A Millennial for Hillary

It seems like I can’t go on Facebook without being bombarded with a flood of posts, links, photos, and memes of 2016 Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders. I’m not complaining – it’s definitely better than logging on and finding out that I have friends who support the other guy. The orange one.

No, I have a deep found respect for those who support Sanders. He has ideals and pros that I can definitely get on board with. He’s an honest, consistent guy who has genuinely fought for everything that he’s believed in. We know he marched in 1963 during the civil rights movement. We’ve all seen the black and white photos of a young Bernie surrounded by fellow young activists, fighting on the front lines during a pivotal time of social change. Bernie is an excellent example of a man who is committed to what he believes in.

So… why don’t I think he should be President of the Unites States?

I ask myself this question often. How often? Pretty much every time I log on Facebook. Or every time I turn on the TV. Or every time an older person trying to sound hip makes a Bernie/college tuition joke at a graduation party.

Here’s my short answer: Bernie Sanders works as a symbol, but he is not as qualified for the position as, say, Hillary Clinton.

My long answer: One of the first things that a Bernie supporter will bring up when citing what makes the Democratic candidate so revolutionary is his stance on Wall Street, education, and the state of the economy/shrinking middle class. He has some great ideas. But it’s all a beautiful dream. An inspirational one, but a dream nonetheless. How is he going to make all of these things actually happen? I once heard him answer this very question during a debate. His answer was somehow both mumbly (yes, I made that word up) and crystal-clear at the same time: Raise taxes!!!

Raising taxes sounds somewhat plausible, but I hope you can take off the rose-colored glasses and come to terms with this fact: Raising taxes will not change the state of the country. Now, it may do a little of what Bernie is promising, but it will hardly create the revolution that my 19-year-old cousin and her friends think it will. And don’t get me started on Bernie’s plans (or lack-thereof) for foreign policy. Hillary on the Issues

Hillary Clinton is not perfect. She is contradictory, has made mistakes, and is a total try-hard (Hot sauce? C’mon, Hil). She is a politician, which in itself is a character flaw. But that’s what presidents are – politicians. And she’s currently the most qualified one of the bunch – see here for a list of some general accomplishments during her career.

Will she bring about the revolution that extremely progressive millennials
so desperately crave? Most likely not. However, she will keep us moving forward. I believe that while Bernie could make a decent leader (I will certainly vote for him if he clinches the Democratic nomination), he is a symbol more than anything else. Meanwhile, Hillary’s plans are actually tangible.

What’s funny is that I sat down and began writing this with the intention of writing a post about how torn I am as to who I will vote for come June 7, the California Democratic primary. But as I wrote on, I knew immediately that I had made my decision a long time ago. I decided on Hillary Clinton the moment my mom explained to me who she was and what she stood for when I was just a snot-nosed, Pokemon-obsessed little kid. Thanks to some initiatives largely spearheaded by Hillary, my mom – a Chicana single mother with no high school diploma – was able to put me in after school care so she could work at her full-time job without turning me into a latchkey kid.

I get votebuttonthe Bernie appeal, and I welcome others to share with me their opinions. But this isn’t a decision I made lightly. I stand with Hillary because she has the experience, has the plans, and has the brains. She also will be a source of hope for so many young girls and women out there – and my little sister won’t have to ask me why we haven’t had a woman in the White House anymore. Also, keep in mind that the only thing keeping Hillary from being the clear front runner here is the fact that she is not a man. Don’t believe me on that one? Let it marinate a bit. You’ll see what I mean.

Fellow Millennials, at the end of the day, the only thing I’ll actually ask is this: if Bernie doesn’t get the Democratic nomination next week, please don’t boycott the election. It won’t do us any good. Vote. Vote against the racist one with the fake tan and fake hair. Shyanne

 

North Korea satire goes south

It’s a sad thing to say that I wasn’t terribly surprised that Sony pictures received such awful backlash from North Korea about satirical film, The Interview. American comedians and media have been in hot water before with other extremist r another regarding censorship. From the first teaser trailer I felt a strange uneasiness about the safety of Seth Rogen and James Franco. After all, North Korea are an extremist communist nation and it’s not like this is the first time we’ve received threats if we don’t censor ourselves.

What I did not expect was for Sony Pictures to comply and completely put the motion picture on the shelf. It took mere moments for Twitter, Facebook, and various other Social Media sites to go nuts. Everyone from your opinionated Facebook friend who Tweets too much, to Hollywood professionals, to President Obama himself reprimanded Sony for giving in to the cyber-terrorism from North Korea.

Obama has publicly announced that Sony made a mistake and that they should have consulted him before taking such an action, because he would have strongly advised not to let North Korea get away with their threats. Others are obviously being less politically correct than Obama and calling Sony cowards for caving in.

However, I think that people are too caught up in the hype of this ordeal and the American Way! to realize that this is an issue that is unprecedented. Yes, America has been threatened before for releasing controversial content but never has a cyber attack on a major corporation of this magnitude taken place. Those who hacked Sony threatened to blow up movie theaters. Sony’s lawyers told them that it would be completely on them if they went through and released it.

No, Sony shouldn’t have shelved the movie. Yes, they did let the cyber-terrorists get what they want. However, it’s only because movie theater chains were saying they wouldn’t screen it. It was the movie theater industry that refused to support Sony. George Clooney came out and said that he passed a petition around for Hollywood professionals to sign in support of Sony releasing the film and not giving in to North Korea, but not a single person was willing to put their name on that list. Without the rest of Hollywood’s support, they were cornered.

This is such an important event because it deals majorly with what America as a nation stands for: freedom. Specifically, freedom from censorship. A few years backh Park was heavily criticized and even threatened by Muslim extremists for the fact that they were going to depict the Prophet Muhammad. Ultimately, Comedy Central ended up censoring out the image all together without the creator’s permission and even took out some dialogue. Fear is in our nature, and sometimes we need to look past the eagles and stars and stripes for one second to realize that at the moment when these big decisions were made, they were made with the intent of saving lives.

Now, instead of crucifying Sony for making a human error, we should be using our social media presence and voice to encourage them to release the movie via another platform. This is something the CEO has already has already said is underway. They’re saying that they do believe anyone who wants to see this movie should be able to.

I’m not trying to defend Sony, merely shed light on the situation for those who are uninformed. There’s a lot more factors as play than you think. That said, we shouldn’t let some Dictator in North Korea believe that they have power just because they threatened us with violence, or else it will set a precedent.

If Matt Stone and Trey Park could blow up Kim Jung Uns’ father’s head in a feature film, then let James Franco have his interview.

Click below to watch an animated 10-year-old sarcastically tackle censorship and violent threats that lead to it.

No more uncertainty

Domestic violence in professional sports isn’t a new headline. Violence toward women by professional athletes has occurred for as long as there has been ESPN. However, not many cases have gotten video footage.

Ray Rice was caught on an elevator security camera severely attacking his wife, Janay. He is later seen dragging her seemingly lifeless body from the elevator after doing some heavy damage.

This was super disturbing, but the most disturbing thing about this is how normal of an occurrence this is for major league athletes. This is the only reason the NFL is even putting out those “No More” campaign videos during their games: one of their own got caught, and not “oh, she’s probably just accusing him because she’s after the money” caught. He got caught.  

So, ok, the NFL put out this “No More” campaign. They got a couple football players and a few well-known celebrities to jump on board. This is public relations at it’s finest. What isn’t public relation’s at it’s finest? This video:

The “No More” video makes sense. It is direct and to the point: domestic violence is not ok. The NFL does not support domestic violence. Here, we will pay to have your favorite celebrities tell you that the NFL does not. support. domestic violence. But in this video shown above, literally nothing is said. There is no message. It doesn’t matter if they give a little link at the end to the website, this commercial does nothing to help prevent domestic violence in society or in the NFL community because nothing is said. Yes, the “No More” commercial is just covering their ass, but at least it says something. It’s very clear and to the point: hurting anyone because you can, is wrong.

This video consists of grown men sighing, and it says that domestic violence is a hard subject to start talking about, but here is the thing that gets me: it shouldn’t be hard to talk about. Saying that’s hard to talk about is saying that it’s ok that it’s hard to talk about with out children, our friends, or anyone for that matter. It should be a no-brainer that when violence toward a person you are suppose to have a caring relationship with is brought up in a conversation, the correct and immediate response should be: it is never okay. Ever.

There should be no silence. There should be no uncertainty on what to say.

Define “racism”

With the verdict of the the Ferguson trial having been announced, and riots occurring

all over the nation, the concept of racism has been a heavily discussed topic. Race has always been an issue that is regularly debated and discussed, but the events that have been taking place in Ferguson have become a catalyst for national discussion. This is a something that will go down in history. Michael Brown is the not the first black boy to be killed by a police officer, and sadly he won’t be the last (in fact, many have been killed since him). But the activists that have taken inspiration from this case are hoping to make it so that it is no longer a standard.

But, I’ve digressed. What I really want to focus on is the recent discussions of race themselves. One  very interesting concept that has been touched upon before is the very definition of racism. There is an argument held by many that no one but white people can be racist. Reverse-racism is also being debunked as something that can not be possible. Why? Because “true” racism is Prejudice + Power. And who is in “power”? Why, white people, of course.

Now, I 100% agree with the concept of white privilege. I believe that there is an injustice in our society that stands on the foundations of hundreds of years of oppression of POC. As a POC, I highly resent the imbalance in opportunities. I very highly resent the fact that a young black boy who peacefully surrendered to the cops was shot down and killed out of “fear”, when a white man who shot up a movie theater in Colorado was arrested peacefully.

That said, I disagree that POC can’t be racist. I believe they can be racist toward other POC, as well as white people. Someone said that POC can have a “racial prejudice”against white people, but that it is not actual racism.

To be racist is to think, speak, or act out on negative feelings toward someone based strictly on the color of their skin. White people, historically, have show to be more prone to racism. Our nation was founded by white men who believed they were superior to other races…and unfortunately that is the foundation upon which our society is based.

Because discrimination and racism is very much institutionalized in our society,  I believe that the power for change lies with those have the privileged. So, obviously: white people.

But I stand by the idea that racism is not so much based on power, but on perceived differences in general.