FDT

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I suggest you google the acronym above to understand what the title of this post really means. Just a hint, it’s a song by Nipsey Hussle and YG and it explains my mood for the next four years. I have never, in all my years, seen America as divided as it is today. I wish I could sit here and provide you with all of the political facts and history about where we stand today vs. where we were in the past, but the truth is, I can’t. I can, however, tell you what I believe is right and wrong. I’ve never considered myself a very political person. I always felt like politicians were just shady people who spend their time pushing their beliefs on others and try to tell everyone the way America “should be.” I’ve never been interested. I was still in high school when Obama was first elected, but for obvious reasons, that’s the only election I truly cared about. For the first time in history, we were going to have a black president and I felt blessed to be able to see something like that in my lifetime. My grandmothers, who lived during the time of segregation were going to be able to witness this in their lifetime. It was a special moment that I couldn’t help but care about. For 8 years of my life, I witnessed and lived through history, but unfortunately, all great things must come to an end. Out goes Barack Obama and in comes Donald J. Trump. It’s no secret that he built his campaign off of one thing, hate. He was all about building walls and my favorite, “Making America Great Again.” I’m still trying to figure out that means. Yet and still, despite all of the hate and ignorance that spewed from his mouth, people thought that his money and gender was reason enough to make him President of the United States of America. It’s sad that people would rather have an incompetent fool in office rather than a woman, but here we are. In that short period of time, this world has changed drastically. I’m not saying everyone was sitting around sing kumbayah before, but I definitely feel like we had more respect for one another. Although there were some presidents that you may not have agreed with in the past, I’m sure you’ve never seen one such as 45. This president is more concerned with whether or not NFL players are going to stand for the national anthem than he is with assisting those in need who suffered from a natural disaster. Aside from 45 and his antics, I don’t understand how utilizing your first amendment rights are grounds for being punished by your peers and supervisors. Colin Kaepernick took a knee for those who were not receiving the same rights as the flag promised us as American citizens. What’s wrong with that? He didn’t go on national television calling policeman names or saying anything negative at all. He only said that black Americans were disproportionately getting killed by officers, and he felt a right to take a stand for that (or a knee, so to speak). What did he get in return? Well for starters, he immediately received backlash for this. He also was negatively portrayed by athletes in the industry. On top of all of that, he lost a job and not one NFL team signed him, but Blake Bortles was signed though. All of this, for what? Speaking up about black rights? I never understood how it’s ok to protest for the LGBT community, for immigrants or for women, but the minute we speak about black rights, it’s a problem. (Totally not saying I have an issue with any of these other protests! I’m all for equality for ALL PEOPLE) Actually, Kapernick was called a son of a bitch by the President for kneeling and utilizing his first amendment rights. However, white supremacists were called “very fine people” by this same guy. You see the issue here? Those of us who want to see the truth, see it. This isn’t about a flag, it’s about what it’s always been about. There’s no need to even say it. This man is now adding fuel to the prejudice fire and it hasn’t even been a complete year since he’s taken office. Sometimes, I sit and ask myself, “what can I do?” Other times, I feel like there’s absolutely nothing I can do. How do you take the positive out of a situation where the leader of the free world is attempting to take away some people’s freedom? How do you remain optimistic when you click on a picture’s comments on Instagram or Facebook and under almost every picture, someone’s arguing about what black people are, what white people are or what hispanics are? Never truly representing either race, but only reflecting the bad we’ve seen from each of them and running with it. I’m guilty of those feelings too. How did we get here as a society and how do we move forward? Once again, I’m not political and I usually don’t keep up with anything in regards to it, but I know what I feel is right and wrong. This country doesn’t seem to be going down such a “great” path. I never thought that I’d be experiencing some of the same hatred that my grandmothers have experienced and sometimes, I don’t know how to react. All of this blatant hate is very new to me. So how can we improve and come together as one? I don’t know if I’ll believe that everyone in America can all be on the same page, but can we at least work on the majority? How are you going to improve the world around you for the next four or, God forbid, eight years?

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Asia Vallier

Born in Lafayette, Louisiana. Raised in Houston, Texas. Poetry, music, theater, and movies have always intrigued me, and all things artistic live at the core of who I am. I've always kept a composition notebook at my side at all times whether that be for journaling, writing music or writing my ideas. At some point, I realized that what I was searching for to express myself had been there all along in my writing. I hope to inspire and invoke thought into each and every one of my readers. Blessings!

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