THE FEAR OF TRUTH: SENSITIVITY CULTURE

“We make people this way.”

We used to be a nation where we told each other the truth. Now, was it always nice, no, but at least you knew where people stood as a nation. Today, we say all these loving things, but you never truly know how people feel. And that is scary considering you will have to eventually step into society and live among the people. So how do you build a life not knowing and understanding the intentions of others. Now, don’t get me wrong, no ones full intentions have ever been known. But today, we know nothing.


Why have we made each other so sensitive? Why do we feel the need to live in such a way? My theory is that people have done so much wrong for so long, that now we are trying to make up for it in the fakest way possible. We have went all the way to the other end. The people are still the similar to the past, yet no one says it. So we get a dopamine drip here and there and feel like we really made some strides in life. Well, how do we correct things in life without jumping to the far extreme.


Look, I know that America has an history of insensitivity, but we don’t need to correct the mistakes by going extreme. And that is what we’re doing. Because the sensitivity is so far that the people who should care the most are starting to ignore it. We’re saying the right but not doing and people saying are still in charge. So if we change, it has to be righteous.


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MENTAL SHAME

“Help don’t scold.”

In this Corona Virus lockdown world, a major issue has been taking hold. And that issue is mental health. But this topic is not about our mental health. This topic is about our views on mental health and why so many people are stuck. There are so many people out there who want to seek help but for whatever reason they cannot find themselves the courage to get the help. And a lot of times there are a few factors: financial, admitting faults, and a big one has to do with the shame that comes with seeking the help.


For me as a man, there are so many stigmas that have been placed on men who seek help. So you have a large portion of the suicides in this country that come as a result of men not seeking the help. And we are more abt to accept this over treatment. Because a man sitting across from a physician, especially if the doctor is another man, can be a difficult dynamic. I myself feel more comfortable speaking with a woman than I do a man. And I know it sounds odd to some, but the idea of pouring out my emotions to this man is more of a discomfort for me.


When I was in therapy for a short period of time, it had to stop do to cost. I didn’t have the money to keep paying for it. But I made a promise to myself to come back deal with the matter. And you shouldn’t let finances keep you from seeking help, but you have to survive. Because what good is going to see a therapist for one issue with another seriously piling up trying to seek help. You find yourself in a conundrum of issues. But whatever you shall choose to do, act. Your mind is going to be your most valuable asset or your greatest curse.


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A GENERATION IN LOCKDOWN

“They are in a whole other America.”

With the lockdown taking place, a young group of children are finding themselves in a position where they have to adapt to this new way of life in America. And living here in New York City, the schools may find themselves in a position to close again. So now, the idea of virtual learning is becoming more of the norm and reality. So what type of impact does this have on the life of the younger generation that has to get used to this new life.


Getting a young child to sit down and pay attention is tough. But this generation is learning to have a lot of patience. To have to sit in front of a screen all day, they are learning to also become more technically sound ion their studies. Because they are in a position to have an understanding for something their parents struggle to use. But the downside of the lockdown hurts the younger ag group’s ability to socialize. There are important tactile things you miss out on when you are not face to face in person. And this is already an issue with a generations being so impersonal.


Once they get back into the normal thralls how will they truly be able to cope after be locked away? Because this is not going to be an easy transition to move back to normal. But what is true, is that a generation is learning to be adaptable to a lot of change.


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COVID BREAKUPS

“Too much of each other.”

During the lockdown of Covid 19, something odd has been happening. People’s relationships are starting to fall apart because they are seeing too much of each other. And that is odd considering that something like the lockdown should bring people closer together. Now, I myself have a few theories as to why this may be taking hold across the country. But it’s not only people on the verge of breaking up, but there has been a spike in domestic abuse calls to the police.


The downside of the arguing and tensions is that there are going to be people being evicted from their homes. And the sad part is that if you are breaking up, that means incomes are now separate, which translates into more despair. So think before you decide to end a relationship from something that you may look back and regret later on. Because now is not the time to make impulsive decisions. These types of moments are testers to see the true strength of so many people and their relationships and unfortunately so many are not passing the test.


Another reason why so many people are calling it quits is because they were having problems already. Because some of these people were with each other for years, yet in a matter of months of being in the house it’s over. Something about that just does not make sense. But like I said before these impulsive decisions can and most likely will have a much greater impact later on.


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A DISPORA OF POLITICS

“What’s with all the shock?”

This election had a wide range of voters, but something stood out. And that was the Hispanic/Latino vote. A majority minority group of a wide range of people whose politics are just as wide and diverse. Because the term Hispanic Latino is a massive demographic of people. So when you hear a lot of Trump support jumped from this group, you have to breakdown the different groups of people under all of North and South America. But let’s look at America based on a population basis.

There are a lot of groups that fall under the population of Hispanic/Latino such as Mexican, which is the biggest population in the United States of America. Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Salvadorians, Dominicans, Colombians, Hondurans, Guatemalans, Spaniards, Brazilians, and Argentines. So as you can tell, when you hear that the Hispanic/Latino vote is leaned toward a certain direction, there is some misleading information. Because a lot of groups I just named all have different methods of approaching their politics. Some groups are more and less conservatives than others. But when the statistics are looked at they seem more uniform in scope.

Above I named different groups of the Hispanic/Latino community. Mexicans make up the greater portion of the group of people in the base. And what we don’t understand is that there are a lot of conservatives within the group which is the largest voting block. And over the years, Democrats have lost this base. It will take a lot to get some numbers back otherwise 2024 is going to be a tough year for the Democrats.


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BLM: THE MAKING OF A MOVEMENT

“What now?”

Since the death of Mike Brown in Missouri, the Black Lives Matter movement went from a saying to an actual political push. Now, with an opportunity to make a real change in the community, where can we take this from here? Because there are racial injustice that must be taken care of as well as inner city community strife. What do I mean by strife, I am referring to the high levels of crime that goes hand and hand with policy that affects a community. But let’s look at the injustice first of all.

When you are growing up in an inner city community, even in times of no crime, there is a relationship between the community and law enforcement that leads to conflicts. And the conflicts have been going on for well over a century. So how do you deal with these problems that exist in the neighborhoods? Well, for starters, you have to be able to decipher as a member of law enforcement between the problems in the community and regular citizens. And that’s tough because the officers in the neighborhood are not from the community that they patrol. But what roles do the community play in the relationships.

Growing up in a community where the police are constantly patrolling, you see the relationship. Now, my uncle was sheriff and I would hear the stories he would tell about the being on the department. And that’s when I realized it’s not all about the law enforcement. The crime that exist in the areas of some major cities will make anyone feel a level of discomfort coming through the area. So the community is fighting two fronts: one from the criminals and the other from law enforcement.

As the movement has grown, there is an opportunity to make it stretch further. And by that I mean economics of the movements ability. Because a major aspect of the community has to do with the lack of resources. And with resources comes with that better schools and jobs, and a decrease in crime. That will put the law enforcement in a bind because you don’t need as many police. But there will always be a criminal element.


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HOW DO WE GO BACK TO NORMAL

“Getting used to the new normal.”

In this world of the Covid 19 outbreak, we have a lot of things that have shifted around in our country. And the question now remains, especially with a new administration. How do we make the best of this Corona Virus society where everyone has to wear a mask. And even the restaurants have either been closed down or are limiting their capacity by a large amount. So how do people stay in business with the country locked down for nearly a year. But the biggest question of all, is how do we get back to the way things once was before the pandemic.

I still remember the night that the store where I worked closed down. We were only supposed to be closed for about two weeks, but it has now turned into nine months. Then I was contacted by a supervisor and informed the changes. And that’s when I had to make some job shifts. It makes me wonder about how the others are doing. I have been so focused on trying to focus on my own life that I had almost forgot about them. No, luckily for me, my living arrangements have not been effected by the circumstance. It’s month by month, by my situation is much better than a lot of people who have no place to live.

The year 2021 will be a very interesting year to come. A new leader of the country and a new year. The country could see itself going into another lockdown. With that taking place, what will come of so many millions of lives across the country. And it’s not like the world outside of America is safer. The whole world is in trouble. But this country is where I dwell, so like I said earlier, what will come of the country?


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WITH THIS MEANS FOR US

“The women of 2020.”

When Kamala Harris became the Vice President this Saturday as the announcement was made that Joe Biden had won the presidency it meant something for women. But what does it truly mean? Does this mean that women are now in a position that they have never been in before? Or does this mean just a showing of symbolism? Because if a woman wins this position then there is nothing after that, you can say that it was just a moment in time. Now, do I believe this, no, just like I don’t Barack Obama was and will be the only Black man as president. But we have to look past just the trinkets given.

See, if you vote simply because you have a personal connection, know what you are doing. Because this will be the person in power making decisions that will effect your life. So you could be voting someone into power who could make your life better or a situation could be worsened. America has so many personal feelings when looking at politics. We have a social construct that goes up and beyond to a point where that thing that binds people like gender, race, or religion causes us to support. When in reality, the policies that they put together will give you more freedom or hinder.

To me, I can’t sit here and act as if I know what Kamala Harris will do under the leadership of Joe Biden because then again she is the “VICE” president. How much can she really do to make life better in society. Now, don’t get me wrong, the vice president can still influence the leader of the country. But she may run for the big job in four years. That could prove to be an even bigger impact than she currently has, that is unless this administration doesn’t pan out.


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WELCOME TO WASHINGTON

“Started form the bottom now they’re here.”

Well, as we all know, the presidential election has been called and Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States of America and Kamala Harris as his Vice President. And this has not came with much criticism from the current Commander and Chief Donald J. Trump. But as it sits at the moment, even with a recount, the election is won by Biden. There have been multiple celebrations across the country in favor of the Biden and Harris win. A lot of people wanted Donald Trump out of office and then there was the people who voted wanting to see a woman as VP. Now, with the win comes a host of problems as well.

You have to still keep in mind that the pandemic has weakened the economy. People are being evicted from their homes and a major unemployment concern. So once the celebration is over, it’s time to get into the driver’s seat and take us on the destination of success as a nation. Because if he does not get in and can make the things happen that he spoke of, the pendulum could swing the other direction. So what are some of his moves that he could make in his presidency?

Biden has already assembled a team of people to deal with the Corona Virus. So he has already taken the first steps to deal with this problem in our society. But the road is still long ahead of him and Kamala. Hopefully everything comes through, not just for his sake but the sake of the country.


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COMING DOWN TO THE WIRE: BIDEN VS. TRUMP

I Voted Sticker Lot
A nation on the edge of their seats.

As you all have been watching, we are witnessing what seems to be the biggest United States presidential election in history. Joe Biden versus Donald J. Trump in the race for the next leader of the country in this 2020 election. Since the pandemic has caused everyone to be locked into their homes, we have to utilize the process of mail in voting. A process that we have not had to ever do in such mass. So instead of the election being called in a night, we are on the third day of the election. And to add to it, the numbers are almost exact for the electoral votes. Whoever wins, the nation will be almost split down the middle.

How did the country become so deadlocked in this election? We have all these different views as to why the nation has become so polarized. You could say the pandemic or even the level of social disconnect. Throw in the there also that fact that jobs that were guaranteed di not happen. Or even how the people expected the media to be more fair and balanced. It just looks like Trump picked up more voters and Biden picked the Hilary voters that didn’t come out to the poles last election.

Who will win as we get so close. There is literally one more day until we not only pick a leader, but choose someone that will stop the nation. So, who will win the most electoral college votes, Biden or Trump?

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