Embrace Yourself, Love Yourself [My Reaction to the 2016 Election]

As an 18 year old Black American man, I feel nothing but utter fear that Donald Trump will be the next Commander in Chief of the UNITED States of America. Knowing that a blatant xenophobic, misogynistic, bigot is leading a nation where nearly 60 million think his character is acceptable terrifies me (in my opinion if you voted for Trump you voted for division and segregation, no argument). But instead of thinking flight, which I thought earlier last night, I’m now thinking fight (with my voice of course). My fleeing will only result in the nation continuing to operate in this unacceptable backwards thinking. As a young, open-minded, colored man who stands with all minorities and marginalized people in America, I believe it’s my social responsibility, a civic duty of mine to continue to exercise my freedom of speech and fight for what I believe in.

Currently, I feel as if I am in a nation that does not accept who I am (and I’m fairly certain most people reading this are feeling like this as well). But instead of being scared to show who or what you are to the face of society, embrace it. Love yourself. Love all those around you regardless of their race, nationality, sexual orientation, age, gender or political ideologies. If we can continue to do this I promise you that one day this nation will officially one day be UNITED.

Embrace Yourself, Love Yourself 

I do this 4therace……..

 

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The Greatest Person in The World Sat Next To You

If I had talked to the one guy on the sitting on the sidewalk today, could I have made him happier? If I gave that one lady a smile on the subway, could I make her more confident? If I held that door for her, would she feel like she mattered?

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We Can Find Peace on this Tumultuous Planet

Nearly a week has passed since U.S. law enforcement officers wrongfully killed the innocent Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. Barely half a week has passed since the Dallas sniper attack which resulted in the deaths of 5 police officers. Similar to all times of political conflict, the masses have been separated into the conservatives, those who do not wish to share their internal emotions with others, the activists, those who will typically march and peacefully protest their opinions, and the extremists, who are evidently the men who intentionally murdered white police officers.

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Don’t look at my shell, look at my bullet

Social Experiment:

You are placed in a dark room with a complete stranger. You can’t see them, they can’t see you. In the darkness you begin to engage in conversation with he/she. They share the same interests, listen to the music you love, watched your favorite films, ; you absolutely love them. You are elated, entranced. Late nights staying up thinking whether you’ll find that one person on this planet who actually understands you have paid off, you have found them. They have possibly found you.

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Snowpiercer & Our Discrete Hierarchy

Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer is a painful cinematic experience filled with hyper-violence and disgustingly eerie characters (both on the outside and inside).  However, what makes the film so painful to watch is not credited to these two things but to its depiction of the hierarchical system that we call society.

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Call Me Black

Negro, N*gger, and African- American. What do these words have in common? If you neglect the third word, the other two words are demeaning, racist and should no longer be the social norm to address a Black American. The belief that the word “African-American” is the politically correct way to address a Black American has become a shared ideology by all ethnic groups in American society. Yet how many have analyzed the power and the true meaning of the word to the extent where it may also be considered racist? Judging by its excessive use, a handful maybe.

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Poverty =

After several years of self-maturing, I learned that happiness is not brought through consumption, more money/wealth, more friends, more popularity etc. That saying, happiness is not a product of your environment but your environment is a product of your happiness. There is no relationship between elation and your “things”. With that, there is a common misconception of this world that the “poor man” is not happy.

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