SENSITIVITIES: A NATION OF PEOPLE WHO ARE EASILY HURT

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“New outrage spreading throughout America.”


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In life, you’re always going to have this demographic of people who rage against everything. But in today’s society, now that people have the ability to build themselves a platform, more outcries are rampant. Everything you say, if not walked carefully through or thought out will land you into trouble. And it usually is the result of a politically correct question that is asked. But why do we care so much what someone else thinks. Behavior is one thing, or encouraging others to behave badly is troublesome as well. But we are attacking people just because we disagree.

real or fake

Now I wonder, how are people really over what they hear and see. Because I live in New York City, and as people go about their daily lives, they don’t talk about celebrities getting into trouble for what they say. So the outrage is real, but there is a bit of a distraction in the amount of people upset. For the most part, society just want things to go right, and only attach themselves to major problems. Like the 9/11 terrorists attacks made everyone in involved. And if you didn’t know any better you would think that the outrage over comments grip the country the same way. In reality it does not grip the country the same way. To be honest most people don’t know about today’s sensitive outrage; and if they do they don’t care. So is it real or is it fake?

 where did it come from

As you can see from the photo timeline above, the United States has dealt with an ugly past. And we have worked tirelessly to correct that past, but have we gone too far? Are we so ashamed of our ugly past that we start to go too far with the making up for bad times. Because instead of admitting what was done wrong and find ways to move on from there, we are going overboard to make up and it just does not feel genuine. Almost to the point when I hear the word diversity it becomes irritating to stomach. It’s like we’re saying the right things, but do we really mean what we say. Eventually, people are going to start to push back, and one example is the election of current president Donald Trump. We have become so sensitive of a country that his unapologetic persona has become somewhat of a breathe of fresh air for a chosen group of people. Our dishonesty has become so pervasive that his overt the top honesty feels good because it’s perceived to come from a real place.


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NO TRANS: ISSUES WITH TRUMP’S DECISION TO NOT ALLOW TRANSGENDERS TO SERVE IN THE MILITARY

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“To serve or not to serve.”


President Donald Trump announced his decision yesterday that the United States military will not be allowing transgender men and women to serve. This comes as a shock to most, considering not long ago, under President Obama, the LGBT community won a victory with the legalization of gay marriage. Now, a year later, we are seeing reversals of decisions being made. It seems as if everything that Barack Obama did during his reign as president, Trump is working to undo. So as gays now have the right to marry, transgender men and women can’t serve in the military. What was once a victory is now short lived because the community iS right back where they started. A sign that more work is still to be done.

Well, what are some repercussions, if any, from Trump’s decision. For starters, every male must sign up for selective service. It is a requirement for being a citizen in the United States. If you identify as transgender, does that mean you still have to sign? Or, are you exempt? And what are the guidelines for saying you identify as the opposite gender? How do we know to get out of selective service, there won’t be people who use this as an excuse to not enlist? Then there is the flip side of keeping transgenders from serving. And that is if you are willing to fight and protect your country, you should be able to do so. Are we going to keep that same sentiment if a war breaks out?

People at home have all these reasons they agree with the president. Yet when people start dying and drama is all around you, the last thing you think about is the sexual orientation of the person fighting with you. It must be a deflating feeling to know that a country where you are told to pay taxes and follow the laws you can’t protect the freedoms you have. This is yet another decision that could be overturned by our government. Trump’s views were aimed at not incurring costs for rising medical windfalls by the military. And this is when I started to question, “What costs? Are transgender men and women’s surgeries and enhancements being financed by the system? Do they need specialized physicians unlike everyone else? When you transition, do you need special medication because you are no longer who you once were? All of the above questions are not true.

And in the end, that is people’s problem with this decision so far. The transgender servicemen and women is so small, this seems more personal than fiscal decision making. Our military defense budget is between a range of $500 – $700 billion, with medical expenditures being around $50 billion. Any real cost incurred by the transgender community is a few million dollars. It’s so insignificant, that it could be mistaken for personal preference. But like I said earlier, the government may react quick to overturn this decision as well. This will just add to the ongoing tension between Trump and his adversaries in and out of government. Meanwhile he has not lost support from his voters.


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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: WHAT THEY STILL GO THROUGH

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“I don’t understand it, but people just can’t accept it.”


Yesterday in New York City was the Pride Parade that stretched along Manhattan city streets. People came from all over the city to take part in the parade. Members of the LGBT community as well as heterosexual men and women take part in the parade. A day to celebrate the LGBT community and the strides they’ve made. But my question is, why did it take so long for gays to have the right to marry? Is there still more work to be done? And why do people care so much? Gay marriage was legalized not long before president Obama left office. A landmark decision that resulted in the White House being illuminated in the rainbow colors.

As for me, I am a heterosexual man, and could not possibly understand what gays go through. I know people I grew up with who are gay. But I never asked them what their lives are like being gay. I have my theories, but I can only go by the stories I have heard and read. And my limited knowledge just from observing in society allows me to see how tough it is being gay. For example, I vaguely remember the Matthew Shephard case, but it was a case where he was killed in Montana for what the prosecution stated was a hate crime for him being gay. The men who committed the murder stated that it was not because he was gay, but nonetheless, they were both given life sentences.

Now you fast forward to today, and there are still hate crimes against members of the LGBT community. You’re also starting to see a rise in crimes against Transgender men and women. So I want to know what compels people to commit acts of violence against these individuals. I almost in a strange way wish I could morph momentarily into the bodies of these people who disagreed with gays. Then after leaving the body, I could understand what their true anger and fear was about. Because people are truly compelled to fight, even if it’s to the death. So what should happen moving forward?

These men and women are able to wed now. But even with them being able to wed, they still face stiff discrimination. I would compare it to interracial heterosexual marriages and push back against that union. You still have people who are against it. So you can image how long it takes for people to accept gay marriage. In the end, there is nothing to not accept. What goes on in the privacy of another person’s bedroom is their business. Because that’s where the push back is coming from. People are concerned with their sex lives. And it only becomes problematic for the anti-gay people once their own lives are pushed against.


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