.

It hurts me to know that these sanctuaries of progress, these homes for those of the future are being targeted. As a college student, I wake up every day expecting to go to my classes, my organization meetings, to catch some lunch with my friends, write an article, and go on my merry way.

I might get stressed about an assignment I have due, but I shouldn’t have to be worried about being shot.

I am just like any of the other students walking to school, unknowingly, for the last time. The 17 students killed in the Parkland Shooting had no ideas that February 14th, 2018 would be the last day they had to live. It overwhelms my heart to ever try to imagine what amounts of heartbreak the families of these individuals must be experiencing.

Put yourself in their shoes. Try to see from their eyes, recognize the emptiness and anger they might feel. This is probably one of the hardest, if not the hardest, thing they have ever been through, and who are we to tell them to feel any different.

Now keep those shoes on and imagine watching a video from the scene of the tragedy, with disturbing images of the lifeless bodies of the innocent victims, their very family members, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers.

Now, Brothers and sisters, this is where we go wrong. Why is it that our generation would even begin to think that recording that would be a good idea?

I know that you would never think in a million years that something like this would or could ever happen to you, but that is the reality of it, it can. It is horrible, but it can.

I can tell you with certainty that the 17 students from Parkland didn’t think it would happen to their school. You have to consider what it would be like to be involved in a crisis situate of this nature.

Though this is the extreme of the situation, you would never want the parents of the deceased child to find out that their son or daughter was no longer with them, due to a video someone posted on the internet. If you consider yourself a decent human, no, a human of any nature, you recognize the horror in this.

My goal in this is to call out my generation and those around me to wake up. Take your nose out of your phone, and open your eyes.

There are people just like you, dying.

It could be you, it could be your best friend.

You need to use your voice to change the world. Talk to people, listen to people. Empathize. Work to understand them. Use your voice for good. Engage and make friends. Use your voice for protest, not for hate. Not for harm.

I am not by any means saying that this is going to stop school shootings. If only that was the case. What I am saying is that we need to wake up and take action to stand up for our friends.

Cover Image Credit: Photo by Feliphe Schiarolli on Unsplash

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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To Those Of You That Made Fun Of Trump For Giving The Clemson Tigers Fast Food, Shame On You

There are people who enjoy the simpler things in life and don't need anything larger than life in order to be satisfied.

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Imagine being an athlete that worked very hard all season long and defeated a top contender that's known for being undefeated. Hooray! You won against that undefeated team and you, your teammates, and your family get to go to the White House and have a celebratory dinner. The twist is that the dinner you're going to be served is composed of fast food from various chains.

That's what happened on January 14th, 2019, when the Clemson Tigers visited the White House after their 44-16 win against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The players were met with a buffet of fast food from Wendy's, McDonald's, pizza, and much more. This buffet came out of Trump's own pocket due to the partial government shutdown and with him being fast food lover himself.

"I think we are going to serve McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King with some pizza. I really mean it," he said. "It will be interesting. I would think that's their favorite food. So we'll see what happens."

According to a pool report written by Josh Dawsey, the players "whooped as they saw the food spread" with Trump saying that this was "great American food."

The reaction to this fast food dinner had, of course, received backlash. People called the celebratory meal "classless" and also said that the players "deserved better." Really? The Clemson players have to meet with "culinary coaches" in order for them to eat healthy matter. In addition to that, they also had their diets monitored, giving them individual cooking demos, selecting the right type of "fuel."

Imagine going through all of that dietary restriction for months and getting to finally eat food that you have been dying for, it would be a dream come true, especially to lineman Matt Bockhorst! To the naysayers who shamed President Trump for serving fast food to players, let's take a look back in history.

It's the turn of the decade, 1939 to be exact. King Goerge VI visited then President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, on American soil. The four-day visit consisted of a sight-seeing tour of Washington, a formal State Dinner and a big bash at the British Embassy. The visit also had a casual yet memorable moment in history: the British Monarch ate his first hot dog.

Along with Queen Elizabeth (the mother), the casual picnic was held at Roosevelt's Hyde Park's cottage on June 11, 1939. The menu also consisted of Virginia ham, smoked turkey, cranberry jelly, green salad, rolls, strawberry shortcake, coffee, beer, and soft drinks. The headline from the New York Times read "KING TRIES HOT DOG AND ASKS FOR MORE" the following day and according to reporter Felix Belair Jr., the British monarch enjoyed his share of two hot dogs with beer. The royal guests even ate off of paper plates like everyone else in attendance.

What President Trump did on that fateful evening was anything but different than what President Roosevelt did. They both displayed an aspect of American living that was relatable to the working class. An average American will often treat themselves to some fast food if they've had a busy day at work and don't feel like cooking.

To the people who turned your noses at this story, shame on you. There are people who enjoy the simpler things in life and don't need anything larger than life in order to be satisfied. If I were in that room that night, I would be very thankful because who can turn down free food, especially if it's food that you crave from time to time?

In my honest opinion, President Trump delivered when it came to feeding those football players. Not only will Clemson bring home the title of being National Champions, but also bellies filled with Big Macs, french fries, pizza, and all the food their hearts desired!

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