You Shouldn't Defend Lies Just Because You Like the Narrative

You Shouldn't Defend Lies Just Because You Like the Narrative

Facts can be interpreted differently, and that's how we come up with politically charged ideas.
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One of the easiest relatable discussions regarding narratives which have gained speed through false allegations is the Michael Brown case from 2014. Forensic and ballistic evidence has proven with a great deal of facts that Brown was in fact shot while charging Wilson shortly after attempting to grab Wilson's gun. Discharge from a firearm was found on Browns' right hand along with a bullet would to the thumb and forearm. In order for there to be discharge, Brown would have had to been no more than seven feet away from the firearm. The final proof of evidence would be that exit wounds in Michael Brown were consistent with Wilson's testimony, since the exit wounds were located on Brown's back, meaning he did charge Wilson. With all of this evidence to disprove what was a commonly known chant by the Black Lives Matter movement as "Hands up. Don't shoot", the left continued with this narrative. Although facts proved otherwise, many still went by this narrative because they liked it. The whole notion of cops targeting and killing blacks continues today because of such falsehoods. A basic look at crime statistics would show that blacks commit crime at a much higher rate than whites, which would mean more are incarcerated. A good example of this would be suggesting that a cop is racist because he shoots 5 men. Four black men and one white man were involved in a robbery. All of them committed a crime, except the majority of the perpetrators were black. The cop is not racist in his actions just because the majority of the people he shot were black. All were committing a crime and all received a fair punishment. Although this is not a fair analogy, it shows what those on the left assume when looking at crime statistics and who's committing them.

But even then, we are still cursed with this narrative. Whenever a cop shooting is reported by the media, race is always anyone's first knee jerk reaction rather than looking at what actually happened. This has plagued both sides of the political spectrum. Trump supporters are just as to blame for this. As a proud conservative, I feel that hypocrisy runs the game we call politics, and I personally try not to fall into such an easy trap.

Another recent topic of discussion that follows the same lines as the Michael Brown case is the whole "Muslim ban" movement. When Trump had put into place his travel ban from seven countries selected by former president Obama, the Democrats raced forward with their usual agenda. They called it a policy of racism and islamophobia, but one fact that seems to completely escape them is the fact that there is this thing called a moratorium. It is a legally binding term referring to policy relating to immigration policy. There have been many efforts by Congress in the last 100 years to bar immigration. Terms like "un-American", "Muslim ban", "unconstitutional" have no factual basis regarding President Trump's moratorium. Even so, the ban may prove to be ineffective, in which case Conservatives should realize this and not continue to support the narrative of the action, which would be the increase of foreign national security.

The main takeaway from this article should be to always keep an open mind about politically held ideas. Understand how it would look if someone from the other side of the argument debated their line of thinking the same way you did. The aspects that should separate the two should be facts that are indisputable. Now, it's been well known that facts themselves can be interpreted differently, and that's how we come up with politically charged ideas.

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.
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I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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I'm Supporting Toni Preckwinkle For Mayor Of Chicago And You Should, Too

Chicago is at a historical crossroads with this election, and Toni is the best choice for this moment.

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Earlier this year, I announced my endorsement for Amara Enyia for the February 26 Chicago mayoral election.

Unfortunately, Amara did not win, and with the election gone, we now have two candidates that will advance to an additional runoff election on Tuesday, April 2: Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle.

While I do have my reservations for both of these candidates, who will guarantee that Chicago's next mayor will be a black woman, given the history of both of these candidates on the issues facing the city, one of them seems to come on top as being the best out of the two.

And that woman is Toni Preckwinkle.

With the mayoral election not turning out as planned, Chicago could see up to 5 progressives join the ranks of City Council. Even if the top jobs end up to be the worst-case scenario, there seems to be a sizable resistance against that should it ever be needed.

With that being said, Toni Preckwinkle is the best candidate in this race because she is not tied to a deeply tied history with the police that enables some of Chicago's longstanding and infamous segregation. And while her history of taking full credit for bringing justice for Laquan McDonald is troubling, she opposes the building of the controversial $95 million cop academy, establish an office of criminal justice, and hold Chicago Police accountable in order to end the culture of the code of silence within the police department.

Lori Lightfoot, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. While Lightfoot touts her time on the Chicago Police board as proof she's held cops accountable, the fact of the matter is that only 21 cops were fired under her 3-year tenure on the board. Moreover, she's also been known for chastising the families of Ronald Johnson, Rekia Boyd, and Bettie Jones at a board hearing, threatening them to leave.

This is also not to mention that Lightfoot has been buddying up with conservative Aldermen Nicholas Sposato and Anthony Napolitano, the former of which has come under fire for hurling racist name-calling towards Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa. Lightfoot's inability to denounce these two men is very concerning given her claims to be a progressive.

So at the end of the day, the choice between these two candidates seems clear. Toni Preckwinkle is perhaps our best bet if we want to put Chicago on a more progressive track.

Both of these candidates are problematic in their own right, but from the looks of it, Lightfoot's history seems much rockier than Preckwinkle's. And with the next mayor having to choose to continue or clean up Rahm Emanuel's mess, it seems that Lori will continue it.

Preckwinkle is endorsed.

The Chicago runoff election is on Tuesday, April 2.

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