Alright, first of all, I’m writing this with a little bit of an apology. Last night I got a little bit heated. Mr. Trump did us the pleasure of visiting us here on the Northside of Houston. Quite a few of us questioned why our suburb? Then we found out a billionaire attorney was hosting a fundraiser for him. So my beloved community got torn a part a little bit. So let me set some things straight. All politics are about issues and what the proposed person wants to accomplish in their elected position. Our President is about our issues and also choosing someone to represent us Internationally and be the Commander In Chief of our amazing and envious military. So now that you have that in my mind I will continue.
My huge problem with this election is the cultural divide. If I hear one more person comment, shame, or otherwise try to debate with someone not on the issue or problem with the Trump/Hillary that they stated, but instead with “go home”, “speak English”, “you must be Muslim”, or some other slur, I will lose my cool. Yes, those are all slurs. Maybe you don’t realize they are slurs as you senselessly type them in, but please take a moment to pause and reflect and see if you would say that to the other person face-to-face, and if you would you can now label yourself a racist.
We all stereotype. I’ve done it. However, when I realize I’ve done it I make an acknowledged effort to make amends. I’ve thought people spoke Spanish by their looks and name, when in reality they’d never spoken a word their entire life and were 2nd or 3rd generation Americans. I’ve assumed people were a certain faith by where they were from, but I have Japanese friends that are Mormon, Trinidadian friends that are Muslim, and Mexican friends that are Bahai. This is the absolutely amazing thing about our country. The diversity. We are an amazing mixing pot and we all have a right to choose our religion. Think about that. Think about all the people who came before us that fought for us to be able to have equal rights, marry whom we want, vote for whom we want, voice our opinions, and believe in whatever God or belief system we want!! It’s amazing right?
Secondly, for my friends that don’t “look white”. You can stop stereotyping too. I’m tired of all the “look at all those white people” remarks as well. I look white, I check two boxes and one of them state “Caucasian”, but that doesn’t give you the right to comment on my skin color either. You aren’t helping the situation. Just in my immediate family, there are those of us that look brown, look black, look white, look red. Yes, in my Parents/Children/Aunts/Uncles/first cousins. Several of those speak multiple languages fluently. By referring to white people by their skin color you are doing exactly what you hate, and you’re building a wall. Congratulations. You have started doing exactly what we’ve been trying to undo for years. You cannot expect people to look past your skin color when you’re stereotyping them by theirs. Please truly think about that.
Let me put this into perspective for you for all those that think that white people cannot suffer from racism. No matter what non-white box you check, how would you feel if we had a “White Entertainment Network”, “Pearl/White Magazine”, “White Caucus”, “White Talk Radio”, “White Businesswoman Network”, etc. Trust me, it doesn’t feel nice when there’s a double standard does it? Doesn’t seem right reading those things correct? However, you wonder why “white people” feel pushed into a corner on race. You are allowing people and organizations to divide us by our skin color, cultural, and religious background. Why would you want this? Why are we allowing this?
I understand being close to your cultural roots and active in your religious beliefs. I’m active in my Tribe and vote on what happens on my reservation and I go to church every Sunday of my choosing. However, I don’t need to prescribe and identify with any skin-based groups. My ancestors don’t define the person I am today. I’m Native American, part Polish, a little French, and 100% American. I don’t hate anyone because my Nation was “stolen” from me. I’m happy. I wouldn’t be here if things didn’t happen the way they were. My Polish family wouldn’t have immigrated here. I wouldn’t be here and I’m extremely happy about having an existence. So I’m thankful to everyone that came before me and I’m working my ass off to make a better life for my children because that was their goal and I believe it’s the goal of the majority. We’re trying to give our kids the best life we can.
So let’s talk about the bigger issue here. Can we get rid of the Political Action Committees? Can we get rid of these people who want to label people? Seriously, every time you see something like he can’t give me a fair answer/judgement because his parents are “Mexican” trying switching that out for something you are, maybe “White” or “Black” or “Canadian”. Sounds absurd right? How about when they refer to banning all Muslims? Try inserting “Christian” or “Jewish” and how does that sound now? Sounds kind of like someone else that came in history and thought the problems of the majority were because of a certain niche, doesn’t it?
That’s what you’re seeing across the news now. Truly put some thoughts into the things being said. There are radical Christians that have bombed and shot up abortion clinics and more, there are radical Baptists that I recently heard say shoot all the Homosexuals, there are radicals everywhere. That doesn’t define the religion they belong too. I don’t refer to that preacher as the radical Baptist. I refer to him as the moron that lost his way. I don’t even remember his name because he doesn’t deserve to be remembered. He’s just somebody that distorted a good religion to contain his confusion/hate/loneliness.
I know the News isn’t really news anymore. They find something that gets high ratings and that’s the only thing they report on until the next high rating find. Entertainment industries have bought up all the networks and turned something that was meant to inform us about what was going on around us to something that they need to get ratings so more big companies will advertise with them and they’re more profitable. That’s right, they’re not trying to inform you now; they’re trying to turn a profit. Think about that next time you watch the news. Think about how the same story can be run on different stations with completely opposing points because they’re basing the story on the demographic that watches their station. I implore you to test my theory and spend a couple of weeks going back and forth between two stations to see how editorialized things have become.
News has become reality television and I believe that is how it was possible for Trump to even make it this far in this election. He’s a reality TV star. The way things are going maybe the Kardashian’s will run next. Seriously, think about that. They have successful businesses, they’ve created an empire from a name, they have their own money to use, they don’t anger easily, and they don’t have bankruptcies. They could give Trump a run for his money. You think I’m kidding, but they have the same background as Trump so why not?
Please realize, I’m not pro-Hillary. I am disgusted by our choices this year and yes I do vote every year. I think Political Action Committees, Super Delegates, and the news stations have all been bought. How can a super delegate pledge allegiance to a candidate before hearing what the people want? We allowed it to get this bad. We gave them this power by sitting idly by and allowing them to do these things. They’re magicians. They have us split and divided by our skin, our religion, and heritage so instead of uniting and paying attention to the magic show we are here fighting with each other and missing the sleight of hand. Sad isn’t it? So what are you going to do about it?
We must stop sitting behind our computers and commenting on our fellow Americans. Stop fighting amongst ourselves! That’s what they WANT! We MUST ask the candidates about the positions that they will take, the issues at hand, and we must get rid of PACs that buy our elected officials votes on OUR major issues that we must live with, no that our CHILDREN must live with. I’m begging you. Stop fighting with your neighbors and start demanding answers and actions from those we will put in office or whom we’ve already put there. I don’t know all the answers, but I’ll be damned if I’ll sit by and watch this great country lose itself because they divide us. E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many, One.